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RE: Which is easier to maneuver, 25ft+20ft, or pickup+30ft FW?

We have a 38ft 5th wheel pulled with a crew cab long bed dually. A couple of times we have had to go the wrong way on a campground loop to get into a spot. Other times I've had to get the 5th wheel to a certain spot in the site and then unhitch the truck to reposition it to move the 5th wheel where I wanted it to be. At one of our favorite spots I actually have to parallel park the 38ft 5th wheel in a 45ft long spot. This requires getting the tailend in to the spot. Unhitching and then placing the truck at a 90° angle to the 5th wheel hitch it back up and push the front end of the 5th wheel into place. It's fun to watch all of the non-5th wheel RV'ers come over and watch how I accomplish the task. Lot's of "I wasn't sure how you were going to get it in there" comments. Moral of the post- usually there is a way to get it in to a spot with practice.
the bear II 10/24/14 10:24am Fifth-Wheels
RE: sterring stabilizer

Used them in the past and have been satisfied. Need one now but haven't taken the time to add one. They really help on bumpy roads, crossing railroad tracks, grooved pavement...dampens the effect on the steering. Many have claimed they helped when a front tire blows out...I've never had that happens so can't speak to it.
the bear II 10/24/14 08:26am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Which is easier to maneuver, 25ft+20ft, or pickup+30ft FW?

With practice any setup in comparable length will get easy to maneuver. The problem will be if the roads are too narrow or turns too tight. There is a point with any setup where it is impossible to get where you need to be no matter how practiced you are. When you run into something like this then you either find someplace else to park or use some other means to get everything parked...like take the trailer in to the spot using a forklift or powered trailer mover and then park the truck or B+
the bear II 10/24/14 08:21am Fifth-Wheels
RE: What to purchase....TT, 5er, MH, ???

We don't have kids but if I were in your situation I would look at toy hauler 5th wheels or TTs. The garage area provides the flexibilty to carry bikes and other "toys" for the kids, when parked and unloaded it allows the kids to have their area inside. The garage provides additional living space and separate beds for the kids.
the bear II 10/23/14 08:15am Family Camping
RE: Are there any RV toilets with a P trap?

In 50 years of RVing the only time we have experienced odors from the black tank is when something is wrong... black tank roof vent blocked, gasket between the toilet and flange is bad or seal at the flap is bad. Once the problems were fixed no more smell. We have always used Thetford Aqua Kem. It is a deoderizer plus has enzymes to break up the gunk. Another tip is to use more water to flush. Fill the bowl half full before flushing.
the bear II 10/23/14 08:08am Full-time RVing
RE: Where do you guys take your colf cart camping?

We decided to get two Mobility Scooters off of Craigslist instead of a golf cart. They are easier to carry (comes apart in 6 pieces). Plus we both get to drive. We added awnings so they look like half sized golf carts. An awning similar to this http://www.moosemobilityscooter.com/product/awning/ Lots of fun plus we can go places where golf carts aren't allowed.
the bear II 10/23/14 07:57am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Landing Gear Lights Turn On By Themselves

My landing gear are still powered when the battery switch is in disconnect position. The landing gear controller is directly wired to the batteries.
the bear II 10/23/14 07:48am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Is this slide out motor gone?

For my slideout motors there are tiny circuit breakers located where the controller for the motors is located near the main batteries. These circuit breakers have micro switches located on the side or bottom that will pop out when the motor is over worked. Press the switch in and motors begin to work again. The circuit breakers look like automotive 12v relays. They are black, about 1 1/2 inches long and 1 inch wide with two terminals for the wiring. Feel for the micro switch and push it. It's tough to tell when it's tripped the switch barely pops out from the normal position.
the bear II 10/22/14 03:55pm Tech Issues
RE: Covering camper inside barn

It's a lot easier to wash it off than it is to put on and take off the cover. Also, stuff that has been stored in most barns for a long time (many years) will show a lot of dust but for a few months to a year you may not have that much dust on it. Unless the barn is really active.
the bear II 10/22/14 03:47pm Travel Trailers
RE: Generator/s

