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RE: Trying to replace the TCer

Keep in mind there are a lot more RV'ers who do not or never had a truck camper so naturally you will read more complaints about other types of RVs. Also keep in mind the folks who post in this and other RV forums do so for the following reasons: they have a problem, they like to help others, they are interested in RVs and what's going on. For the most part folks who are satisfied with their RV will not post on a forum. So when reading RV forums you are seeing just a very small cross section of RV owners. There are a whole lot more folks who are perfectly satisfied with the RV than not. I'm guessing it's 80 percent are happy and 20 percent are unhappy and of those 20 percent you might see 5 percent posting on this forum.
the bear II 07/13/16 01:14pm Truck Campers
RE: dash ac issue

It sounds like he shop you went to was throwing parts at the problem instead of diagnosing what was really wrong. You need to find a reputable shop who will find and fix the real problem.
the bear II 07/13/16 01:05pm Tech Issues
RE: Chairs instead of a dinette

Most TT have stuff under the dinette seats...water tanks, Heater, storage compartments...etc. The smaller the trailer the dinette seats end up being perfect spots to cram this stuff in. If the floorplan on the manufacture website shows a dining table option instead of dinette then the dinette seats probably are just used for storage and can be removed.
the bear II 07/13/16 01:00pm Travel Trailers
RE: A/C question to ponder

Rich Folks* expect to be pampered so it's easy to convince them they need up to 5 air conditioners. You can hear the salesperson speaking to the other sales folks after the sale "...So I says to the guy you deserve to be comfortable so I'm adding 5 air conditioners and upgrading the generator to a 15KW model. You'll be the only RV'er in the campground that can freeze meat in your bedroom....and he bought it. I threw in the special exterior coating for free to sweeten the deal". Us smart 5th wheel and TT owners know we can get by with one or two and have just as much fun as the rich crowd. * if you can justify buying 5 Air conditioners for 500 square feet of room you must be rich.
the bear II 07/13/16 08:54am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Suggestion any campgrounds to stay at with kids

Take the kids on a road trip. They will remember it fondly for the rest of their lives...especially if you visit sites they study in school. Every summer my parents would take us on a two to four week trip to visit historical and unique stes. My mom would find out what we would be studying the next school year and then go to AAA and have a TripTik made up to route us to the sites we would be studying. One trip was to visit Washington DC another was to visit the south and another was to visit battle fields and historical western towns and trails and one of my favorites was the trip to Yellowstone, Glacier and Grand Tetons. Along with the TripTik she would get a Tour Book which would describe highlights in cities and the tourist destinations along the way. I can tell you I really hated riding in the truck for hours on end but once we got to the places to see it was very enjoyable and really helped with school the next year. By the way the hours riding in the truck was where I first learned to enjoy reading books. I now look back at the trips with very fond memories and always enjoy being able to say I visited there..... One of the things my mom did was to save up all of the change she found laying around the floor of our room and in our pants in the hamper. She used this money on the trip to do something special for us. For example take a tour of the Astro Dome just after it opened up. She would tie it to a lesson learned... If you want something save up for it by saving your change.
the bear II 07/12/16 09:06am Tent Camping
RE: Recommendations on truck camping areas in No./Cent. Sierras

I really enjoy two areas in the western Sierras. Shaver Lake area... lots of hiking trails as well as a few 4X4 trails. It will be cold and possible snow in October or it could be perfect weather in the day time. Sequoia area... We usually stay at Sequoia RV Ranch in Kaweah (Three Rivers) but have stayed in the natl park and in Kings Canyon park. Lot's of hiking and fishing. I once hiked with a group from Red's Meadow (east Sierras) into Yosemite Valley. That was a great 10 day hike.
the bear II 07/12/16 08:48am Truck Campers
RE: Current events having second thoughts

I live in Los Angeles right in the middle of earthquake country. I feel safer when I get out of town.
the bear II 07/11/16 01:41pm Family Camping
RE: Awning going in the wind?

