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RE: Making new center console

That's nice work! While we have a "C" and not an "A", I also have issue with the touch screen radio/CD/DVD/Nav system. I literally can't see it due to the angle I'm sitting, the angle it is (facing straight back), and glare. Thankfully, we have a passenger (either my wife or oldest daughter) who will sit up front and change the tunes or whatever. I use a Garmin GPS that sits on the dash so I solved my similar issue a different way...BUT, way to go on the upgraded console!
mleekamp 12/09/19 05:34am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Tailgate Step Suggestions?

I carry a 3-step stepstool. It's useful for getting in the bed and at the campground, and when not camping, in my garage. $30 bucks (avg) from menards. and you can use it when hitched!
mleekamp 12/04/19 06:08am Tow Vehicles
RE: Dash camera recommendations

I use the one shown below, bought off amazon. You do need a micro SD card, and the dash cam itself is $70 with the SD card about $10. I used another brand dash cam that did not work for more than a year. The AUKEY that we have now has excellent video and night video, and loops to record 3 hours +, with writing files over itself unless you want to hit the save button or there is an accident and it saves automatically. We have 5 of these dash cams, one for each car and the RV. Yes, there are fancier units with rear view, but this version worked for us. There are cheaper versions, but that bit us as I've said. Thankfully we've never had an accident and needed it, but I've saved a few near misses that had the heart pumping. Search this on Amazon and check it out. Highly rated, good quality so far. AUKEY Dash Cam, 1080P Dashboard Camera Recorder, 6-Lane 170 Degree Wide Angle Lens, Supercapacitor, G-Sensor and Clear Nighttime Recording
mleekamp 11/27/19 06:04am Tech Issues
RE: V 10 mpg

We have a 34 foot Jayco Redhawk (2019) with the 6 speed. We are at 8.5 not towing, and 8.0 with the Jeep. I've gotten 7.5 with headwind, and 8.2 with tailwind towing our Jeep. I will say that my "old" F150 with a 5.0L v8 and 6 speed was 15.5 to 16.0 MPG not towing. However, we have a 2019 F150, 5.0L v8 and now the new 10 speed transmission. Same exact set up (crew cab, tow pkge, tire sizes). The 10 speed gets me 17.5 MPG not towing...with the 5.0 having a few more ponies as well. Point is...would love to see that 10 speed in a motorhome.
mleekamp 11/25/19 02:15pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Anybody else have trouble packing for camping

My issue is spring time. When we winterize in late Oct/early Nov, we take certain things out of our camper...mostly all the food. We also bag up beddings, pillows, stuff like that and put in the attic (mostly just in case Mickey comes for a visit in the camper). Point is....in spring, it's exciting yet a "task" to re-stock toiletries and food stuffs. But, like most have said, normally, we just throw a few pieces of clothing in. For food, we do a list, stock the unit, and we are off. Not a big deal.
mleekamp 11/22/19 01:07pm General RVing Issues
RE: Easy Peasy OTR Meals

Another fun item for kids and adults -- NAAN bread. We will use a bit of oil on the bottom of the naan bread, add pizza sauce, toppings, cheese, etc. Heat in the toaster oven or even in a cast iron skillet with a lid. Those are quick and are also a great 1st nite meal.
mleekamp 11/18/19 08:29am Camp Cooks and Connoisseurs
RE: Easy Peasy OTR Meals

On travel days, we find a reststop or similar, and make sandwiches in the back (our old TT or the C). And as mentioned by the OP, the $5 rotisserie chickens are great...we de-bone before hand and have the chicken in a container that fits our fridge. Sometimes we can microwave the chicken, add some BBQ, and make a quick BBQ chicken sandwich. Awesome. And as mentioned, 1st nite after a long travel day we rarely cook big. Usually, we will fry up hamburger, add taco seasoning, and do spoon tacos using Frito's. Takes like 10-15 mins and is fun.
mleekamp 11/18/19 08:26am Camp Cooks and Connoisseurs
RE: Midsize car for towing

