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RE: as you have advised...

Make sure you maintain the air pressure at the proper pressure...check it each morning before hitting the road. If you use blocks to level make sure the blocks are bigger than the footprint of the tires. You don't want the tire hanging over the edge of the block. If you strike a curb pay close attention to the tires, watch for knots appearing on the tread or sidewall. I would get better tires as quickly as possible.
the bear II 01/25/16 09:01am Travel Trailers
RE: 16-18' Travel Trailer for 4 - WHO Has the BEST Floorplan

Our 18ft had a queen across the back, with a gaucho type bed above. It was a 1959 Field and Stream custom built for the owner of the company. Toilet room/shower(wet room) was next with a closet opposite. Kitchen are and then up front was the dinette converts to bed with another gaucho bed above. Very cozy... the only place to sit was at the dinette or queen bed. Not comfortable for long periods of time. I would choose a floorplan where the beds had to be made up each night...this provides more flexible seating areas. Maybe a toyhauler where the garage area with drop down beds could be used as a living room in daytime and a sleeping area at night.
the bear II 01/25/16 08:57am Travel Trailers
RE: Dually as a daily driver

For about 5 years I drove a dually, crewcab, longbed pickup daily in to and out of Downtown Los Angeles. Never had a problem with parking...I usually parked in a parking structure but from time to time would park on the street or in a parking lot when visiting clients. It was great at Hotels because the valet would have to park it next to the Rolls Royces, Mercedes, Ferraris out front of the hotel. On the freeway you get a commanding view of the traffic which makes for a safer drive plus it's so big other drivers tended to get out of my way. It's like anything else, you get comfortable with the size after a few days of driving it.
the bear II 01/22/16 02:17pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Which is safer, truck / trailer or motorhome?

I think if you practice good driving techniques any type of RV is just as safe as any other. As others have said in a bad accident, I would choose a truck and trailer setup or bus conversion for survive ability.
the bear II 01/22/16 10:26am General RVing Issues
RE: puerto penasco issues

Our friends go to PP/RP a couple of times each year. They were just there for several weeks before the holidays. They have never had any problems. When you consider how many Americans travel back and forth to Mexico and you only hear about a few who have experienced trouble it really seems just as safe as travel in the US or Canada.
the bear II 01/22/16 08:32am RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: Clunking on take off/stopping

Anytime I experienced clunking/chunking I would put new grease (teflon or dry lube type) on the saddle and hitch plate. I'm guessing the grease, due to compression, acts like a shock absorber. The problem will go away.
the bear II 01/21/16 03:44pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Aluminum Roof Trusses - Grand Design uses Wood Trusses ???

You speak as if roof leaks are inevitable/expected. Keep up on roof maintenance/inspections and likely not an issue. X-2 maintain the roof and you won't have to worry about leaks. Also make sure to check the seal around the windows.
the bear II 01/21/16 03:37pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: 210 near Pasadena

I find the best times to travel on any of the freeways around LA is to try and hit the area after 9AM and before 11AM Or around 1PM to 2:30PM at the latest. Or early in the morning...between 5AM and 6:30AM
the bear II 01/15/16 01:52pm Roads and Routes
RE: Max. Trailer length - NP and state parks

We have a 38ft 5th wheel. If a NP or SP will not allow us to use a site due to our size; in the area around most NP and SP there are private RV Resorts or Campgrounds with spaces to accommodate bigger RVs & Trailers. We don't mind using these private parks since they offer more amenities than the NP & SP campgrounds. We drive into the NP & SP daily to see the sights. The size restrictions may have more to do with the narrow and tight roads than length or breadth of a site. There have been a couple of times where (with the park ranger permission) we have driven the wrong way on a campground interior road to get to a site.
the bear II 01/15/16 09:42am Travel Trailers
RE: Blog Writing Issue

Although I haven't posted to my blogspot in awhile, I always use plain old microsoft word to write my blog and then copy and paste it to my blog. Or if it's a short post I just type it straight into blogspot.
the bear II 01/14/16 09:47am Technology Corner
RE: Non 5'er----yet

