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RE: Terrible factory splices in brake wiring

If you are the first owner of the trailer you're right this is poor workmanship. However, if this was a used trailer when you bought it, looking at the photos, my first reaction is these were done by a previous owner or shade tree mechanic. Due to liability issues it's hard for me to believe a trailer or axle manufacturer would allow such shoddy work.
the bear II 06/21/19 10:59am Travel Trailers
RE: Tongue weight issue on new toy hauler

Load your SXS backwards, the rear engine will be tail heavy. X-2
the bear II 06/20/19 10:17am Toy Haulers
RE: Dually tire pressure?

When towing I always use the recommended pressure shown on the sidewall of the tire, manufacturer website or door sticker. Low pressure causes heat and heat kills tires.
the bear II 06/18/19 04:54pm Truck Campers
RE: RVTrader No Response

I read the other day that Facebook Marketplace is beginning to take over the classified ad world. More and more folks are using Facebook marketplace to sell their items. That being posted I also hear complaints from friends that is is tough to get anyone to respond. Contractors, plumbers, handypeople, sellers, buyers...etc don't seem to respond to messages or calls
the bear II 06/12/19 01:44pm Truck Campers
RE: Ordering a TT, to get what I want?

We bought our first TT from the dealer lot. Spent over two hours negotiating the price down to what we were satisfied with. Our 5th wheel we ordered new at the dealer and then went to the factory to watch it being built. Again we spent time negotiating the price, this time between two dealers. The dealer with the lowest price got our deal. We were able to customize the 5th wheel to meet our needs. We are still using it 24 years later.
the bear II 06/11/19 01:27pm Travel Trailers
RE: Looking for motorhome to travel to Alaska suggestions?

Look at www.rv-dreams.com they are currently travelling in Alaska with friends. Both have Class Cs with slideouts. Also www.keepyourdaydream.com travelled through Alaska in a travel trailer with slideouts.
the bear II 06/11/19 01:21pm Full-time RVing
RE: Wanting to replace furniture

Many RV'ers have replaced their furniture with residential furniture. Weight would be a minor concern since most RV furniture weighs about the same. The biggest concern is to make sure it's not too large to fit through the door or a window. to get it in the RV. Lazy-boy and many other recliners come apart, many couches have removable backs. So be sure to measure before buying. I read about one couple that had to remove a large window to get a new couch in their RV.
the bear II 06/11/19 01:17pm Beginning RVing
RE: Should I have control arms replaced?

I had the right control arm break on my 1986 Chevy 3500 when it was 25 years old. Where I parked the truck the right front suspension would get wet just about daily from the sprinklers. I hadn't notice any severe rust so I'm guessing the part wore out due to stress towing our heavy 5th wheel. The daily watering may have contributed. Luckily it broke as I was leaving my house with the 5th wheel in tow. So I was able to back the truck and trailer back to the parking spot. I can imagine what would have happened if it had broken on the highway in traffic.
the bear II 06/11/19 01:10pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Fifth wheel brakes

Our 14000LB 5th wheel brakes will not lock up no matter how hard I step on the peddle or use the lever even with the gain all the way up. I did find that the electronic controller on my new truck engages the brakes significantly stronger than the old hydraulic actuated controller I had on my old truck. With the old truck I was very unhappy with the trailer brake performance. I had checked the amps at the trailer plug, re did the brake connections, adjusted the brakes and nothing made much difference. With the new truck and the electronic controller the very first time I engaged the brakes they came on much stronger. I am happy with the trailer brake performance using the electronic controller.
the bear II 06/10/19 02:29pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Tailgater??

The last I checked (two years ago) the Dish Tailgator worked with only two of the Dish receivers and one was not the hopper. You'll need to check for current details.
the bear II 06/07/19 01:36pm Technology Corner
RE: Engine torque

You will notice a slight difference. Here's my real world example: a Friend had an F250 and I had a Chevrolet 3500 we each pulled 5th wheels that were about the same weight. He would pull away from me on uphill grades and wait at the top (usually 5 to 10 minutes depending on length and steepness).
the bear II 06/07/19 01:33pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Essential Tools or I sure wish I had brought............

I didn't realize how much I needed a combination power tool set until I got one for a repair project. I have used the power tools many times since and would not travel without one. From Home Depot I bought a Black & Decker 18 volt cordless power tool set. It includes: a circular & reciprocating saw, a handheld vacuum, drill and high powered flashlight. All of this comes in a nice canvas carry bag. Also I purchased a 150 piece channel lock hand tool set that comes in a plastic fold open case. Each tool has a marked spot in the case so it's easy to see when a tool is missing when your cleaning up after doing some work. It's has standard and metric sockets and wrenches along with ratchets drivers and various bits like allen, star, torx, screwdriver...etc A hatchet for fire building and security.
the bear II 06/07/19 11:21am Class A Motorhomes
RE: E150 overheating.

Another product which can help lower the coolant temperature is Wetter Water by Redline. It's available online or at most auto parts stores. https://www.redlineoil.com/waterwetter-coolant-additives I used it in my truck and it reduce the temp by 20 degrees when towing uphill.
the bear II 06/07/19 09:55am Tow Vehicles
RE: How many seconds to extend your slide(s)?

One of our slides extends out 4 feet, the other extends 2 feet. Naturally the 4 feet takes longer than the 2 feet.
the bear II 06/07/19 09:49am General RVing Issues
RE: Slide room

If you have a warranty I would take it back to the dealer for service. The slide mechanisms can be adjusted.
the bear II 06/07/19 07:37am Tech Issues
RE: E150 overheating.

It may be your fan clutch is not engaging to help cool with the added stress of towing. Or the thermostat is not opening correctly. I would check these before replacing the radiator. If you don't have an auxiliary transmission cooler you may need to add one. The two times I had overheating problems it turned out to be the fan clutch was bad.
the bear II 06/07/19 07:33am Tow Vehicles
RE: Dual Motor Landing Gear

I don't know what type of dual motor system I have (it was converted at the factory in 1997). It works great and allows for some adjustment side to side for leveling.
the bear II 06/05/19 10:34am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Vintage TT needs stabilizing, but stumped

Like Chris Bryant above...I used 4 jack stands placed under the frame near each corner and our TT was rock solid. It had a pretty beefy frame. Some of the older TT used lightweight frames so you may need to place two more jack stands to support the middle.
the bear II 06/05/19 10:31am Travel Trailers
RE: Help looking for washer for full time use

We've had a MayTag stacked washer dryer in our 5th wheel since 1996. It's still going strong. Also have a MayTag stacked set in our house. Both have provided years of trouble free service. They do a great job of cleaning and drying the clothes.
the bear II 06/04/19 12:48pm Full-time RVing
RE: Disclosure when selling

I disclose all issues that I am aware of. However I do have the buyer sign an "As is, Where is" agreement to protect myself from anything that may pop up down the road. I do this because I was once taken to small claims court after selling a truck and the new owner wasn't happy when a Ujoint went bad within a month of the purchase. The truck had 78,000 miles on it- things will go bad. Judge agreed with me.
the bear II 05/31/19 12:12pm Travel Trailers
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