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RE: When to replace the hitch pin?

x2 on everything opnspaces said. I not only keep an extra hitch pin, but a few extra clips as I find they walk off on occasion...and it's NEVER my fault. ;)
mleekamp 08/04/23 08:13am Towing
RE: 2005 E450 Ford V10 intermittent misfires

I'm not a fan of replacing parts in hope it will cure the ailment. Sometimes we need to, but I'd dig deeper and find root cause. It may not throw a code, but reading data while driving (having co-pilot to help) would be better. Could be a long list of things from plugs, coil pack, and more. Having had a V10 in a C, I've not experienced the misfire issue. Hopefully you can gather more info, perform a few tests first. **real life example: my friend had intermittent issue with a zero turn not starting, not even turning over. He began replacing parts...battery (twice), starter, coil, some other items...turns out, after all that, he mentions it to me...and after 30 seconds of looking at it, I saw a loose ground to frame. That did it. Not saying yours is that easy...but in this case, $500+ spent and turns out issue was to put the proper lockwasher on the ground to keep it tight. Issues such as random misfire can be hard to diagnose.
mleekamp 08/04/23 08:09am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Power tongue jack mod

That's great! We currently have a manual jack but in looking at motorized, I see this is an issue. Great video. THANK YOU :C
mleekamp 07/24/23 07:43am Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: What the heck?……..

When camping, I always enjoy a good pass the time. Preferably outside, sitting in a camp chair. With a beverage. Dog at my feet. And for the past few years, if we watch TV in the camper, it' usually Little house on the prairie DVD -- always seems fitting to watch when camping. But that's just me!
mleekamp 07/14/23 07:12am General RVing Issues
RE: Has anyone replaced a switch for their Onan generator?

I have not replaced one, but a few years ago on our Class C, the inside switch didn't work. Since we were camping, I used the switch directly on the gen. The next morning, as i was trying to figure out why the sw didn't work, it did. And continued for few more years. Who knows. Sorry, not helping with your issue, but it's FYI
mleekamp 07/13/23 06:29am Tech Issues
RE: Yellowstone east entrance

Yes. Ours at the time was a 32 foot TT, not a fifth, but still it was fine. As mentioned, easy pace, gears, it's all good. Note we also left the park that way. (did yellowstone, then tetons, then back thru yellowstone to south dakota)
mleekamp 07/07/23 07:04am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Schwintek slide out system failure - brand new TT

Thanks for the comments and suggestions. Just looking forward to repair complete and then decide next steps. We paid $Cash$ for the darn which could be earning interest in a CD, instead of being tied up in an unusable TT. And we know if we do sell/trade, we will (a) loose 1/3 or more (I'm betting on half) of the money sunk in, and (b) pass the issue down the line to someone else; sure it will be fixed, but sounds like might happen again. In time.
mleekamp 06/28/23 06:56am Travel Trailers
Schwintek slide out system failure - brand new TT

