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RE: Washer/Dryer worth it?

We have a stacked Maytag W/D in our 5th wheel and use it anytime we are at a full hook up site. We do use the laundry facilities at some parks if they appear to be well maintained. But mostly use our W/D. They are apartment sized units but do a good job on the dirty laundry for the two of us. Like others we wouldn't have an RV without them if the space is available.
the bear II 01/06/20 02:20pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Tips for California early April RV trip

As a kid I always enjoyed any stay where there was someplace to swim or climb rocks or visit nature centers/museums. Carmel and Morro Bay provide some good sights to see and things to do along the way and in town. Palm Springs ride the tram to the top of San Jacinto Mountain. Also visit the https://www.indian-canyons.com/ and from trip advisor here are some museums: https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attractions-g11789173-Activities-c49-Greater_Palm_Springs_California.html Joshua Tree lots of great hikes be sure to get a brochure with a list and map of all the things to see while in the park. The town of Joshua Tree look for murals painted on the side walls of businesses around town. The murals depict the history of the area. Near Joshua Tree and North of Yucca Valley off of Hwy 247 is Pioneer Town. It was used in many of the old western TV shows and movies and in recent music videos. It has seen better days but was interesting to visit as a kid. April can be cold, windy and rainy with possible snow around Joshua Tree or it can be sunny and in the 80's...so be prepared and check the weather reports for flash floods.
the bear II 01/06/20 02:13pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Point Mugu to San Pedro

Based on the least traffic going and coming...Best day would be Sunday or 2nd best Saturday. You need to head back to Pt Mugu before 1PM on Sunday to beat traffic. Saturday head back by 2PM During the week Tues, Wed or Thurs. leave before 6AM or after 10AM return from San Pedro by 2PM at the latest. HWY 101 to I-405 to HWY 110 which ends at Gaffey street. Gaffey will get you into the heart of San Pedro. If you want to go to the harbor use Vincent Thomas Bridge/ Harbor Blvd. offramp and take Harbor Blvd to head to the harbor (Battleship Iowa signs)
the bear II 12/31/19 03:37pm Roads and Routes
RE: Any info re why Rio Grande Valley RV show cancelled?

https://www.welcomehomergv.com/events/2019/all-valley-rv--outdoor-show2
the bear II 12/30/19 02:52pm Rallies, Shows and Gatherings
RE: Motorhome, 5th Wheel or Pull Trailer

I have found if the trailer (5th Wheel or TT) is raised up, known as axles flipped, to provide more clearance you will experience less push or pull by semis. I had my TT raised for better clearance off road and our 5th wheel raised to prevent the tail from dragging. I noticed both of them were more stable in wind and when semis passed than before the axles were flipped.
the bear II 12/19/19 10:22am General RVing Issues
RE: Nice find TV

A similarly equipped 2018 to 2020 truck would be near (or over) $100,000. The thing to remember F450, F550 & F650s were designed for fleet service. Reliability is key to sales. These trucks will provide nearly trouble free service for 300,000 plus miles with proper care and maintenance.
the bear II 12/19/19 10:13am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Auxillary Fuel Tank ?

I prefer not having an auxiliary tank so I have to stop every 200 or so miles to get fuel and stretch my legs. When I was younger we would drive for 8 hours with fuel stops as needed. Now that we are older we try to limit our daily drive time to a maximum of 4 hours and usually hit 2-3 hours a day. Makes for a less stressful towing experience. As others have indicated there are many options for auxiliary tanks or larger primary tank.
the bear II 12/10/19 03:18pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 4-Corners

As a kid it was impressive and great for show and tell back at school. As an adult, not sure how impressive it would be...
the bear II 12/03/19 01:08pm Roads and Routes
RE: Tailgate Step Suggestions?

I carry a 5ft step ladder and use it anytime I need to get in the truck bed. The ladder also comes in handy for other uses when working on the trailer or around the campsite. I strap it to the trailer ladder or it fits cross-ways in the bed for travel.
the bear II 12/03/19 11:56am Tow Vehicles
RE: Are RV shows worth it?

