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RE: Am I the only one

We have always considered our RVs as an emergency shelter in case of a disaster or other event like your son's accident. It is always stocked with essentials and enough clothing for a week. I even keep the freshwater tank full. Since we live in earthquake country we have always said that if we couldn't live in the house or get to the house the RV would be the next choice since it is stored nearby but away from anything that would fall on it. We do have 2- 2000 watt portable generators at home that can be used in the RV plus I keep a 1500 watt generator in the RV to use as a battery charger if I don't need the bigger generators.
the bear II 11/04/16 11:00am RV Lifestyle
RE: Fifth Whl vs Trvl Tralr

I've towed both in several different sizes and weight. To be honest I don't really see a difference when towing or parking. Now that you can get TT & 5th wheels with auto levelers (and tongue jack on TT) hitching and leveling is a lot less strain on the back. After you tow a brand new or new to you trailer/5'er a couple of times you become accustomed to it.
the bear II 11/03/16 02:59pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Leap of faith with some questions

a good website is www.rv-dreams.com the folks who own the website became RV'ers and Fulltimers for the first time 10 years ago and have been on the road ever since. Lots of great info on the site regarding fulltime RV'ing and life in general.
the bear II 11/03/16 10:02am Full-time RVing
RE: Route leaving Death Valley going East

Never driven it in a motorhome but it's a typical two lane desert road. Some curvy spots. It's doable as long as you're paying attention and watching out for the other guy. We came across a SUV that the driver had fallen asleep and crossed to the other side and flipped in a ditch. Both occupants were shaken but OK. Not much along there so make sure you have water and gas.
the bear II 11/02/16 12:28pm Roads and Routes
RE: Pests and dangerous plant hazards in Arizona

You may run into just about any of the desert pests...snakes, scorpions, Black Widow spiders, coyotes...etc. Cacti of all sorts. Just have to be aware. If something is on the ground lift it up carefully to make sure no critters are hiding underneath. In certain parts of Arizona during windy conditions you may contract Valley Fever (also goes by Quartzsite Crud and other names) if you aren't careful.
the bear II 11/02/16 12:23pm General RVing Issues
RE: Leveling Blocks???

2X10s are a great solution. They allow flexibility and if you're ever stuck somewhere without firewood....they come in real handy.
the bear II 11/01/16 12:07pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Roof design - Did it affect your purchase decision ?

Most roofs even flat ones will be good for 10 to 20 years of service with good preventative maintenance. Problems happen if the roof is neglected or damage is not repaired (branch tears). On all of the RVs I've had most had flat roofs (common in the 50s thru 80s) and were primarily aluminum sheets. The recent two RVs the roofs were EDPM membranes. Puddles are no worry as long as the roof is maintained.
the bear II 11/01/16 10:02am Tech Issues
RE: wall studs

Some trailers use sandwiched pressure glued system for the walls. Plywood interior and plywood exterior with some sort of insulating sheet material all vacuum glued together. There are ribs in the walls but they may be placed where support is needed and would be random. Most RVs you should be able to find studs using a stud finder. So i'm guessing you may have some form of this sandwich walls
the bear II 10/28/16 03:49pm Travel Trailers
RE: Adding a fireplace (electric fireplace heater)??

That's basically what I did only I replaced drawers with a fireplace insert. I used the outlet for the stereo to provide power for the fireplace. It took about 8 hours from tear down to trim out. It looks like it came from the factory. We use the heat to take the chill out of the living area. It works great.
the bear II 10/28/16 03:43pm Travel Trailers
RE: washer/dryer use

I wouldn't just in case something came loose. Can you imagine pulling in to a spot opening the door and water comes flowing out because a hose broke.
the bear II 10/27/16 02:55pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Electric Fry Pan?

