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RE: Need Advice To Keep Me From Breaking My Butt

We have several LED lights that plug into an extension cord or 110V receptacle. This keeps the batteries charged and if the power goes out the lights come on automatically if you set the switch to do so. They provide enough light to stumble over to grab the light and use it as a flashlight. Do a google search for power outage light or flashlight...they're very inexpensive and last about 3 years.
the bear II 06/15/17 01:36pm Tech Issues
RE: Ammonia smell when we plugged in the electricity

We had new coils from an amish company installed by the local RV service center. That was about 15 years ago...still running strong
the bear II 06/13/17 02:02pm Tech Issues
RE: size of truck for 5th wheel

You need to know a couple of things to determine if the truck will work: Weight of the Trailer The weight at the Pin (hitch point) of the trailer The truck towing capacity You should be able to find the trailer info on the manufacturers sticker affixed to your trailer. Same with the truck there will be a sticker with the info. Use the sticker info to determine if the truck has the capacity to safely tow the trailer.
the bear II 06/13/17 12:21pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Insurance cost 1 T vs 3/4T

I paid the same when I switched from a 2500 to a 3500 with Allstate. I actually pay less with my 4500 through Progressive.
the bear II 06/12/17 11:21am Tow Vehicles
RE: new brake shoes versus new plate assembly

New complete assembly is the way to go....
the bear II 06/12/17 11:19am Travel Trailers
RE: Adding windows to fifth wheel - new Denali

Windows create stress points where siding and the integrity of the sidewall may be jeopardized. The stress cracks we have developed on our 22 year old 5th wheel are at the corners of some of the windows as well as the corner of the slideout opening. Your window location is in between two stress creating points the front corner and the slideout. If you haven't already, I would spend some time in the bedroom area during differing weather conditions to see if there is a need for another window or would portable fan(s) or fantastic vent fans provide the cross ventilation you need. Our 5th wheel has windows at the head end and foot end of our bedroom so we can get a good cross breeze depending on how the wind hits the 5th wheel. We have a fantastic fan vent and will use a portable fan to provide the circulation we need if we aren't using the air conditioner or the cross breeze isn't sufficient. I came across a Ryobi fan powered by 18v rechargeable batteries. We use this fan when we are boondocking along with the fantastic vent fans. The Ryobi will last 10 hours per fully charged battery. I carry 3 batteries to use with the fan or other Ryobi tools I carry.
the bear II 06/12/17 10:02am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Holding tank gages

Common problem... only temporary fixes unless you replace the sensors with better aftermarket units. Basically gunk builds up and confuses the sensors. You can try some of the cleaning methods you'll find if you do a search. We have learned that we can go for about 7 days before we need to dump the tanks. On our old TT with smaller tanks it was 4 days. If we have guests then it drops to 5-6 days.
the bear II 06/09/17 11:47am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Stereo/DVD player Options

We've pretty much stopped using radios and DVD players and now use our iPads and iPhones for entertainment. iPhone for music and radio linked to a nice bluetooth speaker setup. Watch videos on the iPad or send them to the TV through an adaptor from iPad to HDMI or RCA connections on the TV. We do have a Wii gaming system that will also play DVDs.
the bear II 06/07/17 11:13am Technology Corner
RE: RV's with free standing dining tables

Our 22 year old 5th wheel has a free standing dining table with 4 chairs. We have towed this 5th wheel across the country and back, over dirt roads to offroad races, on good and bad roads.... we do not strap down the table or chairs. Once in a while one or two of the chairs will move during travel. None have fallen over. The carpet doesn't show any more wear than other areas of carpet. It's not difficult to get into either inside chair, just slide from the outside chair to the inside chair. Most of the time we put the table in the middle of the floor. Because we added one of these desks: http://www.amazingmagictable.com/2tabledesk2.htm Which has turned out to be a great add on.
the bear II 06/07/17 11:03am Travel Trailers
RE: 5th wheel mpg's

