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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 view...you 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
RE: Rotten egg smell, again???

Most likely from the well. Sulfer (rotten egg smell) and iron are the two most common elements in well water. We have a well at home, and have filtration to eliminate it inside the house. Filling our RV tank from home, or using water from the campground, the filters built in do help. I suggest buying a filter set up to add to your city water hookup. Should do the trick.
mleekamp 09/27/22 07:31am Fifth-Wheels
RE: How is the Current RV Market to Sell My Coach?

We just sold our C in August due to paying for daughters college vs. loans. Also, we want a different layout for the 2 of us vs. 4 people. Point is, ours sold within a few weeks on RV trader. Prices listed were HIGH. I undercut those prices by $8 to $12k. Don't think we left money on the table...we didn't. Today, those same comparibles are still for sale and have lowered prices. Bottom line for us was that what we sold if for was still a GOOD price. A few key ingredients to selling are excellent pictures and write up. Not just specs, but tell them what fun you had, experiences you had. Have a good price. If you model is selling for X price, can you undercut it by listing it at a few hundred or a thousand less? Again, that price is up to you and is subjective. At the end of the day it's only worth what someone will pay you. And I would not worry about the gas prices...ours sold fairly quickly while gas was still over $5 a gallon. And I made sure the 55 gallon tank was filled as a "bonus"...it helped.
mleekamp 09/26/22 06:25am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Stolen Ford 350

I can't understand how this happens at a dealer, unless they are slimeballs. Does no one check the vin? Did they buy it at auction? Anyway, scary stuff
mleekamp 09/21/22 07:07am Tow Vehicles
RE: Moving spots at RV park ? about weight distribution

Agree with ktmrfs. If not on the highway, and just moving short distance at 5 or 10mph, no bars needed. But if staying hooked up overnite (you don't mention if leaving next day or ?) I'd just hook them up.
mleekamp 09/19/22 10:52am Travel Trailers
RE: NC I95 towable crash near Kenly

Why was someone riding in the trailer? Did I read that right? My goodness, I thought that was illegal. Regardless, not a good idea.
mleekamp 09/12/22 07:29am General RVing Issues
RE: Best leveler for travel trailer?

I've used both and carry both. Had some treated planks left over from a deck build some 12 years ago. Cut them into nice squares and use them all the time. I also use the plastic ones too. As stated by others, plastic is light and less bulky, wood is. Both work and if you can, maybe use both.
mleekamp 09/02/22 06:42am Travel Trailers
RE: Selling our C -- Two Options

Update: Listed on rvtrader. Several inquires but nothing solid. Note we began saving for their college within a month of birth each. Our oldest got several scholarships, not full rides, leaving us with 15k per semester out of pocket. We had it covered until the last 2 semesters -- prices up, market down, leaving a big gap. Yes, Lwiddis, who has the funds for med school? What we do want is the funds for the first four years, which we were on track for 70% of them, but not now. After that, she'll have to be on her own and loan it out I guess.
mleekamp 07/19/22 07:48am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Selling our C -- Two Options

Funny how things change in a few hours. We were 80% leaning towards consigning...as wapiticountry says, time, lookie loos, etc all are a pain. We've sold many things before on our own. Three homes and never used a realtor to buy or sell. Sold our used cars before buying new, even several TT's as stated. But was just informed my travel schedule has been pushed back. So for now, I think we'll list on RV trader, which I've used before. Seriously -- when I posted this I had "no time". Now I sort of do. Being mid-July we'll post ourselves and go from there. Not in huge hurry but want to move it along. And this way, we can still use it if needed. Anyway, funny how things change in half a day.
mleekamp 07/15/22 11:52am Class C Motorhomes
Selling our C -- Two Options

We've decided to sell our C. Have been RVing for almost 25 years, several TT's, one TC, and this C. I don't want to debate the why's, as I have questions on the how's and our two options currently. I will say that we have saved generously for our two kids for college. Oldest has 1 year left, and tution went up. A lot. We now have a $10k shortfall for her, which would not have prompted this discussion alone. The youngest, who starts college in 2 years, has decided on pre-med then med -- meaning we have definately NOT saved enough! I know, there are tons of options/debates on that topic alone. Overall that is our biggest reason. Some might wonder if we've saved for ourselves for our golden years...yes we have. But being 51 and 52, we can't pull off IRA's and 401k's and such w/o penalties. Which leads us here -- pausing our RV trips to help our kids come out of college debt free. We are considering consigning with our local RV dealer, who we've done business with for 25 years or so. We've also considered selling on our own, which I have done many times for cars, TT's, and even a house for sale by owner. But work has me traveling between Seattle and Cape Canaveral. A lot. I'm writing this from ORD Chicago waiting for a plane. Has anyone consigned with a dealer? Pros/Cons? They have told us all the positives...we agree on a price that I get, and they sell for more and keep what is above that price. The other way, selling on my own, is covered -- i know what to do but not sure I have the time. Thoughts on consigning?
mleekamp 07/15/22 08:05am Class C Motorhomes
Photos of New Fishing Bridge RV Park - YELLOWSTONE

Hey Gang. I've been searching for some time both here and mr. google but have not found any photos of the newly renovated fishing brdige RV park at Yellowstone. I've even looked on Yellowstone / Xantera website, and they still show the ancient pics of yesteryear. Anyone out there know of any? We've stayed there before and as we plan 2023 trips were wondering what it's like now. Thanks.
mleekamp 07/01/22 11:24am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Private campgrounds in IL or MO

One of the newest private campgrounds in central IL is Sankoty Lakes. They have a restaurant, are on the IL river, and have a few ponds. Just about 30 min north of Peoria. Small, new, and all FU from what I can see. Cabins too. FYI -- Sankoty is the name of the underground river running from Canada to southern states. It's a huge aquafir that many towns/cities pull water from. Our home has a well, not city water, and we are tapped into the Sankoty. Sankoty Lakes
mleekamp 06/10/22 07:01am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
Country Water Fill - Class C Jayco

Having had TT's for 20 years, I guess I was spoiled by filling the fresh water tank with a hose via gravity through a simple opening. We've had our C since late 2018 and for the first time this past Sunday (Memorial wknd), I needed to fill the fresh water tank with another 5 to 10 gallons of water for our last night. I carry an empty 5 gal container, no problem. Filled it nearby. The book states that I put the hose in the container, and attached to fresh water inlet, I did. I turned the valving to indicate "country fill", and turned on the pump. It's supposed to suck the water in, according to the book. But 20 mins of it, and only 1.5 gal went in. I fiddled with the hose and got maybe another couple quarts after another 15 mins. I feel like I'm going to burn up my pump. What gives? I guess I expected it to work better. "Normal" filling has pressurized water, and they call it "city fill". I get it. What am I doing wrong here?
mleekamp 05/30/22 05:23am Class C Motorhomes
RE: RV parks on the beach Florida

Agree with Pensacola Beach RV and Santa Rosa RV. Topsail Hill Preserve SP is exceptional -- all FU -- on beach. But you need to book nearly a year in advance (11 months maybe?). We are booked for Destin West RV park, farther west than Pensacola (like santa rosa RV park) for 3rd wk June this year. Have not been to it yet but looks super nice.
mleekamp 05/27/22 06:28am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
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