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RE: Colter Bay RV Park - Tetons

Hi d-mac, We stayed at Coulter Bay Rv park with a GMC x-cab/shortbed, and a 29'10" travel trailer, where our total length was about 49'. It was TIGHT. Let me explain. While the length of some sites are certainly long enough for me (with the truck/trailer set up i had) and you, the key is the TREES. The entire RV park is under the pines, smells of pine (which is great!), and can be tricky to pull into/out of your site. I struggled both ways due to other sites and their rigs and/or trucks being at the edge of their site. As you know towing, sometimes you need to swing out to pull in. Hard to do here. So while I can't comment on 52' length you have, maybe call the management office and ask about the length. For other rV parks, the Fireside Buffalo Valley RV park on 26, just east of Moran might do. Still an easy drive to Tetons. Also, there are parks around Jackson WY to the south. With our current set up (Class C) I know I could get in/out okay, but still, the trees make it tight...but WORTH it !!!!!!!!!!!!!!
mleekamp 01/06/22 08:11am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Do's and don'ts of towing a loaded 12" tandem behind 5vr??

A 12 inch trailer? Just put it in the glove box ;) Reminds me of a documentary about a band that wanted 18 foot tall stonehenge replica for the stage....turns out it was 18 inches.
mleekamp 12/03/21 06:17am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Motorhome Fuel Economy

Ah, if only I could get double digits in my C....10 would be great. But I live between 7 and 8 depending on if i'm pulling a dinghy or not, and speed, and wind, and.... I've never gotten above 8.3. 33 foot C. Loaded.
mleekamp 12/03/21 06:14am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Trouble finding alcohol free RV antifreeze this season?

Menards has both kinds, always have in the 20+ years I've been buying pink stuff. They always promote and display the alcohol based stuff at end of the isles...but the more expensive non-alcohol pink stuff is deeper in the store. If you have a menards, look there. Plus, they almost always do an 11 percent off.
mleekamp 12/01/21 07:22am General RVing Issues
RE: New Reese hitch; confused about unhitching.

x2 on etrailer videos. They usually have videos for each and every application / option. They post them on youtube as well.
mleekamp 11/29/21 08:07am Fifth-Wheels
RE: What's a reasonable towed vehicle?

When we went to a C, we bought a 20 year old TJ Wrangler. Easily towed flat / 4 down. As MDK said, even though his is newer Wrangler, no fuses, no special anything. Hook up, XSFR case in N, transmission in P, and off we go. Fast forward to late 2020, and with a kid heading to college many hours from home, she needed a more reliable car (she had a 25 year old buick). No, we did not give her the Jeep; we sold the Jeep outright, as well as the Buick, and got her a Corolla using that money and savings to avoid payments. Point is, we miss the Jeep, but now my wife drives behind me in her Subaru...I miss the ability to flat tow, but it has worked well having her tag along behind. Since we are only doing big RV trips about 4 to 5 weeks a year, this works. Rest of time are small local trips anyway.
mleekamp 11/16/21 12:26pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: More garbage that'll get us ALL banned from National Forests

Looks like they were living there. Always leave it better than you found it. We tend to pick up trash at campsites. One thing that bothers me every time, is trash put in the fire pit. I'm not burning your plastic bottles, coke cans, or tissue. Yuk.
mleekamp 11/04/21 12:29pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Best skylight shade

Our previous unit had shades but were installed from the factory. Our current Class C has 3 skylights, and while we love them, when we camp in super hot or desert areas, we need to cover them due to the amount of heat they let in. We found that Camco brand skylight cover / vent insulator, part number 45195, work great and insulate at the same time. 2 of the 3 we have, have sunshade material on one side to reflect heat. We got ours at Menards, but I see you can get them at Wamart, Amazon, Camping World, etc. I have seen prices from $12 to $20 each. They are about 2 or 3 inches thick, and use friction to stay in place. I know its not exaclty a shade, but for us it works great to reflect heat/light when we don't want it.
mleekamp 10/29/21 05:37am Travel Trailers
RE: Best way to sell the coach

The ads for companies buying RV's are wanting them wholesale, not retail. I'd avoid them if at all possible. Your best bet, if you want to sell on your own, is I've sold there and on craigslist. If you want to sell now, go to a dealer. Have a few of them give you their buy price. Knowing they are going to pay wholesale, not retail, is important. You could also go to the dealer you ordered your new rig from. Get them to buy it now to make your new RV paperwork that much easier...and cleaner.
mleekamp 10/25/21 07:02am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Changing a tire yourself

I was surprised when we bought our C, that it had no spare. Bought the wheel and then the tire, and then the Roadmaster spare tire mount. Same as you, got an impact and a bottle jack, a few other tools AND a set of 3 ORANGE CONES in case I do have to change! I hope we never have to use it. But like you, I practiced in the driveway. If nothing else, I feel better...and even if I could not change it for some reason, I have the spare for someone to help.
mleekamp 10/23/21 04:13am Class C Motorhomes
RE: What do tow behind your Class C?

