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RE: Is Class B the easiest to use?

Space will be tight but very doable. As posted above some private RV parks have restrictions for smaller RVs. Make sure the RV has an RVIA certification and is self contained which is a requirement for some public and private RV parks. Parking restrictions vary by city. For example where I live no vehicle higher than 7 feet or longer than 21 feet may park overnight on a residential street without a permit. The permit is only good for 3 days. Developments with Homeowner associations can be very strict. No RVs in driveways or parked anywhere on the property where they can be seen from the sidewalk. Which means even in a backyard if it can be seen from the sidewalk or street the homeowner would be asked to remove it.
the bear II 12/08/17 01:30pm Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Traveling with things on counter

We have a rear kitchen and leave a counter top convection oven on the rear counter. It has never moved. We do put a free standing spice rack and a utensil holder in the sink when traveling. In the rest of the 5th wheel we do move items off of counters to keep them from sliding. Our flat screen (loose) bedroom TV is taken off of the counter and placed face down on the bed. We don't have shocks so there is quite a bit of bounce over rough stuff at speed. Our dinning table and chairs plus recliners are not secured and haven't moved in the 22 years of travel.
the bear II 12/08/17 11:56am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Bears

In Sequoia Nat'l Park three of us were sitting around a campfire. My wife sensed something beside her, when she looked to her right there was a brown bear just a few feet away from her. All three of us got to our feet and move to put the fire between us and the bear. I yelled and clapped my hands and the bear took off running right towards the open door of our trailer. Luckily the bear turned and headed down the road. In Yosemite we were sleeping in a tent and we could hear a bear walk right by our tent over to the metal food box. It tried the lid on the box to see if it would open and then went on to the next campsite.
the bear II 12/08/17 10:08am General RVing Issues
RE: Financial balancing act

The appliances in RVs hold up about as well as they do in homes. There are a few items which have a less than 10 year lifespan in RVs: Batteries Tires Air Conditioner Refrigerator Fresh Water Pump With the exception of batteries and tires the others may last beyond 10 years with proper maintenance. On the other hand the drive components in a DP are designed to provide fleet service in truck so you can expect up to 500,000 trouble free miles vs only 300,000 for a gas MH. If not for my DW I would always buyy used. She only wants new. She wins...
the bear II 12/01/17 01:23pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Slide usage while making pit stops..

It's no problem to run the slides out for a pit stop. We've done it for 22 years with our 5th wheel. You do need to find a parking spot with the room to deploy the slides. As long as your batteries are good the slide is easy to deploy and retract. Our living area slide is 4 feet deep and 15 feet long. It works just as good now as it did when new. No leaks in either of the 2 slideouts.
the bear II 12/01/17 10:49am Toy Haulers
RE: Strange Sound

A few possibilities: >Water pump is cycling due to a small leak >Electric fuel pump is pumping to maintain pressure in the system even though it should be off when the ignition switch is in the off position. >Air bubbles in the water system or hydraulic leveler system >From the suspension or leveling system when the coach jiggles from some small movement like when someone walks or re-positions in a chair >My Lazyboy recliner developed a electronic sounding squeak when fully reclined and I would breathe
the bear II 11/28/17 01:37pm Class A Motorhomes

How about a propane powered generator you could run off of your trailer propane tanks or a portable tank.
the bear II 11/27/17 11:34am Travel Trailers
RE: Quartzite

Are there many RV's boondocking both north and south of I-10? Answer: Yes some are right out of town. Others are further away both north and south along Hwy 95. When does it start getting pretty full? Answer: January thru February are the busiest times for Quartzsite Thank you.
the bear II 11/27/17 11:31am Roads and Routes
RE: Poopy Paper Problem

I tell our users to fill the bowl halfway before they sit down then flush when done. This seems to provide enough water to breakup the Scotts Brand Tissue (1000 sheet) we use. I also use Thetford's Aqua Chem toilet chemical. The waste digestion enzymes contained in Aqua Chem really work to keep the solids un-solid for easy dumping.
the bear II 11/22/17 01:53pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Interstate speeds

