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Where to sell a Toad

Is there a website that is ideal for selling a vehicle set up as a dinghy or is craigslist it? I hoped to find someone interested in the vehicle with brake system, towbar, etc. Thanks for the input.
mleekamp 09/14/20 05:33am Dinghy Towing
RE: First quickie mods to my new to me Redhawk 22J

Oh, forgot to mention::: Ours came with a ladder, but I had to add grip tape on the was painted and smooth metal, and DANGEROUS for my girls with socks on. Looks like your ladder is not that way.
mleekamp 09/10/20 04:30am Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: First quickie mods to my new to me Redhawk 22J

We also have a Jayco Redhawk, but different floor plan. We did the exact same mod of covering the bracking in the dinete with black (in our case) duct tape, and did it for the exact same reason. Funny thing is, we did it to our travel trailer we owned before hand as well. One other thing we did, was buy rectangular plastic baskets/bins for about a buck or 2 each, for the kitchen cabinets. We put canned goods, foods, etc in the bins to keep them sorted and stable.
mleekamp 09/10/20 04:29am Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Class C Specifications

I too was lacking info when looking at C's a few years ago. I found that the model we were interested in, the best place was on the yellow sticker on the unit itself. Not ideal. Our C dry weight is 11,807lbs (with full propane tank and full fuel tank). It's a 33' C with one slide. I have the original brocure, both paper and PDF -- it lists basics like grey/black/fresh water tank volumes, basic dimensions. I had a hard time even finding out if we had a 15k or 13.5k AC unit. Strange.
mleekamp 09/08/20 08:03am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Water at furnace creek in Death Valley np

The price sure has sky-rocketed, I paid a lot less than $10 for ours. It's showing $8.36 on Amazon as of 9/7/20
mleekamp 09/07/20 07:33am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: 03 Gulf Stream Class C E450 Super Duty Slug when climbing...

As carringb said, we need info (weights, etc) It's normal for your C to slow down at 'full load' (numbers?) going up a steep grade. The V10 in your E450 is a great engine and can rev all day long. Not sure of your weights but mine is just under 12k unloaded, and I pull a 3k jeep behind me. So yeah, I slow down too. I've never felt my C on the E450 chassis was a slug. You can't expect to maintain 65 or even 55 on that steep a grade. I'd say 35 to 45 seems about right. Also, as carringb stated, as long as your maintenance is good, including tire pressures, air filter, oils, etc, it should be fine. Lastly, the higher you go, the less oxygen (which is why humans tend to breathe harder the higher you go). Same with an engine...less oxygen, less power. Normal. Turbocharged engines (like the ecoboost Ford has) has less issue with elevation because it's forcing more air into the mix. If you have it looked at, be sure to state exactly the conditions. They will most likely say same thing...normal. It's a huge amount of weight to go up a big mountain.
mleekamp 09/04/20 12:19pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Avoiding AFS/VVT issues in next truck

Personally, I'd keep the '02 3500 with the 8.1 and sell the '15. I'd put up with the minor issues with the '02 or spent a few bucks and fix them at once. The 8.1 will last a looooooong time. Just my 2 cents.
mleekamp 08/31/20 12:35pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 32 Foot Class A vs 32 Foot Class C

We moved from a TT to a Class C, so here are a few points from my perspective: You will have limited visibility in a C. Watch how you pull to an intersection at a light...the overhang can block the light. When making turns at an intersection where you have to stop and look, stay back enough to SEE on the your left (as if turning right onto another street). Maybe the same with an A on that one. We looked at both and indeed we liked the more usable floor space in an A -- driver/pass chairs can usually be swiveled to use as seating. In a C, not so much. In fact, in a C, the driver area is lower than the floor of the living space. So why did we go with a C? Large overhead bunk (the overhang) is great for storage and sleeping. Price point much lower (we bought new). For a simiar A, we would have a gasser and most likely would be same Ford V10. We do have hydraulic leveling...we added it after. As far as getting up to move about, we don't do it regardless. Can be dangerous and we usually plan a trip with a rest stop every hour or 2 since we bring dogs with us. Our C has a ton of storage ... I mean it has a huge cavernous basement, with lots of smaller storage areas no big advantage to the A. Bottom line: we found the C (for us) had better pricing, had decent layouts to choose from, had a generator and leveling jacks were optional, and simply put -- fit our needs. The thing to remember is an RV can be about compromise ... give up something to get another. Occasionally you find an RV (A, C, B, TT, etc) that fits your needs perfecting you don't feel like it's a compromise. That, to me, is ideal. For us, a TT was perfect...we could pay cash and I had no "extra" drivetrain to care for (engine in the motorhome). But, we could also not stop and see things on our journey..."worlds largest ball of twine" and other such things...because we could not run our AC while parked in a TT. The C for us fit our needs. Lastly, length as you mention is important. Ours is 33 feet long. We can fit just about, but not all, places we want to go. Longer and yes, it can be an issue.
mleekamp 08/26/20 05:01am Beginning RVing
RE: Front cap "cave ins"