We towed an old Jeep Wrangler, wish I never sold it but daughter needed a more reliable car for college -- so it became a toyota. Now, wife drives behind me. Only problem is when I go off by myself or with kids, I don't have a dinghy. Maybe someday another Jeep of some kind. Or a tow dolly for our car.
mleekamp 10/22/21 07:11am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Tow Dolly Woe

For us, the key has always been to find a good independant shop that you make a long term relationship with. We have 2 that we use, and I've taken oddball stuff in like a pressure washer that stopped working vs. taking it to the high volume small engine and lawn mower shop we bought it at. I even had them do brakes / bearing repack on our TT some years ago. No, this does not help you now...but keep looking. Talk to them. Get a feel for the place. Search google maps for high reviews. You'll find the shop you just may be a one man show vs. a chain. Lastly, don't overlook tire shops. We have a semi truck tire shop in town and they do RV's and TT's all the time...they even rebuilt a driveshaft for a classic truck I had.
mleekamp 10/22/21 07:09am Dinghy Towing
RE: Well, they're put away....

Here, here! We got 2 "big" trips in this year but they were shadows of what would have been done in normal years. And like you, it's a sad day to retire the RV for the winter...we did that last weekend. Good news is we've already booked a trip in 2022...and barely got campsites as people are booking really early (like we I'm part of that!).
mleekamp 10/21/21 04:44am General RVing Issues
RE: Been a busy year

Great year! Great story...inspiring. We are currently downsizing stuff -- selling junk/collectibles on ebay and what a hassle that is! We've listed stuff for sale on craigslist too. A lot left to go, and for us, a few years. But we hope to do what you did...prep the house and sell it, and off to new adventures.
mleekamp 10/18/21 08:10am Truck Campers
RE: Avoiding Nashville -- heading North

Thanks Wadcutter. Exactly what I was looking for. Everyone -- of course we would love to hit Nashville earlier or a lot later ... but it does not seem to calc out that way for the trip. We made bookings now for June '22 as some of the places we want to stay are already at like 75% capacity for that time.
mleekamp 10/08/21 04:04am Roads and Routes
Avoiding Nashville -- heading North

Hey all. Don't get the wrong idea! We love Nashville but want to avoid Friday afternoon/5pm traffic...we are not stopping in Nashville this trip. We have booked a big Florida trip for 2022, ending with a stay in Destin near the beach. The drive home (central IL) will have us on I-65 N ... we have driven thru Nashville this way before a few years ago on a Friday afternoon, and wow, was that painful. Three hour delay (maybe a bit less) crawling thru. I think the best way to avoid is taking I-840 N to I-40 W to Route 46 N to Route 48 N to Clarksville TN, thereby bypassing Nashville. I'm asking has anyone done this or similar? Is there a better way? We are stopping for the nite in Clarksville on the way home so hoping this works.
mleekamp 10/07/21 07:00am Roads and Routes
RE: Needless kaos and carnage on the Beeline highway...

I get it. It's just another reminder, pulling / towing / driving our RV's or not, that we must be fully aware of our surroundings at all times. Nothing you could have done to prevent him from hurting himself...but I guess we can be glad he didn't seem to hurt anyone else. And I agree it's a wreck not accident....90 MPH on a dry sunny day is still asking for trouble, let alone heavy rain doing 80/90. He must have been using rain-x :W
mleekamp 10/06/21 11:11am General RVing Issues
RE: Charging a towed vehicle's battery

Look at eTrailer -- they have Charge Line Kits that are single wire from your RV battery thru the harness to the towed's battery. We've used one for years with no issue. Call them they can get you the right kit.
mleekamp 10/01/21 06:01am Towing
RE: Hanging pictures

MNRon has the answer in my opinion. This is what we do. Small stuff, just 3M strips. Heavier stuff, 3M and a screw or nail, depending. Watch the length of the screw/nail...don't want it poking out the other side!
mleekamp 09/23/21 04:33am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Pensacola area... stuff to do?

Ft. Pickens --- a great Civil War fort with lots of hisotry...on Santa Rosa Island
mleekamp 09/23/21 04:28am Roads and Routes
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