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RE: TT Accident - SWAY

The driver towing the TT probably over corrected with each sway so the oscillations kept getting worse. If the driver had just hit the TT brakes everything would have straightened out and no rollover. At the first sign of sway keep your foot on the gas, hold the steering wheel straight and use the TT brakes to stop the sway. Then slow down.
the bear II 07/31/15 09:08am Tow Vehicles
RE: Winnebago Destination 37FL Rust

If it's surface rust the dealer should take care of it. A little sanding, a good primer with rust inhibitor and a couple coats of paint and you'll be good for about 10 years. Surface rust is mostly a cosmetic problem. If the rust has eaten holes in the frame, that's another story. A replacement would be warranted. You need to send a registered letter with signature receipt. Send a letter to each of the executives and one to the general manager of La Mesa. Include photos. The letters will give you a paper trail in case you decide to go to court. Be sure to write down everything you are told with dates and times for each contact.
the bear II 07/30/15 08:24am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Single or Double Rear Wheels?

You are asking about dual rear wheels (DRW) not dual axles like a semi truck. Here's my opinion- DRW- more stability I've towed with several single rear wheels and a couple of DRWs. The DRW feels much more stable on curves, stopping and quick maneuvers. Another advantage is extra tires in case of tire failure. You'll be able to limp off the highway to a safer place to get tires changed. 8ft bed- more room to carry the extra stuff. In 20 years of towing a 38ft 5th wheel I have never been in a spot where a long bed prevented me from going where I wanted to be. 4X4- unless you live where there is mud or snow many days each year, it's rare that you will need to use four wheel drive. I had it on one truck and only needed it once when towing and that was to get up a hill in a campground, I could have chosen a different campsite if I only had two wheel drive. Hope this helps...good luck with your new rig.
the bear II 07/30/15 08:15am Tow Vehicles
RE: Removable Awning

An Ez-Up type canopy would be a great solution. You find them in sizes from 8X8ft up to 15X20ft. There are many different manufacturers offering this type of awning/canopy. You can get them at Walmart, Home Depot, Costco as well as most other outdoor product retailers. Be sure to get the kind with straight legs. Here's an example http://www.walmart.com/ip/38436691?productRedirect=true
the bear II 07/28/15 03:25pm Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: camera to view inside of rv while gone

D-Link has a camera which will meet your needs. You can view the image from a smartphone or computer through the D-Link account you setup on their website/cloud. I used one to watch my Dad in his bedroom while I was at work. It worked great. Very easy to setup...you would have to power it from an inverter. I connected it directly to my router but it does have blue tooth connectivity. I got one at Best Buy
the bear II 07/28/15 12:10pm Technology Corner
RE: Battery

On two occasions the connections for my inverter were loose. Once I discovered the connections and re-tightened them. The 12v in the trailer started working.
the bear II 07/24/15 02:41pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Driving thru Yosemite with 5th wheel

It can be done using the primary roads. Some of the secondary roads leading to sight seeing spots or campgrounds may be too tight.
the bear II 07/24/15 12:11pm Fifth-Wheels

You need to check to make sure something isn't on inside your RV. If my refrigerator is on auto (switch from gas to electric) when I get home from a trip the GFI trips when I plug in. If you can't find anything on....try flipping the main breaker in the RV to OFF and then plug into shore power to see if the GFI stays on. If it does then flip the main on to see what happens. Another possibility is a ground problem somewhere in the RV. Ground isn't connected properly on some circuit or a short somewhere...
the bear II 07/24/15 12:08pm Tech Issues
RE: Sacramento to Bakersfield

I travel back and forth between Southern and Northern California numerous times each year. Sometimes I go 99 and other times I use I-5. Both take about the same time depending on traffic, weather, construction...etc. I actually prefer 99. More to see, more places to stop. 99 to Bakersfield would be my choice. If you do take I-5 be sure to stop at Harris Ranch for lunch or dinner...great food and service.
the bear II 07/24/15 10:17am Roads and Routes
RE: The $17,000 Repair of a New Aluminum F-150

This article has an "Urban Legend" feel to it. Would have been nice to have some actual photos of the damage instead of a Photoshopped mock up. I take it you didn't actually read the article, and notice the links to the dealer's actual web-site. Didn't see any photos when I opened the links. Only a write-up of the repair process. Like to see before and after photos of the repaired areas.
the bear II 07/24/15 10:11am Tow Vehicles
RE: Suggestions on source for replacement awning fabric?

