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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 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 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 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 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 made a huge difference. We have 2 vents and a 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
RE: New Hampshire to Yellowstone

My suggestions stem from places I've been, but you may or may not be interested in. We are heading to the Black Hills in SD this summer, with another week in the Bighorn Mtns. Not our first trip but always so much to see/do. Here are some ideas: -- Rock n Roll Hall of Fame Museum in Cleveland (depends on your interest) -- Wisconsin Dells (the route you mention takes you on outskirts). Touristy for sure, but can be fun to visit shops, golf, mini-golf, restaruants, etc. -- On I-90 at Worthington, MN, North of there is Walnut Grove, home of the Ingalls family from Little House on the Prairie fame. Small museum and house tour. -- Mitchel SD, famous corn palace. I've driven by and it's something to look at but never been in. -- 1880 Town on I-90 in SD. Can't miss it -- signs leading up to it both directions. If you liked 'dances with wolves' starring Kevin Costner, they have many pieces from that film. Besides that, these are all historical buildings from the old west put in a unique town. My kids loved it, and wife and I still stop every much to see in the town. -- Wall Drug -- laugh if you must, but we love the 5 cent coffee (really), the fresh donuts, and the lunch plate specials. Junk shop for sure....but still fun to roam around and rest. -- Badlands National Park in Wall SD: worth the drive thru and visit. Something to see -- Minute Men National Missle Historic Site (near wall on the eastern side): visit a real nuke silo and museum. Something to see! -- Devil's Tower National Monument: there is a KOA right next door -- something to really see -- hike around the volcano -- Bighorn National Forest: beautiful. Most campsites have no hookups but there are FU sites in towns on the eastern side of the mtns. -- Cody, WY: visit the buffalo bill museum of the west. Visit the IRMA hotel, built by buffalo bill. Many other shops and things to see here -- Old Trail Town just west of Cody: more historical buildings and cabins. Visit Hole in Wall saloon, famous for butch cassidy & sundance kid visiting (not the actors-- the real deal!) --
mleekamp 04/22/21 12:00pm Roads and Routes
RE: RV parks around Chattanooga and Vicksburg

x2 on Holiday Travel Park on the Chattanooga/GA line. You exit in TN, drive about 1 mile south over the border, you hit the park. We stayed at Raccoon Mtn campground many years ago just West of worked....but many permanent trailers there and the whole place looked 'bad'. When we found Holiday, we have not looked back...stayed at Holiday maybe 6 or 7 times....on our way to FL.
mleekamp 04/16/21 06:06am Tech Issues
New Camping World of Braidwood IL - Grand Opening

Thought I'd share this -- just saw an advert and didn't know there was a new one. I live near Peoria IL and we have a few family run RV dealers, so this is new. Never bought an RV from a Camping World but have on occasion stopped in one on a trip for supplies / repair parts. Grand opening April 23-25. Check it out. Braidwood IL is 108m/2hrs from Peoria and 60m/1hr from Chicago (burbs closer). Braidwood Camping World
mleekamp 04/09/21 04:33am RV Lifestyle
RE: Emerald Coast Florida, campground advice

We love Topsail, but you need reservations 11 months in advance it seems. Recently, we booked Emerald Coast RV Park in Panama City FL. Yes, 50 miles east of Destin but still sort of on the panhandle. Looks like its very popular and well received. FHU all day long. Your 36 foot 5vr should fit fine.
mleekamp 04/01/21 04:44am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Nashville Tn. in late June

Right on Music Valley Dr where you are staying, are 2 other campgrounds....we have stayed twice at Two Rivers, right next door to the KOA. It's smaller, but family run. There is also the Nashville RV resort on the same street. I'd say that any of the 3, which includes the KOA you choose, is a fine choice. We too liked the central and yet easy in/out location. Personally, we like more open spaces but for camping inside Nashville, the 3 on Music Valley Dr can't be beat.
mleekamp 03/26/21 06:39am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: I can't figure out how to use

I will add that we have used it several times, most recently to book 5 days at Sugar Bottom campground on the Iowa River at Iowa City, IA. I knew they had some full hookup sites, and since we were staying longer than a weekend, thought that would be great. But the FU loop shows water/elec, and ONLY after you dive way down into the details of the campsite, does "amenities' show that it does have a sewer hookup. Point is, not always easy to find the "amenities" you want. It can say FU, but only show water/elec. Kind of strange to me. On a positive note, at that campground, just so happens google maps has a full drive thru of every I could see in a recent pic that indeed, the site we picked has sewer.
mleekamp 03/23/21 06:40am Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: For Those of You That Flat Tow

I was about to post this after seeing it on the news. YIKES! It literally blew out the bottom of the engine...crank is gone. They said the engine was turning at 50,000 RPM....yes, 50k RPM in low range. WOW. And $30k to fix.
mleekamp 03/18/21 10:30am General RVing Issues
RE: It was a windy day

Wow. "The trucks safety chains helped it from falling". I had to keep looking to realize there was a TT being towed. So basically, the chains/TT connection saved them. Wow.
mleekamp 03/16/21 06:59am General RVing Issues
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