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RE: Michelin "90,000 miles" Tires? Really?

I spent several months (off and on) researching replacement tires for my 5th wheel. In reading posts on several RV forums and forums dedicated to long distance light load transporters, the Michelin XPS RIBS seemed to win out as the tire of choice. Many of the transporters hauling 15,000 lb plus loads, booking over 200,000 to 300,000 plus miles each year claimed the Michelins provided way more mileage than expected. These same transporters were on their third or more sets over the course of a couple of years because they found the tires to provide the best service. The RV posts reflected much of the same information with the exception that most chose to replace tires with lots of good tread left due to age (5-6 years old). The tires still looked good but they were afraid to continue using them because of the age of the tires. Yes the cost is higher but in the long run the tire will outlast others if mileage is the main factor. I bought 4 and have been very happy with them in the past two years. I don't put a lot of miles on them at the current time but do plan on travelling a lot in the next several years.
the bear II 08/13/15 02:40pm Tech Issues
RE: Anyone using 2 smartphones for a live stream backup camera?

Good Idea. I use two for aligning my manual sat dish. I put one near the TV so I can hear the tone and then listen to the other one while I move the dish to find the best signal. There is a small delay so I move and then pause in small increments.
the bear II 08/13/15 12:56pm Tech Issues
RE: Seafoam Treatment

Probably fuel flow issue.
the bear II 08/13/15 12:53pm Tech Issues
RE: hooking up a travel trailer from the trailer's rear

We used to do what you are describing using manual labor. Grab a few of the neighbors and have them push from the rear of the TT (corners or bumper only) while I made sure the tongue jack with wheel attached went in the correct direction/spot. To get the TT out I would have the neighbors push from the front. It would take four plus me to get it where we needed it. Beer was their reward... A power dolly would be a better solution. Look for them on Craigslist. I see them list from time to time Here's an extreme version https://losangeles.craigslist.org/sfv/for/5169543477.html I've seen others that are much shorter and in the $300 range.
the bear II 08/13/15 12:51pm Travel Trailers
RE: Towing without a car braking system??

It is my understanding that some states require an auxiliary braking system for towed vehicles/trailers. Some have weight minimums other just require it.
the bear II 08/13/15 10:31am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Possibly Downsizing to SRW from DRW

I have a 15,000 LB 5th wheel/ 3200 LB pin weight. I've towed it with two SRW pickups and two DRW pickups. The DRWs both have felt more stable in towing the 5th wheel. All 4 trucks had plenty of capacity for the 5th wheel. Both SRWs felt squishy in the rear end when turning or quick avoidance maneuvers. While towing with one of the DRW I had an inner dual go flat just at the beginning of a long bridge. I was able to continue towing until I reached the end of the bridge and the exit to get off and put the spare on. I'm not sure I would have been able to do that with a SRW. I will always buy a DRW truck for heavy loads.
the bear II 08/13/15 10:28am Tow Vehicles
RE: Wheels don't spin silently, brake issue?

Brakes should be adjusted so you hear the brake shoes slightly rubbing against the drum. Just a slight scratch as the wheel turns. If it's a rattle sound (like loose change in a dryer) then something may have come loose.
the bear II 08/13/15 08:51am General RVing Issues
RE: CB Radios

I keep one just in case of an emergency where a cellphone might not work. Although it may be tough to get someone to answer me since not many people use them. When we caravan with others we use the cellphone to keep in touch. We do have a couple of FRS Walkie Talkies we use once in awhile.
the bear II 08/12/15 03:43pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Future Travel Trailer (Empty Nest Models)

My DW and I have had a similar discussion in the past. Our 5th wheel is over 20 years old. We both would like to get a new one but like our existing one and haven't found anything we like better. Recently we decided to just do some upgrades and live with this 5th wheel until it falls apart around us. Carpet comes out and new hardwood or laminate flooring goes in along with a couple of other improvements. With our recent upgrade to a Chevy C4500 diesel to tow it with, it's a lot easier to take it wherever we decide to go.
the bear II 08/12/15 03:40pm Travel Trailers
RE: Look Ma, no Jacks !!

looks a lot cleaner and 10 mins to even 30 mins isn't bad to have this nice clean look.
the bear II 08/11/15 03:39pm Truck Campers
RE: Wall too hot next to fridge flue vent

