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RE: air conditioning

In 100 + degree heat we: > The patio and window awnings are deployed > All window shades are turned so the sun doesn't shine in the RV > Guests are told they either stay in or out so the door stays closed > We use portable fans to help move the air around the RV for even cooling > The air conditioner stays on 24/7 to get all of the surfaces cold. We put on jackets if it gets too cold By doing this we stay comfortable inside the RV.
the bear II 06/17/15 08:17am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Question for you plumbers

Well I was going to say use PEX it easier but to answer your questions. I always use teflon tape. It seems when I haven't in the past the connection would leak or eventually leak. The instructions caution against a sealant or putty because these are petroleum based and may eat through or damage the PVC. So feel free to use teflon tape.
the bear II 06/16/15 02:48pm Tech Issues
RE: EPDM rubber roof on 1997 monaco windsor

Make sure those are actual flakes... I thought mine was flaking and then discovered it was really fine dirt that had caked and was very hard to get off. I had to scrub the area with a soft brush and water to get it back to looking normal. 2 years ago I had an RV detailer use a two step coating for EPDM rubber. The roof came out looking like new and still looks good today. No bubbles no peeling.
the bear II 06/16/15 01:52pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Real Life Towing MPG: E350 vs Suburban vs Yukon XL

After reading various RV forums for over 10 years the average MPG of the tow vehicles you mentioned will be very similar. Most people report from 8 to 12 MPG with the average falling around 10 MPG. Here's the way to look at MPG.... The quality time you will be spending with your family is a lot more valuable than the money you will spend on the trip. I'm close to 62 and I still look back with fond memories of the trips across country we took with our parents each summer as I grew up. I came from a family of 4 boys. We tented in the 50s and then traveled in RV's in the 60s to 70s. Another thing to keep in mind the money you will be saving by not being at home. Reduced electric and water costs as well as other expenses associated with being home (my wife shops more when at home than when out on the road). Get the biggest safest vehicle you can afford and enjoy the trip. Be comfortable. Don't worry about MPG....
the bear II 06/16/15 01:42pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Rant - looking for a travel trailer

Kids grow so I would be looking for something to handle your family now and for the next 10 years. I'm guessing money may be an issue to replace the SUV and get a new trailer so why not look at a good used CrewCab and a toyhauler with bunks in the garage area for the kids. This setup will handle your family for many years.
the bear II 06/16/15 12:34pm Travel Trailers
RE: Tire covers?

Without covers my tires developed cracks on the sidewalls. The cracks nearest the rims ended up expanding to 1/16 inch wide. Tires were only 3 years old with 90% tread left. With covers my 5 year old tires have no cracks. Covers win.....
the bear II 06/16/15 12:28pm Tech Issues
RE: Tow Vehicle

If it is equipped with an exhaust brake you'll think you've died and gone to heaven while towing downhill. It will hold at 55MPH on a 6% grade. No need to use the brakes. I have a 2007 and it's the best truck I've ever towed with. Keep in mind it is a C4500 dually but the engine and trans are nearly the same. My engine was factory de-tuned to 330 HP but it has plenty of pulling power. I tow a 15,000lb 5th wheel.
the bear II 06/16/15 11:03am Tow Vehicles
RE: NEWBIE almost an owner! - air conditioning question

Most campgrounds have rules against leaving pets locked up in the RV when everyone is away from the campsite. You can leave the heat or Air Conditioning on while hooked up to the power pedestal at the campsite. Problem is, what happens if the power goes out or a breaker flips and your pets are suffering from heat or cold for too long while you hike. If not connected to power then you would need to run the generator which uses fuel and may also be against campground rules when you are away from camp. The answer- yes you can leave the pets but you may be breaking campground rules and local laws plus taking a chance that the power or Heat/Cooling stops while you are gone. The last RV Resort we were in a dog two RVs away from us barked continuously while the owners were away from the campsite. The resort management received many complaints from other nearby RV'ers. The offending RV owners were asked to meet with the park manager when they returned.
the bear II 06/16/15 10:55am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Brake issue - Poor braking Thor 2005 Victory Lane 36'

