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RE: A/C service repair shops

Several RVers have posted that a friend or small town A/C tech has been able to repair and charge the RV A/C unit. But normally it is a remove and replace type of fix since the labor cost to work on old will come close to the cost of a new unit.
the bear II 10/16/14 01:30pm Tech Issues
RE: Insurance Recommendations

I searched different insurance companies and found the best deal through a broker that was Poli-Seek but recently changed to AIS. They found a policy through Progressive that was 50% cheaper than Allstate that I had at the time. So far I have gotten good service from Progressive on a "not my fault" accident.
the bear II 10/16/14 01:26pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Tire insurance?

I have insurance on the sets of tires I bought at America's/Discount Tire Store. It was an extra $16 per tire and covers road hazards and workmanship for the useable life of each tire. Also includes free air pressure checks and periodic tire rotation. I've used it a couple of times for nail punctures and once for a bulge. Tires fixed or replaced and balance at no extra cost.
the bear II 10/16/14 01:20pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: MH vs 5er

I would rent a MH and take it on at least a one week trip of 1000 plus miles. Get a feel for it. To get the feel for towing a trailer you can rent trucks and trailers from a few sources, but your best bet is a friend or a relative that may have one and let you drive it while they instruct you. We prefer a 5th wheel but I think a MH would be a better choice for someone that has never towed or backed in a trailer. You do get more for your money with a 5th wheel- dollar for dollar. But once you add in the new truck the cost is very close to a mid-level MH. To answer the MH long drives vs 5th wheel long stay it boils down to two reasons: To go from the tow vehicle to the 5th wheel you have to get out in the weather, unlock the entrance door and get in the 5th wheel. With a MH you pull over and take a step back to the living area. No weather concerns. The other reason, before leveling jacks were added to 5th wheels it took longer to get settled in a camp site. MH would be setup in less than a half hour. 5th wheels would take up to an hour. Now that time difference has gone away due to the auto levelers on 5th wheels.
the bear II 10/15/14 04:05pm Beginning RVing
RE: A NEW SRW vs DRW pulling a short heavy FW

At 50 MPH, going across the bridge in St Louis my inner dual blew out due to a large rock. I was able to tow safely to the otherside of the bridge, get off on a side street and change the tire with the spare. Barely knew that the tire had blown, the loud pop was the only indication.
the bear II 10/15/14 02:05pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: UPGRADING FROM POP-UP

Your best bet is to go to a large RV Show where lots of manufacturers and dealers show off their stuff. Try to find one put on by RVIA or the Georgia RV dealer association, not one put on by just one dealer. Find the TT you like, that fits your needs and then spend some time in it. try moving around in it, stand in the shower sit on the toilet make sure everything is comfortable. If someone is cooking at the stove how hard is it to get past them. If your stuck inside due to bad weather would it be comfortable for long hours of sitting. Lots of storage.....look for what works for you. Quality is hit and miss... we've chosen our last two RVs from model lines consider mid-level. The first one held up for over 16 years until we sold it and we've had our current one for 20 years. We use them at least once per month and for a couple of week long trips each year. Neither one had any major quality related problems.
the bear II 10/15/14 10:43am Travel Trailers
RE: A NEW SRW vs DRW pulling a short heavy FW

"...I do expect to drive the truck quite a bit in the city and park them in residential areas where family sedans are expected to park normally. The length concerns me but the width really concerns me. In suburb shopping malls, I can just park far away and walk a bit more no problem there but do I have that option in underground downtown parking lots? " -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- I was in sales when using my 3500 as a daily driver. I was all over Los Angeles- parking in alleys, residential streets, parking garages (above and below ground), shopping malls, strip malls...etc. I was always able to find a place to safely park. I don't mind walking so parking far out in a lot worked. My favorite thing to do was to drive through a parking structure and setoff car alarms. Sometimes the weight of the truck causing the ramps to bounce or the loud exhaust (454 wi headers) would set off most of the alarms. It was also cool to pull up to valet parking at a hotel and have the truck sitting out front next to the Porsches,Lambos, Benzs, Ferraris...etc when I came out of my meeting. By the way not only was it a dually but it was also a crewcab long bed.
the bear II 10/15/14 10:33am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Generator A/C

Looks like it provided a route for additional wiring from or to the generator. Perhaps for a second A/C unit or monitor system or was used on a boat instead of an RV and was wired differently....just guessing. I bought a used one from a military source, it had extra connections on it that mine didn't have. I just made sure all extra wires were removed or capped with wire nuts and tape before hooking it up to my RV.
the bear II 10/15/14 10:22am Tech Issues
RE: A NEW SRW vs DRW pulling a short heavy FW

