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RE: Solar paneling or generator

If you'll need to run an air conditioner or other heavy draw appliance or power tool then a generator is needed. Otherwise solar will meet most needs. We chose to go with 2 Honda 2000i generators because we need to run our air conditioner and some times our washer dryer plus some power tools.
the bear II 11/30/15 09:27am Beginning RVing
RE: Watching the "News" Too Much! Has Full-Timing Changed?

In my opinion security issues are about the same as they have been in the past 20 years. You need to put valuables away at night or when you leave the RV. Chains and Cables are little deterrent to most thieves. Places like Quartzsite and events like fairs, swap meets, flea markets, or others where there are large groups of people do draw individual as well as gangs of thieves. So you need to be extra careful. That being said we have never had a problem when boondocking or in a RV Park, You do see posts where folks have had problems once in a while mostly stolen items, I can only remember a couple of post indicating the RV'ers were robbed at gun point. A few years ago the Gypsy Journal website owner faced a robber at gun point. You should be able to find the post he wrote about it on his website.
the bear II 11/30/15 08:19am Full-time RVing
RE: I think we'll be cable tv cordcutters - roku tv

Your setup works fine for home use but for an RV'er may not work as well. Currently, the WiFi at most RV parks may not support Roku or other streaming devices. I'm guessing within the next couple of years readily using a streaming device in an RV will be possible as the WiFi technologies improve.
the bear II 11/27/15 11:30am Technology Corner
RE: Chevy Silverado should I get 2500 or 3500

I've had 2500s, 3500, and now have a C4500 with the Duramax and Allison plus exhaust brake. The 2500s were SRW, the 3500s and C4500 are DRW. All have been long beds and the 3500/4500 crew cabs. My favorite of course is the C4500. It is a dream tow with. My last 3500 crewcab dually long bed I used a daily driver in and out of Downtown Los Angeles. It was great, very comfortable on the freeway s and around town. Parking sometimes was an issue but I tend to park far out in parking lots where no one else parks. X2 on the diesel it makes for a great tow and in my opinion is no different than a gas engine as a daily driver. Be sure to get an exhaust brake equipped diesel. Downhill towing is a breeze.
the bear II 11/27/15 08:56am Towing
RE: Thousand Trails

A lot of RV'ers use Passport America along with a couple of other campground discount services like AAA, Good Sam, national and state passes....
the bear II 11/25/15 02:42pm General RVing Issues
RE: Dang Kid ...

What was in that seed ???
the bear II 11/25/15 10:52am RV Pet Stop
RE: Merging grey tanks, is it possible?

It would work since water seeks it's own level.
the bear II 11/25/15 10:49am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Toasting in a Oven ?

400 degrees for about 10 minutes.
the bear II 11/25/15 10:45am Truck Campers
RE: Amps/Watt draw for a microwave and any heat element

We survive for two to three days with 4 batteries when boondocking. We are gourmet cooks and use a variety of cooking appliances including electric BBQ grills, convection oven, Kitchenaid mixer...etc. Our microwwave is a 1200 watt; I don't know the amps. I didn't worry about the power we use, I just went with 4 batteries because that's what everyone else seemed to be using at the time 20 years ago when we setup our 5th whell. Two batteries supply power to the normal 12v stuff and the other two provide power to the inverter. I can kick in all 4 batteries if needed through the remote control panel for the inverter. I also carry one or two 2000i Honda generators to use for charging the batteries, running the air conditioner (using the 2 generators) or if we need to run several hi-draw appliances at the same time. Like for Thanksgiving Dinner.
the bear II 11/24/15 02:31pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: If you had to buy again today...

