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RE: Three kids, 2 dogs, TT, choices.

Here's what we had when towing a TT. I had a campershell (cap) put on the truck with a pass through Boot between the back window of the cab and the front window of the campershell. I attached a 4 foot wide one inch thick piece of plywood long enough to fit from side to side on the campershell lip/ bed rail. I placed 2 inch foam rubber on the plywood and covered it with indoor outdoor carpet. This provided a bed for the two dogs. They used to lay there and look out the through the pass through as we drove down the road. The air from the dash A/C kept them cool and they could walk around on the bed. I kept a non-spill water dish on the bed in the corner.
the bear II 07/14/15 11:10am Towing
RE: Truck Bed Tool Boxes and 5ers

On both of my trucks that I have used to tow the 5th wheel, I had running boards that allowed me to step up and reach into the tool boxes in each truck. The tool boxes are the type that sit inside the bed rails at the front of the pickup bed and are flush with the top of the rails. In my old truck the lid of the box was 2 inches above the bed rails. It never came in contact with the 5th wheel even in tight off camber turns. This is the box I have in my current truck http://www.deezee.com/products/401/Truck_Tool_Boxes/Truck_Tool_Box_Chests/Red_Label_Utility_Chests.html
the bear II 07/13/15 01:33pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Not a big enough trailer

My brother and I plus a friend would sleep in the pickup. A longbed pickup with a campershell (cap). My dad had built two beds along each side with storage tubs underneath. The campershell had a boot (passageway) through to the cab area of the pickup. Our friend would sleep on the front seat of the truck and my brother and I would sleep on the beds in the campershell. It gave us a place to get away from the parents....
the bear II 07/13/15 01:25pm Travel Trailers
RE: Good experiences

We were camping along the beach in Southern California, the MH behind had an older couple and I noticed he had a tool chest out and kept going in & out of the MH always looking perplexed. I went over and asked if they were having a problem. He said they had a leak and he couldn't fix it. I offered to help, it turned out to be the connection for the cold water on their bathroom sink. I fixed it. They were staying for a couple of weeks and so were we. After a few days of spending time together, even going into town for lunch; their 10 year old Granddaughter came to stay with them for awhile. A couple of days went by and the couple needed to head in to town to dump. They asked if we would watch their Granddaughter while they went in to town. We did. For years we kept in touch with them and would from time to time meet for a camping trip. They lived in Texas but would come to California every couple of years to stay by the beach.
the bear II 07/13/15 09:20am General RVing Issues
RE: burnt rubber smell??

I would suspect the alternator belt or the air conditioning compressor belt if they are different. The belt may be the source of the smell, but there may be an issue with the alternator or compressor causing the belt to get hot. Belts can slip without squealing. Another possibility is an intermittent short in some wiring and you are smelling the insulation smoldering. Or a hose/wiring bouncing and touching the exhaust somewhere up front since you smell it in the driving area.
the bear II 07/10/15 02:53pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Electric for air conditioning

My 95 year old dad lived with us after he was diagnosed with dementia at 85. He often needed help with daily routine not because of the dementia but because he became frail. Falls were always a concern. RVs can be tough to get in and out of, plus the toilet and shower can be difficult for older folks to manage. With your 97 year old mom I would consider making changes in the house. Ramps to get inside and use a potty chair for her. There are portable tubs and showers available at most health care supply houses. With her in the house you will be able to assist her as needed.
the bear II 07/10/15 02:43pm Tech Issues
RE: Parking an RV for day use along Tahoe North Shore

It's been a long time since I've been there but I remember numerous parking areas along the shore. Another option is to park at one of the hotels with beachfront access. I've done this from time to time after receiving permission from the manager on duty. A couple of places I've offered to pay but they refused it and said we were welcomed to park. None of the hotels were crowded.
the bear II 07/10/15 02:29pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: re-direct generator exhaust

Like others...I'm not sure this is a good idea unless you make sure the compartment is airtight. For my Onan I use flexible metal conduit to run the exhaust away from the 5th wheel. I carried 20 feet of conduit which can be rolled up and stored in the back of truck or storage compartment. I chose a size of conduit that would slide onto the existing exhaust pipe and used a set screw to hold it in place. Then I could roll out the conduit to get the exhaust well away from the 5th wheel.
the bear II 07/10/15 09:20am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Cooking under awaning

Yes as long as there is at least 4 feet separation between the stove and awning material.
the bear II 07/10/15 09:12am Hybrid Travel Trailers
RE: Questions about AC?