Our RVs have always been chosen based upon the floorplan. Which floorplan best fits our needs. We look for floorplans where there are no bottleneck areas- for example if someone is washing dishes do they have to move out of the way for someone else to get by. We ask ourselves if we were on a trip and the weather is so bad we have to stay inside the RV for several days or a week will cabin fever kick in. Is there spaces where she can go (dining area) and do her thing and I can go and do my thing (Living room recliner) so we don't end up killing each other. I also look at the outside to determine storage, ease of dumping, utility hook up, ground clearance...etc. Like others have said most RVs are reliable and will stay together for many years of use as long as they are proper maintained and not abused.
the bear II 01/13/16 10:27am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Maybe you can help us

If I were in your shoes, I would get a fairly new Toyota pickup or SUV and purchase a good used travel trailer(TT). Look for at least an 18ft or longer TT that stays within the towing and weight capacity of the tow vehicle you choose. Look for a floorplan with an always made up bed or one that has an easy to make up bed. And if possible a comfortable sitting area more than just a dinnette. Large bathroom is a plus. A good website for lots of fulltime information including financial is www.rv-dreams.com
the bear II 01/11/16 11:40am Full-time RVing
RE: "Comfy Cush" seat cushion for old RV seats

Good tip... Here's another great cushion designed for wheelchair users but works great for any seat. https://roho.com/
the bear II 12/30/15 10:49am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Getting your money back?

Depends on what is written in the contract. I would not put down a deposit unless the contract specifies the deposit is refundable completely or with the exception of a small fee to cover the dealer expenses associated with a failed sale.
the bear II 12/30/15 10:46am General RVing Issues
RE: Water Leak/Damage - Recommendations?

How about the seal around the window. On my 5th wheel the water traveled along the window frame and then down inside the wall. I noticed when I stepped in a big wet puddle in my carpet. Resealed the window and leak is gone.
the bear II 12/29/15 02:44pm Toy Haulers
RE: Help me find a quality TT

Our first TT held up well for 16 years of once per month travel plus several week to 2 week long trips each year along with one 5000 mile cross country trip. It was still in great shape when we sold it. Our current 5th wheel is 21 years old and has traveled similar trips to above. It looks near new. Both trailers had very few problems that would be attributable to build quality. Most problems were due to wear and tear. Both were mid level quality RVs. Great value for the price. I do maintain and perform routine preventative maintenance on all of my vehicles. Like DutchMan Sport posted...upkeep is the key to longevity.
the bear II 12/29/15 12:35pm Travel Trailers
RE: Two Bath Conversion

It can be done depending on how much construction & plumbing experience you have. I once created a shower/toilet space out of a closet in a chassis mounted camper. Waterproofing and plumbing to water source and holding tanks were the biggest problems. You might be able to get away with changing the 1/2 bath into a wet room shower/toilet setup. I had thought of one of these for use in a ToyHauler garage area. found on Amazon---- Opar New Foldable Durable Adult SPA Inflatable Bath Tub http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51xAAloLaLL._SX425_.jpg
the bear II 12/29/15 11:25am Fifth-Wheels
RE: From big fifth wheel to small vintage type TT

Bad weather in a 17ft vs 34ft...34ft wins Daughter brings a friend or two along....34ft wins
the bear II 12/29/15 08:58am Travel Trailers
RE: My problem: Our yappy little dogs

A metal lunchbox with a few rocks in it. Tape it shut. Anytime the dogs bark when you don't want them to, rattle the can at them and say "Fido"(insert your dogs names here) NO! Create the situation where they bark and you want them to stop. For example act like your leaving and then stand outside the RV with the rattle box. As soon as they start barking rattle the box and say no. Repeat each time they start barking. It took our dogs about 2 weeks of this before they stopped barking at everything.
the bear II 12/29/15 08:52am RV Pet Stop
RE: Why do campgrounds not post rates on their own websites

"Stupid is as Stupid Does" ~Forest Gump I skip past the RV Parks that fail to show the rates on their website. By showing the rates it saves them from having to answer extra phone calls. I feel I should be able to not only see the rates but also make a reservation on the website.
the bear II 12/28/15 10:29am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
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