I had a window awning that would do that in windy conditions on the highway. I tightened the retracting spring and haven't had the problem since. None of the other three awnings would sail, I'm guessing when this one was installed the spring wasn't wound tight enough.
the bear II 07/11/16 01:37pm General RVing Issues
RE: Second AC options on Puma Unleashed 356QLB

How about one of the split air conditioning systems like for home use. I understand some of the manufacturers are beginning to use them in newer model RVs. Here's an example---- http://www.mitsubishicomfort.com/products
the bear II 07/08/16 03:30pm Toy Haulers
RE: Google Maps Street View in campground (Jekyll Island)

Chula Vista RV Resort near San Diego was toured by street view or the Bing maps cars. I actually got a screen shot of our RV parked in the spot a few years ago when the car went by. Some friends were there as well and you can see one of them sitting reading a book as the car went by.
the bear II 07/08/16 03:26pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: California and Nevada Stopovers

All through the Lone Pine/ Bishop area there are campgrounds alongside creeks and streams coming down from the eastern Sierras. These are listed on the website gery L posted above. Very nice and usually few people. Dry camping but with some amenities and good scenery.
the bear II 07/08/16 03:23pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Interior and Exterior Protection Package

I'd say in 22 years with our current RV and 16 years with the RV before it we haven't spent anywhere close to $695 for repairs and upkeep to the interior/exterior. Ours look like new due to good care and preventative maintenance. The folks at www.rv-dreams.com have written a very good post on extended warranties and what to watch out for.
the bear II 07/08/16 12:29pm Beginning RVing
RE: Table/ bed conversation

An inflatable mattress will make it more comfortable or we used to stack extra sleeping bags on top of the cushions to help get rid of the lumps. We've had several couples sleep in ours with no complaints.
the bear II 07/08/16 12:26pm Travel Trailers
RE: Hauling my trailer

I know this isn't your situation but I'm sharing this as more of a worse case scenario. I have a 15,000 lb 5th wheel that I towed with a 1986 Chevy 3500 dually crewcab. It had the 7.4L V8 and 3 speed automatic. On grades like Big Bear, up to Shaver Lake in the sierras and the Grapevine (I-5 south out of Bakersfield) I would have to get down into first gear and travel at 22MPH up the grade. The temperature gauge would come off of normal and hit 200 if it was a hot day but the truck handled the grades. I often would feed the squirrels as they ran alongside...
the bear II 07/07/16 02:47pm Travel Trailers
RE: Limited power in 2004 38 ft monoco sahara Safari

Check the reset for your converter and or inverter one of them may have tripped. Also on my RV there are two circuit breakers mounted near the slideout controls, one of these also provides protection to the converter. The circuit breaker is the automotive type small black plastic about an 1 1/2 long with a micro switch to reset and two wire connections. And one or more of your GFCI receptacles may have tripped and is affecting the entire circuit.
the bear II 07/07/16 02:40pm Tech Issues
RE: National Park- Motorhome legnth?

We have a 38ft fifth wheel if a campground doesn't allows us in we find another one nearby. Near most State and National parks there we be several private RV parks. Most RV parks have been updated to provide big rig access. You should be OK even at campgrounds with a 30 foot limit. I've never seen a ranger get out of their booth to measure the length.
the bear II 07/01/16 02:16pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: MP4 Video Editor

When I had my video production company I found the Pinnacle products to be a great inexpensive video editing software. I always kept an updated version on hand as a backup editing software. http://www.pinnaclesys.com/PublicSite/us/Products/studio/
the bear II 07/01/16 02:10pm Technology Corner
RE: Trailer tire running hotter and bulging?

Broken belt(s) in tread.... Next it would either blow or tread would separate. Glad you caught it in time. On my 5th wheel the tires are closer together so the bulged tire was rubbing against the other on rough pavement. Luckily my DW was following in her car and kept seeing puffs of smoke so she called me. I thought a spring had broken until I saw the center of the tread was bulged out.
the bear II 06/30/16 02:46pm Towing
RE: Good Idea or NNOO

In some areas it may be OK to leave unlocked. Some of the areas we camp in I would not leave any window unlocked unless we were at the site. Our roadside service includes locksmith service.
the bear II 06/28/16 03:15pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Truck Camper MSRP

Here's what I do when looking for a new vehicle or RV. I do a search online for the Lance 865... RV Trader Online, Craigslist, Local RV Dealers and other sites that pop up when I do a Google search. This will give me a range of prices. I then decide how much the unit is worth to me. I start negotiations with a very low offer and hold fast to see how far down the dealer will drop their price. Try this at a few dealers (you can do this online, over the phone or in person). This will head you towards the bottom line price. Choose the dealer you want to buy from and start negotiating to get to your price. Make them come down to your price don't offer it up. If they get close to your price then start asking for extras...until you feel comfortable with the deal. The last vehicle I bought it took 6 hours of negotiations before we reached an agreement. Have fun with it; it's a game.
the bear II 06/28/16 12:52pm Truck Campers
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