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RE: Ford 460 power increase - california smog legal

I spent nearly $5000 in trying to upgrade my engine and succeeded in going up a 6% grade at 45MPH instead of 35MPH. I would have rather had the $5000. Now I just sit back and enjoy the scenery running by at 45MPH. And by the way the gas mileage went from 7MPG down to 6MPG after the upgrades.
the bear II 07/21/14 01:04pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Pro Comp shocks?

They are popular with the offroad crowd. Most RVers seem to use Bilsteins as number one choice with Konis coming in second.
the bear II 07/21/14 11:58am Tow Vehicles
RE: 5th Wheel Tire Problem.

Sounds like you may need to visit an alignment shop to make sure the axles are where they need to be and all of the rims are true.
the bear II 07/21/14 11:55am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Newbie Question

If you get stuck in bad weather and have to spend several days inside, the extra 3 feet will make the RV feel like a mansion. We went from a 23 ft to a 38 ft and will never go back to a smaller RV. In fact our next will be at least a 40 ft. We rarely venture more than 300 miles from home.
the bear II 07/21/14 11:48am Class C Motorhomes
RE: HOT 300 degree 4l80E

The two times I had heating problems it turned out to be the fan clutch. Eventhough it seemed fine, once I replaced the clutch the heating problem went away. I also added Royal Purple "Wetter Water". It helped keep the temp from rising on 6 to 10 % grades when towing.
the bear II 07/21/14 11:45am Tow Vehicles
RE: Smoker

We use a Master Bilt electric smoker. It works great and is pretty much set it and forget it. Depending on what you are smoking you may need to baste and or add wood chips from time to time. Frozen Mac & Cheese comes out with great smoky flavor...just remember to take the foil off of the pan otherwise it just taste like Mac & Cheese. I know from experience...can you say oops.
the bear II 07/21/14 09:37am Camp Cooks and Connoisseurs
RE: Battery overheating

You may have a bad charger or bad battery or both. I went through a couple of sets of batteries where one would go bad and the charger kept trying to charge so it overheated the batteries. These batteries were only a couple of years old. The battery shop tech said the plates are so thin in batteries now days, that a good bump will cause them to short. Once I replaced the set no more overheating.
the bear II 07/18/14 08:20am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Dry camping with a trailer

If you are conservative with power use and have a single battery you can get by for 3 to 4 days. You need to use flashlight and lanterns to keep from using the overhead lights. If the trailer is equipped with an inverter and microwave...only use the microwave for very short duration heating. No 30 minute cook times...1 to 3 minutes only. The water pump, heater, refrigerator, TV and other appliances will be the biggest users of power. Make sure to use propane for the refrigerator. Use paper plates and plastic utensils to save water and pump usage by not having to wash a lot of dishes. Take navy showers...look it up on google. If needed, and your tow vehicle is wired properly you can plug into it to recharge the trailer battery by letting the engine run for an hour. Adding additional batteries and or carry a small portable generator will make it less neccessary to conserve power.
the bear II 07/18/14 08:12am Tech Issues
RE: ADA compliant sites

RV Parks just like hotels are required to have a certain percentage of sites/rooms ADA compliant. Some RV parks will ask if you have a placard/license to use these sites. I've seen some parks where the majority of the sites showed as ADA compliant and others where the sites near the restrooms showed as ADA compliant. Look through the sites to see how many others show ADA compliant. If there are many then I wouldn't worry or contact the park to see what they have to say.
the bear II 07/18/14 07:50am Beginning RVing
RE: how do national parks measure the length of a 5th wheel?

The good thing about most national and state parks is that a lot of people visit them. We have always been able to locate a private RV Park within an acceptable driving distance from the National or State Park. Private RV Parks tend to have wider access roads and sites to accomodate larger RVs. We park our 38ft 5th wheel at the private park and drive our truck into the Nat'l/State park to see the sights. Since I live in Southern California an acceptable driving distance for me is up to an hour away. I drive 6 miles to work every day and it takes 45 minutes in traffic.
the bear II 07/17/14 03:59pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Torn between FT or House/Condo

Airstreams seem to be increasing in value especially the older ones. Here's the way my DW and I look at it....we keep our RVs for a long time. 17 years for our previous TT and our current 5th wheel is 20 years old. We feel we got our money's worth out of both of them. We actually sold the TT for nearly what we paid for it due to a good economy at the time. Our 5th wheel after 20 years would sell for about 1/3 of what we paid. A buddy bought a vacation home and after several years he said he wished he had bought an RV. The reason--- he felt compelled to use the vacation house and was tired of always going to the same place. The RV would have provided variety.
the bear II 07/17/14 03:32pm Full-time RVing
RE: Air Condition high/low question

