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RE: Vent in trailer

Put a vent in it...no problem. Just a crank up type will do and you can add a Maxxair cover so the vent can be left open as you travel. The gas can must be a sealed type so no fumes can escape.
the bear II 03/27/15 09:46am General RVing Issues
RE: Travel Trailers Picking the right one

With the responses you get on this forum keep in mind only a small portion of RV'ers visit this forum. Most RV'ers on this forum are here for answers to a problem they are having, information about the RV lifestyle, product information like you, sharing information relating to RVs or RVing or enjoy providing answers to RV related questions like me. RV'ers that are happy with their choice of RV, don't have problems, don't need advice and are too busy to spend time on RV forums won't be here to answer you. That's the majority of RV'ers. That being said, we have had many RV's each one was bought based upon how the floorplan fit our needs. We didn't research the brand but trusted what we saw. Several were used but the last two were brand new mid-level units. Both have lasted over 16 years of use. Our current RV is over 20 years old. We travel locally at least once per month and take 1 or 2 long trips each year. Best place to compare RVs is to go to a large RV Show or two in your area When looking through the units spend time as if you lived in the units...is the toilet area and shower comfortable/ not too tight...if someone is cooking at the stove can you get by easily or is there a bottleneck....is the seating good with good sight line to the TV and out the windows...etc
the bear II 03/26/15 02:58pm Travel Trailers
RE: Newbie questions?

Batteries do charge when plugged into shore power on most recent RVs. Older RVs 70's and earlier would require a charger for the batteries. With hook ups you won't need a generator.
the bear II 03/26/15 01:15pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Outdoor Kitchen options in 26 to 31 foot bunkhouses

I understand the reasons for wanting an outdoor kitchen. I would rather use the space an outdoor kitchen takes up as living space or storage space. We unload a small freestanding collapsible portable BBQ grill; then on a 4ft long folding table we place an ice chest for drinks and ice (or small refrigerator and an ice maker if we have hook ups) and a water jug with spigot. That's our outdoor kitchen. Been doing it this way for over 20 years.
the bear II 03/26/15 01:02pm Travel Trailers
RE: Question about running a carfax report on an rv.

In an interview even the creator of Carfax admitted the reports aren't accurate. It's better to provide a buyer with the receipts/invoices for the work that has been done to your RV.
the bear II 03/26/15 12:51pm General RVing Issues
RE: Battery powered skateboard with seat

My wife is only able to walk short distances and can't stand for very long. We looked on Craigslist and found a used mobility scooter. The seller said they had bought it for their mom, she had ridden it once and didn't want it. It sat in the garage for a year before they decided to sell it. It comes apart in just a few minutes. It breaks down into six pieces. When broken down the pieces can be carried in a trunk, the back of a pickup or inside an RV storage compartment(s). It goes back together quickly. Here's a video of a similar model being disassembled- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RP3sFTsWKB4 The batteries last a long time, the booklet shows 10 miles plus on a full charge. It's good enough for many trips around large campgrounds for several days without the need for a charge. 6 MPH is the top speed. She can take it into stores and restaurants.
the bear II 03/26/15 09:20am General RVing Issues
RE: covering a fifth wheel

Our 20 year old 5th wheel spends most of it's time in a storage lot about 6 miles from the Pacific Ocean near Los Angeles California. Direct sun all day with no cover. I wash it each time we take it somewhere and I have it waxed every couple of years. It still looks like new when it's washed. Never have used a cover for it. I do cover the tires to prevent UV damage.
the bear II 03/26/15 09:12am General RVing Issues
RE: WDH compared to 5th Wheel

We towed a 24ft TT for 16 years and then switched to a 38ft 5th wheel. To be honest there really isn't much difference 90% of the time. As long as truck, hitch and TT/5th Wheel are properly setup the stability should be there. Here's a couple of caveats based on the TT & 5th Wheel we towed: Both trailers had "flipped" axles. I feel because both are higher off of the ground this allows side winds to have less effect. The distance between the bottom of the trailer and the road breaks the suction/pushing effect. The trucks and hitches were purposely setup to tow each trailer. Better brakes, better cooling, heavier suspension and proper gearing all helped to provide maximum stability. Once you have practiced towing a trailer it becomes second nature. Anytime I get a new vehicle or RV; one of the first things I do is to go to a large empty parking lot and practice. Panic stops, turns, backing, parallel parking, tight space parking, fast lane changes...etc. This way I know how the vehicle/RV will handle. I agree having the bed of the truck is great. With the TT we had a cap (campershell) and it provided secure storage for large items. With the 5th wheel I am able to carry lots of stuff but it has to be no more than bed rail height and not something a thief would want. Typically I have a mobility scooter broke down into six parts, a 4ft folding table and two folding chairs, wood for fires and leveling, and misc. other camping needs. Plus I have a cross bed tool cabinet at the front of the bed. There is lots of room for stuff even with the 5th wheel hitch in the bed.
the bear II 03/26/15 08:59am Beginning RVing
RE: Salton Sea