I'm not really asking a question; more like blowing off steam. After years of big TT's, one slide in truck camper, and a new Class C that we had for 5 years, we moved to a smaller TT for wife and I that would allow our grown daughters to come with, as one is just out of college and and another has couple years of HS left. 2022 Forest River Cherokee Wolf Pup 17JG. Nice layout. Single axle. Schwintek slide out system which I've never had before. Yes, this was a left over '22 that we purchased new in April this year. I've not posted about this issue yet, and after the phone call today from the dealer I felt I should. *** This is NOT a dealer issue! 1st time camping in our new unit was in May, just before Memorial weekend. Local state park not too busy. Trip uneventful, until we got home. You can't access back half of trailer, including fridge, with slide in. We have a space for the unit on side of garage, a concrete pad with 30A hookup. Slideout would not move except one side. After hours of asking mr. google his opinion, and mr. u-tube to show me how to reset the slide controller, it took wife and I an hour to locate it. Controller, which we don't think any of our other units had since they were not schwintek, is directly UNDER the slide, near the floor. All videos show the controller accessable when slide is OUT (most common sticking point it seems. But when stuck in, there is simply no accessing it. I made a decision to cut a small 6"x6" access hole in the slide out floor in order to do the reset procedure. Short of it is, we did the procedure 3 times. Nothing. Next day (Monday) tried it again. Nothing. I'm leaving the parts out about the colorful things I had to say about the trailer, but will say I kept thinking it should just "roll back" into the gulley behind the garage. Unfortunately, it didn't...I had wheel chocks in place pretty well. Oh well. Calling the dealer, they could not get me in until June 26. This was May 22. We had booked 2 weeks in Pigeon Forge/Smoky Mtns at a nice RV park that we've tried to get before. For some reason, steam filled the room (from my ears). I made the appointment. I also called 2 other local RV tech's -- 1 a mobile and 1 a shop. They mobil guy said he'd get me in "next week". He never showed and now won't answer phone. The shop said mid-August. Anyway, I took it to RV dealer yesterday, and the whole schwintek system is to be replaced ... what parts that means I don't know. But there are just over 20 trailers ahead of mine with SAME issue (not all wolf pup's), and about a 6 week lead time. Oh, and because the access hole I made is right where a roller will roll when the slide moves, the floor of the slide out has to be replaced, NOT covered under warranty. The guy did say that just about half of the units they are working on, a hole was cut with same issue...controller under slide, in-accessable. Anyway, sometime this fall when the trailer is done, it's going up for sale. Yes, all paperwork will go with it, and the issue with the controller, slide, etc will be known to those who look/buy. Oh, and we cancelled our Pigeon Forge rv park site at the cost of 1 nite, and were able to book a log cabin in the area. Still had fun. Have never felt so defeated on well, anything like that. Used it 2 nites. And now, floor replacement or not, won't have it back until most likely September.
mleekamp 06/27/23 09:00am Travel Trailers
RE: Family Reunion Cuisine

I love Kent Rollins' recipe's for the blackstone griddle. Sounds good. ***I might need new glasses prescription -- or make the font bigger in my browser -- I read your title as "Family Reunion CRUISE" ... not cuisine.
mleekamp 04/27/23 11:35am Camp Cooks and Connoisseurs
RE: Advance booking for Fishing Bridge & Coulter Bay RV parks

Thanks, rr I swear I searched their site and never found it...maybe it was in middle of an update to their site or I'm just in the wrong place. Either way, a search again showed me. But earlier this morning, nothing. Hmmm....
mleekamp 03/27/23 09:45am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
Advance booking for Fishing Bridge & Coulter Bay RV parks

Hey All, It has been a long time since we camped at Coulter Bay in Teton NP and Fishing Bridge at Yellowstone. I'm getting mixed answers off a general internet search, and can't seem to find the answer on the NP website. How soon in advance can I book Fishing Bridge for June 2024? How soon in advance can I book Coulter Bay RV park in Tetons? Appreciate the info as again, I'm getting mixed and varied answers. Where is this info on their websites?
mleekamp 03/27/23 07:44am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
Back in a TT: F.R. Cherokee Wolf Pup 17JG

Well, full circle sort of. From slide in when it was just 2 of us, to several TT's that took us around this great country, to a new Class C motorhome that was awesome to have, we are now back to a TT. Honestly, thought we'd have the C longer, but after couple years of low use and trying to pay for daughter's college out of pocket vs. loans, we sold the C. Thought it would be few years before doing anything RV related again. We were wrong! Will all going on in our lives (one kid in HS marching band), one about to graduate, and helping care for elderly grandfather, we won't be traveling/camping as we had hoped. So a small TT is the answer! Forest River Cherokee Wolf Pup 17JG is to be picked up this Saturday at Cheyenne Camping Center in Walcott IA. Best price within half day drive, and a great little layout for us, knowing that kids may or may not come with. Lightweight at 3800 lbs dry, single axle. Anyway, just booked a week at Up the Creek RV camp in Pigeon Forge TN for June -- about the only time we can get away for a week this year.
mleekamp 03/16/23 07:03am Travel Trailers
RE: Time to sell questions

