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RE: National Park Camping

You have to keep in mind most National and State Campgrounds have been around since the 40's and 50's or longer. They were designed back when most people were tent camping and RVs were the Canned Ham type travel trailers which usually were under 20 feet in length. The roads and campsites were built to accommodate this era of campers. The parking spots at the campsites may accommodate much larger RVs but the twists, turns and trees of the roads in the campground may not. What we have found is at some campgrounds there will be sites accessible by larger RVS but it is hit and miss whether these sites are available and if the staff will allow you to enter with a larger than maximum length RV. We've actually have had rangers escort us the wrong way on the roads in order to get into a spot that would accommodate our 38ft 5th wheel. Of course this will only happen on slow days when the campground is lightly occupied. Most of the time, instead of trying to find a National or State Campground that is big rig friendly, we choose to stay in private RV Parks located near the National/State park. We drive in daily to see the sights and then come back to our RV with full hookups and all the amenities the RV park has to offer. In our opinion-It makes for a less stressful experience.
the bear II 06/22/18 11:39am Class A Motorhomes
RE: life of a rubber roof, without any damage

My 5th wheel has sat outside in Southern California for over 22 years. I would hose off the roof once per year and use a soft brush to scrub the roof to make sure all the dirt was removed. About 6 years ago a drive thru RV detail company in the RV Resort we were staying at offered to use a two stage conditioner on the roof for $65. I had them do the roof and it looked like new. 2 years ago the roof membrane where it curves over onto the sides of the 5th wheel began to split open. I used 4 inch eternabond tape to seal the cracks. No leaks. The rest of the roof still looks good.
the bear II 06/21/18 10:04am General RVing Issues
RE: Clicking from electric trailer brakes while parked; Normal?

Never heard of that happening Sounds like some sort of phantom electrical from the controller If you haven't already put a meter on the contacts to see if there's voltage present at the 7 pin connector when parked.
the bear II 06/21/18 08:50am Travel Trailers
RE: Question before the storm

X-4 on the crank. Have used it on more than one occasion when the batteries were dead and I didn't have time to recharge them. I seem to remember one time when the landing gear clutch broke and the crank would not work. I used a floor jack on the frame to raise the 5th wheel to hitch it up. The dealer replaced the landing gear (under warranty).
the bear II 06/19/18 01:10pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Just wondering.

We camped with a group where most of the members were 75 and older. Several were past 80 and traveled in 35 ft MH or 35 ft 5th wheels. My Dad used to drive his 35 ft MH from California to Indiana and back every year when he was 80 through 83. He would tow a 16ft cargo trailer behind his MH. We did ask my Dad to stop driving around 85 due to dementia. The Colorado Highway Patrol called me at 1:30 in the morning they had stopped Dad in his Jeep Liberty going the wrong way on 1-70 near Vail. I went and picked him up and he never drove after that. One of the signs we missed regarding his ability to drive were new dents and scratches in his Jeep and MH and cargo trailer. Each time we would visit him I noticed new scratches or dents...he would claim they happened when he was re-positioning a vehicle or clearing brush. I now know it was due to his dementia.
the bear II 06/19/18 01:04pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: What do you tell the campground?

27 feet
the bear II 06/19/18 09:43am Travel Trailers
RE: Found small cut in roof membrane - should I be worried?

Eternabond tape
the bear II 06/14/18 01:17pm Tech Issues
RE: August Crowds?

We usually stay outside of a national or state park and drive in daily to see the sights. It's a little bit easier to find a spot in the private campgrounds/RV Parks located nearby the National Parks. Weekdays are less crowded than the weekends so we tend to stay at the RV on the weekends and sight see during the week.
the bear II 06/08/18 12:38pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Could not run fast enough

I also use a tag clipped to the crank to remind me to lower the antenna
the bear II 06/01/18 09:47am General RVing Issues
RE: What’s it REALLY worth?

Look for similar trucks on craigslist in and around the major cities where he is located. Truck Trader.com also You'll see the high and low prices and I would pick something in the middle.
the bear II 05/31/18 10:01am Tow Vehicles
RE: How long will propane last?

We leave our water heater and refrigerator on propane when boondocking 24/7 and our propane lasts for several weeks. Two standard sized tanks.
the bear II 05/31/18 09:58am General RVing Issues
RE: San Francisco to Portland OR -- Coast Highway ???

Highway 1 is a little unnerving but can be done if you take your time and watch out for the other guy. The biggest problem is road conditions- storms, landslides, road construction...etc. We once had to turn around and go back 40 miles due to a landslide. Another time we were stuck for 6 hours while a rock slide was cleared. 101 will be the best choice and then use your TV to take side trips over to the coast to see the sights you don't want to miss.
the bear II 05/30/18 12:31pm Roads and Routes
RE: RV dealers & buying question

Most dealers will sell online so you may be able to buy from the far dealer and then go to the close dealer for any warranty work. The manufacturer reimburses the dealer for warranty work. You would need to check with the manufacturer and dealers to see if that arrangement would work.
the bear II 05/30/18 12:25pm General RVing Issues
RE: Television/antenna/internet/????

Maybe this will help. It's the manual for the roadstar antenna. http://www.winegard.com/help/images/d/db/2452249.pdf
the bear II 05/30/18 10:44am Technology Corner
RE: cloaking device turned on.

I would add lights on the side, front and rear and turn them on while driving. Lots of lights like the truckers have. I have to admit now days more and more folks are driving distracted due to their need to use the cellphone 24/7. Daily on the freeways here in Los Angeles, in 6 out of 10 cars, I see the drivers using their cellphones. Those drivers are going to fail to see even a bright orange truck.
the bear II 05/30/18 10:39am Tow Vehicles
RE: 1st pull w/ new F350

I've pulled with two duallys and my pin weight is 3500lbs. The first truck was a 3500 with overload springs. My current truck is a 4500 with a complete Link Air Rear suspension. The 3500 would float over bumps similar to the ride in a Cadillac. There were times when I could feel the suspension hit the overload springs on larger bumps. When that happened there was a noticeable bump but it wasn't jarring. The overall ride was very smooth. The 4500 with the air suspension is also smooth over bumps of any size. Over larger bumps the air system senses and adjusts the pressure automatically to overcome the bump. Air bags may help your situation.
the bear II 05/30/18 10:28am Tow Vehicles
RE: Bedroom Slide on the wrong side?

Our has the bedroom slide on the driver's side. In 22 years have never been bothered by noise and we have stayed in parks with closely arranged sites. Most parks the noise curfew is 10PM so it's rare you have neighbors who are loud past the curfew.
the bear II 05/25/18 01:08pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Awning carpet foot pad damage

It should be OK since the awning arms lock in place and will not slide open without un-doing the lock and pins. The top of the awning is held in place due to the rolled up awning fabric and spring lock. For added securing I would use some Gorilla or Duct tape and tape the bottom of the arm to the side of the trailer in addition to the bungee cord.
the bear II 05/18/18 09:48am Travel Trailers
RE: Looking for advice when dealership has caused damage to rv

You may ask the dealer to provide an extended warranty in case something related to the water leaks shows up in a year or so. Get it in writing.
the bear II 05/17/18 05:17pm General RVing Issues
RE: New Batteries - any suggestions?

I get about 4-5 years of service from Sears Diehard or Autozone Duralast 12v deep cycle batteries. I don't take good care of my batteries but have been satisfied with sets from either of the above. My first two sets were from Sears and third set was from Autozone and two years ago I bought a second set from Autozone. My 5th wheel is 23 years old.
the bear II 05/16/18 12:38pm General RVing Issues
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