PPL Motorhomes parts department...good prices and great service.
the bear II 07/24/15 08:54am Class A Motorhomes
RE: The $17,000 Repair of a New Aluminum F-150

This article has an "Urban Legend" feel to it. Would have been nice to have some actual photos of the damage instead of a Photoshopped mock up.
the bear II 07/24/15 08:53am Tow Vehicles
RE: Traveling with Spare Fuel - Where to Store?

I like to stop and stretch about every 3-4 hours when driving. It's the perfect time to pull off, top off the fuel tank, stretch, use the facilities and head back out on the road. No need for spare gas can.
the bear II 07/23/15 01:05pm Travel Trailers
RE: Additional Onan Genset Cooling?

Our Onan ran in 100 + heat for several days without any problem. It's in the same type of enclosure you described. It seems like you may be suffering from vapor lock in the fuel system. I wonder if the fuel pump is going bad. If it's not pumping with enough pressure vapor lock can happen in high heat. I've read where folks have added fans to help move the air in the generator compartment.
the bear II 07/23/15 01:00pm Tech Issues
RE: Your Thoughts on Camping with a smaller Travel Trailer

We moved from a 24ft TT to a 38ft 5th wheel. Two Main problems with the 24ft: 1. Bottleneck at the kitchen. If someone was cooking or doing dishes the walkway to the bathroom was blocked. 2. We were stuck inside for several days due to a bad storm... cabin fever kicked in. There was no place to get away from each other. In the 38ft there are no bottleneck areas. I can go to the bedroom if she gets on my nerves and watch the TV programs I want to watch.
the bear II 07/23/15 12:53pm General RVing Issues
RE: When will gas stations start truly accommodating trailers?

I use truck stops and the newer larger stations along the interstate for fuel when travelling. When we stop for the night at an RV park I will unhitch & go to the nearest station and get fuel to be ready for travel the next day. On secondary roads, I find most of the stations were built on larger pieces of land and they cater to farm vehicles so there is plenty of room for a trailer.
the bear II 07/23/15 10:07am Travel Trailers
RE: Trailer Recommendation

I would look at a Toyhauler 5th wheel. The garage area allows for flexibility. Not only can you carry all the toys but the garage will convert to a sleeping area. The garage may provide: > Most come with the option of bunks, either fold down from the sidewall or drop down from the ceiling in the garage. > Some have a 1/2 bath > A play/entertainment area if the weather is bad > and more... Do your research on line and don't just stick to ads in Canada. Look in the US as well to find the floor plan(s) you like. Once you have a couple of models you would like to see, then do a search in your area for those models.
the bear II 07/23/15 08:43am Beginning RVing
RE: A/C Tripping breaker

It may be freezing up which makes the compressor harder to start when it cycles. High humidity may cause the freezing. You may try raising the temp on the thermostat, this can help to prevent the freezing up. Breakers do wear out and will trip easier.
the bear II 07/21/15 02:10pm Tech Issues
RE: Engine Temp how hot is too hot?

210 is as high as I would want to get on the climb you described. I'm guessing...on your gauge (if it's accurate) that would be just under 3/4...220 would be 3/4. Stock gauges aren't always accurate. In my old truck the gauge was 20 degrees low. I put in an aftermarket gauge to get an accurate reading. There is a Royal Purple product called "Wetter Water" that works well. It helps to keep coolant temp at lower levels during climbs. In my 2007 C4500 Chevy (Duramax & Allison) the normal temp is 180 and I've seen it hit 195 on a 6% grade towing my 15000lb 5th wheel in near 100 degree outside temp. That was in second gear at 40 to 45MPH.
the bear II 07/21/15 02:05pm Towing
RE: How tall is your typical trailer?

It really depends on the brand, and more so the model. Within Jayco's offerings for example heights can vary by 6-8 inches. And most manufacturer web sites list heights that include the AC, because clearance is more important to most buyers. If you're calculating for mileage, I think we can save you the trouble. There is generally not much difference in mileage no matter what you tow. Weight is more of a factor than frontal area. Mileage can range from 8-12 depending on trailer weight and vehicle configuration. X-2 regarding mileage. Don't over think things just enjoy the trips
the bear II 07/21/15 10:20am Travel Trailers
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