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RE: Mountain pass Grades

Hopefully you use this braking technique to prevent brake fade: DOT commercial Driver Manual: 5.4.6 – Proper Braking Technique Remember. The use of brakes on a long and/or steep downgrade is only a supplement to the braking effect of the engine. Once the vehicle is in the proper low gear, the following is the proper braking technique: • Apply the brakes just hard enough to feel a definite slowdown. • When your speed has been reduced to approximately five mph below your "safe" speed, release the brakes. (This application should last for about three seconds.) • When your speed has increased to your "safe" speed, repeat steps 1 and 2. For example, if your "safe" speed is 40 mph, you would not apply the brakes until your speed reaches 40 mph. You now apply the brakes hard enough to gradually reduce your speed to 35 mph and then release the brakes. Repeat this as often as necessary until you have reached the end of the downgrade.
the bear II 11/21/14 02:56pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: 1/2 ton versus 3/4 ton pickup

I always advise to go with the highest capacity truck you can afford. You want to be as safe as possible so don't skimp. I drove a 1 ton dually crew cab long bed (without camper) for several years as my daily commuter. My commute was 24 miles into and out of Downtown Los Angeles during morning & afternoon rush hours. I liked having the roomy cab while stuck in bumper to bumper traffic. In addition, cars tended to move out of my way once they spotted me in their rear view mirror. Fuel mileage was 9-10MPG empty and 7-8 MPG loaded at 55MPH or 6-7 MPG at 70 MPH. The commute ride quality wasn't bad as long as the road wasn't bumpy.
the bear II 11/21/14 12:19pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Storage Facility Closing - Urgent Help Needed

Lots of spaces listed in Craigslist We store at a US Storage Facility and are happy with it except for the price $320 per month for a 10X45ft spot. But it's two blocks from home and very secure.
the bear II 11/21/14 11:39am General RVing Issues
RE: If you're going to fail obedience class - do it big!

Very funny We took our two dogs to obedience class One received the top dog award from the instructor. She was the only dog to go through the final test perfect. The other, halfway through the classes, we were asked to not bring her to class again because she was disruptive to the other dogs
the bear II 11/21/14 11:36am RV Pet Stop
RE: Opposite of Power Surge, a Power Wane

My guess would be power problem at pedestal/park power system Or your inverter/charger is failing or loose connections. Test the voltage output at the pedestal and output at your electrical outlets. If less at the electrical outlet when compared to the pedestal then I would suspect something in your RV. If the pedestal is showing low voltage let the park staff know.
the bear II 11/21/14 11:27am Tech Issues
RE: Class A or C ?

Better visibility(you sit higher and have a larger windshield) in the Class A from a sightseeing and safety standpoint. For the same length, the Class A will have more usable sq ft of floor space. X 2 Same reasons
the bear II 11/21/14 11:21am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Toilet upgrade and chemical question

I find the hand sprayer comes in "handy" when cleaning the toilet with a brush. It helps to move any debris down to the flapper valve. That's the only thing I use it for. Some folks use it like a bidet "butt" I'm not that limber and would end up with a mess.
the bear II 11/21/14 08:34am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Need A Bath Tub

There are lots of reasons to need a tub. The problem with RVs it's hard to find one large enough for an adult to use. One solution is to get a portable tub if needed for an adult. There are several styles one that folds out like a cot, inflatable tubs or a shallow inflatable for on top of a bed used for folks who have limited mobility. I have seen a few of the new larger MH and 5th wheels with fullsized tubs including the whirlpool type. These are usually in 40 + sized models. And one RV'er added a fullsized tub in the garage area of his toy hauler. His DW liked to take baths so he customized the toy hauler for her. They always stayed where there were hook ups. He added a tankless water heater for the tub water.
the bear II 11/20/14 08:53am Full-time RVing
RE: A solution to watch movies on TV with no DVD or wifi needed

Hopefully toedtoes was just trying to be funny...I laughed at his remark. And the first thought that came to mind when I read it....I bet barefoot14 owns the company...yep!
the bear II 11/20/14 08:39am Technology Corner
RE: freezer door air leak and icing

Every RV I have had has ice build up in the upper part of the freezer compartment. None of them failed the dollar bill leak test. I always thought it was caused by warm moist air condensing on cold surface from the door being opened and closed. Just like in the old timey home refrigerators before the manufacturers added fans and warming coils in the door frames. We have a cheapy apartment sized refrigerator in the office that does the same thing... about every 6 months we have to defrost it to prevent the ice build up from allowing the door to close properly.
the bear II 11/20/14 08:34am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Are there any mfrs with bad overall reputations?