Most RV'ers end up going through 3 to 4 RVs before finding the right size to fit their needs. We went from 10ft to 23ft to 25ft to our current 38ft. I always advise to buy as big as you can afford. To have 40 feet to relax in while the weather is bad for several days is great when compared to being cooped up in a smaller RV. As our current RV is beginning to show it's age (21 years) we have been tossing around getting a new RV for our retirement years. The new one will be 42 to 45 feet.
the bear II 11/24/15 11:16am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Just bought a new TT

Happy Camping.... New TT yippee
the bear II 11/24/15 10:09am Travel Trailers
RE: Desert Hot Springs to Disneyland route?

The 91 isn't too bad depending on the day of week and time of day you travel it. Our preferred route from Hwy 62 near Desert Hot Springs is I-10 to Hwy 60 to 91 to Anaheim. Then 57 to Ball rd and west to Disneyland. Tuesday-Thursday after 9AM and before 10:30 am departure is best.
the bear II 11/24/15 10:08am Roads and Routes
RE: Water tank filling.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NBkVwoiR57A Air bubble......slow down the water flow to let the air escape.
the bear II 11/23/15 01:56pm Tech Issues
RE: Propane Tank Coupling is stuck!

Most of the new tanks (OPD Valve equipped) have right hand threads. I would try some WD-40 and let it sit for an hour then try to loosen the coupling.
the bear II 11/23/15 12:26pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Installing a Fantastic Vent Fan in a Wall???

http://www.ghsproducts.com/resize/images/SunRiseGBL850.jpg?lr=t&bw=550&w=550&bh=550&h=550 Or how about one of these..... see www.ghsproducts.com
the bear II 11/20/15 12:47pm Tech Issues
RE: Generators stolen --- UPDATE pg 4

I lock mine up in the cab each night. Close the cap vent let them cool and then place one on the drivers floor the other on the passenger floor. Set the alarm on the truck.
the bear II 11/20/15 12:42pm General RVing Issues
RE: incontinence/bladder control

Remind me to always ask the OP "what have you already done?" before assuming he's done nothing. Havent really done much at this point other than tell the doctor of my frequent need to urinate on a recent trip from Montreal to Toronto and back. The attachment of that Stadium Pal device unfolds like a condom making it apparently a very secure fit, the actual collection bag is strapped to your leg.. Off road racers in the Baja 1000 race would use this type of device. The only difference is the hose would run down their leg and dump out on the floor of the race vehicle. Most race vehicles have holes in the floor to allow water (running through river/creek crossings) to drain out.
the bear II 11/20/15 09:07am RVing with Disabilities and General Health Issues
RE: Exhaust Break

I have a 2007 with Duramax engine and Allison transmission with exhaust brake. After the first trip towing our 5th wheel with this truck I will never buy another tow vehicle without an exhaust brake. Here's the reason why: North of Los Angeles on I-5 there is a grade known as the Grapevine. It's 6% to 8% and about 6 miles long when headed north downhill. With my old non-exhaust brake truck I would have to be in first gear and use the brakes no less than 15 times to keep from going too fast and over revving the engine. In second gear I would lose the brakes by the time I hit the bottom of the hill. With the exhaust brake engaged, the new truck holds our 15,000 lb 5th wheel at 55MPH all the way down the hill. I never have to hit the brakes. The exhaust brake makes for a very rewarding downhill experience.
the bear II 11/19/15 01:34pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Any San Diego Members

We spend 3 to 4 months each year at the Chula Vista RV Resort south of San Diego. I would do a google search using "RV clubs San Diego" as your search terms. Many RV brands have clubs with local chapters so also do a search using the RV name and club as search.
the bear II 11/19/15 12:06pm Beginning RVing
RE: Old TC on Tin Can Tourist for Sale 25K

Very close to the first RV we ever had. Ours was a 1959 IH, one and a half ton, four wheel drive cab with a chassis mounted 10 foot cab over camper. We bought it used in 1976. The original owner had it built to travel from southern California to Alaska for hunting and fishing trips. It was a lot of fun and could go just about anywhere.... No power steering, no power brakes and no air conditioning.
the bear II 11/19/15 11:58am Truck Campers
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