A good alternative is a induction cook plate. The temps are very accurate and it provides the flexibility of using different skillets, pots and pans as long as they are made from metal that a magnet will stick to. Aluminum, copper and other non-ferrous metals won't work.
the bear II 10/27/16 10:18am Camp Cooks and Connoisseurs
RE: Satellite Antennas - Old Fashioned Dish

Most important when setting up the dish is to make sure the mounting pole is as perfectly plumb as possible. Any time I had trouble locking onto a sat signal, I would go back and double check my mount and invariably it would be a little out of plumb. Once I made sure it was plumb the signal would lock. I always used 100 feet of coax just in case I had to move the dish away from the RV to get a clear shot to the satellites. It can be frustrating... It's taken any where from 20 minutes to put the dish and mount together and align it to an hour. Once it actually took about 8 hours over 3 days until I was finally able to find a spot where I could get a signal. I now use a Dish Tailgater portable antenna and it is well worth the $400 to me. I screw in the coax and it's ready.
the bear II 10/27/16 10:12am Technology Corner
RE: tiny house

I've watched the shows where folks are looking for tiny houses. It's rare that they look at RVs there have been a few. The comments you hear when they look at an RV along with the tiny houses....the RVs look like RVs and the tiny houses look more like houses/cabins. Other than that I agree it's a fad thing... One couple chose the RV they looked at mostly because it was cheaper and they could tow it with their existing SUV. It was a Casita fiberglas TT. Both my wife and I feel if more of them looked at a 5th wheel along with the tiny houses more would choose a 5th wheel. Especially those who plan to move it often.
the bear II 10/20/16 01:24pm General RVing Issues
RE: Lake Cachuma Ca.

Keep in mind if the drought continues the lake level is low.
the bear II 10/20/16 01:16pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Black/Grey tanks

...this possibly a holdover from when many units had a black tank, but were designed to essentially dump the grey water on the ground? -------------------------------------------------------------------------- Yes, in the past. Now it's more likely it's a weight distribution thing.
the bear II 10/17/16 12:22pm Tech Issues
RE: Lithium CR2032 - 3V Energizer

I have several remotes using that sized battery. Anytime the remote begins to act up I know it is time to replace the battery. Sorry I can't help you with the capacity stuff. I just remove and replace.
the bear II 10/14/16 04:07pm Tech Issues
RE: Need 5th Wheel Advice - Which Cab & Box on GM HD2500

I've only towed with longbed trucks and both standard cab and crewcabs plus with SRW and DRW. I have had shortbed trucks towing bumper puull trailers but not 5th wheels. My preference is a longbed, DRW, Crewcab.... Here's why: > I find the ride is smoother with the longbed especially on highway that were built in sections. The shortbeds get bouncy due to the sections creating an oscillation because the wheelbase is too short. > More space to carry all the stuff you need or think you need. > Full sheets of drywall/plywood as well as other stuff when not towing. Crewcab- more room to securely carry stuff in the backseat. Room for passengers on those sightseeing side trips. Room for pets if you have them. That's my two cents...
the bear II 10/13/16 09:12am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Tandem trailer towing

I've seen some trailer setups using custom built trailer where a rack was built from the boat trailer frame rails above the boat to haul other toys. Mostly I see boats with two jet skis above, but I've also seen boat with a sandrail above and a boat with two quad runners above. I've even seen a boat with another boat above. So you could have a boat with a popup above. Personally I would change out the pop up for a pickup and camper (or motorhome) then tow the boat.
the bear II 09/20/16 08:20am Folding Trailers
RE: A Question of Value

A friend just listed his truck on Craigslist and sold it within 1 hour from the time the listing showed up. He sold it for the asking price he listed in the ad. Trucks are popular.
the bear II 09/19/16 03:48pm Beginning RVing
RE: Limited Access Rvs

My wife has bad knees and my 94 year old wheelchair bound dad used to travel with us. I installed a Burr Handi-Lift near the door. It allowed me to raise my dad in his wheelchair up to the doorway and wheel him into the RV. There are companies that build portable aluminum step and porch setups that make it easier to get up into rvs. They are easy to put up and take down plus fold flat for transport.
the bear II 09/19/16 02:27pm Class A Motorhomes
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