Since it has basically sat for many years I would take the brake drums off and make sure everything is well lubricated and free of rust. Grease the bearings and put the drums back on, set the bearings and adjust the brakes properly. In addition, I would test the output of the controller to make sure you are getting enough voltage. Check the trailer plug to make sure the contacts are clean. Also check the wire connections at each brake to make sure you are getting good contact.
the bear II 06/15/15 03:28pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Brake issue - Poor braking Thor 2005 Victory Lane 36'

Since it has basically sat for many years I would take the brake drums off and make sure everything is well lubricated and free of rust. Grease the bearings and put the drums back on, set the bearings and adjust the brakes properly. In addition, I would test the output of the controller to make sure you are getting enough voltage. Check the trailer plug to make sure the contacts are clean. Also check the wire connections at each brake to make sure you are getting good contact.
the bear II 06/15/15 03:27pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: backing in a site

There are some videos on YouTube with tips for parking a 5th wheel. X-2 the practice in a parking lot.
the bear II 06/15/15 03:22pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Any help appreciated

We used 4 jack stands like used on mobile homes like these: http://www.etrailer.com/Trailer-Jack/Ultra-Fab-Products/UF48-979003.html They remove all bounce from the frame and suspension. Lower the front place two at the rear, raise the front just past level and place the two in the front then lower the front onto the jack stands. Place one under the frame on each side at each corner. Rock solid.
the bear II 06/15/15 08:29am Travel Trailers
RE: Hard to Fill Fresh Water with Gravity Fill

Are you going by the monitor panel to show how full the fresh water is or can you see the tank to verify how full it is. The monitors aren't always accurate. You may be overfilling the tank, the tank will bulge and force the water back out the fill tube. Best method is to use the fill adapter and run the water at a slow rate while you do other things. Check on the progress every few minutes. You should hear sputtering from the filler tube as the tank nears full. Or If you can see the tank watch as the water fills and stop just shy of full.
the bear II 06/10/15 02:51pm Travel Trailers
RE: What's the price "tipping point" for you?

In Southern California at the coast it's not uncommon to hit $60 - $75 per night at RV Resorts. These are full amenity resorts. To us it's worth it for the view, sound of the waves, fresh air and cooler daytime temps in the summer. I would draw the line at $100 + then you begin to hit 3 & 4-star hotel pricing.
the bear II 06/10/15 10:43am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Nurse refuses to change bandage

After dealing with a series of pressure wounds my bed ridden Dad contracted, I learned there are specific techniques for dealing with different wounds including how bandages are removed and applied. Some assisted living facilities use a variety of nurses with varying skill sets and training. Not all are trained in wound care so Dr orders are required to describe the proper wound treatment.
the bear II 06/10/15 08:15am RVing with Disabilities and General Health Issues
RE: Towing with Tailgate Down ?

Long beds rule !!!
the bear II 06/10/15 08:07am Travel Trailers
RE: Electric socket in slide

Good idea... my only change would be to use a GFI receptacle in the gang box in case the pedestal isn't equipped with one. Thanks for sharing
the bear II 06/10/15 08:06am Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Awning Replacement

It's a relatively easy DIY. You can find videos on YouTube. Everything you need can be ordered from a local RV supply store or on line. One caution the springs in the tube are under a lot of torque so be sure to pay attention on how to handle the springs and winding them (if needed)once the fabric is replaced. It can be done with two people but three works better.
the bear II 06/09/15 12:06pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Is towing breaking my TV A/C?

No correlation between towing and killing the A/C. More likely fault would be poorly designed A/C system, bent pulley, too tight belt, junk in system... I've had 4 tow vehicles during the past 30 years. My first 3 were over capacity, one was 5000lb over capacity. In all those years, I only had one A/C hose develop a leak. No major failures.
the bear II 06/09/15 11:48am Towing
RE: Air Bags.

My 1986 3500 DRW handled my 5th wheel for 16 years without any rear suspension issues. No air bags just the suspension from the factory which included overload springs. By the way when hooked up to the 5th wheel the truck rode as smooth as a Cadillac.
the bear II 06/09/15 09:34am Fifth-Wheels
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