I'd try RVTrader. That's where people looking specifically for RV's tend to look. Spend a few bucks, take LOTS of GOOD pictures, price it right, and you're off to the races. Another word of advice. If you decide on a price, and you see little or no activity, be ready to systematically drop your price. You might have to do it several times, but you will eventually "find the market" and it will sell. Best of luck in your efforts. 110% agree. Last year, we needed to sell our 2018 Class C. Used RV Trader. The $100 or $150 (forget exactly) was worth it. Trying to pay for oldest daughter's college out of pocket no loans. Her 529 dried up, and last 2 semesters had a combined $8k increase. Ugh. Point is, We priced ours at $1k under similar private sales. After a few tire kickers (not literally -- just folks asking if still available) we dropped price by $5k, and sold it. Picked up new owners from airport, spent an hour and half going over things, drove to bank and did the financials, and off they went. MY OBSERVATION: RV's of similar make, year, etc on RV TRADER were for sale MONTHS before ours went up, and were for sale MONTHS after. They priced themselves too high. I also see on craigslist, many rv's with a few pics and no info. No one bothers to look. We had nice photos, lenthy description, and RV trader is national. Worth it.
mleekamp 03/16/23 06:55am Travel Trailers
RE: Purchasing a Used Truck?

When I was 16 back in the mid 80's, it was not unusual for my friends and I, who all worked low paying jobs, to spend our money on a $50 to $200 beater (yes, back when a 20 year old rusty Buick or Olds was not worth much) and play in the field with them. We did really stupid stuff with them and seemed to need a "new" beater each year until we "grew up". But when I see this stuff, no matter how much money I have or will have, i doubt I'd ever take a $75k (or whatever price) new truck and do this. Old age? Naw, I just can't waste that kind of money!!!!!1
mleekamp 01/16/23 07:44am Tow Vehicles
RE: Worlds talest RV

Love it! Raise it up to get the will always have a view with this thing! Just watch that first step in the morning....
mleekamp 12/01/22 07:31am General RVing Issues
RE: More and more instant hot water systems

We have a tankless at home, going on 7 years now. We love it and since it's on the other side of the wall from the shower, hot water comes about the same time as it did with a tank....very quickly. For our RV's we've owned, they have always had 6 gal tank heaters. I do like the tank heater in an RV since I can heat the 6 gal in the morning, and it tends to stay hot all day for when you need it (like dishes or hand washing) without using more gas. 80% plus of our camping is in summer. Can't tell you how many times I took a shower without hot water at all...because I never turned it on. Usually in the summer months the water is warm (for me) already. Lastly I'll say this: I can see the value of tankless and tank....most likely one of 2 things is happening: (1) its a cost savings of some kind for RV manufacturers to install or (2) its a feature being put in to show RV's are keeping up with the times (so to speak).
mleekamp 10/26/22 07:53am Travel Trailers
RE: Likely to regret

Agree with Rick & Nick. Most likely you eliminated state parks, and a lot of private parks as well. The Ford / Chevy / Dodge 1 tons, pulling the 30, will get you in just about everywhere.
mleekamp 10/24/22 06:48am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Rental Cars-Anchorage June/July completel booked

Due to time constraints, we've looked at flying to Anchorage and renting car for a 10 day tour of the state. That soon moved to renting an RV (never thought I would!), then moved to WOW it's so expensive. Flight, Class C rv rental, food, etc, was going to be 12k min. for our family. With a kid in college and one soon to start, we backed off. Point is, yes, cars and even 4x4's are more expensive there, but I agree it would be worth it.
mleekamp 10/18/22 08:02am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Smaller tanks

You could also carry 1 extra 20lb tank for just such a need. Instead of replacing the 33's, use a 20 and a 33, and replace the 20 as needed. I don't know, there are many ways to do it. Years ago, on our Salem TT, we had 2 - 20's since new. I added a third to storage, and could rotate out as needed. Different, but just a thought.
mleekamp 10/12/22 09:00am Travel Trailers
RE: 2004 Forest River Georgetown - questions

Would be worth the fee to pay to have it inspected. Mechanically both the Ford chassis and the RV systems. Make sure all RV systems work (fridge, furnance, AC, etc). Not that an issue or two would stop your purchase, but if it's fixable and/or you can negotiate that into the sale, that is best. Other things to consider during inspection: need tires? Brakes? fluids (brake, coolant)? critical inspection of roof. Etc. Etc.
mleekamp 10/05/22 06:53am Class A Motorhomes
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