For the 22 years I have been towing a 15,000lb 38ft 5th wheel I've had luck at 60 to 62MPH (in 55MPH towing zones) never been challenged by a state trooper/ highway patrol. In 70MPH towing zones I still stay at or below 65MPH for safety more than any other reason. My c4500 is smooth at 75MPH towing but I feel safer at the slower speed after seeing some results that occurred to other 35 to 40 ft 5th wheels at speed. The speeds you are talking about are a little scary for a couple of reasons: > Primarily tire heat for the TH. Blowouts aren't pretty. > And being able to stop in time and/or avoid idiots
the bear II 11/21/17 12:30pm Toy Haulers
RE: Leaf springs flat on 2015 Aerolite 294RKSS

I have had the original Dexter Axles and leaf springs for 20 years. My trailer was at least 1000lbs overloaded. The springs never flattened out but one did break on a tight off camber turn. Luckily it happened close to home so I was able to get the trailer home without a problem.. I replaced all 4 springs with the next size up from dexter (old were 6,000 lb springs -- new springs are 8000 lb springs).
the bear II 11/17/17 11:26am Travel Trailers
RE: Satellite TV cubes.

I've used the Dish Tailgater cube for 4 years. It is great. We did have to purchase the cube and a compatible receiver to use it. The cube works great. We do get a little more pixelation or video freeze then we do with the old sat dish antenna. I put the cube on top of my RV next to the ladder and secure it with a cable lock. We get HD channels with it. We added an external drive to the SAT receiver box to record all the programs my DW needs. I do carry a tripod and sat dish antenna just in case. I haven't used it since we got the cube.
the bear II 11/15/17 11:49am Travel Trailers
RE: Battery box filling up with water.

I would drill holes in the bottom of the box
the bear II 11/15/17 11:40am Travel Trailers
RE: Truck Camper Pass-Thru Cab Windows and Dogs

In the old days we used to remove the truck rear window and have an upholstery shop fabricate a boot between the camper and the truck. It was great. My dogs would lay in the camper and look out through the window. One time I had to stop quick and both of them were asleep, they slid into the back seat. They both had the look "What happened, Why'd you do That ?" They weren't hurt just surprised.
the bear II 11/09/17 11:25am Truck Campers
RE: Bigger BP TH's - pros and cons

5er is the way to go when you buy a 31ft plus trailer. Stability, safety and maneuverability with 5er vs BP
the bear II 11/09/17 11:20am Toy Haulers
RE: 6v battery fail

Do a google search for fixing dead batteries. It seems you can use epsom salts and distilled water to bring batteries back to life. I've never tried it but the Youtube videos and writ ups seem promising. I have noticed in the past 10 years batteries seem to be more fragile to road vibration. It seems the plates break or bend and cells will fail or the entire battery.
the bear II 11/09/17 11:17am Travel Trailers
RE: How to transport toys once trailer is set up?

I've seen racks in short bed trucks that raise the front wheels over the cab of the pickup to transport ATVs. Also seen Quads standing up vertically in a shortbed for transport.
the bear II 11/07/17 01:26pm Toy Haulers
RE: New '17 3500 SRW fifth wheel hitch options...San Diego

I have a B&W companion and pull a 15,000 5th wheel. I have been very happy with the hitch. It's very easy to remove and install. Very solid even on rough roads. I've had it since 2007 with no problems. I tow an average of once per month each year. Usually 1 to 2 day tows each time.
the bear II 11/07/17 01:20pm Towing
RE: LA to South Rim Grand Canyon, Chains needed?

We left from LA one morning and by the time we reached Flagstaff we hit a rain storm. About 10 miles outside of Winslow it began to snow, just as we reached Winslow it got bad enough we could have used chains (if we had them). Overnight the storm dropped a foot of snow. It was beautiful to see the canyon with snow.
the bear II 11/02/17 10:50am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: San Diego to Lake Havasu, then Sedona, in mid Feb?

Just check the weather reports each morning and decide whether it's safe to travel along your proposed route. Watch for signs of bad weather ahead as you travel and check the weather reports... Sometimes you get lucky and it's smooth sailing. We were in a bad storm and stopped due to heavy rain and winds. Found out that a tornado had crossed the highway behind us....if we had been 10 minutes later no telling where we would have ended up.
the bear II 11/01/17 02:11pm Roads and Routes
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