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RE: disc brakes

With my old truck I was never happy with the 5th wheel brakes. I had tested everything, cleaned connections & adjusted the brakes on the trailer many times but they just didn't feel strong enough. I had the right voltage and adjustment was correct each time. The controller was the type that connects to the truck brake master cylinder using the correct adapter for my truck. It was so bad that I often considered changing out to Disc Brakes on the 5th wheel. I bought a new truck that came with a drawtite electronic brake controller already installed.... with the first tow the brakes on the 5th wheel worked like I wanted them to. My old controller setup for some reason wasn't compatible. No need to change to discs I'm very happy with the 5th wheel brakes now.
the bear II 03/24/17 11:48am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Yes Another Generator Question

Keep an eye on Craigslist or some of the new local classifieds that are popping up online. You can often find great buys on larger wattage generators in good condition.
the bear II 03/22/17 03:37pm Tech Issues
RE: Long bed vs. short bed

After towing the same TT with 3 different SRW longbed pickups and then with a DRW crewcab longbed. I now have a 38ft 5th wheel that I have towed with a SRW longbed and two different DRW crewcab longbed trucks. My preference is DRW, crewcab longbed...for stability and cargo space plus passenger space when needed in the crewcab. One of the DRW, Crewcab longbed pickups I used for 4 years as a daily driver into downtown Los Angeles. Other drivers tend to get out of your way...
the bear II 03/22/17 01:40pm Tow Vehicles
RE: what's the best way to repair small tear in awning?

Awning repair taped worked on my rip (sounds like similar to yours) It held for over a year and then during a gusty wind the fabric gave up after 20 years. The whole thing ripped off but the repair was still good.
the bear II 03/20/17 02:06pm Tech Issues
RE: Another LA traffic (210) question....

I live in southern California and often travel the highways leading to I-5. I use the truck transition lanes since they tend to be less crowded and fewer idiots cutting in & out of traffic. You are not required to use them in a MH.
the bear II 03/20/17 02:02pm Roads and Routes
RE: I think we are done

We were in our early thirties when we moved into our current neighborhood. Several neighbors had RVs; these were folks in their 60's and 70's. Within a few years each of the neighbors had gotten rid of their RV. One neighbor said they had decided to spend more time around home. I guessed most of them had the RV when their kids were still living at home and now the kids were gone. Now that we are creeping past 65 I'm beginning to realize why our neighbors may have sold off their RVs... It's a lot of work which wasn't so bad when we were younger but now that our joints ache and pit stops are more frequent RVing is losing the appeal it once had for us.
the bear II 03/20/17 12:30pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: 2017 Tiffin Allegro Bus 45 OPP depreciation

A good reality check is to do some research online at RV sales sites like RV Trader, PPL Motorhomes, Ebay, Craigslist and others. Take a look at motorhome prices for nearly new to 10 year old units. It's amazing to see how much the value drops year over year.
the bear II 03/17/17 11:34am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Dish tripod

I used a tripod I bought at HomeDepot...the kind used on house roofs for TV antennas. Just add a length of conduit for the dish to clamp on to.
the bear II 03/17/17 10:50am Technology Corner
RE: Small Generator choice for 5W

I have 2- Honda 2000i Generators for times when we need lots of power. These can be tied together to provide close to 4000 watts to power Air Conditioner and other equipment/appliances. To just charge batteries when boondocking and we don't need a lot of power I use a 1500W generator I bought at Walmart for a steal because the box was heavily damaged. This is a very quiet generator so I can let it run all day to recharge the batteries. All 3 use gasoline so I carry a 3 gallon gas can which lasts about 3 days for the two 2000i Hondas and over a week for the 1500w. Gas is not a big problem if you get one of the metal safety cans that seal really well and a good spout. Alternative is to add more batteries... we have 4 and can go for 3 days by only running 12v stuff. If we need to run the furnace or inverter for TVs/laptop then the batteries will last 2 days. Use the 1500w to recharge or recharge with the truck as we travel from destination to destination
the bear II 03/16/17 01:08pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: ? Awning on Slide Question