I have a Duo Therm 15K BTU ducted on our 5th wheel. On high you hear the fan speed up and at the vents there is a small increase in air coming out but no where near what you would expect based upon how loud the fan gets. To me it sounds like it's running twice as fast as it does at low, so I would expect twice as much air coming out of the vents. That's my unscientific opinion. 95 percent of the time we run our AC on low fan with the thermostat set at about 56 degrees. This seems to give us the coldest air. We always use the ceiling fan along with the AC and will use a couple of portable fans to direct the cold air into warm areas if needed. There is a sensor that sometimes comes loose (has happened on 3 different AC units). It turns the compressor on and off to prevent icing. It can be seen if you remove the AC ceiling cover and look up inside towards the evaporator fins. The sensor is round silver metal. It looks like a car signal relay. On some units it sits in a hole in the fins on others it clamps on to one of the tubes. It may be covered by metal tape. If it is loose or bad this will cause the unit to ice up and you won't get cooling.
the bear II 07/17/14 11:46am Tech Issues
RE: granite ridge A/C

In humid conditions moisture may form on cold surfaces like metal ceiling vents depending on how often the entrance door is opened. If the moisture is coming from around the AC ceiling cover you may have plugged drain holes in the base of the AC unit on the roof. These are the drains that allow the water to run out and down the roof to the ground. If they are plugged which can happen due to debris, dirt or other crud, the water can leak back into the RV. It's an easy fix. Do a search on YouTube or this forum for tips on cleaning the drin holes.
the bear II 07/17/14 09:29am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Full Hookup sites close to Soledad Canyon, CA

Although I haven't stayed here, I drove through it and thought it would make a good place to stop for a night or two on the way home someday. It is in Acton. http://www.calrv.com/ There isn't much else in the area but if you're willing to drive 15 to 30 miles there are others listed on www.rvparkreviews.com We have stayed here and found it to be a nice park but that was nearly 20 years ago... http://www.valenciatravelvillagellc.com/Valencia_Travel_Village/Home.html The recent reviews look good for it.
the bear II 07/16/14 02:23pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Felt so bad for older couple traveling today

Weeluvdis, We had our first TT for 16 years and our current 5th wheel for 20 years. I discovered early on that maintenance and preventative maintenance will help make the trips much more enjoyable. Some things will pop up no matter how good of care you take but the problems you described that this couple went through sure points to poor care of their vehicles. Life is an adventure....enjoy the trip. Just think how boring it would be if everything was always perfect.
the bear II 07/16/14 02:12pm General RVing Issues
RE: Carrying a Generator/Gas Can While Traveling

Bed of truck with a cable lock and heavy chain with a padlock. Once it has cooled down I put the generator in the cab of the truck at night.
the bear II 07/16/14 02:00pm Travel Trailers
RE: Dawn Ultra or Borax to clean epdm roof?

I just use a soft bristle brush on a pole that attaches to my garden hose. With a little bit of scubbing and a stream of water it cleans up nice. It can be slippery if you use soap so be careful.
the bear II 07/16/14 01:58pm Travel Trailers
RE: Honda Generator

I used a Honda 1000 just for charging batteries and run the TV/sat box at night. It worked great. Didn't work for the microwave or vacuum. My Honda 2000 will take care of those.
the bear II 07/16/14 11:03am Tech Issues
RE: Campgrounds in San Diego

The age rule is meant to keep ugly RVs out. Send a photo of your RV and a photo of you plus anyone else staying with you. You may be able to get an OK from management to stay there. Be sure to explain you will be staying ther on Business. There are a couple of state parks north in Carlsbad / Oceanside area There are others further east (including casinos) if you can't locate anything. Try www.rvparkreviews.com to find the RV Parks within 50 miles of San Diego.
the bear II 07/16/14 09:04am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: dodge 3500 cummins clutch fan engages on flat with no load

In dash guages can be off by as much as 20 degrees either way. Typically only a few degrees off but on one of my trucks the temp guage read 10 degrees low. There is a product by Royal Purple called Wetter Water. I've used it and it helps keep the temps lower when towing up a grade. You just add it to the radiator and enjoy the cool.
the bear II 07/16/14 08:55am Tow Vehicles
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