For various reasons breakers will trip from time to time. I wouldn't worry about it unless it trips frequently.
the bear II 07/10/15 09:10am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Reservations for popular campgrounds

We stopped trying to get into the Nat'l and State Park campsites. Instead we stay outside the park at private RV parks and drive into the park daily to see the sights.
the bear II 07/09/15 09:28am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Need Help On A Decision between 2 TT's

17 feet or even 23 feet can get pretty small if you are stuck inside for a long period of time due to bad weather. Cabin fever kicks in within a couple of days. Most RV'ers go through at least 3 RV's before they get one that is large enough to meet their needs. You may want to consider something larger.
the bear II 07/08/15 03:05pm Travel Trailers
RE: Someone reported me and my dog

We just happened to be staying in an RV resort where there were hundreds of Show Dogs. The park was near an arena where a national dog show was being held. I was walking my medium sized dog (not pit bull) with a leash around the park. Normally she is good around other dogs but once in awhile a dog will set her off. We were approaching a beautiful champion Akita. My dog lunged and the leash broke (the connection at the collar broke). Luckily the owner of the Akita was quick and was able to stop my dog. The Akita probably would have won the battle. I apologized and explained what happened. He said he had just finished grooming the dog and took it for a walk before heading over to show it. Check those leash connections...replace the leash if it looks worn.
the bear II 07/08/15 02:18pm RV Pet Stop
RE: Disappointed!!!!!!!

Our 5th wheel went through a series of issues when first new. All minor stuff but it meant taking the unit in several times to get stuff fixed. Once the initial bugs were out....we had many years of no problems. The unit is now 21 years old and still going strong. Here's what I think happens-- A manufacturer of a successful brand or model of RV has trouble keeping up with demand...quality begins to lack in an effort to keep up with demand, things get missed maybe due to a shift change. Our manufacturer added a 3rd shift when the demand grew because they were getting so many orders for our model. Ours came with both faucets connected to water but not tightened down to the sink. In my mind that is something that would be missed during a shift change.
the bear II 07/08/15 01:49pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Ram 2500...and Possible Fifth Wheel Purchase

Sounds like a nice setup. You should be happy with the way it tows.
the bear II 07/08/15 01:41pm Towing
RE: To Antioch, CA

I have found that I like 99 better than I-5. More to see and more places to stop for fuel/food. Time wise the routes are about the same. I-5 is frustrating due to semi trucks holding up the traffic while passing. You'll be doing 65MPH and then hit a string of trucks and drop to 45-55MPH for a couple of miles, get past them and you hit another string a few miles later. It's a constant 65 down to 50 back up to 65 down to 50....
the bear II 07/08/15 08:46am Roads and Routes
RE: DRW disadvantages

2 extra tires to buy - An extra $300 to 400 every 50,000 miles not so bad fenders sticking farther out (parking issues, no drive thrus, chance to hit something) - Already been addressed -X-8 if the mirrors fit bad in wet grass (most say 4x4 is needed due to this, im guessing tracking on rear sucks?) - Huh ? Never have had this problem with 4 different DRW trucks small decrease in MPG - I get the same MPG with my DRW that I got with my SRW unable to rotate tires (well its possible but most people dont at least) - Just a little extra cost to dismount and mount tires- last time I did this it was $14 per wheel including balancing. harder to add air to inside rear tires - with extensions this is a non-issue For 5 years I drove a dually crewcab longbed into Downtown Los Angeles each day to work. Never had a problem parking.... It was great to take clients to lunch in. The restaurants and hotels would park it out front with all the Ferraris, Roll Royces & Porsche's
the bear II 07/08/15 08:34am Tow Vehicles
RE: Wheelchair assessable

When we decided to take care of my dad with dementia, we eventually had to modify our 5th wheel when he was no longer able to walk. I installed a Burr Handi-Lift. http://www.burractuators.com/lifts/handy_lift.htm This was the least expensive alternative. I did have to modify the wall of our 5th wheel to support the lift mount. Based on the experience with my dad I would look at Toyhaulers (trailer or motorhome type). The ramp makes getting in and out easier. The garage area can be customized to fit his needs.
the bear II 07/07/15 01:43pm RVing with Disabilities and General Health Issues
RE: my near disaster

I would definitely check the suspension for loose U-bolts, broken shackles or broken springs.
the bear II 07/07/15 12:07pm Travel Trailers
RE: Mountain Driving

It's good that you are doing your research. Others will give you advice on the best routes. The two techniques you listed are the right ones to use when going downhill. If you drop below the truck speed limit or feel your speed is a hazard to other drivers be sure to turn on your flashers as you climb or descend. Good luck on your trip.
the bear II 07/07/15 12:01pm Roads and Routes
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