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RE: Got bad news today

We often take a picnic lunch and go over to where our 5th wheel is stored and spend a few hours....kind of a mini staycation...
the bear II 03/06/17 01:38pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Loading 4 wheelrs on bed of pick up

I've seen lightweight winches used to pull UTV/ATV up a ramp instead of driving them up. Or I saw one guy with an in bed mounted swing arm with a winch. He would lift up his ATVs and swing them into the bed.
the bear II 03/03/17 01:23pm Travel Trailers
RE: '16 Ram 2500 CTD first tow. Some thing is wrond

Something maybe wrong but have you considered this truck may be setup differently than the old Ford. Things to consider Gearing in rear end Torque numbers If this has a 5 or 6 speed transmission vs. the Ford and it's 3 or 4 speed transmission. Hill climbs will be different the new truck may need to shift down more to get comparable gearing. Just my two cents.
the bear II 03/03/17 01:19pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Chevy 5.3 oil capacity quandry..

My first thought was an aftermarket higher capacity oil pan added during the engine swap or too short of dipstick. But a newer engine is certainly a possibility because crate engines from a dealer or source like Summit is a common swap. My old truck 7.4L chevy would use a quart of oil every 1000 miles with no visible smoke. I added a product called Restore, it's an oil additive at auto parts stores. It stopped burning oil after 500 miles.
the bear II 03/03/17 09:47am Tow Vehicles
RE: Fifth wheel damage

I would guess it will be totaled by the insurance company. It sounds like you'll have structural damage to the side walls and roof. It will be very costly to make this a sound RV for travel. Good Luck and sorry to hear
the bear II 03/03/17 08:57am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Destin, Florida Salt Air Damage

We have had 5 different RVs over the past 40 years and often camp within 20 feet of the Pacific Ocean for 3 days to 3 months. Plus our RVs are stored about 6 miles from the ocean when not camping. Each has shown some rust on the frame but chrome and everything else doesn't seem to be affected. I do rinse the RV off once we bring it home after staying at the beach.
the bear II 03/02/17 10:10am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Gel coat cracking

An old aviation trick is to drill a hole in the fiberglas at the end of the crack to stop it from spreading. Just penetrate the fiberglas and then seal it until a permanent repair can be made...I agree with the freezing water theory.
the bear II 03/02/17 10:00am General RVing Issues
RE: Need copy of Manual for 2010 Skyline Nomad 213

Like colliehauler posted most RVs juat have a collection of manuals for all of the appliances and extras installed in the RV. If a manual was provided it is usually very basic and really not much help. Most of the info you need can be found by doing a Google search and on YouTube. Or as suggested above.
the bear II 03/02/17 09:57am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Tire Covers - Evidence or just belief?

Our 5th wheel sits in a storage lot on asphalt in southern California 6 miles from the ocean. It sits between two 36 and 40 ft RV's so the tires get about 4 hours of direct sunlight on most days. We use the trailer one weekend per month on average for 200 to 300 mile round trips. The first set of tires were not covered during the first 5 years we had the set. The tires after 3 years began to develop cracks on the sidewalls. By the 5th years the cracks near the edge of the rim had opened to near 1/4 inch no belts showed so the cracks weren't very deep. I replaced that set of tires and bought covers. We haven't had the cracking since and we are on our third set. The tires look brand new with lots of tread left but I end up replacing them due to age. The current set are Michelins and are nearly 3 years old with very little sign of use and no cracking. They have been covered any time we stop for more than 2 days.
the bear II 03/01/17 04:20pm General RVing Issues
RE: where to go in socal

For quiet your best bet is some of the BLM boondocking spots. Anza Borrego has spaces which are not closely packed. Rincon Parkway north of Ventura is a first come first to get a spot boondock county campground that parallels the Pacific Ocean. The sound of the waves pretty much drown out any other noises except the trains that go by. A little further north is San Lorenzo Park in King City (central Calif.) We liked it so much that an overnight stop turned into a 5 day stay. At the time several years ago there was a strong onion smell due to the farm fields nearby. But we got used to it. Spaces aren't closely packed, hook ups and big grassy areas. Nice agricultural museum on the grounds. http://www.co.monterey.ca.us/parks/sanlorenzo.html During the weekdays most RV Resorts in So Cal will have empty lots of empty spots except around holidays. Our favorite, Chula Vista RV Resort near San Diego pretty much empties out in the center pull through spots on Sunday and fills up again on Fridays. So we often will have no one on either side Monday through Thursday during the summer weeks.
the bear II 03/01/17 11:20am Snowbirds
RE: Help! Need new awning

Here's a cheaper suggestion.... Get an easy up type canopy or two to use instead of an awning. They are easy for two people to deploy and will hold up to rain and wind gusts if secured properly. I'm beginning to see more and more RV'ers using the pop up type canopies
the bear II 02/28/17 12:59pm Travel Trailers
RE: Tripod on 5th wheel

On our 38ft 5th wheel the tripod makes the front bedroom area more stable. Here's my test- before I put the tripod in place I push on the side of the 5th wheel at the bedroom area. I am able to cause the front of the fifth to rock just a little. Once I install the tripod and put weight on it I can't make the front of the 5th wheel rock. Keep in mind that I built the tripod using square steel tubing and other parts I had laying around. It is strong enough that I can support the entire weight of the front of the 5th wheel which has come in handy a couple of times when I needed to work on the landing gear.
the bear II 02/28/17 11:18am Fifth-Wheels
RE: No Cruise

Brake Light switch is possibility. I've had this happen on three different vehicles. One the brake light switch vibrated out of adjustment so the brake lights were always on On Two the brake light switch died.
the bear II 02/27/17 04:09pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: What kind of towing vehicle should I get for a 26ft bnkhs

Most RV'ers end up going through 3 RV's before they finally get one that truly meets their needs. I would suggest at least a vehicle that has as much capacity as you can afford so that you will be ready for the second RV you'll want to get once you discover you need more than the 26ft bunkhouse model offers. A E-250 or 2500 van or f-250 or 2500 crewcab long bed pickup would be a good choice at minimum.
the bear II 02/23/17 01:08pm Travel Trailers
RE: Contemplating Full Time RVing

For lots of great info about RV full timing including monthly costs for the past 12 years go to www.rv-dreams.com
the bear II 02/23/17 01:02pm Full-time RVing
RE: Would like to find used cast iron implements. Where?

flea markets, garage sales, craigslist, ebay,
the bear II 02/22/17 01:51pm Camp Cooks and Connoisseurs
RE: Refrigerator problem

Low or dead battery.
the bear II 02/21/17 01:11pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: How big an issue is weight?

Insurance company if you are at fault will use every means possible to lessen their costs. In addition the lawyer (if there is one) or other insurance company for others involved in the accident may use the over weight as a factor for the accident and negligence on your part in determining the amount of money they ask for in court if you are sued. It's better to be safe than sorry. In a quick Google search I found a lawyer's website that specifically speaks to over weight RVs and how it can be used in court for judgement.
the bear II 02/21/17 01:08pm General RVing Issues
RE: Drying Towels in Fiver

the bear II 02/21/17 12:04pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: IPAD Aire 2 no sound

Most iPads are bluetooth capable so yes it is an option. I'm sure the jack can be repaired but at what cost.
the bear II 02/21/17 11:20am Technology Corner
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