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RE: What do you wish you bought sooner?

Fresh water hoses, power cord, sewer hose...extras for those spaces where the utilities are just a tad too far for the normal stuff. A portable satellite dish.
the bear II 11/29/16 09:23am Beginning RVing
RE: Why spotlights on older Class A'?

Easy to install $260.00 light and the dealer can charge $500. It's economics...
the bear II 11/28/16 09:57am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Funny Story and Holiday Greetings

great story thanks for sharing
the bear II 11/28/16 09:48am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Rear axle is 3/4 inch further left than front

That happened with our 5th wheel after the factory flipped the axles. They forgot to weld a cross brace between the spring shackles. One curb strike knocked the axles out of alignment. They realigned the axles and installed the cross braces and we've never had a problem since. The pins only have 1/8 inch clearance on my spring setup so I would be able to get about 1/4 inch adjustment by loosening the u bolts and moving the axle. I did have a pin break off on my 4X4 truck once.
the bear II 11/25/16 11:47am Fifth-Wheels
RE: 38' 5er vs 34' 5er

4 feet is 4 feet so there will be a difference in tight spots but for the majority of travel no difference. A test should be allowed by the dealer if they want the sale.
the bear II 11/25/16 11:40am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Tail spin

My fifth wheel follows the truck when making shallow turns so I tend to stop at large gas stations with pull through islands or truck stops. That way I don't have to worry about the tail swing. I've never had to use a station where the aisles and drives were too tight to make tail swing an issue.
the bear II 11/25/16 11:36am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Talk to me about washing machines

we have had a whirlpool apartment/RV sized stackable unit since our 5th wheel was new 21 years ago. Both work well and keep up with our needs. No problems with either one. The advantage to having them is we can carry less clothes and don't have to use the campground laundry or find one in town. The dryer vents through the wall no big deal and has not leaked.
the bear II 11/25/16 09:17am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Midway between NY and Los Angeles CA

New Mexico or Texas would be the best choice for half way. Little chance of snow but still may hit freezing temps depending on weather.
the bear II 11/25/16 09:10am Roads and Routes
RE: Inverter compressors and mini splits for RVs

Many of the RV manufacturers have begun using these units. Especially in the higher end and larger models. I've read many posts in several RV forums where folks have installed these units in their RV once the rooftop unit died. I would consider a switch to one of these if our A/C dies.
the bear II 11/23/16 09:45am Tech Issues
RE: Overnight truck stop on 99 north

There is a KOA in Goshen that is just a couple of miles off of 99. We have stayed there many times on our way up north. It's one of the original KOAs so it's nothing spectacular but a great overnight spot. Nothing much around it so make sure you have what you need before you pull in. Goshen is just north of Visalia and south of Fresno.
the bear II 11/23/16 09:41am Roads and Routes
RE: Converter up & died

I've had loose wires input/output twice on mine. Re-tightened the connections and all OK
the bear II 11/21/16 02:49pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Maxxis Tires Report

When researching new tires for my 5th wheel a few years ago I was torn between Maxxis and Michelin XPS RIBS tires. The Michelin tires won because my local trusted tire shop couldn't get the Maxxis tires in time for my upcoming trip. I've been impressed with the Michelins and I'm guessing would have been just as satisfied with the Maxxis if the shop could have gotten them in time. Thanks for the report. Maxxis tires are still on my short list when tires are needed again.
the bear II 11/21/16 12:44pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: looking at 5th wheels with rear kitchen

We chose a rear kitchen model because my DW is a gourmet cook and the rear kitchen provided more counter space plus cabinets for all her cooking stuff. In the first several trips we had some breakage but since we came up with the right combination of padding and storage no more damage from the rear bounce. Ours is a 1994 so it falls outside your dates but the manufacturer built models into the 2000s until they went out of business. Alfa Leisure made models that went by the names Alfa Gold, See-Ya (ours) and Ideal. Model numbers will show RK (rear kitchen). We've been very happy with ours and every time we think about replacing it, we can't find anything that we like better.
the bear II 11/18/16 10:44am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Route

Also many times traveled that route. You need to be really careful, I've seen many head on collisions and near misses due to folks in a hurry and passing when it's unsafe. The light at the bottom of the hill mentioned in the post above is Indian Avenue. You can follow it into Palm Springs or to get to I-10 if you need to head to the eastern part of Palm Springs area or Indio.
the bear II 11/17/16 10:56am Roads and Routes
RE: Most reliable RV systems

Be sure to keep in mind chances are you will only see complaints posted in the various RV related Forums. It's rare to see someone post when they are completely satisfied with a system or RV. Of the millions of RV owners these RV forums are only a small sampling. I doubt if the majority of RV owners read the forums and even fewer actually post in the forums. So it may seem as if certain systems, RV manufacturers or models of RVs have lots of problems. We have had numerous RVs from various manufacturers from a camper shell (cap), MHs, TTs and our current 5th wheel. Most were brand new and each had their share of initial problems due to poor quality control and most had problems throughout the years of use that I would classify as due to wear and tear. I can't think of any problems that were due to early unexpected failure. Also some failures may be attributable to user error. For example one RV'er had an engine in his tow vehicle go bad early. It turned out that he had over revved it coming down a long grade because he hadn't used proper braking/hill descent techniques towing his very heavy 5th wheel. The engine was replaced under warranty and he had an exhaust brake added to make sure it wouldn't happen again.
the bear II 11/17/16 10:40am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Used RVs

I would rent an RV for an extended trip at least two weeks with travel between several destinations to see how your family handles the confinement. Try to pick a time when you will hit inclement weather where you may be stuck inside for a few days and watch the cabin fever kick in. For more fulltime info including month by month expense this is a good website to read through www.rv-dreams.com
the bear II 11/16/16 12:09pm Beginning RVing
RE: Keeping Cooler During Transit

Our A/C unit cools the trailer down within a 1/2 hour. We are usually doing "setup" stuff while it cools down. We used to leave the vents cracked open but a couple of times there was a strong smell of diesel fumes in the trailer once we stopped. It must of been coming from the semi trucks on the busy highway before we pulled off to the campgrounds.
the bear II 11/16/16 09:10am Travel Trailers
RE: will mh chargers fry the batteries?

If your charger is designed properly and in good shape it should go into a battery tender mode...Trickle Charge. It should not fry the batteries. However If one of your batteries in a set of batteries has a problem and won't hold a charge the charger will try to keep charging it and the battery or batteries may overheat. Some chargers have circuitry to prevent this from happening. I know many RV'ers who always keep their RVs plugged in when in storage.
the bear II 11/15/16 10:27am Tech Issues
RE: Anza Borrego TC Rescue

Can't tell if you lowered the pressure on the tires it helps. Practice makes perfect--- take it out and practice getting stuck and unstuck.
the bear II 11/14/16 05:06pm Truck Campers
RE: Duramax

I'm sure those were the first words out of my mouth on the first trip uphill back in 2008. The truck has been great all of these years.
the bear II 11/09/16 02:33pm Tow Vehicles
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