Some of the higher end motorhomes will have awnings on both sides of the RV. Like all awnings they provide shade to help keep the sun away from the sides and slideouts.
the bear II 03/14/17 01:31pm General RVing Issues
RE: Help with trip out West

Due to a possible super volcano eruption in Yellowstone I would do it now while it is still there and scratch the other places....
the bear II 03/14/17 12:21pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: las vegas

We stayed at Oasis Las Vegas Resort several years ago. It is a very nice resort and very convenient to downtown. It has a gated entry with guards on duty 24/7. We loved it. They are Passport America members, so your price with that membership would be half off. Check the restrictions to be sure it's good when you plan to go, but if you are not a member, it would pay for itself in just 2 nights of staying there. X-2
the bear II 03/14/17 10:09am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: New truck and 5th wheel

If you meant the B&W Companion Hitch I have had one since 2007. Very happy with it. I have both the Companion 5th Wheel and the Turnover Goose Neck hitch. It's nice to be able to remove the hitch easily and have a flat floor bed. In fact in just about an hour I will be removing my hitch so I can load furniture in the truck.
the bear II 03/14/17 10:08am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Straight axle front ends

Check with Deaver Springs to see if they have an aftermarket set. On the DieselPlace forum many have posted they upgraded to Deaver Springs and Bilstein shocks and have seen a big improvement in ride quality.
the bear II 03/10/17 12:25pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Jacking up a TT

Most of the time I use the jack underneath the plate where the u-bolts connect to the axle. I jack up one wheel and use a jack-stand to secure it then repeat on each wheel to get all four off of the ground or one side at a time if I only need one side off of the ground. I've done this with three different TT and two different 5th wheels with no ill effects to the suspension or frame.
the bear II 03/10/17 12:21pm Tech Issues
RE: Rv entry for person on walker

I installed a Burr Handi-Lift on our 5th wheel when my 90 year old Dad became wheelchair bound. He still enjoyed RVing with us and we enjoyed having him. The lift made it a breeze to get him in and out of the RV. Here's the website: http://www.burractuators.com/lifts/handy_lift.htm I'm a shade tree mechanic and weekend DIY projects around the house and RV. The lift took a weekend to install. I did have to reinforce the wall where it is mounted. The total cost was around $1500 about 6 years ago. I spoke with someone who had one installed and their total was around $3500. We also ended up using a bedside commode for my Dad since there are steps to get up into the bathroom in our 5th wheel. Another option depending on the height you have to raise her is to use a Hoyer Patient Lift. I used one to get my dad up into our truck and another RV'er started using one instead of the Burr Handi-lift because he needed it for the truck and the trailer to get his lady in and out. It was just easier to use the hoyer to move her from one vehicle to another. You'll see the Hoyer Patient Lifts on Craigslist for about 300 used but in good shape.
the bear II 03/09/17 12:36pm RVing with Disabilities and General Health Issues
RE: The saga of my junk rig.....I need suggestions....

I would probably start re-engineering some of the weak points and repairing (not just removing) the things that fail. If you can get caught up with the issues and refrain from crude patches you may end up with something your happy with again. Good luck! This is what I would do if I wanted to still go RVing. Otherwise I would talk with the finance company and manufacturer to see if a deal could be worked out to walk away from it.
the bear II 03/08/17 01:46pm General RVing Issues
RE: emissions on california class c's

I live in California and have had a number of MH, vans and pickups towing trailers with California smog equipment. Based on what I read in these and other RV forums the miles per gallon are similar to what RV'ers report nationwide with the same vehicles.
the bear II 03/06/17 04:59pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Overheating issue

I've had three fan clutch problems on two different engines. It's one of the first things I check when I have an overheating problem. One fan clutch went bad after a few months.
the bear II 03/06/17 04:51pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Got bad news today

We often take a picnic lunch and go over to where our 5th wheel is stored and spend a few hours....kind of a mini staycation...
the bear II 03/06/17 01:38pm Fifth-Wheels
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