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RE: Are 5th Wheelers easier to tow & best mfgrs

In my opinion, there is very little difference between towing a 5th wheel or a TT. As long as the TV and trailers are setup properly. I've towed many TTs and 5th wheels. I know you are probably trying to avoid buying a truck and a trailer but I would definitely consider going to a 2500 or 3500 truck. You're already moving up from a pop-up, most RV'ers will go through 3 to 4 RV upgrades before they settle on one that meets their needs. So you may be destined to go with a bigger TT and or 5th wheel in your near future...might as well go big now and enjoy.
the bear II 10/01/14 04:18pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Where is largest RV Supply House in CA?

Even Camping World has relatively small selection of accessories and supplies when compared to the Online RV Supply Houses. I can browse through Camping World or South Coast RV in less than 1/2 hour. My favorite online is PPL http://www.pplmotorhomes.com/parts/rv_parts_rv_accessories.htm They offer great prices and good service. Another option near southern California is Quartzite, AZ. During January and into February there are miles and miles of vendors...many of them carry RV parts and supplies including what's known as the "Big Tent". You can spend days browsing the offerings.
the bear II 10/01/14 09:56am General RVing Issues
RE: Looking for better rotors

I agree with others you need to change the way you go down hill. Get new rotors (try to stay away from made in china). Then use the "Aggressive Braking Method" for going down hill. Start at the top in a lower gear. Let the rig get to a decided upon speed (I used 45MPH in 2nd gear). Brake hard and slow down 5 to 10 MPH, release the brakes and let the speed build up again to your decided upon speed. Brake hard, slow down 5 to 10 MPH and release keep doing this until you get to the bottom of the hill. This allows the brakes to cool a little in between braking. I've gone all the way down to 1st gear on 10% grades to keep from overheating brakes. In 1st gear I use 25MPH as my max speed. You're not driving a sports car so you have to use the engine braking to save the brakes. Just don't over rev the engine...
the bear II 10/01/14 09:04am Tow Vehicles
RE: California Coast - Route 1

Can be done but is slow and you need to watch for rocks plus idiots pulling out from side roads or roadside businesses. South of Carmel, we were turned back during a storm due to a mudslide. Had to go back about 30 miles to get to 101. I remember another time sitting for hours while the road was cleared due to a rock slide.
the bear II 09/30/14 04:23pm Roads and Routes
RE: "Where do you go camping? What do you do?"

We have converted many non-campers by taking them along with us. After just a couple of trips thay are hooked. The older we get the less and less boondocking we do. Full Hookups and a couple of recliners, sat TV, cold beer in hand.....
the bear II 09/30/14 03:19pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Hanging items on an RV Door

At the hardware store there are the plastic anchors but they have wings. You drill a hole, push in the anchor and then use a little red plastic pushpin that comes with the anchors to push out the wings and lock them in place. These work great on the hollow doors. Only caution, overtime...you may bend the door or separate the skin from the core frame if the towels are too close to the top and too heavy.
the bear II 09/30/14 03:10pm Travel Trailers
RE: Hail! Trailer is a write off

If it ends up with a Salvage title would be my main concern. It will reduce the price and sellability of your RV.
the bear II 09/30/14 01:11pm Travel Trailers
RE: Driving to Disneyland from Riverside area?

It sounds like you've decided not to stay at the Anaheim RV resort. It will be a lot easier to find dry storage in the Riverside area then it would be in Anaheim area. Rent a car or take the train to get to Disneyland for your stay there and return to Riverside to pick up the RV. I think overall you'd be better off staying at the RV resort for the Disney trip. 91 freeway west to Hwy 57 south to Ball Rd. west to Disneyland entrance or 91 freeway west to Hwy 57 south to Ball Rd. west to S. Anaheim Bl. to W. Midway Dr. to Anaheim RV Resort entrance.
the bear II 09/30/14 01:08pm Roads and Routes
RE: Crack in Sidewall by Bedroom Slide

Our 5th wheel is 20 years old and has developed cracks in the sidewalls since it was new. I gave up having them fixed because the repair ended up more noticeable than the cracks. What I do now is when I spot a crack I drill a hole at the end of the crack (use a drill bit that is a little larger than the crack). Fill the crack and the hole with silicone sealant, let it dry and then paint to match. Drilling the hole will help stop the crack in most cases. I have one crack that I couldn't stop it is now about 18" long and 1/4" wide in some spots. It finally stopped when it reached the top of a large bay window on the side of our 5th wheel. I keep it filled with sealant to prevent a leak and paint it to match. I would fight since yours is still under warranty. Maybe even get a lawyer involved.
the bear II 09/30/14 12:33pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Tailgate while towing question?