What tends to happen is a manufacturer, brand, or model will become real popular. Dealers will begin ordereing the units due to demand from their customers and the manufacturer will have trouble keeping up with demand. In a rush to get as many units built as possible, quality slips. Bad reputation follows before the manufacturer is able to add enough qualified labor to keep up with demand. Most manufacturers go through this and many have gone through it several times over the various product lines and models. The really bad manufacturers end up out of business. In the 15 years I have been reading several different RV forums no one manufacturer stands out as bad that is still in business today.
the bear II 11/18/14 03:24pm Travel Trailers
RE: Monarch Butterflies

Near Pismo Beach in California there is a grove of trees where the Monarch Butterflies mate. It's really quite amazing to see. As you stand among the trees 100s of butterflies come twirling down, you have to be careful when walking.
the bear II 11/18/14 09:19am RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: Purchasing an extended warranty from the dealership?

Here's a good read regarding extended warranties. http://www.rv-dreams.com/rv-extended-warranties.html
the bear II 11/17/14 01:43pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Trailer Suspension Upgrade / Help

Our 38ft 5th wheel has a rear kitchen and in the 20 years we've towed it we've only had a couple of problems. Here's what we do: >We use tension rods and the anti-slip pads(see link below) to keep stuff from moving in the cabinets and refrigerator. These rods can be purchased at home depot, lowes or drapery stores. > all breakables are placed in some sort of cushioning or braced so they won't bounce. > appliances we use often like Keurig Coffee Maker, Convection oven, toaster are placed on the carpeted floor under the dining table. Or on the sofa covered by a heavy blanket. We do not have shocks, only the standard Dexter leaf springs and recently the EquiFlex Equalizer. I added it when I replaced the 20 year old springs last year. We learned how to prevent breakage- On our first couple of trips we did have broken dishes before we cushioned or braced to prevent bouncing. Once the refrigerator door opened en-route after hitting a really bad bump on an interstate. The bracing takes about 15 minutes to put in place before we hit the road. http://www.campingworld.com/shopping/item/grip-premium-mat-chocolate-12-x4/74699
the bear II 11/17/14 11:13am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Do you get as excited heading south as my wife and ..

Since we already live in the South we get the excited feeling when packing to head to our 4 month stay in an RV Resort on San Diego Bay for the Summer.
the bear II 11/17/14 09:14am Snowbirds
RE: New Batteries on Travel Trailer

The folks hooking up in series are using 6 volt batteries like used in golf carts. By hooking them up in series they get 12v. If you hooked up two 12v batteries in series you would get 24v. Hook them up in parallel. It's OK to leave them connected when hooked up to electric.
the bear II 11/17/14 09:10am Travel Trailers
RE: Tailgate update for 5th wheel tow vehicles

When we first bought a 5th wheel I immediately ordered a V-tailgate for the truck. Used it for many years and never really saw the advantage since I usually lowered it to load stuff into the back of the truck. With my new truck, I didn't add a V-tailgate and haven't missed it. My vote is no V-tailgate.
the bear II 11/17/14 08:05am Tow Vehicles
RE: New stereo?

I also built a box to fill in the space when I removed the OEM radio completely. We now use our iPhones or iPads and a Bluetooth speaker setup for entertainment. The existing speakers in the RV, I tied into the surround sound system I intalled for the DVD/TV/Sat box.
the bear II 11/17/14 07:57am Travel Trailers
RE: Fixing Hitch Rattle

Thanks again for this post. I installed the hitch Vise over the weekend and it solved my rattle problem completely. During the past few years I had tried wood shims, washers as shims, a U-bolt device and most would work for one or two trips but the rattle would come back. After 500 miles worth of trips, no rattle using the hitch vise. I amazed at how much more quiet it is now.
the bear II 11/17/14 07:43am Towing
RE: Towing with Express 3500 15 pass

My dad towed for many years with both Chevy and Dodge 15 passenger vans. He had two complaints. The hitch rattle seems to magnify due to the hollowness of the van And the front passenger footwell would get hot when towing up long grades or against headwinds. There are certain techniques when towing, or braking while towing, which can reduce the possibility of roll overs. Go to an RV driving school to learn how to control the setup.
the bear II 11/17/14 07:36am Tow Vehicles
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