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RE: Interstate 80 thru Wyoming and Nebraska

As Bionic said, it can be challenging, but doable. We've done it a few times. With a truck and trailer, I found it a weird sensation to steer the direction the wind was blowing, complete opposite as you'd expect. Why? THe trailer is a brick, and is being pushed. Conversely, the truck was being "steered" into the wind. Hence, steering with (not into) the wind. Hard to explain, I have no graphics. Bottome line: It came naturally to do without much thought. You just keep in your lane. I have not driven my Class C thru WY, but if I did the opposite would be true. I'm driving the brick, and I steer into the wind. On one trip accross SD, we stopped off for an hour due to high winds. I parked so the back of our TT was getting the wind.
mleekamp 01/21/20 05:09am Class A Motorhomes
RE: asking for suggestions/opinions

I think you've already said it .. "because I want one". Doubt any other pro/cons will help. However, my folks bought a large 5vr years ago, new, for one of the reasons you list...grandkids. I know you said 5+ years away. Point is, my folks never camped more than a few hours from home and often had some or all grandkids with them. Always had room. So to me that was the reasoning behind their purchase. If you want to go "easy" as you say, for ease of towing/hookups, might I suggest a Class C. You can find them all day long, new and used, and they have zero hookups unless you want to tow a car behind. If you did not want to tow behind, have the wife drive behind you for the cost savings, if you needed a dinghy. With a C, you can drive it to your campsite, back in, and done (minus electric hookup). My 2 cents.
mleekamp 01/20/20 08:56am General RVing Issues
RE: Full Hookup Sites on Lake Michigan

I like using a travel cup with a lid...always looks like I'm drinking coffee. Sometimes I am. Also, I'd accept can coozies as an answer.
mleekamp 01/13/20 10:21am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Topsail Hill Preserve SP Destin FL -- JULY site available

Awesome! Glad you got it! We were going to do Disney Ft. Wilderness for a week, then Topsail. We've done that trip before. A friend I've had since we were 7 years old moved to Co. Springs. Haven't seen him in a few years...and when I checked Cheyenne Mtn SP for a site (incredible park if you've not been there!) they had a few spots. So, change of plans. Maybe next year we will get back to Topsail.
mleekamp 01/12/20 04:15am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: First trip with new baby advice

We did it when our oldest was 4 months old. We started small...lot of state parks within 3 hours of home. By the time she was 2, we were in other states. For us, both pulling a TT and a baby were new to us, so we didn't push it too much on either side. By the time we had our 2nd, at 3yrs old we were pulling out TT from IL to FL for Disney. Multiple day drive. So, yeah, when the kids are used to it, it just works. They knew young that this is what we do.
mleekamp 01/12/20 04:10am Family Camping
Topsail Hill Preserve SP Destin FL -- JULY site available

First come, first serve! We changed our camping plans, and are heading to Colorado in July to visit a friend who just moved there. Barely got a site at Cheyenne Mountain SP. So, our site, #35 loop 101 at Topsail Hill Preserve SP in Destin FL for July 19-24 (checking out 24th), is now OPEN -- we just cancelled it. July is the busiest and probably hardest month to get a site there...so go get it!!!!!!! **Just checked -- it's LITERALLY the ONLY CAMPSITE OPEN for that week -- the one we just cancelled.
mleekamp 01/11/20 04:59am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: It could have went bad!

Our first TT -- a small Starcraft 16 footer, single axle. Got to campsite, unhooked from truck, and !!!!!!!!!!! forgot to chock the axle! She rolled back into a tree, low speed, minor incline, no real damage except small dent in the thin tube bumper on the TT, and huge damage to the old ego as other campers watched it unfold. Needless to say, that's the one thing I've never forgot again..chocking axles!
mleekamp 01/09/20 12:47pm General RVing Issues
RE: Rv beach sites

I'll give a big secret away -- Topsail Hill Preserve State Park just outside Destin on the east side. Full hookups, palm trees, and a tram to take you the just under a mile to the beach. And, best part, it's the same beach as Destin, which you can see filled with people. Topsail will have the campers there, but MUCH LESS CROWDED! It's one of those special camping places, to us anyways. And, of course, you are near Destin and all that stuff.
mleekamp 01/08/20 06:01am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Metropolis IL

We've parked at Harrah's casino, just 4 blocks away, corner of Ferry and 2nd. There is RV parking and semi truck parking. Parking in front of the casino (on the left) is for cars; on the right is "OVERSIZED PARKING"...tour buses, RV's, etc.
mleekamp 01/02/20 06:37am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Visiting Family in Memphis, need safe rv park

Tom Sawyer is our choice. We've also done Graceland RV Park next to Elvis' Graceland. Expensive. Seemed okay, but you want peace and quiet, go to Tom Sawyer.
mleekamp 12/19/19 05:17am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Making new center console UPDATE!