It is my understanding that leaving the tailgate off for any length of time will eventually cause the bed sides to spread apart due to vibration and bumps. I've always used my tailgate and lower it to hitch and unhitch. I did have a notched gate for awhile but would even lower it. Once it began showing it's age, I went back to using the original tailgate.
the bear II 09/29/14 03:53pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: new to the RV world

Jerry, Keep in mind most of the folks who read the RV forums are looking for info (like you), have a problem and are looking for a solution or to complain, or like to provide advice (like me). So you will only see posts from a very small group of RV'ers. The majority of RV'ers don't look at these forums. That being said any reviews you get maybe slewed depending on if the responders have or are having problems with their RV's matching the ones you are looking at. If you have access to large RV Resorts and campgrounds it may make more sense to drive through the resorts to see what most folks have and talk to the RV'ers with the TTs you like.
the bear II 09/29/14 02:46pm Beginning RVing
RE: Driving to Disneyland experiences?

I just spent a week up in Renton, WA and have to say I found the traffic up there worse than in the Anaheim area. The City of Anaheim has done a good job of making it easy to get into the Disneyland area. That being said...you want to avoid any commute times. So during the week try to hit Anaheim between 10AM and 2PM. Using the Anaheim RV resort is the best solution vs staying out of the area and driving in. I always prefer my RV over a hotel.
the bear II 09/29/14 02:36pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Steering Problem

In the AZ heat the roads often build up ruts from heavy loads travelling down the highways. The front tires and the rear duals may hit different parts of the ruts causing the MH to wander. The grooves or cracks in pavement may also cause the MH to wander. I would find a good cement paved stretch of road to see if the wandering may have been caused by the ruts in asphalt
the bear II 09/29/14 01:40pm Beginning RVing
RE: Intermittant foul water taste

X 2 on using a filter. We use a two stage filter between the hose and the RV water inlet...no plastic taste.
the bear II 09/29/14 01:36pm Tech Issues
RE: 1994 alfa gold slide out will not retract

On our 1994 Alfa a wire nut came loose at the motor. I had to remove the pan covering the slideout mechanicals underneath the 5th wheel. As soon as I saw the motor with the two loose wires I knew what was wrong. Twisted them back together put on a new wire nut along with black tape to hold it and the other wire nut in place. Screwed the pan back on rechaulked and we were ready to go. It took about 45 minutes. Slideout still working after 6 years.
the bear II 09/17/14 03:58pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Portable generator

You need to add up all of the watts of the devices you might be using at the same time. Then choose the generator based upon the watts and your size requirements. I'm guessing a 1500 watt might serve you better. Once you know the wats you need look through the Camping World, Northern Tools, Sears, Cabellas, Bass Pro Shops or the generator manufacturer websites to locate one that meets your demension requirements.
the bear II 09/15/14 01:16pm Travel Trailers
RE: Trim over screws at roof line coming off

You may need to use longer screws for the trim piece the water may have damaged the wood so the original screws won't hold well. I had to go to a screw that was 1/2 inch longer to get to solid wood on one spot.
the bear II 09/15/14 08:30am Travel Trailers
RE: Funny remarks

They live and learn...the Torque is a nice looking unit...enjoy
the bear II 09/15/14 08:27am Toy Haulers
RE: 110 and 119 at the same time

Usually coax from each outlet will terminate at a switch (SW-21 is one model dish uses). This switch has a single outlet for the coax to run to your receiver box. The receiver and switch work together to pull the signal from the 110 or 119 satellite as needed.
the bear II 09/15/14 08:25am Technology Corner
RE: Building Your Own TT

An alternative would be to buy a good used TT and then remodel it to fit your needs. Building from scratch can be costly and is complex due to weight considerations and positioning of the components (water & Holding tanks, appliances, propane tanks and lines...etc.). Starting with a used TT a lot of these decisions have already been made for you.
the bear II 09/12/14 11:16am Travel Trailers
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