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RE: So hotttt

Our 364 sq ft 5th wheel has one 15,000 btu A/C unit. In 90 degree heat we can keep the inside at 70 degrees. We have the patio awning deployed as well as awning on each window. Inside we have our mini blinds down and turned so that the sun does not come in through the window. Our door stays closed as much as possible. We set the thermostat at 55 degrees. We use fans to direct cold air to hot spots within our RV. The A/C unit stays on 24/7 as long as the heat outside is over 80 degrees during the day. If we get cold we put on jackets rather than turn off the A/C. My goal is to keep everything inside the RV cold (cabinets, walls, counters, furniture...etc) to keep the A/C unit from having to work harder at maintaining a comfortable temperature.
the bear II 09/22/17 10:35am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Small crack in fiberglass - how serious?

Dealer should be able to fix it and you'll never know it was there. However, depending on if there was something trying to come through the siding you may have similar problems in other spots as road vibration and sidewall movement causes flexing.
the bear II 09/22/17 10:24am Tech Issues
RE: She won't squat

It's amazing the difference in towing feel, Safety feel from a 1/2 to 3/4 to 1 ton pickup and now that I have a C4500 (2 1/2 ton) truck to tow my 5th wheel. It is like a dream to tow with.
the bear II 09/22/17 10:21am Tow Vehicles
RE: Conversion Vans not allowed at some RV Parks?

Usually the restrictions specifies the RV must have RVIA certification which means the RV has been built to specifications pertaining to plumbing, electrical, wiring and other building standards adopted by the RV manufacturers. This is a restriction placed on RV parks by the liability insurance carrier they use. Home made units no matter how well built will not meet this requirement. So the RV parks turn them away to be able to maintain insurance coverage. I would guess 9 times out of 10 if you pull into a park nothing will be said and you'll be able to get a spot as long your conversion looks fairly professionally made. I have never had someone from an RV park go outside and check my RV for an RVIA certification sticker (most manufactured RVs have them).
the bear II 09/22/17 10:15am General RVing Issues
RE: Anyone ever tow with a '60's/'70's muscle car ?

My brother towed an 23ft Ideal TT with a 70's Mercury Monterey with no problem. One of his favorite camping spots was at 5000 feet. The climb to get there was 21 miles long and went from near sea level to 6000 feet. In the 60's and 70's lots of folks pulled TTs with sedans & station wagons with receiver hitches or the old clamp on to the rear bumper hitches. It can be done.
the bear II 09/21/17 11:03am Tow Vehicles
RE: First ever flat tire on any of my campers.

I always carry a tire plug kit... it comes in handy
the bear II 09/20/17 01:40pm General RVing Issues
RE: Arctic Fox offroad?

As an add on to your question about off roading a travel trailer: I had a 23ft Nomad (skyline) TT and took it off road often to support our family Off Road Race Team. The TT came with the axles flipped so it had plenty of clearance. Most of the roads we traveled were hard pack dirt with some washboard and dips. I pulled it with a 4X4 Chevy 2500 and never got stuck even when parking away from the road. Once in awhile stuff would fall out of a cabinet eventhough the latches needed to be squeezed to open a door. No other damage. I now have a 38ft 5th wheel and only have a two wheel drive truck. I have taken it on the typical desert roads you will find leading to popular off road play spots. As long as the road is hard packed and not sand it does well. The axles are flipped so it has plenty of clearance. Yes having the extra room is great especially if the weather turns bad and you are stuck inside for a few days.
the bear II 09/20/17 01:37pm Travel Trailers
RE: 100,000 mile report

I have to tell you engine oil cooler hoses, steering column bearing, and steering shaft should not fail in 100,000 miles. Not good service. I agree 100%! GM has been putting bogus hoses on their trucks for over 25 years that I know of. At least it wasn't a head gasket or HPFP! :B WNYBob: Without writing a book. The steering got hard and weird around 50K (warrantee.) Took it to a dealer and they said it was a box. They put box #1 on. Didn't fix it. I took it back about 6 months later and said fix it. They put box #2 on. Didn't fix it. I told them it was the pump. Box #3 went on. They put the wrong box on. It was clocked about 120 degrees out. I needed my truck so they let my truck go out the door clocked wrong. I told them to stop putting good boxes on my truck and replace the pump. They said "I" didn't know what I was talking about. Grrrrr..........box #4 goes on to fix the clocking issue. Box #4 is still on there to this day. Steering is still not right. I will put a new pump on when I get some time. This will fix the problem for good. :) The service tech thought something wasn't right with the steering on my 07 4500 when I took it in for the 500 mile service. Supposedly the dealer could not determine what was wrong. A new box was installed still the same problem. So they had an expert from Bosch look at it; still couldn't determine what was wrong. It sounds like the fluid is low (it's not) but the steering works great. 15,000 miles and still the same.
the bear II 09/18/17 11:25am Tow Vehicles
RE: Cataract surgery for diabetic dog?

Our 6 year old Keeshond ended up with diabetes. She lived until she was 8. She went blind right away, I had to give her daily insulin shots. She ended up losing all of her fur due to the stress of it all. I was able to buy a small coyote skin at Quartzsite and fitted it to her to keep her warm. Folks would mistake for an actual coyote when I was walking her. We took her camping with us. I always kept her on a 10 foot chain in the campsite. It was amazing how quickly she would scout an area and realize where obstacles were. I would only have to walk her to her water and food bowls once and she would be able to find them on her own. We had another Keeshond and I would hook the two together with an 18 inch leash and then use the longer leash on the dog that could see. That's how we would take walks. She had her own seeing eye dog and human. I could tell that she enjoyed her life right up until the end. We knew when it was time to let her go peacefully due to health complications from the diabetes.
the bear II 09/15/17 11:20am RV Pet Stop
RE: Anyone familiar with Oasis resort Las Vegas?

