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RE: Prayer Wheel for pet found in desert.

Where was this located and how close to a campground/civilization ? Just a rough guess, I would say a family put this together as a fun project or a marker for a burial of some sort. The art on the 2 rocks looks recent and something children would do. Flying saucer and a tribal type symbol. So my guess is a family was camping or lived nearby and either they ran across a dead animal and buried it or their pet died and this is where they buried it. The rocks look like the typical rocks you would find in a desert area where there has been volcanic activity in the past. For example; Death Valley, Barstow, Quartzite areas all have these types of rocks.
the bear II 12/03/14 02:00pm RV Pet Stop
RE: Anyone towed a 70"s 31ft Airstream?

In my experience towing is towing...after a few tows anything no matter the size and with the right setup is doable and you become comfortable with it. The right setup is the key. With a 31 ft you'll want at least a 3/4 ton tow vehicle, pickup, van or suburban type vehicle. You can expect no more than 12MPG average when towing, I would use 10MPG as a rule of thumb for decision making process. Most TT owners report 6 to 12 MPG depending on their rig and driving style so 10MPG is a good figure to use.
the bear II 12/03/14 11:21am Travel Trailers
RE: help with fogged windows in car or truck ??

Great tip for those in much colder climates... Here in Southern California,I just use the air conditioner and the defrost setting... The A/C removes the moisture while the defrost setting blows the dry warm air on the windows to remove the fog.
the bear II 12/03/14 08:06am Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Making the Change from A to TT

Any of the new lite TT (under 7000lbs) will work but stay close to 25ft in length to prevent the TT from wagging the SUV (tail wags the dog). Get a good weight distributing hitch with stabilizer. The storage is going to be tough to match. Closet space will be limited as well as outside storage... Get as much automatic stuff as possible...auto levelers, sat dish, tongue jack. It's getting harder and harder for me at 61 to get down on my knees and then back up to set the levelers, place wheel chocks, blocks ...etc. Look for a floor plan with as few bottle necks as possible. Places where two people would have a tough time getting by each other. Large bathroom area. One of our favorite RVs was a 1978 23 foot Nomad TT, it was well laid out. The only drawback was the seating. It had bench seats, no comfortable chairs or recliners. We were stuck in bad weather for several days and got very uncomfortable having to stay inside with no good place to sit for long periods of time. That was when we decided to start looking for a bigger RV with comfortable seating.
the bear II 12/03/14 08:02am Travel Trailers
RE: noisy hitch

As odd as it seems occaisonally my RBW hitch would begin chunking if it was dry. Once I greased the plate and pin bar the chunking would go away. It seemed wrong to use a lubricant to fix a movement issue but I was told the hydro static friction properties of the grease actually acts as a shock asorber to lessen or stop the chunking movement. You might want to tell your friend to grease the plate on his hitch like the truckers do. I use a teflon grease product, it's a dry lube.
the bear II 12/02/14 02:34pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Does buying that 45' rig do it for you?

What I am seeing based on conversations with RV'ers in the RV Resort we stay in throughout the summer (lots of weekend campers)and reading on the RV forums is the economy has hit hard. Folks are having a hard time justifying the big rig, fuel costs and the hit on their wallet. Many are trading down (for savings as well as all of the reasons above) and travelling closer to home. We've been staying in this same resort for over 15 years, in the past during the summer you saw a lot of plates from all over the country in the past few years the plates are primarily from CA, AZ, NV & OR. The resort is near major tourist destinations in San Diego, CA.
the bear II 12/02/14 07:54am Class A Motorhomes
RE: New fireplace wiring question

Most RVs have areas where you can follow existing wiring to get to where you need to go. You may need to use some ingenuity to get the new wire to follow the path (bent coat hanger wire, fishtape, surface mount boxes, panduit...)
the bear II 12/01/14 03:33pm Travel Trailers
RE: Holiday light

we use command strips
the bear II 12/01/14 02:22pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Anyone use a Dish Tailgater?