Most likely caused by lack of structure or support behind the cap. There is a frame on the "outside" edges of the cap, but maybe not enough (or any?) cross support going horizontal. Our last TT had an aluminum cap, really just a sheet of aluminium with the brand logo stickered on. Ours had a few support bars and did not collapse or push in while towing. It would most likely be unusual to see huge concave areas on front caps while towing, but who knows.
mleekamp 08/24/20 04:01am Travel Trailers
RE: Flat towing Jeep Wrangler JKU?

We tow a 2000 Wrangler TJ (not JKU) but here's our set up and costs, which you could mimic to a degree if it satisfy's your need. All our items ordered from eTrailer -- best prices and free shipping on our orders: Tow Bar: Curt Front Bumper Tow Bar (we have steel might need base plates and different bar). We opted for solid bar vs. the telescoping bars that cost nearly a grand. C19745 ... $100 Safety cables: RoadMaster 68" Single Hook, Coiled Safety Cables - 6,000 lbs - RM-643 ... $70 Aux Brake system for Jeep: Roadmaster InvisiBrake Supplemental Braking System. Item # RM-8700 ... $950 Charging system line (charges Jeep battery while towing): Roadmaster Battery Charge Line Kit for Towed Vehicles - RM-156-25 ... $30 Tow lights: We used magnetic lights, to not splice in or factory wiring, since there was no "plug n play" as there most likely is on your JKU. Heavy Duty Magnetic Tow Lights - 20' Wiring Harness with 4-Way Flat Trailer Connector Item # TL21RK ... $38 Cord between Motorhome and Jeep: Hopkins Nite-Glow Tow Bar Extension Cord w/ Socket - Coiled - 7-Way RV to 6-Way Round - 8' Long Item # HM47054 ... $67 Tax on the above order: $75 Shipping: $0 Total cost: $1,260. I installed it all myself over the course of 2 weekends. I could do it in 2 days now...a professional in a day.
mleekamp 08/21/20 04:56am Tow Vehicles
RE: Best bang for the buck E-450 suspension upgrade

I just upgraded to Hellwig front and rear sway bars on our E-450 chassis. WOW -- what a difference. Our first big trip I was all over the road. Now, I'm not constantly trying to keep her straight -- she tracks straight at highway speeds now. I installed them myself -- drove up on blocks for the front but rear was fine as is. Easy enough -- but can be cumbersome without air tools. Total cost: about $650. For the other items mentioned in this thread: Our coach is a Jayco and they already put extra leaf springs in. I have not considered shocks -- but may in the future. We only have 4k miles on the unit. Alignment -- something on my list. Steering wheel looks like I'm turning right when driving -- and as others said, the camber might be tuned in better. Overall, the E-450 chassis is a good one, and with a little help it should last a LONG time.
mleekamp 08/20/20 07:31am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Subaru Ascent towing 4,400 pounds

Wife drives an Outback and it's a great car...but not designed for towing. Sure, ours says 2700lbs towing capacity, but no way would I do it. Four of us, suitcases, roof top carrier with beach stuff (and dirty laundry on way home) and you can FEEL the weight. Ours says no WDH as well. Then again, we don't tow with's a grocery getter and people mover.
mleekamp 08/19/20 08:50am Tow Vehicles
RE: Totaled vehicles...sometimes surprising.

