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RE: champion 3500 Watt Remote Start Generator

I had a commercial 6500 watt Honda generator for a short time. It was rated at 65db full load. When I started it up in campgrounds the campers in two sites over in all directions would go inside their RVs. Got rid of it and went to two Honda 2000Is with parallel kit...very quiet in comparison.
the bear II 04/18/14 07:50am Fifth-Wheels
RE: b atterie life

I usually get about 5 years on a set of 4 deep cycle 12v batteries. The 5th wheel is 20 years old and I'm on my 4th set of batteries. Our 5th wheel is stored unplugged for most of the year(batteries fully charged when parked and batteries disconnected). We use it about once per month for weekend trips and for 3-4 months setup and plugged in at an RV resort during the summer.
the bear II 04/18/14 07:45am Tech Issues
RE: Can smell mold but can't find it

We had a small leak under the sink that filled up a pan with a dish towel in it. The towel became moldy and caused the smell. When we opened the cabinet couldn't see any evidence of water or mold. It wasn't until we pulled out the pans that we discovered the pan/wet towel. Had to replace the faucet to fix the leak.
the bear II 04/17/14 08:37am Fifth-Wheels
RE: 90's era fifth wheels....what brand do you like?

Friends had a King of The Road 1989 model 38 footer with one slide out. It held up well, they put a lot of miles on it. We currently have a 1994 Alfa See-ya 37 foot with two slides. We bought it new and chose it because it had a lot of the options higher end models had. Plus it is very roomy and well laid out. Lots of storage both inside and outside. No major problems just the kind of stuff you would expect. It still looks new inside and out. We use it about once per month along with a 3 month stay in it every summer.
the bear II 04/16/14 10:16am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Spare tire class A motorhome

Supposedly it has to do with liability. The insurance companies have made the manufacturers stop supplying spares on medium to heavy duty vehicles.
the bear II 04/15/14 03:51pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: EPDM Rubber Roof

The Dicor two step process if done properly will bond. One of the steps is a bonding agent. First make sure the black specks aren't just dirt that is really stuck on to the rubber. I would wash off my roof every couple of years and was always sure the white was going away. But once I used a soft bristle brush and scrubbed it turned out to be dirt. Once finished with the good scrubbing the roof looked like new. My roof is 20 years old and has sat out in direct Southern California sun everyday since new. Last year I paid to have the 2 step process for my roof by an RV detailing company that works in the RV Resort we stay at during the summer. It was a lot cheaper than $1800. It took two people about 4 hours total. So far it's not peeling off.
the bear II 04/15/14 03:47pm General RVing Issues
RE: Sometimes, a dog is just a dog?

I had two that lasted as long as they could, but when it was time they seemed to know it and it made it easier to make that final decision.
the bear II 04/15/14 10:38am RV Pet Stop
RE: What do you use as a Toolbox in your camper?

My favorite is a Craftsman tool set that comes with sockets, wrenches, pliers, hammer, screw drivers along with a bunch of other tools all in one plastic case where each tool has a molded spot in which to sit. You open it up and just about every tool you need is there and it's easy to make sure you have replaced every tool in the correct spot at cleanup. In addition, I have a plastic tackle box type toolbox to keep all of the special type tools that may be needed. Like a kitchen sink tool, brake adjuster, handsaw, hacksaw...etc. This toolbox also has compartments for screws, nail and other small items you end up with or need.
the bear II 04/15/14 10:32am Beginning RVing
RE: TV recepytiom

Make sure the settings of the tv are correct. You can set it for antenna or cable input (in your case it would be antenna) and then have it search for channels. If you're still not getting all the channels then it may be the wiring between the amp and the tv, loose or dirty connection or broken wire. And some TVs just aren't good at picking up weak signals from some channels. If both TVs are the same model you should get the same reception on both.
the bear II 04/15/14 10:25am Tech Issues
RE: Staying in parking lots??

We have stopped in rest areas, Walmart, truck stops, and even small town grocery store parking lots (with permission) for overnight stops. You do need to be aware of restrictions plus possible crime... many cities have passed RV parking laws and some RVers have been accosted while staying in some of these types of overnight stops. There is a website dedicted to free overnight camping spots...I don't remember the name of the website but I bet it has free and camping in the name.
the bear II 04/15/14 10:20am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Copper sleeve?

