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RE: RV show prices

We had seen the model we wanted at a dealer about a month before a large RV Show. At the show we shopped two different dealers for the same model and got quotes from both. We called the original dealer (they weren't at the show) and told them what the show dealer quotes were. The original dealer offered the unit for $2000 less than the lowest show price offer. We left the show and went over to the dealer and closed the deal. By the way, that was over 20 years ago and all of the phone negotiations were done over one of the original brick type mobile phones. First time it was worth having.
the bear II 01/29/15 07:41am General RVing Issues
RE: Canadians and Americans living in Mexico

I worked with a man whose daughter fell in love with a mexican national while on a spring break trip in Cabo. They ended up getting married and lived in Cabo where the groom's businesses are located. During the several trips my coworker took to Cabo to see his daughter, he and his wife fell in love with the place. He was at retirement age so they ended up retiring to Cabo and opened up a charter boat service with the son-in-law. I lost touch with him but wonder if they are still down there.
the bear II 01/28/15 01:07pm RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: Grand Canyon in early April, RV safe?

We were there many many years ago in April. I just made sure the fresh water hose was disconnected, drained and put away each night to keep it from freezing. All my tanks are heated so no worry about freezing. The cold was very cold due to wind chill. Unfortunately, I had the bright idea to go to Sunrise Point one morning to watch the sunrise over the canyon. We were joined by several other die hards. Even with layers of clothes, jackets and wrapped in sleeping bags...as soon as the sun was up we jumped in the truck to head back to the warm trailer. It was well worth putting up with the cold. The colors are fantastic. A couple of years ago again in April we were there in a van (train trip & motel tour) in April. As we were about 50 miles from Williams, AZ. it began to snow. We made it to Williams, but over night a foot of snow fell. We took the train the next morning to the canyon. It was beautiful, strange to see no tracks in front of the train because they were covered in a foot of snow. The canyon is spectacular when speckled with snow. Hope you enjoy.
the bear II 01/28/15 01:00pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Hitch Shank Height for Ram 4x4?????

Luckily I have a brother who is a certified welder. I had him take my existing hitch and using steel plates weld a new shank on top to lower the hitch about 4" to work with my new 4X4 truck. It's heavy but did the job for the 5 years we had the TT.
the bear II 01/28/15 11:52am Towing
RE: Best adapter hitch

I've had the B&W Companion since 2008 and have been very satisfied with it.
the bear II 01/28/15 11:47am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Full Timing Questions

A good source for full timing info including some recent VA dealings is on www.rv-dreams.com It's by a couple that began fulltiming about 10 years ago, had never RV'd before and have become recognized experts for fulltiming in an RV. They have listed their expenses each month for the entire time they have been on the road.
the bear II 01/28/15 11:45am Full-time RVing
RE: RV routes from NC to California and up the coast.

The problem I run into when going across country is either going to and from the same way or making a loop South to go, middle route coming back. Since you've done the southern and middle routes your best option would be I-70 and I-90. I would go using I-90 and come back on I-70. I-65 north to I-74 (stop at Indy Speedway)then northwest to I-39 North to I-90 west up through South Dakota (Mt Rushmore to the south) and then in Wyoming hit the Devils Tower and on to Yellowstone. Continue on west using I-90 to reach the Washington coast and travel down to California. Once you get into the LA area take I-210 east to I-15 and head north through Las Vegas to I-70 to head back home. Sounds like a fun trip...
the bear II 01/28/15 10:04am Roads and Routes
RE: Suggestion On Buying A New Trailer.

We have bought two brand new RVs in our years of RVing. Both were consider mid-level units. Both held up to at least once per month use with several 1 to 5 weeks trips each year. The first one was a TT we sold after 16 years and we still have our 20 year old 5th wheel. Structural problems weren't a problem with either one. A couple of minor issues (which occured after the units were over 10 years old) but no trip stoppers. I do regular preventative maintenance which I feel goes a long way in stopping problems.
the bear II 01/27/15 10:10am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Anyone using Campfire in a Can - Facts & Opinions from users

Many years ago I met the inventer in Quartzsite. Nice couple. We ended up buying two of the original non-propane models from them. Very well built and pricey. 10 plus years later they still look new. We use one in the RV and one at home. We use wood or duraflame logs. I know you asked about propane models, I've seen them in use in the campgrounds we stayed in. I've talked with a couple of folks and each indicate they were happy with it. They are well built, work well and worth the money.
the bear II 01/27/15 09:54am General RVing Issues
RE: Putting on Level Bubbles

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the bear II 01/27/15 09:48am Travel Trailers
RE: If I install Air Tabs & Solid Aero Hubcaps will I get 10 mpg