I actually have never worried about weight. I have found towing with a dually to be more stable than with a SRW truck. I have towed the same exact 15000 lb 5th wheel with a 2500 SRW, F250 SRW, 3500 Dually and now a 4500 dually by far the 3500 and now the 4500 provided a more stable feel when towing especially on curvy mountain roads. I've never expected an empty truck to ride like a car so the ride to me is of little concern. I used the 3500 as my daily driver for several years, which included commuting the Los Angeles Freeways each week day.
the bear II 10/15/14 09:43am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Gas or electric? Which cools fridge faster

Put a bag of ice in it to help cool quicker if you need to.
the bear II 10/15/14 09:33am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Dish or Direct or nothing

Another option which is getting better as technology improves is to use an internet connection to access TV & Movies. Services like ROKU, HULU,VUDU, Netflix, Amazon Prime and more can be accessed over the internet to view TV programs and Movies plus other content. In addition many of the broadcast companies provide streaming of their content from the company's website. The key is to have a good internet connection which can be spotty at RV Parks. They are getting better but the best solution for now is to have your own connection through one of the cell based services. There are associated fees and some of the services are cumbersome to use but they are getting better. In my opinion, this type of internet based entertainment service will eventually replace satelite based service.
the bear II 10/15/14 08:40am Technology Corner
RE: Trailer Mover?

Most wheelchairs are rated under 300lbs however there are some for big folks rated up to 1000lbs.
the bear II 10/14/14 01:29pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Slideout flexes and deforms when retracted

Sounds like some adjustment is needed for the retracting mechanicals or the stop switch. I had to adjust the stop switch beacuse the motor continued to run eventhough the slide had fully retracted. It was beginning to damage the wall around the slide opening.
the bear II 10/14/14 01:24pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: CLASS A vs. CLASS C

If you compare the actual useable living space of similar sized Class A and Class C the Class A has more useable living space. I find I like driving a Class A better than I do a Class C. Another thing to keep in mind the drivetrain and suspension components for a Class A come from the same used in Commercial Truck fleets. They are designed for up to a million miles of trouble free commercial service. Reliabilty is built in. My choice would be a Class A.
the bear II 10/14/14 01:20pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Took pics of roof Maybe this is causing the leaks??

Also check the sealant around your windows.
the bear II 10/14/14 10:05am Travel Trailers
RE: How much will my stuff shift when pulling a TT?

For the most part stuff doesn't shift. Once in awhile an aggressive manuever or really rough road will cause something to move. We put heavy items (like coffee maker, portable ice maker, computer) on the floor, sofa or bed. The shelf liner mentioned above works great.
the bear II 10/10/14 07:48am Beginning RVing
RE: Roof Air runs alot

No It will run 24/7 for months at those levels of temps. Just make sure the filter is cleaned and the fins are clear of debris from time to time. Once the temps get above 75 we make sure all window blinds are down or turned so no sun light comes in. We have awnings over each window plus the patio awning all are deployed. Above 80, Guests/kids are told to stay in or out no going in and out. We leave the A/C on 24/7 anytime the temps are over 80 outside. It helps to cool everything down inside and the A/C doesn't have to work as hard to keep it comfortable inside.
the bear II 10/10/14 07:44am General RVing Issues
RE: what needed fot generator

I would go with a 3000 that has a remote start feature. Stay dry inside and push the button on the fob to start the generator.
the bear II 10/09/14 03:50pm Truck Campers
RE: Tent Camping Tips and Tricks

My favorite tip is to buy a 38 foot 5th wheel and stop roughing it...sorry I just had to write this.
the bear II 10/09/14 03:48pm Tent Camping
RE: Cool find on Craigslist!

Our first RV was a Chassis mounted camper on a 1959 International 1 1/2 ton Four Wheel Drive truck. The original owner had it specially built to take trips up to Alaska (Alaskan roads were really rough back then). The camper was built using one inch square tubing covered with aluminum siding. It was insulated and had an interior very similar to the one in the Craigslist ad. It was a tough setup. Worked very well offroad, even in soft sand. Of all of our RVs over the years it is the one I wished I hadn't gotten rid of. We traded it in on a Dodge Ramcharger to tow a new TT we bought. I keep watching Craigslist hoping to see it turn up one day.
the bear II 10/09/14 03:45pm General RVing Issues
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