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RE: 2022 Ford Ranger Flat Towing?

The Ranger, 4WD, is all four down towable. eTrailer is a good source...they not only have done many installs, but have great how-to videos on those exact trucks. I just watched a few on the Ranger a few days ago. Must be 4WD, and able to be put in drivetrain neutral (different from transmission neutral) via the 4WD selector knob. We once had a truck that did not show N on the knob, but you had to click it like 5 times to make it happen. Anyway, check out eTrailer for info.
mleekamp 05/09/22 07:09am Dinghy Towing
RE: Generator exhaust bracket.

That's the way to do it...65 bucks is a joke. Some will get fooled, unfortunately.
mleekamp 05/07/22 05:43am Truck Campers
RE: It's getting warm in Arizona...

Sounds beautiful. Will have to put that on our looooong list of places to camp in the future. Hopefully w/o the fires!
mleekamp 05/07/22 05:41am General RVing Issues
RE: OEM vs Aftermarket - Chinese JUNK Comparison

Another option, as long as the factory headlight assembly is not broken, is to buy the $30 (may cost more now than a few years ago) headlight restoration kit at your auto parts store. I tried it a few years back on an older vehicle. Basically, it's a paste, with some sort of grit, and you use circular pattern to mill off a couple thousands of an inch of the face plastic material. It's a multi step process but I saved money, and 3 years later they still look good. In the end, it allows you to remain using your factory lighting assembly but remove the yellow haze. Worth checking out for those in that situation.
mleekamp 05/01/22 05:13am Tech Issues
RE: Shout out to another of the Forums boards here

Yup. Saw that years ago. Thanks for the reminder -- doesn't hurt to review it once in awhile.
mleekamp 04/29/22 07:36am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Warning for Blue Ox base plates on Honda CR-Vs

Yikes! Had not heard of this ever happening...BlueOx, not even other brands. We flat towed for a year with a 20 year old Jeep using the steel front bumper and a cheap tow bar -- something I was always worried about is what happened to you. I thought the actual baseplates (vs setup we used to have) was safer. Thanks for the warning!
mleekamp 04/29/22 07:32am Dinghy Towing
RE: Rapid City Area RV Parks

Rafter J in Hill City. It was a former stagecoach stop over 100 years ago. It's an incredible park -- wide, open RV spaces, some in the trees, some by the pool, it's an incredible park. Minutes from Rushmore, and everything you need/want. It books fast. It's private. And, if you look it up, you'll see how incredible it is. One of the top RV parks in the country. Been there 3 times and can't wait to go again in a few years.
mleekamp 04/20/22 07:20am Roads and Routes
RE: Tow dolly or not?

Another option, though less used, is having someone drive the car / follow behind. We did flat towing for a bit, but as we've downsized (our flat tow vehicle was used only for that), my wife now just drives behind us. We don't dolly or do 4-down. However, we do 3 or 4 weeks a year "full time" but when we fully retire in a few years, we will do either a dolly or get something to once again tow 4-down. Just an idea.
mleekamp 04/18/22 07:21am Dinghy Towing
RE: RV'ing couple missing

I pray that things turn out well...
mleekamp 04/05/22 06:12am General RVing Issues
RE: Selling RV, urgent help needed on proper process California

I have sold major items person-person many times, and besides certified funds (from a bank ideally, or cash) that you take to your bank to verify FIRST, you would sign over title AND provide bill of sale, signed by both parties. HOWEVER---I don't live in CA. You'll dislike me for saying this -- but you should figure all that stuff out FIRST before having sold it. Know the process for your state. Have a plan. Know what types of payments you'll take and HOW you will handle them. Contact the DMV (or website) of your state and see if they have info. Again, I can't imagine that it's any harder than Bill of Sale, Title signed, and certified funds.
mleekamp 04/05/22 06:09am General RVing Issues
RE: Help with malfunctioning automatic RV step.

I just had this problem late last year. Had to crawl under, disconnect the motor. It's a fairly standard connector -- find the small clip, push, and pull connector apart. I found new assemblies on amazon to be the best priced. Will be ordering our new one in next week or so ... looks straightforward to install (3 bolts I think). You will have to find your model number of the motor asy and go from there. ***NOTE: I'm talking about the motor/gear asy, not the whole step!!!! I also searched here on RV.net and found many others having similar issue; they fail every so often. I don't like the whole design.
mleekamp 04/04/22 08:04am Class C Motorhomes
RE: are there upsides/downfalls to single-axle TT's?