We had shopped at a large RV dealer and found the model of RV we wanted. An RV show was being held later in the month so we went to it and shopped that model at two different dealers at the show. We called the original dealer and he was willing to knock $3000 off of the lowest price the show dealers would offer. We drove two hours to the original dealer and closed the deal.
the bear II 11/07/19 02:07pm Rallies, Shows and Gatherings
RE: Truck batteries

4 to 6 years is what I have experienced on 3 different vehicles.
the bear II 11/06/19 11:58am Tow Vehicles
RE: New Mattress or Hotel ?

Some of the sofa sleepers come with air type mattress from the factory. The only issues will be the built in motor on some of the mattresses and any sharp spots on the bed frame. My vote is for a new mattress. We have a couple of Aerobed mattresses we use for guests. The guests have indicated the mattresses are comfortable. I've used them for naps from time to time...no complaints
the bear II 11/05/19 01:22pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Just wondering

Look at the youtube channel for Keep Your Daydream They recently did a review of their F450 used to tow a heavy 39 foot toy hauler Here's the youtube link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jFM5zkB2gqA
the bear II 10/31/19 01:00pm Toy Haulers
RE: Quality versus Price

Between my parents and my family we have had 7 RVs since the 70's. In order to save weight the manufacturers use build techniques which are not as beefy as sticks and bricks houses. They do have to take into consideration the travel aspects of RVs and make them strong enough to survive various road conditions and weather. Unfortunately as a brand or model becomes popular, the assembly quality may suffer in order to keep up with demand. Our first 5th wheel was one of the first on the market with two slide outs with one of the slides being 14 feet long and 4 feet deep (super slide). This model became so popular the factory added a third shift to try to keep up with demand. So you can imagine a worker on the 2nd shift might be installing a sink and end of shift comes with the task not complete. The 3rd shift may not be aware the sink install is incomplete and the trailer ends up being shipped with loose connections. Our 1994 5th wheel had over 25 problems, most were cosmetic with only a few mechanical issues. Lack of quality is not just an RV industry issue...Our friend who bought a new house recently had over 300 problems identified during their final walk through, it was a 5000 sq ft house. Another friend had his oil change at one of the quick oil change places and drove off he got a few miles away and his engine seized up. They hadn't put the oil filter on.
the bear II 10/28/19 11:10am Travel Trailers
RE: Hey Smokers! (meat, that is)

We use a Masterbuilt electric smoker that is about 15 years old and it works great. We carry it in the shower it's the size of a dorm size refrigerator. They now make one the size of a counter top ice maker. We have one but haven't tried it yet. Here's the website: https://www.masterbuilt.com/collections/smokers
the bear II 10/24/19 12:27pm Camp Cooks and Connoisseurs
RE: Air Conditioner Upgrade/Replacement

Our 5th wheel had a Dometic 13500 btu unit that went bad and I install a Dometic 15,000 btu and it fit without any need for modification. That was at least 15 years ago. We park for 3 months in San Diego during the summer and usually run the A/C 24X7 due to the 80 plus degree heat. It has held up well. I've seen a lot of forum posts on several RV forums and on YouTube where RV owners have installed one of the Mini-Split air conditioners instead of a RV type air conditioners. The Mini-Splits seem to work better and use less power.
the bear II 10/04/19 09:38am Tech Issues
RE: Black starting to show through on rubber roof

As long as there are no cracks you should be good for at least another year provide you don't experience really harsh inclement weather. My roof started cracking at each edge and that's when I began seeing water damage in a couple of areas.
the bear II 09/30/19 12:46pm Tech Issues
RE: Freezer works, fridge does not.

If sun hits the side where the fridge is try shading that side to block the sun. Our Dometic will heat up during the afternoon when the sun is hitting that side of the RV. When the sun goes down it gets back to 35 - 37 degrees.
the bear II 09/30/19 12:42pm Tech Issues
RE: What Size RV is Right for Full-Timing

We have a 38foot 5th wheel and in the 25 years we've traveled with it have never had a problem finding a spot to park. There are usually private RV parks outside of a national park that accommodates larger RVs. Drive into the national park to see the sights each day; come back to a RV park with full amenities at the end of the day. Pools, hot tubs, full hookups...etc.
the bear II 09/27/19 12:58pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: full time 101 questions

My choice would be a used travel trailer (TT) as large as you can afford without having to take out a loan. You can find good used TTs for under $10,000. Upgrade to a newer model as needed and use the first one as a guest trailer.
the bear II 09/27/19 12:51pm Full-time RVing
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