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RE: tiny house

I've watched the shows where folks are looking for tiny houses. It's rare that they look at RVs there have been a few. The comments you hear when they look at an RV along with the tiny houses....the RVs look like RVs and the tiny houses look more like houses/cabins. Other than that I agree it's a fad thing... One couple chose the RV they looked at mostly because it was cheaper and they could tow it with their existing SUV. It was a Casita fiberglas TT. Both my wife and I feel if more of them looked at a 5th wheel along with the tiny houses more would choose a 5th wheel. Especially those who plan to move it often.
the bear II 10/20/16 01:24pm General RVing Issues
RE: Lake Cachuma Ca.

Keep in mind if the drought continues the lake level is low.
the bear II 10/20/16 01:16pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Black/Grey tanks

...this possibly a holdover from when many units had a black tank, but were designed to essentially dump the grey water on the ground? -------------------------------------------------------------------------- Yes, in the past. Now it's more likely it's a weight distribution thing.
the bear II 10/17/16 12:22pm Tech Issues
RE: Lithium CR2032 - 3V Energizer

I have several remotes using that sized battery. Anytime the remote begins to act up I know it is time to replace the battery. Sorry I can't help you with the capacity stuff. I just remove and replace.
the bear II 10/14/16 04:07pm Tech Issues
RE: Need 5th Wheel Advice - Which Cab & Box on GM HD2500

I've only towed with longbed trucks and both standard cab and crewcabs plus with SRW and DRW. I have had shortbed trucks towing bumper puull trailers but not 5th wheels. My preference is a longbed, DRW, Crewcab.... Here's why: > I find the ride is smoother with the longbed especially on highway that were built in sections. The shortbeds get bouncy due to the sections creating an oscillation because the wheelbase is too short. > More space to carry all the stuff you need or think you need. > Full sheets of drywall/plywood as well as other stuff when not towing. Crewcab- more room to securely carry stuff in the backseat. Room for passengers on those sightseeing side trips. Room for pets if you have them. That's my two cents...
the bear II 10/13/16 09:12am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Tandem trailer towing

I've seen some trailer setups using custom built trailer where a rack was built from the boat trailer frame rails above the boat to haul other toys. Mostly I see boats with two jet skis above, but I've also seen boat with a sandrail above and a boat with two quad runners above. I've even seen a boat with another boat above. So you could have a boat with a popup above. Personally I would change out the pop up for a pickup and camper (or motorhome) then tow the boat.
the bear II 09/20/16 08:20am Folding Trailers
RE: A Question of Value

A friend just listed his truck on Craigslist and sold it within 1 hour from the time the listing showed up. He sold it for the asking price he listed in the ad. Trucks are popular.
the bear II 09/19/16 03:48pm Beginning RVing
RE: Limited Access Rvs

My wife has bad knees and my 94 year old wheelchair bound dad used to travel with us. I installed a Burr Handi-Lift near the door. It allowed me to raise my dad in his wheelchair up to the doorway and wheel him into the RV. There are companies that build portable aluminum step and porch setups that make it easier to get up into rvs. They are easy to put up and take down plus fold flat for transport.
the bear II 09/19/16 02:27pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Slides, whole wall or 2 smaller?

Our living room slide out is 14ft long and 4ft deep. Our RV is 22 years old and we have never had a problem with the slide out except one wire nut came loose about 5 years ago. Quick fix and slide was back in action. One Thanksgiving dinner we had 8 people sitting in that slide. 4 at the dining table and 4 on the couch. If it's built right the super slide is the way to go.
the bear II 09/19/16 02:19pm Beginning RVing
RE: Anyone know how to safely remove a previous coat off roof?

Without photos it's difficult to advise what you should do. Since it's an 88 the repair needs to be inexpensive due to the low resale value of the RV. Based on what you describe I would cut away or pull off any loose patching material. Clean the entire roof and make sure it is dry. I would use eternabond tape to seal all seams and tears and then use Eternabond sealant to coat the roof. See this website for more info http://www.eternabond.com/RV-Leak-Repair-Products-s/22.htm
the bear II 09/16/16 03:06pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Standing showers in bunkhouse models.

