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RE: Full-term travelling with an older RV

By the time you invest your time, effort, and money on an older RV, you may be better off just getting a new one and save yourself the time it will take to rebuild one and spend that time with your family. Besides, the rebuild could cost as much as newer one. Besides, when are you planning on this trip? If you plan 2 months to rebuild an older camper, you better re-think that. I promise you, your 2 month estimate will become 2 years of actual rebuild... if you have somewhere to get the camper under roof so you can do the work. X-2
the bear II 01/27/17 01:02pm Beginning RVing
RE: At what point does length cease to matter?

it took me about 3 trips to become really comfortable after we bought our 38ft 5th wheel. We do pay attention to whether or not a campground/RV park is big rig friendly or not. I did have to drive backwards on a campground loop to get to a site at one campground with permission from the ranger. This was necessary because the correct route had too tight of a turn to get to our assigned site.
the bear II 01/26/17 04:08pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Kings Canyon --Sequoia NP -- Long TT where oh where !!!

We had the best time staying at Sequoia RV Ranch in Kaweah. It's near Three Rivers and is a rustic RV Park right next to the Kaweah River. It's close to Sequoia NP for day trips into the park. Full Hook ups and Big Rig friendly.
the bear II 01/26/17 12:44pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: RV Mfg's Missing a new market segment

Many of the 35ft & larger RV manufacturers have models with floorplans that have two actual bedrooms and in addition to the master bath a 1/2 bath (toilet & sink). Some even have separate doors to the outside in the second bedroom. So your segment hasn't been overlooked.
the bear II 01/26/17 12:41pm General RVing Issues
RE: Horrible black tank odor from toilet

Have you checked the roof drain vent tube to make sure it's clear? X-2
the bear II 01/26/17 12:34pm General RVing Issues
RE: Hauling a dolly across the country

In my opinion yes it would help. A wood cradle wood be a good way to secure the barrels.
the bear II 01/25/17 03:53pm Dinghy Towing
RE: CA Campground reservations

Like others have replied.... we stay at the private RV Parks on or near the coast and rarely have a problem getting in as long as it's not near a holiday week/weekend. Sure they are more expensive but you do get extra amenities as well as cleaner facilities and usually a more refined crowd. Our favorites are Chula Vista RV Resort near San Diego Malibu RV Park in Malibu Flying Flags in Buellton we drive over to Jalama State Beach for the day Lawson Landing near Dillion Beach/ Bodega Bay
the bear II 01/25/17 03:04pm General RVing Issues
RE: Bumper Tow or Fifth Wheel

As both of us are now in our 60s with bad knees we are beginning to think about moving towards a flat floor RV. The steps up to the bathroom/bedroom of our 5th wheel are beginning to feel like we are climbing Mt Everest each time we go up. I've towed several TT and a couple of 5th wheels and the 5th wheels seem more stable and safer due to the in bed hitch. However I do miss having a campershell (cap) and full pickup bed to carry stuff in. It's nice to be able to lock stuff in the campershell out of sight.
the bear II 01/24/17 04:36pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Yellow jackets at campground

Yellow Jackets are tough to deal with especially during mealtimes. A screened in canopy or tent for your outside table helps. We would take a plastic milk jug and fill it with about 2 inches of water. Cut a hole in the side towards the top for the yellow jackets to fly in. Hang a hot dog using a string from the lid of the jug. Hang the jug by the handle from a tree away from where you'll be sitting (5-10 feet away). Yellow jackets like to eat food while sitting on something so they will take a bite of the hotdog and then head for the bottom of the jug. They get caught in the water and drown. You can buy yellow jacket traps at a hardware store like Lowes or Home Depot or at Walmart. Make sure drinks are covered no open holes... yellow jackets will get in to the drink and be there when you go to take a drink...ouch.
the bear II 01/19/17 11:21am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Camping with dog breeds considered dangerous

It's not the campground that considers certain breeds as dangerous it is their liability insurance carrier's restrictions. The insurance company will cancel a campgrounds liability insurance if the campground does not follow the restrictions...dog breeds, kids on motorized vehicles, skateboards, scooters...etc. Liability insurance is difficult to get so the campgrounds follow the rules set down by the insurance company to remain protected.
the bear II 01/19/17 08:36am RV Pet Stop
RE: 2009 Safari Simba

The original owner of Safari was a large man. He instructed his designer to develop floor plans with wide walkways and lots of room in the bathroom area. Like others have said they are well built RVs.
the bear II 01/18/17 03:00pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Boondocking/Tailgating

We often camp without hook ups. A small generator 1500 watts will provide power for lights and TV/Computer plus satellite receiver. It will not power heavy draw small appliances like a microwave or Blender. It will help recharge batteries in the 5th wheel. I would at least add another battery. We have four and can go two days using 12v lights and water pump when boondocking without having to worry about running down the batteries. With a 1500 watt generator we can stretch to a week or more as long as water and holding tanks keep up with demand. The small generators are very quiet, inexpensive and make tailgating/boondocking a little easier.
the bear II 01/13/17 12:46pm Tech Issues
RE: generator

We used to camp often by the ocean. On two different types of generators I would experience what you experienced after the generators sat for a couple of months. The generators seemed to work fine once they warmed up. But for a few minutes when first started there would be no electrical power or limited power. I often wondered if the armature or brushes would have a light corrosion that had to wear off once the generator started before it would start sending out power.
the bear II 01/12/17 04:41pm Tech Issues
RE: noheat/ no air

Not enough shoreline voltage No 12 volts or batteries are too low
the bear II 01/12/17 12:57pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: How long do you keep your full time RV

22 years so far. We are considering changing to a flat floor TT or MH due to health issues but we are really happy with the 5th wheel floorplan except the steps up to the bedroom/bathroom area. If we do keep our 5th wheel I need to fix a couple of spots in the roof where there has been water intrusion/dry rot. Otherwise it's still a great unit. Very comfortable to live in.
the bear II 01/12/17 10:55am Fifth-Wheels
RE: 5th wheel king pin lock

I took a heavy chain that fits in the groove and cut it just long enough to wrap around the king pin and hook the chain ends together with a heavy duty padlock. Works great and very inexpensive. I've had the 5th wheel in 3 different storage lots and it hasn't walked away yet in 22 years.
the bear II 01/11/17 11:03am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Small Dome Satellite

My choice would be a Dish Tailgater Portable antenna and permanently mount it to your RV. It only weighs 10 lbs and if you setup the mount so it can be attached to the RV or easily removed (unlocked) you would be able to move the antenna away from obstructions
the bear II 01/10/17 02:37pm Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Why no TT's that fully supports their own weight.

I would say handling and backing would be the biggest issues. X-2
the bear II 01/06/17 09:59am General RVing Issues
RE: Crooked Demco Pinbox

Bent mount, not leveled before it was tightened, factory jig was out of alignment when the pinbox was built, it's level and your camera wasn't...LOL
the bear II 01/06/17 09:57am Fifth-Wheels
RE: TT Length Recommendation

You need to check the truck capacity and then find a trailer that is not too heavy for the truck. With any TT or 5th wheel you will get some bouncing and sway depending on many factors including weather, hitch setup, road conditions...etc. Your goal should be to find a truck, hitch and trailer combination that provides the safest and most comfortable towing experience under most conditions. And a trailer that meets your livability needs. 37 feet with the right combination of truck and hitch can provide a very safe and comfortable towing experience. The key is what you are doing on this site...lots of research. Most RV manufacturers have websites/forums for owners of their products. Be sure to check the Grand Design forums for input from actual owners of the unit you are considering.
the bear II 01/05/17 11:51am Travel Trailers
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