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RE: Fuel Range

I always use 6 miles per gallon when I calculate fuel use for a proposed trip. If I end up getting more than 6MPG then I end up with a cushion in my budget for unexpected expenses.
the bear II 05/26/17 10:26am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Summer Trip - Rent or Buy?

There are some new websites where RV owners list their RVs for rent. The prices seem to be cheaper than the nationwide rental companies. Do a Google search and you'll see the new websites...one is outdoorsy.com. If you already had the RV and it is dependable it would be the least expensive way to travel. Buying an RV or renting will drive your costs up to the same as a plane or car trip and stay in hotels. Another thing to consider is many of the RV parks, campgrounds and even some state and national parks offer onsite RVs or cabins (small mobile homes/ tiny houses) to rent. So you would travel from destination to destination in a car and spend the night in one of these accommodations. There are also companies and private owners that will park an RV at a site for you to rent. Good luck in your decision and have a great trip.
the bear II 05/24/17 01:19pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Ice maker woes

You may need to clean off any lime deposit/crud build up around the ice mold, solenoid and water lines. Make sure the ice maker hasn't become unlevel due to road vibration.
the bear II 05/23/17 04:48pm Tech Issues
RE: New Fiver - slides and jacks use - w/o killing battery

Your battery, or preferably two or more batteries, if fully charged will operate the slides and jacks many times before becoming drained. However if the batteries sit idle without a charge for a month or longer they will lose charge and over a couple of months be dead unless you completely disconnect them. Or use a small solar panel to keep them charged while stored. A way to load a fridge without the need to cool it down first is to cool all of the items you plan to load into the fridge before placing them in the RV fridge. Load the food and Add a couple of the reusable cold packs and turn on the fridge just before you leave for your trip.
the bear II 05/23/17 10:54am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Do you call this a TT, or a FW?

Hybrid.... I'm sure the manufacturer classified it as a 5th wheel. Kind of a unique modification.
the bear II 05/23/17 10:46am Travel Trailers
RE: Looking for beach camping recommendations in SoCal...

Headed north from San Diego there are several beach or near beach campground/RV Parks. State Beaches: San Onofre Dana Point Bolsa Chica Crystal Cove San Clemente Dockweiler near LAX Emma Woods Ventura Private: Oceanside Newport Dunes Malibu RV Park on east side of PCH Ventura RV Resort County of Ventura: Rincon Parkway... first come first to get a site. Best way to get a site is to show up Monday through Wednesday in the morning. Thursday thru Sunday tough to get a site. Also Faria and Hobson but tough to get a big rig in Several State beach campgrounds in Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo areas
the bear II 05/23/17 10:44am Toy Haulers
RE: exterior light

Usually a bad ground or bad connections at the light or switch. If rodents have gotten in may have chewed wires some where along the line.
the bear II 05/19/17 01:05pm Travel Trailers
RE: Tips for cleaning the awning

I don't know if you have an automatic awning or a manual. Foe my manual awning I deploy the awning completely and lock it down. Then I disconnect the awning down tubes from the latches at bottom of my RV (Note: These Down tubes carry a lot of weight so be ready for it). I slide the down tubes under my RV. This flattens the awning on to the side of the RV and makes it easy to clean the top side of the awning.... I only use water and a soft long handle brush attached to my hose to clean off the dirt. For any spots I use simple green spray and srub with the brush. Rinse and dry then raise the down rubes back up in to the latches. Then clean the bottom side of the awning.
the bear II 05/19/17 12:16pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Traveling to Hesperia, CA from San Bernadino

The distance between San Bernardino and Hesperia along with the volume of traffic can make for a miserable commute to and from work. I would look for an RV park in the Redlands, Yucaipa, Banning and Beaumont area. The commute will be less taxing.
the bear II 05/18/17 10:25am Roads and Routes
RE: Seat lift installed in RV

I installed a similar product in our 5th wheel so my 90 year old dad could travel with us. Sure made it easier and safer for him to get in and out of the trailer. We had lots of great times and memories with him.
the bear II 05/17/17 03:56pm General RVing Issues
RE: Beating a Dead horse...Roof Cleaner\Conditioner

