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RE: Time to replace batteries. How?

I haven't had any experience running a residential refrigerator using an inverter and batteries. I would expect after 12 hours the refrigerator would significantly deplete the batteries.
the bear II 05/31/16 11:33am Tech Issues
RE: SF City hall

For work I used to travel to downtown San Francisco often. I would stay in a city outside of SF and travel in daily on BART. You could take BART from Pacifica to the Civic Center Station near City Hall.
the bear II 05/31/16 09:54am General RVing Issues
RE: Newbie Purchasing A Motorhome

Don't rule out gas MHs. I see a lot of gas MHs doing well in the mountains both up and down grades. If properly maintained and not hot rodded a diesel MH should provide over 20 years of service. Take a look you'll see a lot of 1970's and 80's era MHs still on the road. So your choice is to make larger payments and get a shorter loan, make smaller payments with a 20 year loan or save up a few years and pay cash. Or get a gas MH and pay cash....
the bear II 05/27/16 03:33pm Beginning RVing
RE: tire pressure and blowouts

Don't trust the DIC I use several fleet vehicles, different makes and models, anytime I manually check pressure or gas mileage the DIC is off to the point where I wouldn't trust the information. And yes my tire pressure gauge is very accurate. This also goes for the speedometers... some are off by > or < 5MPH.
the bear II 05/27/16 08:43am General RVing Issues
RE: ? "Best" Coffee Maker?

We use Keurig at home and one in the RV Try different K-cup brands and flavors until you find what you like. My DW likes the Hazelnut and Vanilla flavored coffee. I don't drink coffee but use it for hot chocolate and ice tea. Haven't tried the Campbell soup cups yet.
the bear II 05/26/16 10:17am General RVing Issues
RE: Rinse hose at dump station has no threads

Tincan Annie (cute name) It would be tough to get an adapter for the various hose sizes you may run in to. If possible you could carry your own hose and unscrew the hose at the dump station to clean your tank and then screw it back on for the next RV'er. Most of these type of adapters require you to use a screwdriver to get the adapter tight on the end of the hose. For Those times when the hose doesn't have a fitting- I don't have a rinse connection so I use the water from the freshwater tank to fill the toilet bowl and flush it several times this gets rid of the stuff still in the bottom of he tank and in the sewer hose. Once I close the tank valve I then put about 2 gallons of water through the toilet into the black tank. This will slosh around as we travel and break loose anything stuck to the side of the tank. I then use the hose at the dump station to rinse my sewer hose when I'm done dumping the tank. This has always worked well for me in the 40 years we've had RVs.
the bear II 05/25/16 02:15pm General RVing Issues
RE: Pre-emissions diesel trucks seen high priced to me.

Keep in mind medium duty trucks are designed for fleet service. The expected life is 500,000 miles. So a truck with 100,000 miles is just getting broken in. Heavy Duty Trucks (HDT) are designed for a million miles of service. In 2007 when I started looking for a MDT to tow with new M2 sportchassis were $120,000. The C4500 Kodiak Monroe conversion that I bought new had a sticker price of $105,000. Luckily diesel prices were approaching $5.00 per gallon so I was able to negotiate down to $80,000. At that time you could find an HDT with 300,000 miles that had been setup to tow an RV for less than $50,000 After towing with the Kodiak C4500 I would find it very difficult to go back to a 3500. The C4500 is so much more stable and safe feeling than my C3500 was. The folks who have gone from an MDT to an HDT say towing with the HDT is way more comfortable than with the MDT. I had to go with an MDT because my 90 year old Dad and my DW would not have been able to climb up into the cab.
the bear II 05/25/16 02:01pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Las Vegas

X2 Oasis
the bear II 05/25/16 10:45am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Realistic Budget 2.0

If you haven't already take a look at www.rv-dreams.com The folks who own the site have been fulltiming for over 10 years. They post their actual expenses for each month and year they have been on the road. They also show their budget for each month/year. It's a very informative site for anything you may need to know about fulltiming and finances while on the road.
the bear II 05/25/16 08:48am Full-time RVing
RE: Suspension

Good choice for an upgrade. I'm sure both of you will be happy with it. When a spring broke on ours I said to my DW "See I told you it was overloaded" She just bought more stuff saying "You upgraded the springs so now we can carry more"
the bear II 05/25/16 08:42am Fifth-Wheels
RE: ladder

I'm a big guy and the ladder on my 21 year old 5th wheel is screwed in. Never had a problem with it. I use it to access the roof each time we go out to put my tailgater antenna up.
the bear II 05/25/16 08:37am Fifth-Wheels
RE: CD's to Thumb drive - new car with no CD player

If you want to make her really happy and she has an MP3 player or smartphone load the CDs on to it. Then you can use the aux input and play the songs in the car or she can listen to them whenever she wants.
the bear II 05/25/16 08:35am Technology Corner
RE: CA to MO, best route?

My family always use I-40 & I-44 to go from LA area through Missouri into Indiana.
the bear II 05/24/16 01:11pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: side to side leveling without TV

"Also, you had a service tow your travel trailer to a campground?! I didnt realize that was a thing lol. Maybe im missing something here " Lots of folks use RV Transporters to move their RV from one spot to another. Especially folks who park in one spot for a long length of time. We have friends that stay in an RV resort during the summer months they have a transporter move their RV from Palm Springs to San Diego and back every year. They are in their late 70's and don't want the hassle of towing and setting up.
the bear II 05/24/16 01:06pm Beginning RVing
RE: Where to go for Memorial Weekend (northeast US)?

It may not be as bad in Maine but the traffic in California is so bad we made the decision several years ago to never travel during a holiday weekend. A trip of less than 100 miles can take up to 7 hours if there are accidents along the way.
the bear II 05/24/16 11:46am Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: What do all of the letters and numbers mean? Model Numbers

I haven't seen a list. I usually look at the manufacturers website and when I find a floorplan I like then I look at the details to get the specs.
the bear II 05/24/16 11:42am General RVing Issues
RE: Problems with Dish TV and Tailgater

In the western states our tailgater works every time. The only time I had a problem was I set the tailgater below our flag pole and the flag would occasionally block the signal so the picture would pixelate. I moved the tailgater and no more problem. With yours being a given to you unit it may have been dropped or damaged by previous owners. I'm wondering if your tailgater is out of alignment. Or some of the original models the handle had to be pointed north. Later models (4 year or newer) no special orientation is needed.
the bear II 05/24/16 09:09am Technology Corner
RE: Range fan stopped working?

Have you tried spinning the fan blade to see if it has frozen up. Sometimes grease and steam and lack of use will cause the fan to gunk up and a good cleaning or even some turns by hand will get it going again.
the bear II 05/24/16 09:01am Travel Trailers
RE: tips to stabilize

I would get the jacks used for mobile homes and use about 8 along the frame rails. Try to get it high enough to get the tires off the ground and you will have a rock solid RV. The Cameco units would work but I think you'll find the mobile home ones out of steel much less expensive and stronger. Be sure to get the ones with the adjustable heads.
the bear II 05/23/16 03:19pm Travel Trailers
RE: Pacific Coast HWY from Morro Bay to Monterey

It's possible but stressful for driver and passengers. Curvy, narrow, hidden driveways, possible traffic and land slides. It can be done but you need to take it slow and be alert. It's about 120 miles so it is possible to do the drive in a day using a toad. But that limits the time you can spend sight seeing unless you spend the night in a hotel.
the bear II 05/23/16 01:16pm Roads and Routes
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