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RE: Top RV manufacturers?

A friend of mine, who was an RV salesman, told me that Thor quality seemed to go in cycles. From what I have read online, they seem to have hit the bottom. I bought a new 2005 Thor and other than a few minor things, it has been a great Class C RV. My friend said my 2005 was built just after the peak. No, I didn't buy it from him. Maybe Thor will be pretty good in about 10 years??? I don't really know much about the current RVs. From what I have read, this seems to be a terrible time to buy a new RV. None of them seem to get good reviews.
tenbear 11/17/17 12:57pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: My New Knees

I have had both of my knees replaced several years ago. They were replaced, different years, in the late summer. I was back to skiing that fall with no missed days. Best thing I ever did, well, one of the best things. They are are still going strong after about 15 years. Hope yours do as well.
tenbear 11/14/17 06:02pm RVing with Disabilities and General Health Issues
RE: battery

Don't throw your battery out yet. There is lot of good advice here. Use the advice, then decide if the battery is shot or not.
tenbear 11/13/17 06:39pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Do you use your bathroom? If not, what do you use it for?

I use the bathroom/toilet for its designed purpose. It makes no sense to not use it. My wife also uses it. To us, it is the same as at home. Even at sites with no hookups we usually use the bathroom for it's intended purpose unless there is a very convenient alternative.
tenbear 11/07/17 07:19am General RVing Issues
RE: New Porch Light Rule

A few more thoughts: When I go out at night I leave the porch light on so I can find my way back to the RV. I replaced the OEM porch light with a much dimmer LED light. It lights the door up but its not bright enough to be annoying. Suits me just fine.
tenbear 10/29/17 12:57pm General RVing Issues
RE: New Porch Light Rule

I didn't read the whole post, but it seems to me that all campers should take a trip to Alaska, 24 hour daylight. That way you will learn how to light proof your RV and the lights left on by your neighbors will not bother you.Please tell me how light proofing my trailer will help when I'm sitting outside wanting to enjoy the stars and night sky, and my neighbors want to feel like they're back in the city? You are right of course. I haven't run into that too often. I would rather sit around a bonfire.
tenbear 10/29/17 12:30pm General RVing Issues
RE: New Porch Light Rule

I didn't read the whole post, but it seems to me that all campers should take a trip to Alaska, 24 hour daylight. That way you will learn how to light proof your RV and the lights left on by your neighbors will not bother you.
tenbear 10/29/17 11:05am General RVing Issues
RE: warm/hot house batteries

Do yourself a favor and buy a multimeter and learn how to use it. Randomly replacing parts can be a very expensive way of repairing your RV.
tenbear 10/26/17 05:50am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Disposal of small propane canister question.

Here in Vermont we return the empty containers to the dealer for recycleing.
tenbear 10/18/17 08:55pm General RVing Issues
RE: Keep plugged in or disconnect battery when parked

I keep my Class C plugged in 24/7/365. During the winter I turn the converter off and use a Battery Tender to maintain the battery. I have a 3 stage converter but I prefer the battery Tender. I have found that my electric bill is less with the Battery Tender.
tenbear 10/18/17 08:49pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Replace on-off light switches in RV - any cheaper choices

I just went out to the RV and checked what current was being switched when I turned on my LED lights. I tried several different lights and the current draw was 0.3 to 0.4 amps. I also checked the bathroom exhaust fan which is also on the same type of switch and it drew 1.5A, but it is also on a timer that is usually used instead of the switch. I couldn't try incandescent lights since they have all been replaced by LEDs. I am not at all concerned about the switches failing at the currents involved.
tenbear 10/17/17 06:46am Tech Issues
RE: Replace on-off light switches in RV - any cheaper choices

My RV came with only the switches that are a part of the light assembly. I decided to add some switches since some of the lights were difficult to reach. I also replaced the incandescent bulbs with LEDs. I used common everyday 120v AC switches. The switches have been in use for several years with no problems. I wouldn't worry about using 12v switches.
tenbear 10/16/17 07:05pm Tech Issues
RE: Door latch replacement

Good reason to buy a Class C. You have 3 doors so you can always get out. Just kidding.
tenbear 10/15/17 07:49am Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Winterizing - Extreme cold winters

We are in Northern Vermont and I just winterized this morning. I elected to use RV antifreeze but in the past I have used both methods, blowing the water out and using RV antifreeze. Both methods worked well. If you unsure which method you want to use, do both. Blow out the lines, then fill the lines with antifreeze.
tenbear 10/12/17 12:58pm Tech Issues
RE: Afraid of Mice

Although I never tried this, I've read that some folks obtain dried urine (I think it's fox) and use it to deter mice. The mice sense that there's a predator around (Hmm, maybe cat pee would work similarly). Don't know where you'd obtain it, though. Preadatorpee.com has it. I also use some of their other products to discourage other pests. Preadatorpee.com didn't work for me. Spelling???? Now it works?????????? Predatorpee.
tenbear 09/12/17 05:38am General RVing Issues
RE: Afraid of Mice

Although I never tried this, I've read that some folks obtain dried urine (I think it's fox) and use it to deter mice. The mice sense that there's a predator around (Hmm, maybe cat pee would work similarly). Don't know where you'd obtain it, though. Preadatorpee.com has it. I also use some of their other products to discourage other pests. Preadatorpee.com didn't work for me. Spelling????
tenbear 09/12/17 05:34am General RVing Issues
RE: Afraid of Mice

No paper that they want to tear apart and make a home. Then pray!Just the opposite - if mice get in, they're going to make nests. If they don't find paper products, they won't turn around and leave, they'll find something else to use. Much, much, better if they find paper towels or TP to use than chewing up the curtains, linens, or seat covers (although they may well do that, too). Before I got rid of the mice, they built a nest out of the fiberglass insulation on the oven. The lack of paper didn't bother them. Glad I found out, could have caused a fire.
tenbear 09/09/17 10:08am General RVing Issues
RE: Afraid of Mice

I agree with Mike-s, seal all holes that allow mice to get in. I laid on my back under the MH with a spray can of foam and filled every crack/hole. Larger holes may require something like steel wool in addition to the foam. After sealing all the holes I still had the occasional mouse until I made something to seal the hole that the power cord enters the MH through. Even with the cord in place there was enough space for a mouse to get in. Haven't had a mouse in the RV in many years.
tenbear 09/09/17 07:19am General RVing Issues
RE: Electricial system on2005 Roadtrek

Have you measured the battery voltage and inverter voltage with the inverter on?
tenbear 09/02/17 04:06pm General RVing Issues
RE: Charging A Laptop on 12V?

I have 12v charger for my ACER laptop. AFAIK I bought it at Amazon many years ago. It wasn't expensive but I don't remember the cost. Works fine.
tenbear 08/25/17 06:59pm Technology Corner
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