Our 20 year old 5th wheel has a compartment above the refrigerator and a pantry area to the right. Both get warm. At first I was concerned but the temp was never more than 100 degrees. 20 years later never a problem.
the bear II 08/11/15 03:37pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Better gas mileage

It's rare that any type, weight or length of RV will get more than 10 MPG. I used to worry about MPG but then decided the enjoyment of being out in nature far outweighed any associated costs. You need to be prepared for possible repair costs since you will be buying an older used Class C. Problems begin appearing around the 5 year old mark and then really escalate after the 10 year old mark. Refrigerators, air conditioners, water pumps, toilets, batteries plus drive line components may fail. Most of these are $500 plus repairs.
the bear II 08/11/15 12:08pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Engine overheating

For several years it seemed like I would not be able to solve my overheating problem. I went through the usual suspects (new thermostat, fan clutch, hoses..etc) still had the problem. Sometimes it would overheat and other times it wouldn't under the same conditions. It turned out the new fan clutch I had installed went bad. Since it was a new one, I didn't think to check it. Apparently, it was engaging sometimes but eventually failed completely. I found a heavy duty aftermarket unit and haven't had a heating problem since. I also added a product from Royal Purple. It's called "Wetter Water". You can get it at most auto supply locations or online. As advertised it kept my engine temp at nearly 20 degrees lower than when I didn't use it. It really works... I've used it in three different vehicles.
the bear II 08/10/15 01:43pm Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: TT Accident - SWAY

The driver towing the TT probably over corrected with each sway so the oscillations kept getting worse. If the driver had just hit the TT brakes everything would have straightened out and no rollover. At the first sign of sway keep your foot on the gas, hold the steering wheel straight and use the TT brakes to stop the sway. Then slow down.
the bear II 07/31/15 09:08am Tow Vehicles
RE: Winnebago Destination 37FL Rust

If it's surface rust the dealer should take care of it. A little sanding, a good primer with rust inhibitor and a couple coats of paint and you'll be good for about 10 years. Surface rust is mostly a cosmetic problem. If the rust has eaten holes in the frame, that's another story. A replacement would be warranted. You need to send a registered letter with signature receipt. Send a letter to each of the executives and one to the general manager of La Mesa. Include photos. The letters will give you a paper trail in case you decide to go to court. Be sure to write down everything you are told with dates and times for each contact.
the bear II 07/30/15 08:24am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Single or Double Rear Wheels?

You are asking about dual rear wheels (DRW) not dual axles like a semi truck. Here's my opinion- DRW- more stability I've towed with several single rear wheels and a couple of DRWs. The DRW feels much more stable on curves, stopping and quick maneuvers. Another advantage is extra tires in case of tire failure. You'll be able to limp off the highway to a safer place to get tires changed. 8ft bed- more room to carry the extra stuff. In 20 years of towing a 38ft 5th wheel I have never been in a spot where a long bed prevented me from going where I wanted to be. 4X4- unless you live where there is mud or snow many days each year, it's rare that you will need to use four wheel drive. I had it on one truck and only needed it once when towing and that was to get up a hill in a campground, I could have chosen a different campsite if I only had two wheel drive. Hope this helps...good luck with your new rig.
the bear II 07/30/15 08:15am Tow Vehicles
RE: Removable Awning

An Ez-Up type canopy would be a great solution. You find them in sizes from 8X8ft up to 15X20ft. There are many different manufacturers offering this type of awning/canopy. You can get them at Walmart, Home Depot, Costco as well as most other outdoor product retailers. Be sure to get the kind with straight legs. Here's an example http://www.walmart.com/ip/38436691?productRedirect=true
the bear II 07/28/15 03:25pm Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: camera to view inside of rv while gone

D-Link has a camera which will meet your needs. You can view the image from a smartphone or computer through the D-Link account you setup on their website/cloud. I used one to watch my Dad in his bedroom while I was at work. It worked great. Very easy to setup...you would have to power it from an inverter. I connected it directly to my router but it does have blue tooth connectivity. I got one at Best Buy
the bear II 07/28/15 12:10pm Technology Corner
RE: Battery

On two occasions the connections for my inverter were loose. Once I discovered the connections and re-tightened them. The 12v in the trailer started working.
the bear II 07/24/15 02:41pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Driving thru Yosemite with 5th wheel

It can be done using the primary roads. Some of the secondary roads leading to sight seeing spots or campgrounds may be too tight.
the bear II 07/24/15 12:11pm Fifth-Wheels
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