In Jan 2019, I bought a used 2005 Jeep Wrangler for a dinghy for our new C. I picked it up in SLC, Utah, and began the drive home -- 900 miles. Just east of Des Moines, IA, hit black ice (dozens of cars off the road) and rolled the Jeep 3 times. Cut myself out of the seat belt. Roof came off, body damaged and it rested on it's side. Stayed there 2 days until weather cleared up to get it out. Totaled. Got a call 6 months later, from the guy who bought it...AT A USED CAR LOT! How did he know me? My papers were still in the glove box. I was 250 miles from home, so no, I didn't go back and collect my things. He told me about all the problems he's having and asked why I traded it in. I told him the story...and said how the hell did you buy it? He knew it had a salvage title, but dealer told him it was minor (it was NOT). Anyway, I told him good paid out and totaled it. Was out of my hands. I don't know the answer -- but got to be some better way of not letting true totaled vehicles back on the road. Minor damage that costs more to fix than it's worth is another thing.
mleekamp 08/10/20 10:27am Tow Vehicles
RE: Setting up 2016 Jeep JKU for flat towing

Glad you have the plug and play option on the lights! That is why I went with the magnetic style, as I didn't have the plug in option.
mleekamp 08/06/20 05:51am Dinghy Towing
RE: Setting up 2016 Jeep JKU for flat towing

I also tow a Jeep -- a 2000 TJ model. You asked about lights, and I choose to do a magnetic light kit from etrailer. I prefered not to splice into the wiring, as these allowed me to wire to the front 6 pin connector I put on my Jeep. When I hit the brakes on the motorhome, not only do these magnetic lights light up, but my Invisibrake activates. When not in use, I move the lights to the inside of the Jeep behind back seat. Check out etrailer (i'm an actual customer!) and give their tech's a call -- they are really good an giving you options, and yes, there are many for Jeeps between tow bars, braking systems, and lights. I installed my system myself over the course of 2 weekends, and yes, it was daunting at first. But logical. Or, you can have it all installed. Lastly, I used the Curt tow bar that mounted right to my front bumper. Might not work on your JKU. Reason I went with it is price. I have towed over 4,500 miles so far and all is well with the bar. I used TL21RK lights. Link to all lights below. etrailer tow lights I used RM-8700 roadmaster invisibrake. Link to all brake systems below. etrailer Braking systems I used Curt C19745 model tow bar. Link to all tow bars below. etrailer Tow Bars
mleekamp 08/05/20 09:41am Dinghy Towing
RE: A Cautionary Tale: Wired Rear Camera on a 2015 Majestic 28A

Nice job. Just like your last comment in your post, I might have looked at wireless too!
mleekamp 08/03/20 10:01am Class C Motorhomes
RE: 2014 Chevy 1500 WT opinions?

With the V6 and 2WD, you have less to maintain...and the truck will take on less stress (like from towing large TT's). Point is, with proper oil changes, maintenance, it will last you a looooong time, and your cost per mile over your ownership will be low. Sounds like a good deal. I once had a 1995 F150 XL work truck, white, rubber mat floor, and it had only 2 options....automatic and AC. Manual roll up windows. It had the 4.9L straight six. Bought it with 40k miles, and at 140k, it still needed nothing but oil changes and occasional brake pads/tires. I drove back/forth to work, hauled stuff from Menards, and took ATVs out on occasion. Loved it...miss the simplicity.
mleekamp 08/02/20 04:51am Tow Vehicles
RE: Class C

Everything stowed! We have 2 small shih tzu's, and my wife insisted they sit with her on the couch while traveling. I insisted they stay in their crate, situated in the above-cab bed, so that when i stop hard, they are protected. Guess who won that requirement? And, sure enough, 1st long/big trip, car passed us and then stopped to turn (A-hole -- story for another time!). And the dogs? Un-injured, which is good, but one ended up hitting the doghouse and then my feet, making it VERY UNSAFE. Other dog hit the back of my captain's chair. And, without a word, the dogs now go in their kennel/crate. Also, we stored our dish soap bottle in the sink, laid down. That one emergency stop put that bottle on the dash of the cab, spilling a few good tablespoons of dish soap (hey, there are worse things to spill!) all over. Cleaned up fine. Now, NOTHING -- not even on the bed except pillows -- is out. Safety first.
mleekamp 07/30/20 08:29am Tech Issues
RE: rockies or smokey's

PUt it in TOW MODE (usually on the end of your shift lever)...let the truck do the rest. No Cruise over mountains. The TOW MODE will do engine/trans braking going down hills, and keeps it out of OD, and keeps gears longer...better towing experience, IMHO, over mountains.
mleekamp 07/30/20 08:22am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Interesting TC build

I've seen this vid a few months ago...but man, lot of work went into that. Nice truck too.
mleekamp 07/29/20 05:55am Truck Campers
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