Just carry along an inflatable tub https://www.amazon.com/Garanimals-Inflatable-Safety-Bathtub-Disney/dp/B0088QU1NY
the bear II 09/16/16 11:14am Travel Trailers
RE: How big is big enough?

Comfort is the key... What we use as a guide is if we had to stay inside for 2 weeks due to really bad weather how comfortable would we be. Our first RV had bench seats so the only way to be comfortable for long periods of reading or watching TV was to stretch out on the bed. That would work for a few hours. But for all day I prefer a recliner so I would make sure a fulltime RV would have room for at least one recliner with plenty of room to walk by it. A swivel rocker recliner is best choice. So an RV with a good sized bathroom, shower, and floor space to accommodate a recliner would be my must haves.
the bear II 09/16/16 11:11am Full-time RVing
RE: RV Insurance

We chose Progressive based upon posts in this and other RV forums. So far I've been satisfied with the service on two accident claims. Price was the best that I could find.
the bear II 09/16/16 08:51am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Load distribution for fifth wheels/goosenecks?

Keep the most weight over the axles and balanced side to side as much as possible is the way most RV manufacturers build 5th wheels/gooseneck trailers.
the bear II 09/15/16 03:35pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: RV Storage

I wish I only had to pay $120 per month ours is $327.00 per month in Los Angeles area. The cave storage would be my choice vs uncovered if the price is about the same and the spot is within a 50 mile drive.
the bear II 09/15/16 03:31pm Travel Trailers
RE: I think this guy needs a WD hitch and a little adjustment..

If I remember correctly the ford explorers have air bags instead of springs. Looks like the air bags aren't compensating for the tongue weight.
the bear II 09/15/16 02:10pm Towing
RE: Windshield has a gap

This reminds me of a 1978 Dodge Ramcharger I bought. The rear side windows were a little too small for the openings. The first heavy rain water was coming in like crazy. The service manager at the dealer tried to tell me all cars leak. I said that's funny because my 1977 Honda Civic doesn't leak at all. Any way they took some black sealant between the glass and the gasket and used it to force the gasket back towards the window opening. It came out looking good and stopped any further leaking. Sounds like your window is shifting in the gasket. If it can be re positioned maybe sealant will help keep it in place.
the bear II 09/15/16 01:45pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: RV Toilet Treatment

For over 30 years we have used Thetford Aqua-Kem Dri powder packets. After flushing the tank and closing the valve I fill up the toilet bowl with water, empty one packet and flush. I fill up the bowl with water and flush two more times. Even if the RV has been stored for months, no smell and no smell while using the RV. The enzymes in this product really seem to work. No clogs, no smell and when empty the bottom of the tank is just as white and clean as it was when new.
the bear II 09/15/16 12:34pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Replacing leaf springs or installing helper springs

I spent two weekends replacing my springs on our 5th wheel. I was by myself and used a floor jack plus a bottle jack, 4 jack stands plus 2X4s cribbing. I did one spring at a time. I switch from 6,000 to 8,000lb springs and installed the wet bolts plus equiflex setup along with new wheel bearings. Brakes were good so no need to replace. One weekend per side. Although a tough project it was really very satisfying to do it and know that I saved the $500 to $1000 install cost I was quoted by various RV repair shops. The 5th wheel has less wiggle going over bumps and when parked as we walk around inside.
the bear II 09/13/16 04:40pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Replace elect awaning with manual

I had considered going with an electric awning when our manual was showing it's age. After reading posts on several RV forums, I chose to go with a new Carefree manual. It's two years old and still works like brand new. I can leave it out in up to 20 MPH winds without needing to strap it down.
the bear II 09/13/16 04:30pm Class C Motorhomes
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