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RE: Whats wrong with California State Parks

Keep in mind the article has to do with a comissioned panel hired to help the State Parks & Recreation department improve the facilities. That means all State Parks not just parks with camping/RV facilities. Soccer fields and public transportation would serve the folks who want to go to a park for the day but have no way to get there. The commission feels Public transportation would increase the number of daily visitors from the cities near the urban parks which in turn would make the parks more profitable for the state. Here's an example of the type of park that doesn't have camping/RV facilities http://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=478
the bear II 01/30/15 11:45am General RVing Issues
RE: Road Trip this Summer form San Diego to East Coast

The places that come to mind from several of our family trips back east when I were your kids ages. > we hit several of the Civil War battlefields > Times Square in New York city, Statue of Liberty > Every memorial in Washington DC... the capitol building, Smithsonian, Whitehouse,Library of Congress... > Niagra Falls > A maple syrup farm in Vermont > Mt Rushmore > Yellowstone > Petrified Forest > Grand Canyon > Brice & Zion Canyons are a few that stick out....
the bear II 01/30/15 11:20am Roads and Routes
RE: Removing convection oven/microwave combo for an rv range?

We haven't used our range since we added a countertop convection oven 5 years ago. My choice would be to stay with the convection/micro unit. I agree with Sandia Man to get the factory to do it if you do need the range.
the bear II 01/30/15 10:08am Toy Haulers
RE: Replacing brakes

I always use the full backing plate kit to replace the brakes. I haven't gone from 6K to 7K but have found the backing plate kit the best and easiest way to go plus it's not that expensive. When I needed to replace a broken suspension spring, I called Dexter (my axles are Dexters) and asked if I could go with the 7K springs and was told it was an exact fit. I went with the 7K and had no problem replacing all four spring sets. Call your axle manufacturer to confirm the 7K brkes will work.
the bear II 01/30/15 10:03am Fifth-Wheels
RE: where do you wash and detail your rig?

Most campgrounds have rules about doing any kind of work on your RV. Majority won't allow you to use the water for washing your RV. Most will allow you to use waterless cleaners, wax and wipe down your RV. The idea is to limit their liability and water use. I will wash mine at home and then do the waxing & detailing at the campground. Lately though we have been hiring a detailer to do the work. Cost can be $80 to $300 depending on just wash or level of detailing. The RV Resort has three detailers they allow to come into the park and work. All of them use pressure washers with a water tank and generator so they don't use the parks water or electricity.
the bear II 01/30/15 09:58am General RVing Issues
RE: What's the worst storm you have been in while camping?

Our favorite camping spot is right next to the ocean along the California coast. A couple of months in advance we had planned a 3 day weekend trip and as the planned weekend got closer the weather reports predicted a storm with wind, driving rain, lightning and high waves. We decided to go anyway because we needed a get-a-way for sanity.... We arrived Friday afternoon and got setup during a light misting rain. I had the awning out and built a fire in the fire pit. We grilled a couple of steaks and baked potatos on the BBQ. Set up our table under the awning with candles and ate our dinner while we watched the fire, listened to the waves and the gentle rain hitting the awning. Just as we finished dinner a fireworks show began to the south from the fairgrounds. It was beautiful. The rain continue through the night and the wind picked up. Saturday all H--- broke loose. Winds rocked the trailer, the rain pounded, waves kept getting bigger and would slam down so hard you could feel it in the trailer. This continued throughout the day. We were cozy inside and spent our time reading and watching movies along with watching the show outside. As the afternoon approached we began seeing lightning out over the ocean. We watched out the window as it got closer and closer. Lightning strikes on the off shore islands and to the water. Eventually the thunder was booming. As the storm passed we watched the lightning hit some railroad tracks about 20 feet away. I thought windows were going to break from the thunderous boom that followed. The storm calmed and the gentle rain came back through Sunday. Monday the sun shined and of course we had to leave. Overall it was a very relaxing weekend but a little scary through the thunderstorm.
the bear II 01/29/15 03:06pm RV Lifestyle
RE: Do I need a larger tow vehicle?

It would be my guess since you are asking the question...you already know the answer. From my experience, I would wonder if I needed a larger tow vehicle until after 3 trucks I finally worked my way up to a tow vehicle with way more capacity than I needed. I no longer wonder if I need a larger tow vehicle. So my advice to anyone who asks what size truck ? I reply as large as you can afford. You want more than enough capacity vs. just enough or too little. You will be impressed by how easier it is to tow and stop with a more than capable tow vehicle IGNORE ALL OF THE ABOVE NOW THAT THE PHOTO SHOWS UP...unless you are wondering what size tow vehicle to get.
the bear II 01/29/15 09:48am Towing
RE: Water Intrusion repair question

Often the sealant will come off in chunks if you can pull on it. Then use a nylon/plastic scraper to get rid of the leftover chunks. Use mineral spirits to get rid of residue and then wash with soap and rinse. Test the mineral spirits first to make sure it won't remove the paint. Sometimes if you leave it on too long it will eat the paint.
the bear II 01/29/15 07:47am Class C Motorhomes
RE: RV show prices

