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RE: Wastewater Tote & Fresh Water Containers - Do you use them?

n0arp, sounds like nice set up. We don't have a truck anymore but I'll keep this in mind if we go back to a TT or want to upgrade our setup now. With only 3 weeks a year we can do heavy touring, what we got works for now!
mleekamp 08/03/21 12:51pm Travel Trailers
RE: Wastewater Tote & Fresh Water Containers - Do you use them?

When we had our Travel Trailer (40 gal fresh, 30 gal grey, 20 gal blk) I always carried wastewater tote and freshwater jug. Used the tote once to drain some grey. Used the FW Jug many times to add 5 or 6 gals of water for our last nite or so. Came in handy. But our kids were smaller and, well, needed baths more. Today, in our Class C (43 gal fresh, 41 grey, 32 blk), I only carry the FW Jug. Why? I gave both jugs to the new owner of our TT, and only replaced the FW jug. Worked hard not to need the tote. But then, mostly we camp at places with hookups since we try to stay longer and "tour" or explore the area. Our plan is when we are at a state park or other for several nites w/ only electric, we do a navy bath (wet wash rag, soap, then rinse with water from shower or usually just another clean wet rag). Not perfect but works for a nite or 2. BTW, we opted for a hitch mounted spare tire carrier (our hitch is attached to the frame, not thin tube bumper). Would have loved the BAL under frame carrier but went this way. Can still tow a toad or what not.
mleekamp 08/03/21 12:49pm Travel Trailers
RE: Rivian R1T on-board camp kitchen

Very cool, very nice. I live in Central IL as well...and as a separate note have applied for jobs at Rivian 3 or 4 times to no avail. They have many openings all the time...but seems my 30 years experience as a manufacturing engineer is not needed...oh well. But I know several who have went to work there.
mleekamp 08/02/21 06:25am General RVing Issues
RE: Trekkers Alert: If you're a Star Trek fan...

The Vulcan, AB meusum is now closed and they auctioned all the stuff in 2019, I think. We did the Star Trek experience in Vegas (wife and I only...did not have kids then) in 2001. Made me "sea sick"...we just got off the plane, checked in the Sahara, and went right to the ST experience...the motion part if did not sit well after the flight. I guess i'm more of a land lubber!
mleekamp 07/29/21 06:36am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Star Trek fans

I discovered Star Trek, The Original Series (TOS) at age 14. Watched all the episodes, many times. At age 44 in 2016, when Leonard Nimoy passed, I found myself on netflix watching episodes of TOS. Enter my 13yo daughter. She and I ended up watching all episodes and starting the Next Gen series. She has now watched all series BTW. Spring 2016, we found out the 50th Anv of Star Trek was happening, and Shatner and many others would be in Chicago (we live 150 miles south in Peoria). Tix were expensive to see everyone (because, when would we do this again?) In the end, we met Shatner twice, got pics with everyone, and my daughter could not get over what we just did. Cost us over $3k for a weekend. But the memories... My youngest was into Star Wars, but gravitated to ST. Now, she's more interested in cooking shows and national parks than TV shows. I love it. The best part: My oldest starts college in a few weeks...computer and network engineering...because of Star Trek
mleekamp 07/29/21 06:30am RV Lifestyle
RE: Check you cooling stack!

Nice tip. We have only owned our Class C for 3 years and I've not done this...but I have done this to our cars. And the C spent time this year on dirt/gravel roads down in Texas. Will be checking this out !!!!!!!!
mleekamp 07/29/21 06:20am Tow Vehicles
RE: Trekkers Alert: If you're a Star Trek fan...

ACZL -- Was just going to mention that! We've had the Ticonderoga set on our radar for a few years but have not had the chance to go. Either one would be fun for my family....all fans of the TOS. BTW, William Shatner has actually been to the Ticonderoga NY set and done photo ops...twice I think
mleekamp 07/28/21 06:02am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: I-44 and I-40 Thru Oklahoma

We just travelled from Springfield MO to Amarillo TX, so we drove all the way thru OK on 44 then 40. agesilaus is right....thump thump thump. Our motorhome wheelbase was such that we heard it but didn't bounce that much. However, some years ago, had a truck where we rock'n'rolled I believe due to wheelbase and slab distance, if that makes sense. Point is, I live in IL and the roads here are for the most part "worse" but OK's roads are not that bad. THere are sections where the thump is really bad (loud) but overall, it will be fine. BTW, my biggest complaint for OK roads is why a toll between OK City and Tulsa? Never understood that one.
mleekamp 07/24/21 05:51am Roads and Routes
RE: running boards

