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RE: Fifth Wheel Tailgates

On my first truck I had a louvered tailgate with the V notch cutout. I found that even with it I would still have to raise the front of the 5th wheel to clear the tailgate depending on how un-level a site was front to back. So I would usually just put the louvered tailgate down when hitching or unhitching. With my current truck I stayed with the original tailgate. Hopefully as I get older I won't forget to put it down when hitching or unhitching.
the bear II 03/21/18 09:18am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Which B&W Hitch?

I can't help much other than to say I have been very satisfied with my 11 year old B&W Companion hitch. Easy to hitch and unhitch. Easy to remove the hitch and free up the bed for drywall and plywood.
the bear II 03/19/18 03:59pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Do all lightweight large TT's tow terribly, or just ours?

I know photos can be deceiving but to me it looks like the front of the trailer is higher than the rear. I would like to see some more squat at the rear of the suburban. The weight of the rear slideout may be the culprit.
the bear II 03/19/18 03:52pm Travel Trailers
RE: Planner Plodder vs On the Fly

For most RV Parks/campgrounds-If we plan to arrive somewhere near the weekend or during the busy season we will make reservations if possible. If the arrival is Sunday thru Wednesday and we will be leaving by Friday then we chance it if there are alternate parks in the area. For a week or longer stay we make reservations. For overnight stops we chance it or use rest stops or store parking lots or churches with permission.
the bear II 03/15/18 01:56pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: This may sound like a rant...

It "their world" and we live in it....
the bear II 03/13/18 01:31pm General RVing Issues
RE: Electric Scooter

You might consider a mobility scooter. I was doing some research for something to run around the campground and run errands. I found used mobility scooters on ebay and Craigslist that were still in good shape and in the 300 to 600 dollar range. Most of them easily come apart (no tools needed) in 5 to 6 pieces so they will fit in the trunk of a car. So they are perfect for an RV. The one for my wife was $600 and it had only been used once; somebody's mother didn't like it. The one I use was $300, it had been well kept but was 5 years old. They both are still working for us after 7 years. It takes about 15 minutes to take them apart or put them back together. They are a lot safer than two wheel scooters. Plus you can use them in stores, at sporting events and other venues, flea markets, fairs...etc. They have a range of about 6 miles and will work in gravel or hard pack dirt. We added canopies on ours so they look like miniature golf carts.
the bear II 03/12/18 12:58pm General RVing Issues
RE: How to make long driving more comfortable ?

best advice is like midnightsadie and old biscuit stop and stretch frequently. It not only helps relieve muscle tension but it also helps to prevent driver fatigue. Helps to keep you more alert.
the bear II 03/12/18 11:37am Beginning RVing
RE: Plastic Table Finish

A friend just built a topper out of wood to go over his existing table top. He used 1/4 inch flooring with a border out of matching oak so it didn't raise the top of the table much.
the bear II 02/27/18 01:42pm General RVing Issues
RE: Kodiak 221rbsl leaking on floor in front of refrigerator

I've had two of these types of leaks. The first was caused by rain coming in through the outside vent. I used some duct tape to fill a gap at the bottom of the vent frame and that stopped the rain from coming in. Second one was caused by a loose water connection for the ice maker.
the bear II 02/23/18 05:31pm Travel Trailers
RE: Commercial RV insurance: MBA vs Triad vs Any others?

Some of the rental websites have insurance policies for the folks who list their RVs for rent on the site.
the bear II 02/23/18 05:27pm General RVing Issues
RE: Help with Towing Vehicle

I have towed the same 5th wheel with single rear wheel (SRW) trucks (2) and dually trucks (2). I use my trucks as daily drivers in Los Angeles traffic including into downtown LA. The dually is my preferred truck for towing a 5th wheel. The stability is noticeable over a SRW truck. You get used to the size. the first 3 trucks were gas engines. I wasn't truly happy until I got my present dually with a diesel engine and exhaust brake. This makes the towing experience so much more enjoyable and safe. You'll do OK with a gas engine but as others have indicated once you tow with a diesel it's hard to go back to a gas engine.
the bear II 02/23/18 10:56am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Going Over The Grape Vine

