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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
RE: Electric slide outs

I've seen more posts regarding problems with hydraulic slideouts than I have electric slideouts. Our 1994 5th wheel has a 14ft long by 4ft deep slideout plus a smaller bedroom slideout. Both are controlled by electric motors. The only problem I've had since new was the wire nut came off on the large slideout motor. I put on a new wire nut and all has been OK since.
the bear II 09/06/19 02:00pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Travel Trailer blocking RF (Garage Door Opener)

My first thought was- Could it be an alien space ship in disguise? If it is plugged into power I guess it's possible the roof may be creating some sort of jamming. But that would mean there would have to be some current going through the roof which means a possible short. First thing I would do is to unplug it from power and if you have solar panels disconnect them. I remember reading where a motorhome became charged with electricity when it was parked under some high power electric lines. The owner would get a small shock when he touched the skin of his MH. Once he moved the MH out from under the power lines the shock went away. Do you have a Cell signal booster or WiFi extender they shouldn't cause interference but if the frequencies are close who knows what might happen. I would unplug all electronics and disconnect the batteries in the trailer and then start reconnecting one by one to see if any are causing the problem.
the bear II 09/05/19 01:47pm Tech Issues
Towing with a 3500 Van

I would like to hear from anyone who may have experience towing a TT or bumper pull Toy Hauler with a Ford Transit Van 3500. Looking for comments regarding stability, hill climbing performance and down hill braking with a load. Overall thoughts on your towing experience with this van. Ram Promaster 3500 van or other 3500 van impressions as well.
the bear II 09/05/19 01:05pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Build Your Own Travel Trailer

I believe cost wise it may be better to find a good used travel trailer and then remodel it to fit your needs. The travel trailer would already be insulated and wired plus have water and holding tanks located to properly balance the weight. I've seen where folks have removed all of the old cabinetry and then designed the interior and built cabinets, beds and seating to meet their desires. Load balance is important as well as load capacity. Just my thought based on posts I've read over the years and youtube videos I've seen from folks who have done both.
the bear II 09/05/19 12:30pm Travel Trailers
RE: Tow dolly empty - 1500 miles

I've seen some empty tow dollys bouncing nearly out of control on rough patches of highway over the years. I would be tempted to secure a wooden box filled with sand bags on the dolly to approximate the weight of a car to go the 1500 miles. Get rid of the sand and box once you arrive.
the bear II 09/05/19 12:22pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: When do you throw in the towel?

I decided to get a new truck when my old truck got to the point where I wasn't sure if I could trust it to tow our 5th wheel on a long trip without a breakdown. Like yours it seemed like every time we went somewhere the truck developed a problem. Most were small but when one of the A-Arms broke it was the turning point. I could no longer trust the truck. The new truck has made towing a dream. I decided to get a truck that had way more towing capacity than I needed. Not having to worry about breakdowns make for a much better towing experience.
the bear II 09/05/19 12:16pm Tow Vehicles
RE: looking for quick access bathroom advice

We have a similar issue and have stopped travelling until we can come up with a better solution than the 5th wheel. The choices we are considering are: Class B Van type (easy to get in and out of) Class A toy hauler (DW uses a mobility scooter or wheelchair) A High Top Van and bumper pull toy hauler (Equip the van with a porti-potti to use while on the road).
the bear II 09/05/19 11:59am RVing with Disabilities and General Health Issues
RE: For those that have had a blowout when towing

I heard a bang and looked in the mirror just in time to see a large portion of tread flying up in the air. Luckily the tire still held air even though the entire length of tread came off exposing the steel belts. I was able to get off at the next exit to change the tire. Second time, my wife was following in her car and saw blue smoke from one of the trailer tires every time I went over a bump. She called me, I saw the smoke, pulled off at the next exit and discovered the center of the front tire was bulged all the way around and was rubbing against the rear tire on each bump. The tread was beginning to separate.
the bear II 09/04/19 01:58pm General RVing Issues
RE: Sealing roof vents and AC??? Is it necessary?

5 years is when I would walk the roof and closely inspect all seams, openings and roof vents to make sure there are no cracks in the sealant.
the bear II 09/04/19 01:50pm General RVing Issues
RE: 110 power

Check all GFCI outlets to make sure they have not tripped. If one trips it can affect the entire circuit depending on how circuit is wired. GFCI breakers and outlets go bad from time to time so you may want to make sure one hasn't failed. My RV has a very small micro switch on a breaker associated with the inverter. If I lose 110 power it is the first thing I check. Often the breaker trips when there is a heavy load even if I'm plugged into shore power. Also on several occasions I have had to clean and re-do the wire nuts for the wires connected to my inverter/converter from shore power. It seems they may vibrate loose over time or become corroded.
the bear II 09/04/19 12:46pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Looking for advice

The least expensive RV would be either a Travel Trailer (TT) or Fifth Wheel Trailer (5th Wheel or Fiver). You can find well cared for used units on, Craigslist or Facebook marketplace for reasonable prices. If you don't plan on moving from one RV park to another often you can hire an RV transport driver to place the unit on your site at an RV park or campground. New RV'ers tend to choose smaller units because they are often intimidated by the size and ability to tow such a large RV. I always advise to buy the largest unit you can afford because if towing you will become comfortable with the size after just a few trips. My thinking is I would rather be cooped up in a 30 plus foot RV versus a 25 foot or less RV if the weather is so bad you are stuck inside for several days (think hurricane Dorian). Cabin fever kicks in very quickly. 30K will get you a very nice used TT or Fiver plus a truck if you will be towing it from RV park to RV park.
the bear II 09/04/19 12:32pm Full-time RVing
RE: Hail Damage + Lance Aluminum roof replacement questions

A friend had dents in his aluminum siding and roof from hail. A summer in the desert near Palm Springs and the dents were hardly visible. The cold and hot expansion from night to day over the summer stretched the aluminum back into shape.
the bear II 09/03/19 12:57pm Truck Campers
RE: Toy hauler for kayaks and bicycles

I've seen everything from go-Karts to bicycles to boats, kayaks, race buggies, show dogs and cages, to a full wood shop in toy haulers. To be honest I rarely see motorcycles in toy haulers. I do see a lot of side by sides and ATVs though.
the bear II 09/03/19 12:51pm Toy Haulers
RE: Getting couch out of 5th wheel?

There are a couple of options to try: tie the sofa sleeper closed so it doesn't come open accidentally. Set the sofa up on the end and slide it on a moving pad to the door. You'll need to turn it so the seat part goes out the door first and then twist it to get the back part out of the door. Another option if you have a large enough window is to remove the window and take the sofa out through the window opening.
the bear II 08/30/19 02:13pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
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