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RE: Should I be worried about outside storage

Outdoor storage isn't a problem if the MH has been well maintained. Wash and wax every two years and wash as often as needed. Roof, window and seam seals maintenance to prevent leaks.
the bear II 07/29/16 12:46pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: SOLVED!!! Loud Screech from the 454!!!

Hard to turn Alternator Bad Fan Clutch - hard to turn Same for water pump The above will cause a screech at low RPMs which may go away when you hit the throttle. Oil Pan dented
the bear II 07/29/16 11:56am Tech Issues
RE: Help. Cant Reach

These types of ladders are stable and safer than using a step stool because you have something to hold on to. http://www.homedepot.com/b/Building-Materials-Ladders-Step-Stools/N-5yc1vZarja Plus they are thin and easy to store when not in use. Good for outdoor to reach stuff or clean the windows as long as the ground is solid and flat.
the bear II 07/28/16 03:58pm General RVing Issues
RE: Fair price for tt?

Sales teams will always start high using the MSRP as a bargaining chip. "Look we knocked $12,000 off the MSRP" Sales people have a 5 "no" rule. Until the prospective buyer says no five times there's a chance they will buy. You have to make an offer before they will come down. Do some research by looking on RVTrader.com to see what other dealers are offering the same model for. Then look for used ones and see what they are going for. Set a price that you can live with and then make a much lower offer to the dealer. Let them come down to your "live with price". Don't tell them what it is work at getting them down and use the 5 No rule on them. Once they get close to your price and it looks like they won't go any lower then try to get stuff thrown in....window awnings, patio mat, upgrade TV, leveling blocks....etc.
the bear II 07/28/16 03:53pm Travel Trailers
RE: What DP would you buy for $80/M cash

Safari Motorhomes have a good reputation and the floor plans are roomy.
the bear II 07/28/16 01:37pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Are some RV types easier to re-sell?

If priced right and in relatively good condition any RV will sell. I've sold various RVs for the past 45 years. Each one sold in a reasonable amount of time. Campers, TT, Class C, Class A and a couple of home made RVs. There will be a buyer somewhere. Right price, good condition and how you advertise it will make the difference.
the bear II 07/28/16 01:33pm General RVing Issues
RE: Motorhoming-The Dream vs Reality

I've been reading the posts on this and several other RV related forums. About 7 years ago I began to notice and increase in new to RVing posts. With many of those being folks wanting to fulltime in an RV because living costs have gotten so high. You could tell from the information they provided and questions asked many of these folks were living paycheck to paycheck and had gotten in over their heads and were looking for a less expensive housing solution and not so much an RV lifestyle. Sure you may be able to save money by living in an RV versus renting an apartment or a house but there can be large unplanned expenses that you need to have the money or at least save for. $1200 refrigerator, New roof $2000-6000, Tires & Batteries every 4 to 5 years...etc. Monthly space rents can be close to rates for an apartment.
the bear II 07/28/16 11:20am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Need help choosing water heater...

Here's a new option for RVs https://www.truma.com/us/en/home/index.php The folks at www.rv-dreams.com recently added one and so far are pleased with it.
the bear II 07/28/16 09:29am Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Fridge door hindge pin broke off

The pin screws into the bracket at the bottom and top of the refrigerator. You can get the pins from an RV parts supply store. The plastic trim piece can also be purchased. I've had to fix mine twice due to bad road bumps causing the door to fly open even though it was latched.
the bear II 07/27/16 01:45pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Portable Ice Maker

We've had two Magic Chefs one for home one for RV both died after about 5 years of use. Like others have posted they all are about the same mechanically and electronically with just a few manufacturers and a lot of re-branding. They work well but the ice is airy so it melts quickly in drinks.
the bear II 07/27/16 01:39pm General RVing Issues
RE: Portable Generator for 50 amp service