I've read posts over the years where folks are attempting to improve MPG. Banks Systems, Headers, Gearing, Wings...etc. $1000,$2000,$5000 and more. Results are a 1 to 4 MPG on average improvement. Seems like a lot on money for little improvement. Like Goldencrazy posted...shortest route and light throttle. The value I get from being in the outdoors enjoying what nature provides far outweighs the travel costs.
the bear II 01/27/15 08:05am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Fiberglass Delamination

I still read posts regarding delamination on some of the new RVs. Not as many as in the past but some folks are still having problems. I remember seeing one just a month or so agao on a 2014 model...don't remember which brand.
the bear II 01/27/15 07:54am Beginning RVing
RE: Sattalite TV

We bought the Tailgater 2 years ago. It only works with a couple of the Dish Receivers so we had to buy a 211 receiver at the same time. This receiver doesn't have a hard drive. In order to record TV shows and movies you have to add an external hard drive. Once you have all of that...it works well. Really easy to setup. The antenna only weighs 10 pounds so I read about several being stolen. I put mine on the roof and lock it to the ladder. We are happy with it.
the bear II 01/27/15 07:50am General RVing Issues
RE: generator remote start

I'm guessing you would have to start with a generator that is already equipped with an electric starter motor. My Honda 2000i are pull start so only an "Arm Strong" remote for them.....
the bear II 01/27/15 07:37am Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Dog's travel in car on top of car hauler

It's my understanding the pets were in pet carriers inside a car and the car was being carried on top of a flat bed (car hauler) trailer. They weren't on the roof of the car. The ride inside the car would be no worse than a car being driven down the road. The flat bed trailer has suspension and so does the car in reality the ride was probably very smooth. As long as the temperature inside the car was comfortable and the pets were out of direct sunlight, I see nothing wrong with transporting them this way. When my two dogs were in pet carriers they slept most of the time as we headed down the road. I carried them with the carriers tied down in the back of my pickup truck as long as the weather was good. They both had heavy fur and hated to be inside the truck. They would get too warm.
the bear II 01/23/15 09:32am RV Pet Stop
RE: Rv ownership in the land of HOA's

We have always stored our RV. If we kept it at the house, the bad guys would know when we are gone. No RV-- No one is Home. Our present lot has a keypad entry and exit system, cameras and live on site manager. We have never had a problem. You want to find a secure facility preferably with someone living on site. Fully fenced with keypad or card type entry. Asphalt or cement parking spots that are at least 10' wide (12' is better). Wide roadways with a sewer dump, washing area and fresh water fillup. Access to electric is nice for those times when you need to do some work on the RV or to charge up the batteries if you don't have a generator. Our rate in the Los Angeles area is $200 to $350 for a 35 to 45ft long space.
the bear II 01/23/15 08:41am Beginning RVing
RE: I've lost my love of camping with the pop-up

By the time I was 10, my dad had me helping with all aspects of the trip except driving. Help him pack, park, setup, unload and whatever else was needed. I enjoyed it and found a love for camping which still exists now that I am 61 years old. Only problem now is no kids of my own so I ended up having to do everything. I still enjoy it. Like others have said the kids should help to ease your burden.
the bear II 01/23/15 08:27am Folding Trailers
RE: Are air bags needed in a TV?

I was very happy and had a comfortable ride with my 3500 dually. It had springs and overload factory springs. Once in awhile I could feel it hit the overloads on bumps. The ride overall when loaded had a Cadillac feel to it, very smooth. My 4500 has a full air ride system, large air bags connected to a LINKS suspension system. It works really well but I still like the ride of the 3500 better. My opinion, if your tow vehicle suspension system has the right capacity and you setup the WDH properly, no air bags are needed.
the bear II 01/22/15 10:19am Tow Vehicles
RE: Best ways to keep RV cool inside in desert climate

We often stay in 80 to 100 degree heat. All of our windows are tinted and have awnings. We deploy the awnings and patio awning. All blinds are turned so no direct sun light gets into the RV. Our guests (& kids) are told there will be no going in and out...you either stay inside or stay outside the RV. We use our ceiling fan to help circulate the air. The air conditioner is on 24 hours a day, this helps keep everything inside cold and we cover up with jackets or blankets if we get too cold. The RV stays at a comfortable level throughout the day. If needed, we use portable fans to push the cool air into any warm spots where we will be. For example, one warm spot is at our dining table near the slideout wall.
the bear II 01/22/15 10:06am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Huge dents, bucked up places in roof

It looks like to me someone has laid a new membrane over the roof and coated it with a sealant like Dicor. I'm guessing they may have removed the air conditioner but just cut holes in the membrane to fit over the vents and antennas. Notice the large round globs of sealant around the radio antenna and vents plus the 4 to 5 inch wide strip of sealant along each roof edge. The membrane has buckled up in spots which can cause weak spots and water pooling. For a quick fix, I would cut the raised areas and glue them down as best as possible and then use a two stage sealant to coat the entire roof. Best fix would be to strip the roof and replace the aluminum or rubber membrane.
the bear II 01/20/15 01:01pm Travel Trailers
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