Only had one single axle TT. Loved it...but it was SMALL for 2 of us and crowded for 4. The one item you mention about a flat tire/blowout on single axle is a big safety factor in two axle trailers. Not knowing your full situation, if it was me, I'd keep the TT you have for (1) size/room/safety, (2) as wanderinggaimlessly said, to do the occasional trip with your teen, (3) for the fact that prices are nuts and might be best to keep what you have. I guess for me it might make sense to do a 'steady as she goes' approach and do nothing, which is always an option!
mleekamp 03/23/22 07:54am Travel Trailers
RE: Sway bar problems

I had this happen on occasion with our TT we had for many years. My suggestion is to avoid blocks to raise the front of your truck...dangerous. As long as you can get the ball hooked up, and of course cable for brakes/emergency brake, can you pull into your street, off to the side, and in 5/10mins have the sway bars hooked up? Point is, tow it onto your street, finish hooking up sway bars. You could also, when returning home, remove the bars in the street and then back it in. The issue with blocks for front of truck, is safety.
mleekamp 03/17/22 05:55am Travel Trailers
RE: In 2 years time I can no longer afford to buy a camper

Everybody got rich but me. I wouldn't say that, but alot of people sure got dumb over the last 2 years....sounds like you are not one of them the way you're playing your cards. Besides, who on earth wants a good deal and thinks spring time is a good time for a deal on a camper? :S I agree --- spring is not greatest time to buy. BUT, you get that spring fever, and ya gotta have it! The Class C we have now, I bought in late Sept of 2018...MSRP $104k. Dealer lot price: $77k. Soon as I spent more than 5 mins looking at it, $75k. Told him wife has to come see it too...$73,500. Wife comes to look with me the next day, but she's not sure. Say we are going to sleep on it. Price drops to $70k. Five days later, he calls and offers it for $67,500 plus tax. SOLD! Dang, I mean, I wish I had bought all our other campers (TT, TC) in the late fall!
mleekamp 03/16/22 07:02am Truck Campers
RE: That hitch is higher off the ground than I remembered!

When we had a TT, I used to jump over. One hard fall later, and I'd step over. Then, one hard fall later after getting my foot caught like the OP, I began to WALK around...and made it part of my safety check. Yes, I think the older we get the fear of breaking bones gets higher on the list of things to avoid. At least for me!
mleekamp 03/16/22 06:56am Travel Trailers
RE: Would $7 per gal effect your RV lifestyle?

For over a decade, I have made/improved a trip planner in Excel. I now have a little script in a box that pulls the trip mileage, and looks at $2.50 / 3.00 / 3.50 / up to 6.00 per gallon, in 0.50 cent increments. Point is, you are right...even with our 7.0 mpg AVG class c rig, it's a few hundred, even up to $800 more than whatever baseline I put in. Yes, we would still do our one big trip per year (2 to 3 weeks...we are not retired just yet) and a few weekend trips. But, we would budget for it and squeeze something else. It's sad to me that with all the reserves/potential the USA has with oil, it's not utilized anymore. I will also say this -- we don't use a dinghy/toad. Wife drives behind in her Subaru, which gets good mileage. We may get a dolly for my Camry, but have held off until we are retired (5 or 6 yrs from now). At one time we did tow a 20+ yr old Jeep behind us, but the Jeep sat most the year. Sold the Jeep/towbar/braking system in order to make sure we could pay for our kids college w/o loans. Point here is, just like you, I cut an expense in RV'ing for college, and if gas goes to the stratosphere, we'll cut a few things to even the load. Let's hope things settle down...for EVERYONE's sake...and we get back to normal!
mleekamp 02/23/22 09:05am General RVing Issues
RE: World famous figure 8 trailer race,,,,have you seen this?

Yes...there is one that takes place 2 hours north of me in Rockford, IL. They also do combines (the harvesters that pick the corn from the field), school busses, and other odd things. All of it was to be scrapped anyway...and they had fun banging around in them first. In my mid-20's, I had a car that was to be junked, and entered my local demo derby at the fair. Car was a '68 Buick Special Deluxe...rusted completely and not even remotely worth saving. I had fun...until after when I found out that because I took out a few "full timers"...those who do this for a living...they were not happy with me. Seriously? I thought it was for fun, yes I knew they had payouts but the top was like $200. Anyway, i was really sore the next morning...can't image now in my 50's how it would feel the next day.
mleekamp 02/18/22 06:27am Travel Trailers
RE: Alllergic to camp fire smoke.....? RV coming 3 weeks!!!!

Years ago we bought CAMPFIRE IN A CAN. Works out well for our own fire -- uses propane. We bring an extra 20lb can with us and use it all year (fill once per year). It's like a gas fireplace. You adjust the flame. Can even roast marshmellows or hotdogs. Looks like the price is a LOT higher than it was 8 years ago. As far as neighbors smoke, yes, we sometimes just have to go in. I, too, used to like campfire but anymore I literally go into asthma mode and can't breathe. We've camped at places that have no campfire policies for various reasons, but do allow campfire in can. Link below. Check it out. Link to Amazon campfire in a can
mleekamp 02/15/22 06:40am Truck Campers
RE: Fifth Wheel or TT?

Motorhome, tow the toys Yeah but then you don't have a street legal vehicle (at least in most places). You could drive the Motorhome, tow a pick up, with golf cart in bed.
mleekamp 02/08/22 07:37am Toy Haulers
RE: Some finally charged with catalytic converter theft

Well, I for one am glad. We can't let crime go unpunished. Book 'em Danno My Sunday newspaper reported that a federal grand jury has indicted seven southwest Missouri residents accused of stealing thousands of catalytic converters. Investigators estimate the suspects stole tens of thousands of catalytic converters and received $6.8 million from an Arkansas company between Dec 12, 2019 to Oct. 15, 2021. No information yet about whether the receiving company is to be charged.
mleekamp 02/02/22 04:34am General RVing Issues
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