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RE: Distilled or Deionized?

I was using distilled for many years and then I read an article about 20 years ago indicating no need for distilled. Since then I use city water out of the tap. My batteries last the expected length of time (5 to 6 years)
the bear II 04/29/16 10:06am Travel Trailers
RE: Newbie...what are typical annual maintenance costs?

I perform preventative maintenance which runs about $50 per year (mostly wash & Wax, sealant and bearing lube every other year) There seems to be a cycle to RV repairs. If new you will have some problems right off the bat that were mistakes during manufacturing. Then you'll have up to 10 years of no problems other than tire and battery replacement and Brakes (Tires $400 plus and batteries $60 to $100 or more .... Brakes up to $400 for 2 axles) At 10 years of age things start to breakdown...refrigerator (up to $1200) Air Conditioner ($800) Springs $800...etc. One of these will occur every couple of years Or you can have another 10 years trouble free. It really depends on luck and good maintenance
the bear II 04/29/16 10:01am Travel Trailers
RE: Holiday weekend camping

In 1980 after trying to get to a campground less than 100 miles from home and it took 7 hours on the Friday before Memorial Day we made the decision that we would never go camping for a 3 day holiday weekend. Now we arrive the weekend before and stay until Tuesday after the holiday. No traffic problems. One resort for July 4th we have to book a year in advance.
the bear II 04/29/16 09:50am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Fifth wheel hitch

My truck came new with a B&W turnover ball hitch installed. I bought the B&W Companion hitch and have been very happy with it. If the truck had not come with the B&W turnover already installed I would have gone with a trailsaver hitch based on the reviews I have read on this and other RV forums
the bear II 04/28/16 02:20pm Toy Haulers
RE: Any ideas on how to free a rusted ball on B&W hitch?

Heat is my first thought. That always seems to work well to free a metal to metal sticking problem. I would heat the socket area while trying to keep the heat away from the ball. Hopefully the socket will expand enough that tapping on the ball will free it. Just make sure there's nothing flammable under the pickup bed near to the hitch plate. Or take a large pipe wrench with a piece of pipe on the end for leverage and try to wiggle the steel block back and forth to loosen whatever is holding it in place. Or if you have access to a gooseneck trailer I would connect it to the ball, drive around on a (not too) bumpy surface to help loosen and then use the trailer landing gear to raise up on the ball
the bear II 04/28/16 02:15pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Can you fold up bunk ends with made beds?

Go with a TT I've seen a lot of posts in RV forums indicating folks were trading up to a TT from a HTT usually due to: Having to close up when leaving for sight seeing (security concerns) Cold/wet Weather issues
the bear II 04/28/16 09:48am Hybrid Travel Trailers
RE: This Was My Dream Custom Build The Day I Saw It At SEMA

I remember seeing a documentary about these, the top speed was 45MPH and very low fuel mileage... under 6MPG.
the bear II 04/28/16 09:44am Class A Motorhomes
RE: What is porpusing?

Yes that is porpoising and is usually caused by pavement sections, speed and wheelbase. I have always had longbed crew cabs and rarely will porpoise unless the pavement section are just the right length. There is one section of a freeway I often travel...it's about a mile long and the truck porpoises even without the 5th wheel in tow. We were on a bridge near Yuba City, CA. The bridge was long and built above the delta of the Sacramento River. The porpoising got so bad at 55MPH that my head hit the roof of the cab at one point.
the bear II 04/27/16 02:14pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Bed liner for my new GMC, what to get.......

I have LineX using a B&W companion turn over ball hitch setup. Haven't had other spray liners so no way to compare. LineX has been good on mine since 2007
the bear II 04/27/16 01:44pm Tow Vehicles
RE: The RV Life and the environment

How much fuel does a passenger jet use ? 200 passengers travelling from California to Florida to visit Disney World. Hotel/ Restaurant energy use... I guess we could all "Staycation" at home.
the bear II 04/27/16 12:08pm General RVing Issues
RE: Purchasing new trailer. Question on axles...

Some of the weight is carried by the tow vehicle hitch... 300 to 500 plus pounds.
the bear II 04/26/16 02:01pm Travel Trailers
RE: Dislike of 'Reservation Only' camping

It's usually the weekends and Fridays where you will have problems just showing up. Holidays pose another problem the week before and after a holiday are busy. We know we can usually find a spot Monday through Thursday without a reservation. However if we want to be sure to get a site then we always make a reservation.
the bear II 04/26/16 10:26am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Working & RV'ing

Take a look at www.rv-dreams.com This site will walk you through the best setup to provide connectivity when you need it. They use WiFi and Cell based systems to access the internet daily. I have often pulled off the road in an area with good cell service to participate in a conference call. For video conference I will use an internet cafe or location with a good WiFi system.
the bear II 04/26/16 10:22am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Reaching out for advice

A Chevrolet dealer would be my first choice if the insurance company is unable to recommend a repair shop. Sorry to hear about your troubles and good luck.
the bear II 04/26/16 10:20am Tow Vehicles
RE: RV lot layouts + floor plans

We have a rear kitchen with the dining area in the rear corner on the opposite side from the entry door. Big windows on sidewalls and rear, great views. To be honest with you when we are in sites with neighbors close by we rarely notice them. We have mini-blinds on all windows and turn them where we can see out but it's difficult for anyone to see in plus our windows have a dark tint. We don't feel like we are in a fish bowl. In 20 plus years with this 5th wheel we have never been in a site where the slideouts were blocked.
the bear II 04/26/16 09:39am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Virtual Doctors

Doctor on Demand was great. Spoke with the doctor then sent an email with photos of a skin condition to the Dr. She called back and asked questions then sent a prescription. Problem cleared quickly; she even called back after a few days to check on progress. Whole thing only cost $90 and we never had to leave the RV.
the bear II 04/26/16 09:31am Full-time RVing
RE: Generator use while towing

On my 5th wheel the generator will charge the batteries on the 5th wheel through the converter/charger and 12V is sent to the truck through the pigtail plugged into the truck. No damaging feedback since the 12V system is isolated from the 110V system in the 5th wheel. What you are proposing will work. But you'll need to make sure your power cord is securely attached from the truck to the 5th wheel with slack to allow for turns. I saw a guy towing down the road with his power cord dragging on the ground. It had come loose on a bumpy section of road. Luckily he stopped when I flagged him down befor there was too much damage.
the bear II 04/22/16 10:25am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Tire change intervals

Never heard that before.... I usually go 5 to 6 years before replacing tires on my 5th wheel. The key to tire survival is to not overload, maintain proper air pressure, avoid curb strikes/road hazards, cover the tire when parked for a length of time and watch for bulges on sidewalls or tread.
the bear II 04/22/16 10:16am Tech Issues
RE: question about metal corrosion for a possible repair

How about aluminum diamond plate.
the bear II 04/21/16 03:14pm Travel Trailers
RE: Is a lift the answer?

The sunrise ramp above may help. I've seen them at some RV shows so you could try one to see if it helps. There are companies that make aluminum ramps and platforms that breakdown for easy transport. Unfortunately they are about the same cost as a lift. There are up to 10 ft long folding ramps used for loading motorcycles or lawn mowers into pickup that can be adapted but you would need to add a hand rail in some way to provide stability. I would get a prescription from your DR. indicating you need a lift or ramp. Then contact http://www.spinlife.com/ To see if they can help you get the cost eliminated or reduced through your health plan/ Medicare
the bear II 04/21/16 11:23am RVing with Disabilities and General Health Issues
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