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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 Chattanooga....it 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 Recreation.gov

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 loop....so 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
RE: Coachmen Freelander Laundry Chute

Nice! We have a large laundry bag that sits in the shower until we need the shower. This is our 1st C, and previously, with our TT, it had an opening for this. Like the idea and might see about doing that with our rig if we can. Great idea!
mleekamp 03/15/21 12:24pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: After market carburetor

Though I've not tried them, may I suggest in the future, try using non-ethonal fuel and fuel stabilizer for your generator. The non-ethonal fuel (pure gasoline) is more expensive, but does not break down over time....well, it takes a lot longer. Ethonal fuel, over time, can mold and does not do well sitting. That's been my experience....just my 2 cents since I've had similar issues in small engines from the wrong fuel.
mleekamp 03/10/21 04:45am Tech Issues
RE: Unknown National Cavern outside Cody

Thanks for the info....I've been thru and stayed in Cody before, but never knew of this.
mleekamp 03/04/21 04:54am Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Interesting van build

At first it seemed like a simple build. But watching it, there is a lot to it. Really liked the wheelchair lift in the back. Lot of thought went into it. I saw comments below the video that doctors, dentist, other trades should do something like this. I thought about that too...lot of opportunity in mobile business like this.
mleekamp 02/26/21 04:42am General RVing Issues
RE: Suggestions for places near New Orleans LA.

French Quarter RV park is right downtown....never been but we booked it for a few nights this summer. Not on the beach, but literally downtown. Has good reviews.
mleekamp 02/12/21 09:00am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: oh joy...........

Ouch....not good. Good luck. Where you pulling?
mleekamp 02/12/21 08:58am Tow Vehicles
RE: Review on the new 7.3 Ford V*

I'd say it's more about the wind resistance than the weight of your RV that affects mileage. 10 is very good. Pulling our toad or not, we get 7.5 mpg, and yes, that is the V10, not the 7.3 V8. So 10 mpg is good to me!
mleekamp 02/02/21 06:26am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Salem campers input

We bought a new Salem 27DBUD in late '12 (a '13 model) and yes, we had roof leaks where the front aluminum cap met the roof. Had it fixed under warranty the first time. Next time it rained, it leaked again (both times NO damage -- we caught it quickly). Bought a roll of Eterna-bond, and did all seams on the roof. Never leaked again....and we used it on average 45 nites a year for 5 years. Not a bad camper...nice floor plan...but it's not a high end unit. Was great for our family. I don't believe Min Wage has anything to do with it...it's simply the way trailers are built. Lot of discussion on that here on the forum. Moral of my story: We've had 1 more TT since the salem, and now a Class C. First thing I do with them, is buy a roll of Eternabond and do all seams...it makes me feel better that is taken care of....and we've had no leaks.
mleekamp 02/01/21 04:24am Travel Trailers
RE: Spare on Class C

I have a Class C -- 2018 model E450 -- and I am one of those "be prepared" type of folks. I ordered a Class C spare tire holder from eTrailer. It's not cheap, but that's because the tire/wheel for a C is HEAVY. The holder is extremely heavy duty. For the Wheel and Tire, I went to my local Ford dealer, got the wheel. I saw that you can buy the wheel online as well..eTrailer. Call or search eTrailer....they have what you need. The great thing about the spare tire holder is that it uses your hitch...and it has built in another tube for you to still tow. We can still flat tow our Jeep with the spare installed. And, yes, all told I'm thinking it was about $800 for the holder, tire, wheel. Not cheap, but worth it. Also -- I carry a large 5T bottle jack. If I had to, I could use my boards and the jack to lift he RV just enough to change a tire. We have auto leveling system (hydraulic), and I've tested this in driveway...I would use that system to help stabilize and lift as needed. Lastly, I bought a middle of the road (about $100) cordless impact just for changing tires. Right out of the box, after battery charge, I could not believe it....it actually was able to remove ALL LUGS from one tire...and reinstall (of course I used a torque wrench to finish it out). Point is...I bought the stuff, then "practiced" using it to ensure I had what I need. I'm an engineer by trade, so blame that on the fact that once I have a plan or theory, I must test it to be sure. eTrailer....call 'em.
mleekamp 01/27/21 04:31am Class C Motorhomes
RE: New Keyless Jeeps

X2 what georgelesley said. I've seen some electric steering vehicles with steering column lock, some w/o. As ole' Bob Dylan once said, "things they are a'changin"
mleekamp 01/25/21 05:20am Dinghy Towing
RE: online campground directory ?

I also use google maps....whatever area I'm stopping in, or my destination, I search "rv parks", or "campgrounds", etc. From there, I click on them, read reviews, and usually can go to street view and see sites, the campsites, etc. (not always). Yes, my google maps method is more manual, but I feel I get a good sense of the park, area, reviews, restaurants, things to see, etc. Just my 2 cents
mleekamp 01/21/21 08:20am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Sway bar swap

We did the same swap, front and rear -- Hellwig brand, on our 2019 Jayco class C (built on a 2018 chassis). Did mine in the driveway. Had to use the hydraulic stabilizers on the front to lift it a bit to get under...yes I had jack stands. You will notice a difference. Same as you, I did the swap and had to wait a bit to drive it. Still, she tracked straighter and swayed less. Drives like and as stable as a car now? No. Still, huge improvement.
mleekamp 01/14/21 05:26am Class C Motorhomes
RE: When a sale is not a sale

I think you came out ahead. Two points: 1. I agree the "no wire transfers" is a scam. All CU and banks do them. How do you think they transfer money between each other? 2. For years, I put in my ads "i will not deliver". And yes, I still get people who think that's my job. The buyer's responsibility is to do all that, not the seller. Sure, you can help as much as you can and/or deliver if you want to, but should not be a requirement. Bottom line, sometimes deals don't feel right. When the buyer keeps changing or modifying what they are doing or want you to do, walk away.
mleekamp 12/04/20 04:43am RV Lifestyle
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