My roof membrane is over 20 years old and has sat out in the sun and weather everyday. I use a soft brush hooked to my hose to clean it every year or two. Two years ago I had the two part sealer put on it. It looks brand new with the exception of where it curves at the sidewalls of my 5th wheel. This began to crack so I sealed it with eternabond tape. No leaks...
the bear II 05/17/17 01:20pm Travel Trailers
RE: Camping with no electricity

Nothing special...generators are designed to run for many hours or even days at a time. Test it before the trip to make sure it works.
the bear II 05/17/17 01:16pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Oxidized exterior

You may want to hire a auto or RV detail company to get rid of the oxidation and wax. We had our 38ft 5th wheel detailed on the outside for $300. It took two people 5 hours to do the job with the right polishes/waxes and equipment...well worth it. The last time I did it with a buffer it took me two days and my shoulders and arms hurt for a couple of days.
the bear II 05/16/17 12:51pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Value of trade when sent back to factory

The value of RVs drops quickly so factory repairs won't have much bearing on the value other than the buyer may view a factory repair as "better" than a DIY or RV dealer repair.
the bear II 05/12/17 12:54pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: 5th Wheel REAR stabilizing jacks lubrication questions

Clean them up and use slip plate dry graphite spray. Doesn't collect dirt and provides protection. X-2 dry lube...
the bear II 05/10/17 12:30pm Tech Issues
RE: Slide out will not work.

I'm sure you checked the positive connections for the motor to make sure you're getting good contact. My slideouts have a circuit breaker located near the controllers as well as a fuse on the fuse block. The breakers are the mini type with a micro reset button. The breaker is black about 1 1/2" long Also the breaker on my converter will trip and keep the slideout from working.
the bear II 05/05/17 09:45am Travel Trailers
RE: What Size Truck?

I always suggest buy the largest truck you can afford. Main reason is for safety... it's better to have more truck than just enough truck. Secondary reason... for the next 5th wheel. Rv'ers tend to buy larger and larger RVs as the years go by. TT to 30ft 5th wheel to 35 ft 5th wheel to 40ft 5th wheel...etc.
the bear II 05/03/17 03:51pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Towing vehicle cunundrum

I would go with diesel for when you are ready for the 5th wheel. I used a long bed dually crewcab as a daily driver into downtown Los Angeles. You get used to the size and other drivers tend to move out of your way.
the bear II 05/03/17 03:43pm Travel Trailers
RE: Towing vehicle cunundrum

A crewcab dually should provide room for the family especially if you can find one with a bench front seat. For the dog many folks place the dog in a crate in the 5th wheel/TT and with cameras now days you can watch the dog as you travel. Temperature can be controlled in the 5th wheel/TT either with covered vents/fantastic fans or a generator and the air conditioner. For our dogs I built a box in the bed just in front of the hitch. It was equipped with vents and a fantastic fan. The box provided plenty of room for our two medium sized dogs. Cap or Campershell would solve the dog issue when towing the TT until you're ready to move to a 5th wheel. Although not the most economic option many Rver's travel in two vehicles...Wife and some kids in the family car and husband, kids nd dog in the tow vehicle. It's not bad because it provides a comfortable car to run errands and sight see once you get to your destination. In addition the car or mini-van can be used to carry toys/bikes and water toys.
the bear II 05/03/17 03:32pm Travel Trailers
RE: Full-timing in a TT.....where should I start looking?

Here's a great resource to answer a lot of your questions as well as provide info about things you didn't know to ask go to www.rv-dreams.com and read through the blog and forum posts. There are RV driving schools that will help you get comfortable with towing or driving a large vehicle like a Class A. Rent before you buy to make sure RV'ing works for you. Take a weekend trip and then a couple of longer trips. A two week trip where you move from destination to destination every couple of days will give you a good picture of how much work is involved.
the bear II 05/03/17 10:06am Travel Trailers
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