I had a Onan 5500 watt generator installed when we ordered our 50amp 5th wheel. It would run everything including the air conditioner and the washer or dryer. After about 10 years it died and I bought two Honda 2000i generators with a parallel kit to get 50amps. I actually like the Honda setup better for the following reasons: > They are portable so I can use them wherever I need them...at home, on a job site or for the RV. > If I don't need both I only carry one > When both are running they are quieter than the Onan was > Fuel consumption is less than the Onan even with both running A couple of drawbacks: They have to be secured really well to prevent theft Manual start (the Onan was remote start) Not a problem unless it's a cold rainy morning and your wife wants waffles instead of cold cereal.
the bear II 07/26/16 01:36pm Tech Issues
RE: Upgrade Awning

I replaced mine with another Carefree. The first one lasted 20 years and yes it became more difficult to deploy and roll up due to stress from wind and old age. The final straw was the material gave out during a wind so it was time to replace. The new one is two years old and operates great.
the bear II 07/26/16 01:25pm General RVing Issues
RE: Campsite Length Restrictions for MH

As others have said there will be a few campgrounds where the roads will be the factor in whether you can use one of the spaces. We find many of the park rangers or staff will allow an RV'er to drive the wrong way with an escort to get to a site if the normal way to the site is too tight. I would get the DP you want and always have a plan B place to stay if you can't get in to your first choice. For example nearby most State and National campgrounds there will be private RV Parks. Most Private RV Parks will accommodate larger RVs. RVParkReviews.com shows if a campground/RV Park is "Big Rig" friendly.
the bear II 07/26/16 10:26am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Rear skid plate bent on fifth wheel

The first time I turned on to our street with the 5th wheel (severe dip) the factory wheels welded to the frame as well as the rear stabilizer jacks were damaged beyond repair. I took the 5th wheel back to the factory which happened to be closer to us than the dealer. I had them install heavier skid wheels a new rear stabilizer jack setup and had the axles "Flipped". The back of the 5th wheel rarely contacts the ground now.
the bear II 07/25/16 01:42pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Which RV for boondocking

The toyhauler provides more flexibility. You'll have the Razor to play in and your tow vehicle to run errands in. The garage of the toyhauler provides a space that can be converted to whatever you need when the Razor is unloaded. Workshop, entertainment center, guest bedroom, additional living room, office....etc. If something on the MH drivetrain goes bad then your house may end up at the repair shop and you'll be in a motel. If your tow vehicle breaks you can send it to the shop and still have your home.
the bear II 07/25/16 12:26pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Folding Bed

Many RV'ers have added memory foam topper or an air bed (Aero Bed or Sleep Number) to use on the folding beds. The biggest complaint is having to fold up the bed or unfold it. Most RV'ers prefer a always made up bed. We dealt with folding beds in or first two RVs. It was a necessary chore to fold and unfold the bed so it wasn't that bad. However, I sure like our current RV with an always made up bed. You may want to consider a Class A with a walk around bed. They are about the same as a class C to drive and you get more usable living space when compared same length class A vs class C
the bear II 07/25/16 12:19pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Hi- looking for some advice please

Many RV'ers will have a cap (campershell) installed on their pickup truck with a pass through window setup from the cap to the cab of the truck (this is sometimes called a "boot") The boot/pass through allows the Air Conditioning and Heater to keep the pickup bed comfortable for pets. Something like this product: https://www.custompickup.com/shop/index.php?l=product_detail&p=3335 This will keep the dogs further away and crapola in the bed secure and dry.
the bear II 07/22/16 01:47pm Beginning RVing
RE: Jack

I carry a small 3ton bottle jack I do have AAA RV Roadside service so I would call and have them change the tire
the bear II 07/22/16 01:39pm Travel Trailers
RE: Water pump question

The way you describe your pump matches how the pumps on every RV I've had sound and work. With one exception like SCVJeff above mentioned. If you have the faucet on all the way the pump should run continuously. If it's not then an adjustment may be needed. It will pulse when the faucet or shower handles are partially opened.
the bear II 07/22/16 09:45am Tech Issues
RE: Am I correct or not?

The depreciation is large on a motorhome so you really never come close to justifying such a large purchase financially. However if you factor in fun, comfort and convenience then it certainly makes the expense more bearable. If you do a cost analysis of the different ways to travel and leave out the cost of the motorhome an RV trip is usually less expensive. It may require more travel time but the savings is significant. I prefer traveling in our RV over other means of travel.
the bear II 07/21/16 12:57pm Beginning RVing
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