We have used one for two years. It does not work as well as the Dish 500 but is much easier to setup. Biggest problem we have seen is on HD channels the picture pixelates more frequently than it does with SD channels. So we tend to switch to the SD channel if the pixelation gets too bad. We haven't had a lot of rain while using it so can't answer but I'm guessing in heavy down pours there will be loss of signal. I did set it up once near a flag that we fly and when the wind started to blow the flag was affecting the signal. I moved the tailgater and that fixed the problem. For me it saves time so I'm willing to put up with some picture issues. I would say 95% of the time it is as good as the Dish 500.
the bear II 12/01/14 02:10pm Technology Corner
RE: Is this normal?

I use the B&W companion hitch and have never experienced the problem you describe. With my previous truck using a RBW hitch I would from time to time get a clunk when first hitting the throttle hard or stopping. Only one clunk and very rare. Very few of us with 5th wheel travel trailers use gooseneck hitches. You might have better luck trying a forum dedicated to folks with horses/horse trailers. Or transporters.
the bear II 12/01/14 10:59am Fifth-Wheels
RE: how real do your electric 'fireplace' flames look?

Very relaxing to sit by the fake fire, listening to the fake sounds of crackling embers with the soft glow of the 10 or so battery powered candles scattered around the RV. It makes it great to just sit and read the book I downloaded to my Kindle while drinking a few non-alcohol beers...
the bear II 12/01/14 08:24am General RVing Issues
RE: Franklin Trailer

Great save.... vintage trailers are becoming more and more valuable. Some RV Parks are using them as rental cabins for "Glamping". Folks are putting them in their backyards to use as a guest house/studio/office or for a "staycation". There's a new reality program on called "Flippin' RVs". It follows a vintage trailer restoral business in Oregon.
the bear II 11/26/14 02:45pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Will 2,380 lbs dry weight really make a difference?

X-2 no need to worry. Enjoy
the bear II 11/26/14 02:37pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Video Streaming-Opinions

We use Sony TV Boxes at home but they won't work on some RV Park WiFi setups. Like camperforlife we tend to use our laptop or iPads for streaming when out in the RV.
the bear II 11/26/14 12:05pm Technology Corner
RE: Sorry, but another Nitrogen in tires question

My brain is full of nitrogen facts can I go home now ?
the bear II 11/26/14 11:15am Tech Issues
RE: How often do you wash your rig when camping on the beach

We camp often on the beach in California. I wash the RV when we get back home before it goes back to storage. A good wax job holds up well to the salt air. Touch-up any chips or nicks in painted areas to keep rust from grabbing hold. Our RV is 20 years old and has spent it's life at the beach or within 6 miles of the ocean. It still looks new.
the bear II 11/26/14 11:08am General RVing Issues
RE: Edgestar portable ice maker

X 2 Magic Chef and all probably made by the same couple of manufacturers. Ours works great and have had it for over 5 years.
the bear II 11/26/14 08:25am General RVing Issues
RE: Old Style Plumbing

X-2 to use PEX and Shark Bite fittings. Works great and makes for easy additions to the grey tubing plumbing.
the bear II 11/26/14 07:45am Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: RV for use as a cabin

A concrete pad would be a good idea but not needed. You do want to support it so consider using the type of leveling jacks used on mobile homes. Most folks find skirting around the bottom of the RV helps to keep the critters and cold out. Since you are green (eco) you might consider solar and or wind power along with some sort of rain water catch system. Many of the websites that cater to "off the grid or survivalists" will have great tips for you.
the bear II 11/25/14 03:08pm Beginning RVing
RE: Ford TC

Thinking back to the photos of the new aluminum ford truck that burnt up during testing in Death Valley a month or so ago... First thing that came to my mind is "Oh great now there will be a bigger puddle of melted aluminum on the side of the road".
the bear II 11/25/14 03:01pm Truck Campers
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