Our two favorites if it's time for a change from Las Vegas are: Chula Vista RV Resort south of San Diego- great pool with lots for the kids to do on the property or at the tourist attractions in the area. Flying Flags RV Resort in Buellton,CA. near Solvang. Good pool and stuff for kids.
the bear II 09/15/17 10:01am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Has Anyone Used This Configuration?

Surprisingly there is a lot of usable space in the pickup bed (longbed truck) even with a fifth wheel hitch sitting there. We stay in the San Diego area for 3 months during the summer; here's what I typically carry in the bed of my truck: 4 white plastic/metal folding chairs 1 white plastic 5ft table 1 MasterBilt electric smoker 1 Mobility scooter broken down into 6 pieces 1 20ft collapse-able flag pole Various stuff like stabilizing jacks, tripod, 5ft ladder, cases of beer/soda, leveling blocks...etc. Plus I have a cross bed tool box Everything is level with or below the bed rails. Bicycles either go inside of the 5th wheel or on a bike rack at the rear.
the bear II 09/15/17 09:55am Fifth-Wheels
RE: how to get to long beach

Try to do this on Tuesday through Thursday Leave so you won't hit the LA area until after 9AM, 10am is better. This will keep you out of the commuter traffic. I-15 to I-10 to 710 freeway south to Long Beach. Long Beach is mostly a protected harbor but there are beaches south of the main part of the city. Take the Ocean Bl exit and head south past downtown Long Beach. You'll find parking along Ocean and some parking lots. To avoid traffic and see better beaches you might consider heading to Malibu or Ventura instead. These are more traditional California Beaches with less traffic and better parking options. Do a Google search for Rincon Parkway in Ventura. This would be my choice. Besides camping spots there are lots of day use areas.
the bear II 09/14/17 06:26pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: RV Garage Door Size??

One of these might help https://parkit360.ca/ If it was me I would want 12 foot wide and 14 feet high door and 40 feet deep. Future buyers may have a MH or many collector cars or another need for a bigger storage area. If I could convince my DW to move that's the size of garage I would be looking for.
the bear II 09/14/17 12:48pm General RVing Issues
RE: Need ideas

Recently we began using the BBQ grill to make pizzas. They are very tasty and relatively easy to make. Making the dough from scratch is the hardest part but fairly easy if you use a food processor with a dough blade. The dough can be made up ahead of time at home and then refrigerated until you needed it camping. Look for recipes on the internet.
the bear II 09/08/17 01:56pm Camp Cooks and Connoisseurs
RE: Sequoia National Park Camgrounds with a 5th Wheel

We stayed at Sequoia RV Ranch, Three Rivers, CA, when we were visiting the parks. Just about 5 minutes from the park gate. Rob X-2 This is one of our favorite RV Parks By the way on our last trip into the park we saw a 5th wheel that had severe damage to the drivers side front cap. One of the RV'ers said the 5th wheel had come in contact with a semi on one of the narrow curves in the park
the bear II 09/01/17 02:50pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Do I need a WDH and an antisway bar?

I would use at least a WDH with that trailer/truck combo. It will make for a more stable towing experience.
the bear II 08/25/17 12:04pm Towing
RE: Feed back wanted on the "Real" Top Brands

Because I'm cheap and a handyman we buy mid level RVs. Our first was a Nomad Travel Trailer that we used at least once per month and two cross country trips during the 16 years we had it. The only failure was one of the dinette booths came apart after 10 years of use. It was an easy fix and held well for the 6 years we kept the TT. Our current 5th wheel is an Alfa See-Ya (Alfa went out of business a few year ago). It is 22 years old and also has been used at least once per month plus a cross country trip and for the past 5 years we have lived in it for 3 months each summer. It has only what I consider wear and tear issues. Like Donn 128 posted routine maintenance is the key to RV longevity. One thing to keep in mind as you read through RV forums- you are only seeing posts from a very small portion of the RV public. Most folks with RVs don't post or read the RV forums. If an RV'er has a problem or complaint they may post on an RV forum. If they are happy with their RV there's little reason to read or post on RV forums. Unless you are like me and just like to see what folks are posting and offer assistance once in awhile.
the bear II 08/21/17 01:08pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Generator experience Honda EU2000i&EU2000ic vs. EU3000is

I've had 2 2000i hondas with the older parallel kit (a unit attached to one of the generators) for over 10 years. They work great and still start with just a couple of pulls. I haven't done anything to them other than change oil. I don't even run them monthly when they are stored. When I first got them they were used about once per month for 3 to 4 day camping trips. About 6 to 8 hours per day. About 3 years ago we haven't been able to boondock due to medical issues but I have used the generators for construction projects and a couple of times when the power went out at our home. They handle our 15,000 btu Dometic air conditioner along with all of the other electric/electronic items we use in the RV. If I was to do it over again I would look for a remote start Honda generator http://www.steadypower.com/categories.php?category=Generator-Accessories/By-Brand/Honda-Accessories/Honda-Remote-Start-Kits
the bear II 08/21/17 12:56pm Travel Trailers
RE: Settle a "tires" issue

Every trailer I've had in 30 years I replaced the ST tires with LT tires when the time came to buy replacement tires. No adverse effects or early wear problems. With over 10 sets of tires on 4 different TT or 5th wheels trailers we had. I find the LT tires are available at most tire stores where ST tires sometimes must be ordered.
the bear II 08/16/17 03:57pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Info Please

I would find out the estimate for each length and base your decision on the 30ft cost. If it's a difference of $100 from 29 to 30 then no big deal but if it's a difference of $500 then determine the actual length.
the bear II 08/03/17 12:11pm Fifth-Wheels
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