For over 10 years I have been reading posts on this and other RV forums. Most RV'ers with 5th wheels report between 6-12 MPG while towing and fully loaded for camping. I have also read many posts from RV'ers who have tried to improve their towing MPG. Aerodynamic add ons, more efficient fuel/air delivery systems, more efficient exhaust systems, different gearing, different tires or air pressure in the tires... The results from these efforts result in at most a 1 to 3 MPG improvement. I've read about folks spending $2500 to $5000 in an attempt to improve MPG only to get 1 to 3 MPG more. In my opinion... RV'ing is an expense that is worth every penny. There are hidden savings... better mindset, health, exercise and quality family time. Don't worry about the cost....enjoy the ride. Buy a factory made 5th wheel travel trailer and start the adventure. Don't waste time and money in trying to put something together unless it's your dream to build something out of a horse trailer. Just my opinion and I wish you luck in this new adventure. By the way I have a Chevy 4500 with a Duarmax Diesel. I pull a 7.5 foot wide X 12.5 foot tall X 38 foot long 5th wheel that weighs 15,000lbs. I average 10 MPG while towing.
the bear II 06/07/17 10:53am Tow Vehicles
RE: Recent Reviews on rvparkreviews.com are hilarious

My favorite was a parent who was complaining that her kids were stopped by the RV Resort security and told to stop riding their bikes on the sidewalks and through the central courtyard/pool area near the office. There are signs posted everywhere indicating no bike, skateboard or scooter riding on the sidewalks. The parent indicated kids should be able to do whatever they want when on vacation....
the bear II 06/06/17 10:48am General RVing Issues
RE: 5th wheel TH's are pretty tall - any issue being 13' plus..

Secondary roads may have some over passes/ railroad overpasses that are less than 15 feet. The signage may indicate greater than 13' 5" but I would still get out and check. We came across a railroad over pass with a sign showing 13 feet clearance. Our high point is 12' 5". It was getting dark and I stopped to get up on the roof to make sure we would clear. There was a piece of metal hanging down from a previous vehicle strike. The metal would have hit the air conditioner unit on my 5th wheel. Any city street, county road, campground or RV Park with old growth trees may have branches you need to pay attention to especially at the campsites.
the bear II 06/06/17 10:43am Toy Haulers
RE: New to TT's

X-2 Second Chance comment Look at this as an alternative to stairs http://www.burractuators.com/lifts/handy_lift.htm
the bear II 06/05/17 12:52pm Travel Trailers
RE: Amount of people at campsite

X-2 fees for more than 4. I have seen upper limits of capacity per campsite. Usually 10.
the bear II 06/05/17 12:48pm General RVing Issues
RE: Boards under tires

One thing to make sure is the boards are wider and longer the contact patch of your tires. This will help to prevent damage to the layers and bands that make up the tire.
the bear II 06/02/17 12:16pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Forum search yielding invalid results

www.rv-dreams.com the owner of the site wrote a good article on tires and weights. They are an RV Weighing Team and have done lots of research. Try just searching for "tires G rated" on this forum you'll get posts about different rated tires but there will be some G discussions. Or try putting the brand name like Goodyear G-rated
the bear II 06/02/17 12:13pm Forum Technical Support
RE: Best layout for 4 big dogs

Recently at one of the RV resorts I saw a 5th wheel toy hauler, the back ramp was down and inside at the rear of the garage area there were four large dog carriers. I spoke with the RV owner, they have show dogs and were attending a dog show near the RV resort. He had two carriers facing the center of the toy hauler on each side. He had placed a box fan blowing air towards the dog carriers. He said they would move the carriers outside under the patio awning during the day when there was shade. It looked like a nice setup.
the bear II 06/02/17 10:34am RV Pet Stop
RE: Is de-lamination a big problem? Can Azdel help?

Delamination is not rampant in the RV world. Very few RVs have delamination of the siding when compared to the total number of RVs on the road. Good preventative maintenance will keep water out. Our current 5th wheel is a 1994 model that we have had since new. It has never been covered and has sat out in the weather 24/7 for 23 years. 2 years ago one small section of the siding showed signs of delamination. It was due to a leak around one window. Because I was taking care of my 90+ year old dad with dementia I had stopped doing routine inspections and maintenance so the 5th wheel and our house suffered a little. Preventative maintenance is important...
the bear II 06/02/17 10:27am Travel Trailers
RE: Such a thing as an idyllic CG on the US west coast?

I'm a California Native and without a doubt you will not be able to find a piece of "heaven" campground anywhere south of San Francisco all the way to the Mexico border except during the weekdays (non-Holiday week). It is hit or miss whether you will find a quiet campground for more than a couple of days at a time.
the bear II 05/30/17 12:49pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
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
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