The only reason to go to 50 amps is to run large draw appliances like an air conditioner and washer or dryer at the same time. Your 30 amp service should be able to handle an air conditioner and most small appliances as you need them. I use two Honda 2000i with a parallel kit (30 amps) when I need to use the air conditioner (15000 BTU). If no air conditioner is needed we can get by with just one of the Honda 2000i.
the bear II 10/22/14 03:41pm General RVing Issues
RE: Gas/Diesel and Resulting Transmission Temps

On my 4500 duramax with allison, the trans temp guage rarely moves up. I have seen it go up about 10 degrees on a 90 degree day during a long 6 to 10% grade (21 miles long). The tach is usually around 2500RPMs (45 MPH) on that type of grade. On flat and level the tach sits below 2000 at 60MPH.
the bear II 10/22/14 02:52pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Best way to hook up sewer hoses for two holding tank?

For the grey water tank I use a cap and sewer connection with garden hose fittings like pictured above in Old-Biscuit's post. Black water tank uses the large sewer hose connection. Been using this setup for 20 years with no problem.
the bear II 10/22/14 09:07am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Wyoming Wind Indicator.

Many moons ago, Towing a 23ft TT with a Dodge Ramcharger equipped with a 318 V8 for 60 miles through Wyoming against a headwind I averaged 3MPG. 45MPH with my foot on the floor the whole way...I was actually able to watch the gas gauge drop as we went along.
the bear II 10/22/14 09:01am Roads and Routes
RE: AAA Magazine - F450 Commercial Drivers License ??

Commercial drivers license is based on weight you can leggaly haul/tow. Some states are discussing adding a special endorsement process for heavier vehicles including large MHs
the bear II 10/22/14 08:17am Fifth-Wheels
RE: The best way to winterize your RV

Best way is to Move it to Southern California for the winter.
the bear II 10/22/14 08:13am Beginning RVing
RE: Increased power for Chevy 3500 Class C

After pulling my 5th wheel for the first time I realized I needed more power. I had a 350 swapped for a 454 and after spending $2500 to make the swap and get out all of the bugs (bad vibration damper, fan clutch and new 4 row radiator, burnt spark plug wires) It really didn't make that much of a difference...sure I was able to go up hills about 15MPH faster while towing. On a 6% grade that meant I was doing 43 instead of 30.... whoopee. After awhile, to save wear and tear on the drivetrain, I learned to just keep it in first gear and cruise up 6% to 10% grades at 22MPH and enjoy the scenery. Often I'll feed the squirrels as they run along side. A real bonding with nature experience. Now I've gone to a Duramax Diesel and Allison trans equipped truck....made all of the difference in towing up 6 and 10% grades....This truck more than meets my needs. Moral of my post.... Get a more powerful MH.
the bear II 10/22/14 08:09am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Rest Stop vs. The Hills Have Eyes

Bear II...what type of camera system do you have on your fiver? I have a system I bought at Costco it came with 3 cameras & I added a 4th it's made by Uniden. Have had it for 3 years now with no problems.
the bear II 10/21/14 03:28pm RV Lifestyle
RE: 12volt TV/DVD player

Add a battery or two and a 2000 watt inverter and enjoy using 110V appliances. Throw in a small generator to charge the batteries and you can enjoy for days.
the bear II 10/21/14 03:11pm Truck Campers
RE: Didn't Believe about the Chinese Tires

X2 on the XPS RIBS....
the bear II 10/21/14 03:09pm Travel Trailers
RE: Can a tire explode from Over-inflation?

I've seen some of the new tires show 44 all the way up to 60 PSI as Maximum. Maybe the rental comapany went by the sidewall. I just had two Michelins put on my Toyota Avalon and they have a max of 44PSI on the sidewall
the bear II 10/21/14 01:59pm Tow Vehicles
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