We have a 2019 Ford E450 chassis on our Jayco Class C. The running boards are stardard aluminum, wide enough to put half (or more) of your foot on to climb in/out. I would assume they are same as yours. Doing an internet search shows me they are pretty much identical (some were colored all black, some where just the aluminum natural color). I doubt they are specific to Winnebago, as it bolts/attaches to the Ford chassis/cab. Point is, you could check online with autoanything website (just one of many) or go to a local truck accessories shop (where I live near Peoria, IL there are 2) that does running boards, window tint etc. They can look up on an E450 chassis and see what is available. I know you said you don't want to replace but worth checking. Lastly, a suggestion might be a local fab shop. If they are good with aluminum, have them weld/bolt panels to widen them as you wish. The RV portion of the CLass C is like 8 foot wide, but the cab is not...so you have room to play with.
mleekamp 07/15/21 08:48am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Help! Class c house batteries dead. Cannot lift levelers

ndrorder's advice is the same as what I'd give. Check switches first, then do as he mentions. Other than that, since you are home, go get a battery.
mleekamp 06/08/21 01:38pm Tech Issues
RE: Old Question

I regretably took the bypass, thinking it was the best option. That was 10 years ago and I'd guess it's worse now. Sat in traffic for 3 hours + Now, we just cruise straigt thru, no bypass. As said, early Sat or Sun is best. Try to avoid afternoon workday traffic.
mleekamp 06/08/21 01:36pm Roads and Routes
RE: Awning LED Light Strip

We ordered a strip of LED from amazon as well, BUT they are supposed to be for OUTDOORS and waterproof. Yes, I have had them a year and have not installed them. Our Class C did not have them originally, so I'd have to drill a small hole thru in order to get power for them. I just haven't had the desire to drill that hole yet. Point is, there are waterproof/outdoor versions on amazon. Costs more.
mleekamp 06/04/21 04:28am General RVing Issues
RE: Need to Haul Cargo with a Truck registered as an RV (CA)

I don't know CA rules, but you state "I believe the rules are...". I'd make sure what the rules are. Looke them up. I'm sure CA has it on their website. I don't always like the rules, but I always try to "know the rules and play by the rules."
mleekamp 06/01/21 12:23pm Truck Campers
RE: My Water Pump Was Going..........

Good work! Seems a long lost art to finding the root of the problem, be it an RV water pump issue (and seeing the issue literally, not just guessing!), a car/truck, or appliance of some sort. Everyone replaces parts. Anyway, just had to say gave me a kick to see someone find root cause!!!!
mleekamp 05/28/21 07:34am Tech Issues
RE: ? About fort Pickens in Florida

Same here -- has been a few years for us, but when there last we did have local channels via antenna.
mleekamp 05/24/21 04:39am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Is there an online listing for Army Corp of Engineers parks?

Try recreation.gov We use this to book Army Corp of Eng parks, all over the country. Last year, we searched iowa city, and found many great campgrounds around a ****. I have not searched beyond that area yet but it looks like you can.
mleekamp 05/23/21 05:43am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Want your opinion

Considering that right now, and into the forseable future (well into 2022 ? longer?) that RV's, all kinds, are flying off the lot if they land there at all. Everyong is buying new / used RV's, and there are many 1st time buyers. I mention this because finding exactly what you want in a new one could be tricky, but you could most likely order one. I won't speak to build quality -- you and all of us know about that already....especially when folks snap up new ones faster than they can deliver. I actually thougth our local RV dealer was going out of business since it's been 6 months or so since I've seen inventory...yes, there are units there, but when it's a dozen vs. the 200 or so they normally have. Quite the opposite for them...they are booming and can't keep them in stock. Maybe that is pointing out what you already know? Point is, maybe staying the course with your current model, with some maintenance, is good for now. Maybe not all maintenance, but enough to enjoy it. Just my 2 cents!
mleekamp 05/19/21 09:49am Travel Trailers
RE: Adding travel time to Google maps

Though I use a Garmin dash mount GPS, I do use Google maps when planning my route. (Note: I don't have a smartphone hence the Garmin). I actively look for gas stops that are easy in/out, other stops, etc. To answer your question, if Google says 5 hours (your example) on an A to B route (meaning: no big stops other than maybe gas), I will add 1 to 1.5 hours of time. Keep in mind Google figures time based on speedlimits and other factors, and it does not consider RV speeds...so yes, i do add time.
mleekamp 05/15/21 08:18am Roads and Routes
RE: Heelllooooo

NICE. What lake is that on?
mleekamp 05/05/21 08:05am Toy Haulers
RE: Recommendation on 2nd AC

We've always had 1 AC unit. But in our class C, last summer, we experienced extreme heat and I looked deep into a 2nd unit. Controls on the unit, and I'd add a male plug to a storage bin, so that I can plug it in at a campsite in the 20A outlet. Our issue was keeping back bedroom cool -- it would hit 78 to 81 deg in dead of summer. And rest of unit was only 77to 79. Add to that 4 of us plus 2 dogs...so lots of heat. HOWEVER, I ended up trying a $9 camco roof vent cover. Yes, we have the external vent covers, but this is soft with reflective material on one side. Fits in the vent on the inside...and wow...it made a huge difference. We have 2 vents and a skylight...so lots of heat loss/heat gain (depending on season). Sure, another AC unit would be even better...but for now, I saved on the cost and pain of install with 3 covers at $9 to $11 each. Note I looked heavily at eTrailer for the AC unit -- better cost, all the parts you need, and tech help.
mleekamp 04/23/21 07:14am Travel Trailers
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