I just looked at a photos about a week ago of my family camping in a tent at the Salton Sea in the late 50's. I remember floating in the water and fishing. One night the wind came up really strong, we had to leave the tent and sit it out in the cars. There isn't much to see or do now days. As others have posted it stinks, some of the shoreline is littered with dead plants, junk and a few dead birds and fish. In some places it looks like the scenes from movies about the aftermath of nuclear disasters or the apocalypse
the bear II 03/24/15 10:27am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Towing at night in hot weather

I don't like to tow at night. If my trip will be in 90 plus heat or a big climb I will leave just before dawn when it's cool and try to reach my destination by noon to avoid the hottest part of the day. For several years in September (average 80 plus degree daytime temps) we would head for a campground in the western Sierra Mountains of California. The trip included a climb from 500ft sea level to over 5000 ft on a 6 to 10% grade. 21 miles of switchbacks to get to the top of the grade. It would take about an hour in first gear. A real strain on the truck. We would hit the hill just as the sun was coming up (60 degree heat).
the bear II 03/24/15 10:16am General RVing Issues
RE: Questions for Full Timers

www.rv-dreams.com is a good source for fulltiming information. The site belongs to a then early 40 year old couple that left corporate jobs to RV fulltime. They had never been RVing before. Lots of good info including financial details for every month they have been on the road during the last 10 years. First thing you need to do is become debt free if you haven't already.
the bear II 03/23/15 01:37pm Full-time RVing
RE: cross country trip

I hate to travel with a schedule for the same reason you indicated; might miss something along the way. I have found you can usually get sites on a first come basis if you arrive on Monday through Thursday. If arriving in a popular area on Thursday through the weekend then I would make reservations or know that I may have to travel some distance away to find a spot. We often will pick an RV Park 50 miles or more away from where we would like to be and then drive to see the sights on day trips from the base camp. I don't mind driving an extra 100 miles. If you can get a way from the popular areas it's a lot easier to get first come site selection.
the bear II 03/23/15 12:26pm Roads and Routes
RE: Anyone been turned away from campground for older rig?

Usually the management will accept a few photos or video of your RV and of anyone who will be staying in your RV. They will make a decision to allow or not. We've had to send photos twice and were allowed to stay each time.
the bear II 03/23/15 12:19pm General RVing Issues
RE: Saline Valley Road

A couple of co-workers decided to take the road in a company 4X4 instead of going around. Unfortunately they weren't very offroad experienced and ended up rolling the vehicle. So now their unfortunate mistake is used as a training example of what no to do when someone is out in the field in a company vehicle. They were not hurt....
the bear II 03/23/15 10:09am Truck Campers
RE: Packrat damage- even worth fixing?

Unfortunate. It doesn't take much of a hole for them varmints to squeeze through. Doubt if you would ever recoup the cost to repair if you ever sold it. Might be better to sell it to an RV salvage company for the parts they can use.
the bear II 03/23/15 10:05am General RVing Issues
RE: How to secure patio awning

Two Possible Solutions: To solve the bump your head we used a very brightly colored cloth wrap on the arm with an obstruction (big flower pots) below the arm on the pad. These work to alert you to the arm so you wlk around. There are anchors for cement that you drive into a hole in the cement. The anchor ends up flush and then use a bolt to secure the awning leg. Anchors here: http://www.sears.com/simpson-strong-tie-simpson-strong-tie-dia62ss-drop/p-SPM7202014909
the bear II 03/23/15 09:09am Tech Issues
RE: Pomona RV Shows, April vs October

Sorry I just ran across a note from RVIA indicating the Spring Show was shaping up to only have a few RVs so the RVIA cancelled the show. http://www.thebestrvshow.com/
the bear II 03/23/15 08:18am Rallies, Shows and Gatherings
RE: Pomona RV Shows, April vs October

The April show is new for 2015. Recreational Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) puts on the 10 day October show at the Fairplex in Pomona. This year they have added a 5 day spring show in April. With it being the inaugural spring show, I would expect lots of vendors. The dealers will be after the folks ready to buy for spring and summer. Plus they can unload inventory to make room for new units. You can check the RVIA website to see if there is a list of vendors for the show.
the bear II 03/23/15 08:13am Rallies, Shows and Gatherings
RE: Floor sleeping accomodations

The table bed will sleep two young adults...have used it many times for guests. Or if there is room add a piece of plywood large enough to overhang the table bed area but not block the walkway. This would provide additional width to the bed and allow folks to get to the bathroom. What do you tow with ? My brother and I used to sleep in the bed of the pickup truck with or without a cap (campershell). Young adults can sleep on the seat if it's a bench seat.... or Tent
the bear II 03/23/15 08:00am Travel Trailers
RE: First day of spring--camp on!!

Here in Southern California it seems like spring came a few weeks early...we have had close to 80 temps for about 2 weeks. Last Saturday it reached 92 degrees and we are only 6 miles from the ocean. This weekend predicted to be 73 both days.
the bear II 03/20/15 02:39pm Fifth-Wheels
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