Twice to three times a year I tow my 15,000lb 5th wheel over the Grapevine with no problem. Down hill and up hill I use first gear and keep the speed down to prevent over revving the engine. Downhill- I use the stab and release brake technique. You decide on the speed you want to maintain. Allow the MH to climb 5-10MPH above that speed and then brake until your speed drops to 5-10MPH below the speed you decided. Get off the brakes and when your speed creeps up above your limit the use the brakes again. This will allow the brakes to cool in between brake applications. You may be able to use a higher gear than first to maintain a safe down hill speed. I had to use first due to the weight of my trailer. Uphill the goal is to not lug the engine. You want to find a gear that keeps your revs around the normal (or a little lower) tach reading when you are in high gear on flat and level raod. The first time you hit the Grapevine will be a white knuckle drive but as you get towards the bottom and realize it's not that bad you'll relax. For those that done't know the Grapevine is I-5 north of Los Angeles as it crosses the San Andreas Fault towards Bakersfield.
the bear II 02/23/18 10:43am Class C Motorhomes
RE: ground squirrel or mouse??

Spring trap with peanut butter will catch mice and rats. Sticky traps with a dab of peanut butter work as well.
the bear II 02/23/18 10:30am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Question about towing??

The way I look at a weight distribution hitch is it is an extra layer of safety. That and a sway bar setup will ensure you have the best possible towing experience. Others will express their opinions; I like to be as safe as possible.
the bear II 02/23/18 10:28am Towing
RE: Fiberglass vs. Aluminum

Our first three RVs had aluminum siding and our current 5th wheel has Filon siding which is fiberglass like material. The only difference I have seen is dents. The Filon resists dents, aluminum doesn't. Our 5th wheel is 22 years old and has never been stored indoors or covered. I wash it before every trip and wax it once every two years. When freshly waxed it looks brand new. Our previous TT we had for 16 years. It also was never stored indoors or covered and same cleaning and waxing. It also looked brand new when waxed. I've made modifications to all four of our RVs and each had rippled siding. The TT had deeper ripples which required good seal to make sure no leaks when mounting something to the siding or cutting a hole through the sidewall. Can't answer the wifi question because we've only used wifi with the filon siding. But due to windows I'm not sure aluminum would be much different, plus you can always mount an outside or use an inside signal booster/antenna.
the bear II 02/21/18 05:05pm General RVing Issues
RE: Hot Water ...AC and Gas ????

We only use the AC element when hooked up to shore power. Never have a problem running out of hot water for just the two of us.
the bear II 02/16/18 02:01pm Tech Issues
RE: To Many Options!

To me the toyhauler provides flexibility. The garage area can be used to haul all of the toys and then once unloaded can be converted into bedroom, media room, extra living space, craft room, school room...etc. With a bunkhouse model you have less flexibility.
the bear II 02/16/18 12:50pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Ezpass

If you use one of the very few toll roads in California you can pay the toll within 5 days online or by phone.
the bear II 02/16/18 12:45pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Propane odor

To fill the tank the attendant will open the over-pressure valve to release pressure as new gas is pumped in. Once the tank is full the over-pressure valve is closed. If the attendant didn't close the valve completely or it's bad you will smell propane. Also check all connections with soapy water solution to search for leaks. If there are rubber supply lines to and from the regulator, check them for cracks and leaks with the solution. Have a fire extinguisher close at hand just in case.
the bear II 02/14/18 11:09am Tech Issues
RE: Jayco Eagle Wheel Well Flashing Off-Center

Photos can be deceiving but it looks to me like the front axle may have shifted forward on the curbside. It's possible the pin that holds the axle in place on the spring pack may have sheared.
the bear II 02/14/18 06:48am Travel Trailers
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