That's nice work! While we have a "C" and not an "A", I also have issue with the touch screen radio/CD/DVD/Nav system. I literally can't see it due to the angle I'm sitting, the angle it is (facing straight back), and glare. Thankfully, we have a passenger (either my wife or oldest daughter) who will sit up front and change the tunes or whatever. I use a Garmin GPS that sits on the dash so I solved my similar issue a different way...BUT, way to go on the upgraded console!
mleekamp 12/09/19 05:34am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Tailgate Step Suggestions?

I carry a 3-step stepstool. It's useful for getting in the bed and at the campground, and when not camping, in my garage. $30 bucks (avg) from menards. and you can use it when hitched!
mleekamp 12/04/19 06:08am Tow Vehicles
RE: Dash camera recommendations

I use the one shown below, bought off amazon. You do need a micro SD card, and the dash cam itself is $70 with the SD card about $10. I used another brand dash cam that did not work for more than a year. The AUKEY that we have now has excellent video and night video, and loops to record 3 hours +, with writing files over itself unless you want to hit the save button or there is an accident and it saves automatically. We have 5 of these dash cams, one for each car and the RV. Yes, there are fancier units with rear view, but this version worked for us. There are cheaper versions, but that bit us as I've said. Thankfully we've never had an accident and needed it, but I've saved a few near misses that had the heart pumping. Search this on Amazon and check it out. Highly rated, good quality so far. AUKEY Dash Cam, 1080P Dashboard Camera Recorder, 6-Lane 170 Degree Wide Angle Lens, Supercapacitor, G-Sensor and Clear Nighttime Recording
mleekamp 11/27/19 06:04am Tech Issues
RE: V 10 mpg

We have a 34 foot Jayco Redhawk (2019) with the 6 speed. We are at 8.5 not towing, and 8.0 with the Jeep. I've gotten 7.5 with headwind, and 8.2 with tailwind towing our Jeep. I will say that my "old" F150 with a 5.0L v8 and 6 speed was 15.5 to 16.0 MPG not towing. However, we have a 2019 F150, 5.0L v8 and now the new 10 speed transmission. Same exact set up (crew cab, tow pkge, tire sizes). The 10 speed gets me 17.5 MPG not towing...with the 5.0 having a few more ponies as well. Point is...would love to see that 10 speed in a motorhome.
mleekamp 11/25/19 02:15pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Anybody else have trouble packing for camping

My issue is spring time. When we winterize in late Oct/early Nov, we take certain things out of our camper...mostly all the food. We also bag up beddings, pillows, stuff like that and put in the attic (mostly just in case Mickey comes for a visit in the camper). Point is....in spring, it's exciting yet a "task" to re-stock toiletries and food stuffs. But, like most have said, normally, we just throw a few pieces of clothing in. For food, we do a list, stock the unit, and we are off. Not a big deal.
mleekamp 11/22/19 01:07pm General RVing Issues
RE: Easy Peasy OTR Meals

Another fun item for kids and adults -- NAAN bread. We will use a bit of oil on the bottom of the naan bread, add pizza sauce, toppings, cheese, etc. Heat in the toaster oven or even in a cast iron skillet with a lid. Those are quick and are also a great 1st nite meal.
mleekamp 11/18/19 08:29am Camp Cooks and Connoisseurs
RE: Easy Peasy OTR Meals

On travel days, we find a reststop or similar, and make sandwiches in the back (our old TT or the C). And as mentioned by the OP, the $5 rotisserie chickens are great...we de-bone before hand and have the chicken in a container that fits our fridge. Sometimes we can microwave the chicken, add some BBQ, and make a quick BBQ chicken sandwich. Awesome. And as mentioned, 1st nite after a long travel day we rarely cook big. Usually, we will fry up hamburger, add taco seasoning, and do spoon tacos using Frito's. Takes like 10-15 mins and is fun.
mleekamp 11/18/19 08:26am Camp Cooks and Connoisseurs
RE: Midsize car for towing

Subaru's have mid-2000 lb ratings. The biggest limiting factory of the ratings on any car is the CVT transmissions. More and more, cars are made w/o conventional gear based transmissions, limiting what they can do...this is why you don't see CVT trans cars/suv's able to be towed all 4 wheels down behind a motorhome.
mleekamp 11/17/19 04:12am Tow Vehicles
RE: Current crop of SUV'S

I agree SUV's are not SUV's. My wife has a 2016 Subaru Outback...it's called a "wagon" in marketing lit, and the title says "wagon". I have made a few friends unhappy calling their SUV a "wagon" or "minivan". Yes, i do it for the friction and discussion afterwards. Anyway, point I'm making is I too miss the old wagons that could pull a small trailer. A great pic I have from 1981, when I was a 9 year old lad, is my dad hooking up our 1972 Buick Electra 225, full frame and 455 cubic inch 4 door family car, to our Shasta 29 foot bunkhouse TT (no slide outs!). We had many a family trips in that set up. Don't ask me weights, because I have no idea. But it did have weight distribution set up.
mleekamp 11/15/19 06:37am Tow Vehicles
RE: Roadside America.

I use that site on every trip...to see what we will pass and if it's worth it to stop. Sometimes, we even go a few miles (or more) out of the way for a fun photo.
mleekamp 11/13/19 06:50am General RVing Issues
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