I love it when you talk electrical....
the bear II 04/15/14 07:42am Tech Issues
RE: Question for those who store their RV in a storage lot

We have stored our RVs in 3 different storage lots over the past 30 years. The current one does have electric available but I would have to run a 100 ft extension cord to get to it. In the past we used to stop by the lot the day before we planned to leave to turn on the refrig or we would bring the RV home and cool down the refrig overnight. Now however since the city passed RV parking laws we can't leave it overnight on the street. Here's what we begun doing...I light the refrig when I pick up the RV to leave on our trip. If there are cold items we want to bring from home we put them in an ice chest. Once we get to our first destination we go shopping for food or we stop along the way, by that time the refrig has cooled down.
the bear II 04/15/14 07:37am General RVing Issues
RE: Which Satellite Antenna to buy?

Last year I purchased the Dish Tailgator antenna. It worked well in the RV and can be placed where needed to keep it away from obstructions. It locked onto the satellites. Only drawback is it only works with a couple of the Dish receivers so we had to buy a new one (211) along with an external hard drive for recording programs. It weighs less than 10 pounds. I use a cable lock to keep it from "walking away". Most of the time I put it on the roof next to the ladder and secure it with zip ties and the cable lock.
the bear II 04/14/14 03:26pm Camping World RV Sales
RE: Running wires down the refer vent pipe

Many RV'ers that add on devices to the roof will use the refrig vent or one of the vent pipes for the holding tanks to run wires. Just make sure you seal the openings where the wires go in and come out of the vent pipes.
the bear II 04/14/14 02:18pm Tech Issues
RE: dish or direct tv?

I'm actually beginning to look at internet streaming options. It may not be the best solution for RVing at this time but it seems to get better every year. At home with our DSL service we've begun using Netflix, HULU plus, HBO Go and a Sony Streaming device. I can get just about any TV show and movie that I want to watch. It may not be in real time but within a month of broadcast. Most stations now have website where you can watch shows as well. I'm guessing that within 5 years between a good high def digital antenna to get the local channels, an internet streaming device and internet connection (including WiFi at a campground) you'll be able to get all of the programming you'll want. Netflix is $8 per month and some of the others have fees but most of the broadcast network website content is free. I have Dish now with the full package minus sports and pay $139 per month....not for long if the internet streaming continues to improve.
the bear II 04/14/14 02:13pm Technology Corner
RE: Tow vehicle and everyday driveability question

I always suggest getting more truck than you need. Mostly for safety and reliability. If your truck is pulling a trailer that is at or near it's maximum capacity your on the edge of safety and the strain will cause premature or unusual failures in the engine and drivetrain. My biggest concern is being able to stop safely in a panic situation and to be able to go down long steep grades without losing the brakes. An f250 will probably get the same gas mileage around town empty and about the same when towing. The ride will be a little rougher but you can soften the ride by lowering the tire pressure when empty to acceptable levels shown on the tire manufacturers website. The advantage of the F250 will be when towing...less sway, better control it will have bigger brakes for stopping and long downhills. The drivetrain components are designed for heavier loads so it should last longer. And you'll be ready for a bigger trailer when the time comes.
the bear II 04/14/14 12:40pm Travel Trailers
RE: Looking for new camping spots near the ocean/beach.

I know of a few good beach spots but they are mostly towards Southern California. My buddy out of Sacramento likes this spot http://lawsonslanding.com/ABOUT/LOCATION.aspx Here's what I do when looking for a new camping spot. I go on to rvparkreviews.com and find a beach city near where I would like to camp that has a campground listed on the website. The listing for that city shows all of the campgrounds in the city plus all of the nearby cities for about 25 miles that also have campgrounds. Then it's just a matter of reading through the reviews, looking at the campground website and map to find possibilities within your 2-4 hour range. RV Park Reviews is a great website for finding possible sots to stay in just by listing a city where you want to stay.
the bear II 04/14/14 11:20am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Spray Sealer

It's in local stores...I've seen it at Home Depot, Walmart and even Walgrens Pharmacy and grocery stores in the "As Seen On TV" section. I've never used it but do have a couple of projects where I plan on trying it.
the bear II 04/14/14 09:36am Tech Issues
RE: Bed is too hard - help

We replaced the mattress with an aerobed. Our guests claim it is very comfortable.
the bear II 04/14/14 09:33am Travel Trailers
RE: Run A/C when in storage?

No need.... Most folks use a product to get rid of the damp ness. Something like this: http://www.homedepot.com/p/DampRid-64-oz-Hi-Capacity-Moisture-Absorber-FG50T/100391308
the bear II 04/11/14 03:05pm General RVing Issues
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