We had seen the model we wanted at a dealer about a month before a large RV Show. At the show we shopped two different dealers for the same model and got quotes from both. We called the original dealer (they weren't at the show) and told them what the show dealer quotes were. The original dealer offered the unit for $2000 less than the lowest show price offer. We left the show and went over to the dealer and closed the deal. By the way, that was over 20 years ago and all of the phone negotiations were done over one of the original brick type mobile phones. First time it was worth having.
the bear II 01/29/15 07:41am General RVing Issues
RE: Canadians and Americans living in Mexico

I worked with a man whose daughter fell in love with a mexican national while on a spring break trip in Cabo. They ended up getting married and lived in Cabo where the groom's businesses are located. During the several trips my coworker took to Cabo to see his daughter, he and his wife fell in love with the place. He was at retirement age so they ended up retiring to Cabo and opened up a charter boat service with the son-in-law. I lost touch with him but wonder if they are still down there.
the bear II 01/28/15 01:07pm RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: Grand Canyon in early April, RV safe?

We were there many many years ago in April. I just made sure the fresh water hose was disconnected, drained and put away each night to keep it from freezing. All my tanks are heated so no worry about freezing. The cold was very cold due to wind chill. Unfortunately, I had the bright idea to go to Sunrise Point one morning to watch the sunrise over the canyon. We were joined by several other die hards. Even with layers of clothes, jackets and wrapped in sleeping bags...as soon as the sun was up we jumped in the truck to head back to the warm trailer. It was well worth putting up with the cold. The colors are fantastic. A couple of years ago again in April we were there in a van (train trip & motel tour) in April. As we were about 50 miles from Williams, AZ. it began to snow. We made it to Williams, but over night a foot of snow fell. We took the train the next morning to the canyon. It was beautiful, strange to see no tracks in front of the train because they were covered in a foot of snow. The canyon is spectacular when speckled with snow. Hope you enjoy.
the bear II 01/28/15 01:00pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Hitch Shank Height for Ram 4x4?????

Luckily I have a brother who is a certified welder. I had him take my existing hitch and using steel plates weld a new shank on top to lower the hitch about 4" to work with my new 4X4 truck. It's heavy but did the job for the 5 years we had the TT.
the bear II 01/28/15 11:52am Towing
RE: Best adapter hitch

I've had the B&W Companion since 2008 and have been very satisfied with it.
the bear II 01/28/15 11:47am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Full Timing Questions

A good source for full timing info including some recent VA dealings is on www.rv-dreams.com It's by a couple that began fulltiming about 10 years ago, had never RV'd before and have become recognized experts for fulltiming in an RV. They have listed their expenses each month for the entire time they have been on the road.
the bear II 01/28/15 11:45am Full-time RVing
RE: RV routes from NC to California and up the coast.

The problem I run into when going across country is either going to and from the same way or making a loop South to go, middle route coming back. Since you've done the southern and middle routes your best option would be I-70 and I-90. I would go using I-90 and come back on I-70. I-65 north to I-74 (stop at Indy Speedway)then northwest to I-39 North to I-90 west up through South Dakota (Mt Rushmore to the south) and then in Wyoming hit the Devils Tower and on to Yellowstone. Continue on west using I-90 to reach the Washington coast and travel down to California. Once you get into the LA area take I-210 east to I-15 and head north through Las Vegas to I-70 to head back home. Sounds like a fun trip...
the bear II 01/28/15 10:04am Roads and Routes
RE: Suggestion On Buying A New Trailer.

We have bought two brand new RVs in our years of RVing. Both were consider mid-level units. Both held up to at least once per month use with several 1 to 5 weeks trips each year. The first one was a TT we sold after 16 years and we still have our 20 year old 5th wheel. Structural problems weren't a problem with either one. A couple of minor issues (which occured after the units were over 10 years old) but no trip stoppers. I do regular preventative maintenance which I feel goes a long way in stopping problems.
the bear II 01/27/15 10:10am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Anyone using Campfire in a Can - Facts & Opinions from users

Many years ago I met the inventer in Quartzsite. Nice couple. We ended up buying two of the original non-propane models from them. Very well built and pricey. 10 plus years later they still look new. We use one in the RV and one at home. We use wood or duraflame logs. I know you asked about propane models, I've seen them in use in the campgrounds we stayed in. I've talked with a couple of folks and each indicate they were happy with it. They are well built, work well and worth the money.
the bear II 01/27/15 09:54am General RVing Issues
RE: Putting on Level Bubbles

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the bear II 01/27/15 09:48am Travel Trailers
RE: If I install Air Tabs & Solid Aero Hubcaps will I get 10 mpg

I've read posts over the years where folks are attempting to improve MPG. Banks Systems, Headers, Gearing, Wings...etc. $1000,$2000,$5000 and more. Results are a 1 to 4 MPG on average improvement. Seems like a lot on money for little improvement. Like Goldencrazy posted...shortest route and light throttle. The value I get from being in the outdoors enjoying what nature provides far outweighs the travel costs.
the bear II 01/27/15 08:05am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Fiberglass Delamination

I still read posts regarding delamination on some of the new RVs. Not as many as in the past but some folks are still having problems. I remember seeing one just a month or so agao on a 2014 model...don't remember which brand.
the bear II 01/27/15 07:54am Beginning RVing
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