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RE: 1994 alfa gold slide out will not retract

On our 1994 Alfa a wire nut came loose at the motor. I had to remove the pan covering the slideout mechanicals underneath the 5th wheel. As soon as I saw the motor with the two loose wires I knew what was wrong. Twisted them back together put on a new wire nut along with black tape to hold it and the other wire nut in place. Screwed the pan back on rechaulked and we were ready to go. It took about 45 minutes. Slideout still working after 6 years.
the bear II 09/17/14 03:58pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Portable generator

You need to add up all of the watts of the devices you might be using at the same time. Then choose the generator based upon the watts and your size requirements. I'm guessing a 1500 watt might serve you better. Once you know the wats you need look through the Camping World, Northern Tools, Sears, Cabellas, Bass Pro Shops or the generator manufacturer websites to locate one that meets your demension requirements.
the bear II 09/15/14 01:16pm Travel Trailers
RE: Trim over screws at roof line coming off

You may need to use longer screws for the trim piece the water may have damaged the wood so the original screws won't hold well. I had to go to a screw that was 1/2 inch longer to get to solid wood on one spot.
the bear II 09/15/14 08:30am Travel Trailers
RE: Funny remarks

They live and learn...the Torque is a nice looking unit...enjoy
the bear II 09/15/14 08:27am Toy Haulers
RE: 110 and 119 at the same time

Usually coax from each outlet will terminate at a switch (SW-21 is one model dish uses). This switch has a single outlet for the coax to run to your receiver box. The receiver and switch work together to pull the signal from the 110 or 119 satellite as needed.
the bear II 09/15/14 08:25am Technology Corner
RE: Building Your Own TT

An alternative would be to buy a good used TT and then remodel it to fit your needs. Building from scratch can be costly and is complex due to weight considerations and positioning of the components (water & Holding tanks, appliances, propane tanks and lines...etc.). Starting with a used TT a lot of these decisions have already been made for you.
the bear II 09/12/14 11:16am Travel Trailers
RE: Class C bashing

It always boils down to supply and demand.
the bear II 09/12/14 11:11am Class C Motorhomes
RE: How close is too close

The Thorley headers on my 454 caused several problems at first. >Melted the casing on the speedo cable. It ran above the headers over to the transmission. I finally found some high heat resistant heater hose, that I cut open and covered the new speedo cable with. > Never lost brakes but they got spongy so I covered the brake lines near the headers with fiberglas cloth. > Melted the power cables at the starter eventhough there was a heat shield. I installed new cables and wrapped them with the heater hose. Over time (about 2 years) it got brittle so I had to replace it. > Burnt spark plug wires. I tried a couple of sets but nothing worked until I bought a set with ceramic ends for the spark plug caps. At the time we were going up several different 6 to 10% grades in 80 degree heat. Most of the grades were under 10 miles long but he worst one was 21 miles long. I was in first gear at 15 to 22 MPH, squirrels ran along side so we could feed them peanuts...just kidding.
the bear II 09/12/14 11:06am Class A Motorhomes
RE: warped brake roters

Heavy load, China Made rotors, overworked brakes due to hilly conditions can result in warped rotors.
the bear II 09/11/14 02:56pm Tech Issues
RE: Tire defect?

It's funny what tire dealers will say... I was told it's where the steel band was to hold the tires onto the pallet when they are shipped. Didn't believe it for a minute. Anyway, didn't seem to affect the tire. Have seen it on others.
the bear II 09/11/14 02:52pm Tow Vehicles
RE: new place to boondock?

Problem is some cities have enacted restrictions on sleeping overnight in business areas, public streets and parking lots. Even if the 24 fitness manager says it's OK the police may ticket you for violating this ordinace. The goal is to cut down on the homeless sleeping in vehicles/cardboard boxes of all shapes and sizes.
the bear II 09/10/14 03:52pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Key Features of Your Fifth Wheel

The couple of things I wish I had are automatic levelers and auto dump valves. As I'm headed towards senior citizen status, I find it harder and harder to get down to pull pins and levers. It's even worse trying to get back up. Our floorplan is very good for entertaining and comfort. The in house Washer & Dryer is very convenient to have.
the bear II 09/10/14 07:27am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Lions, tigers and mice

There was something posted in the past about using rope lights laid in a circle around the RV. Seems this helped to keep critters away. LEDs won't use much electric. My buddy in Indiana swears by moth balls ...he has several RVs on his farm with no mice.
the bear II 09/09/14 04:01pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Upper Fridge vent blocked off...Why?

To keep rain from coming in ? Maybe the factory had some complaints and this was a way to solve a problem.
the bear II 09/09/14 03:57pm Travel Trailers
RE: Generator on RV tongue

Look at the Mountain Master website they build truck bodies and boxes. They have a generator in a box that would be a template for what you need.
the bear II 09/09/14 01:39pm General RVing Issues
RE: Question on Television wiring in my 5th wheel

The trailer has RG6 coax Dish use RG8 coax to get the signal from the dish to the satellite box. That's why you have to run a separate feed through the window. I made mine permanent by finding a means to run the RG8 cable into the RV from the compartment my electrical cord comes out of. I was bale to feed the cable over to where the main TV and sat box sit. Now I just wind up the cable and store it inside the compartment for travel. Some Dish Sat boxes are setup to feed two tvs. If you don't have one of those you can split the signal coming out of the box (TV out) and run a separate coax up to the other tvs or feed the TV out to your " plug on the side wear I attach the cable to for my TV signal" this will put the sat box signal onto all three TV connections...same channel will show on all 3 TVs. If you want to see different channels on each tv you will need a dish antenna that provides multiple feeds and a sat box for each tv or "Hopper" box.
the bear II 09/09/14 01:37pm Technology Corner
RE: 2014 Dutchmen Travel Trailer Brake Adjustment

Yes they have a star just like drum brakes on a car. There is a magnet but you can use the star to adjust the brakes. By the way you need to use the star to pull the shoes in in order to remove the drum. There is a lip that won't allow the drum to come off unless the brakes shoes have been adjusted in. You can do it yourself. The star will be a little off center of the hole so you'll need an offset adjusting tool. You want the brake shoe to just barely rub the drum as you spin the tire. You'll hear "Shoe Shoe Shoe.." as you spin the tire. If you adjust the brakes and still aren't getting a strong brake feel you may need an aftermarket controller. Some folks have had problems with the factory supplied untis.
the bear II 09/09/14 01:25pm Tech Issues
RE: tire inflation on tow vehicle

Yes. I inflate mine to max pressure on tire sidewall for towing. Since I tow often, I leave them there all the time. Don't get a harsh ride, tires still wear fine, and I can't forget to up the pressure for towing. Works fine for me. X 2 why waste time adjusting and readjusting just run the max shown on the tire sidewall. Go big or go home.
the bear II 09/09/14 01:15pm Hybrid Travel Trailers
RE: TC bends frame of Dually - pic

Could the length of the trailer tongue act as a lever using the camper as a fulcrum and bend the frame due to weight, large bump in the road or driving in or out of a dip/driveway.
the bear II 09/09/14 10:47am Truck Campers
RE: Newbie with only Cruise America experience

Rental RVs get abused vs the way a private owner would treat one. You might try taking a test drive in new or slightly used RVs at a dealer to judge the ride and noise. Another option is a trailer. The tow vehicle can be selected to provide a good quiet ride. You won't hear any of the rattles from inside the trailer while towing.
the bear II 09/09/14 10:40am Class C Motorhomes
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