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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
RE: new generator time

I would search the internet for the model you want and see who has the best price local to you to save on shipping costs.
the bear II 09/20/19 12:43pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Ford SuperDuty more bumpy + jittery empty, than when loaded?

Our 3500 pickup and our new 4500 truck are both jittery/rough when empty. The hitch weight on our 5th wheel is 3000lbs. Both trucks get real smooth when connected to the 5th wheel. The 3500 rides like a Cadillac. The 4500 still gets a jitter in the front axle, I understand others have added bilstein shocks and it helps smooth out the front jitters.
the bear II 09/19/19 02:34pm Truck Campers
RE: Will fifth wheel front hit truck back window?

There was a video on YouTube at one time showing an RVer backing up his 5th wheel with a shortbed truck he made a turn and you got to watch the back window of his truck explode inside the cab. I've always had a long bed truck with my 5th wheel and never had a concern about the 5th wheel hitting the back of the cab. Until I had to drive up a small embankment to get turned to begin backing up into a spot. The cap contacted the cab beside the window and put a dent in it. So like others have said terrain may cause a contact.
the bear II 09/19/19 02:30pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Stopped to help fellow camper

Great Job...
the bear II 09/18/19 12:01pm Folding Trailers
RE: Smell and heat from rear wheel wells

A common problem is the seals for the axles will leak. Small amounts of rear end grease will get on the brake shoes or drums, if it's a small amount of grease it won't always affect braking performance. This can result in a smell that I guess could be mistaken for burnt plastic.
the bear II 09/17/19 02:59pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Hwy 99 to Stockton instead of the 5

Both have some rough spots It's kind of a 50/50 deal as to which is better for multiple reasons (trucks, road condition, construction,traffic, services, scenery...etc.)
the bear II 09/17/19 02:38pm Roads and Routes
RE: Discount off MSRP

"Much off" is the key phrase... When a brand is popular like the Grand Designs are, then the MSRP and actual purchase price will be a lot closer together than a brand that the dealer needs to get off of the lot. As in "I can give you 10% discount on this Grand Design or if you come over here I can give you 65% off of this XYZ brand"
the bear II 09/17/19 12:31pm Travel Trailers
RE: Lippert ground clearance issue

Sounds like a jack tear off waiting to happen.
the bear II 09/17/19 12:27pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Water leak

The connections to faucets will often vibrate loose or come loose from hot/cold expansion contraction. Try tightening the connections (hot and cold) on both faucets. The connections for our bathroom faucet would start leaking every 5th or 6th trip. After the second time, I took it apart and used teflon tape to seal it. Hasn't leaked since.
the bear II 09/16/19 02:09pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Would appreciate the groups thoughts on tandem axle issue

My first thought is the dealer may have placed jacks incorrectly under the axle to jack it up and caused the axle to lose the bow. Or as you wrote the axle is installed upside down which is unlikely since the spring pads would have to be welded on the wrong side of the axle from the factory. Second thought is a curb or rock strike which bent the axle Third thought is the tire went bad. This is common with original equipment tires. Good luck in solving this mystery.
the bear II 09/13/19 02:23pm Travel Trailers
RE: Nothing Stays secure!

X-2 Collapse the suspension and use the X strap configuration.
the bear II 09/13/19 10:33am Toy Haulers
RE: Towing with a 3500 Van

Thanks for all of the replies. I'm beginning to lean towards the Nissan NV 3500. Guess I'll have to head to the dealer and test drive one.
the bear II 09/11/19 12:35pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Radiator performance? Life expectancy?

The times I have had cooling issues with an older truck it was the fan clutch twice and the thermostat once. I did replace the radiator due to a leak but it wasn't causing a heating issue. On my daily driver car with a plastic aluminum radiator the plastic developed a crack. I was able to keep up with the water leak for a few weeks while I looked for a replacement radiator. One day while driving to work the temp gauge pinned hot. The radiator still had plenty of water. The thermostat had stopped opening. So I would check the operation of your fan clutch. It may be coming on but not strong enough under load. And make sure the thermostat is opening or not clogged. There is a product be RedLine called "Called Wetter Water" I used it in my truck and it kept the temp 20 degrees lower while pulling my 5th wheel up a grade that we travel often. It works as advertised.
the bear II 09/10/19 01:54pm Tech Issues
RE: When were Balconies first used in the US?

I've seen a few travel trailers from the 30's on up to present time with balconies in the US. Not real common but the balcony made the TT distinctive and more of a selling point than practical. I would rather have the floor space inside. I remember seeing one in the 70's that came with a hot tub on the rear balcony.
the bear II 09/10/19 01:44pm Travel Trailers
RE: Grand Canyon Early April

We went in April a few years ago. It was snowing as we arrived in Willams AZ to catch the train to the Grand Canyon the next morning. It snowed one foot over night. We couldn't get to some of the tourist spots away from the lodge area. So we spent most of our time in and around the lodge for the two days we were there. It was cold but bearable with the right clothing. The canyon and surrounding scenery was beautiful with the fresh snowing covering.
the bear II 09/09/19 02:45pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
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