Subaru's have mid-2000 lb ratings. The biggest limiting factory of the ratings on any car is the CVT transmissions. More and more, cars are made w/o conventional gear based transmissions, limiting what they can do...this is why you don't see CVT trans cars/suv's able to be towed all 4 wheels down behind a motorhome.
mleekamp 11/17/19 04:12am Tow Vehicles
RE: Current crop of SUV'S

I agree SUV's are not SUV's. My wife has a 2016 Subaru Outback...it's called a "wagon" in marketing lit, and the title says "wagon". I have made a few friends unhappy calling their SUV a "wagon" or "minivan". Yes, i do it for the friction and discussion afterwards. Anyway, point I'm making is I too miss the old wagons that could pull a small trailer. A great pic I have from 1981, when I was a 9 year old lad, is my dad hooking up our 1972 Buick Electra 225, full frame and 455 cubic inch 4 door family car, to our Shasta 29 foot bunkhouse TT (no slide outs!). We had many a family trips in that set up. Don't ask me weights, because I have no idea. But it did have weight distribution set up.
mleekamp 11/15/19 06:37am Tow Vehicles
RE: Roadside America.

I use that site on every trip...to see what we will pass and if it's worth it to stop. Sometimes, we even go a few miles (or more) out of the way for a fun photo.
mleekamp 11/13/19 06:50am General RVing Issues
RE: Who says I need to take up space for a Gooseneck Hitch!

OMG!!!!!!!!!!! As an engineer, trying to calc the stresses and strain on that....uh, contraption, well, it just explodes one's mind. Safety, safety, safety....let's hope no one gets hurt.
mleekamp 11/13/19 06:45am Towing
RE: Buyer Beware: Reserve America / Active Advantage

Yikes. I dislike this stuff to the highest degree. Hidden charges and "memberships" that you didn't ask for or know anything about. I booked a site at Topsail in FL just a few months ago for 2020, and will be checking for this! I do review all charges on my CC and would have noticed something like this but will still review it tonite. thanks!
mleekamp 11/04/19 08:42am General RVing Issues
RE: Towing a Ram 3500 manual ?

You need to look at the owners manual to be certain. If you don't have one, you can download one from Dodge. Also -- look at the Dinghy Towing guide on this site....for the year of your truck. I think they go back to what, 2000 or 1999? That is the best way to be sure.
mleekamp 10/31/19 08:04am Dinghy Towing
RE: Mysteries of RV design

HA! We have the same issue on our C. Have to get step ladder out to reach it the vent tabs to open it up.
mleekamp 10/29/19 09:27am General RVing Issues
RE: Frameless windows question

This is the first unit we've had with them. They do look nice, but I'll echo what others have been saying...I do miss sliding open the window for more breeze thru. That said, it seems like most camping we do is in the southwest so really, we are only opening windows in that situation when it's cooler out.
mleekamp 10/29/19 07:01am General RVing Issues
RE: Building RV park near McKinney TX, what would you want most?

I'm going to 2nd (or 3rd ?) the space between sites. We've camped at an RV park on our way to FL...so it was a pull in, eat, sleep, and leave early. Problem was, here I am emptying my black tank at my site, not more than 6 or 8 feet from a family making B-fast outside. Yuk. I felt bad, but they didn't care. The site utilities were literally 6 to 8 feet from the "picnic" table at the next site. Sure, it worked fine. But still.... That said, I like most all the other suggestions. Level site would be my #2
mleekamp 10/25/19 06:18am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: mystery switch

That should be the antenna booster as Dave stated. When ON (green light) you are able to pick up channels farther away. I've forgot to turn ours on once or twice, but could still pick up a couple channels. Once, in the SW, left it off and found no channels (far away from town). When back on, I got a few.
mleekamp 10/23/19 09:22am Class A Motorhomes
RE: "Will my new truck tow it?"....YES, it will.

I had heard of but not seen that truck before. It's a truck only the manufacturer could love...YIKES...it's ugly IMO. I do agree a decimal was misplaced in that 300k towing rating estimate.
mleekamp 10/23/19 06:15am General RVing Issues
RE: Famed Durham NC bridge will no longer kill as many ACs

I've spent (wasted, that is) many a hour watching those vids of trucks / RV's trying to pass under. End of an era!
mleekamp 10/23/19 06:10am General RVing Issues
RE: E-350 drivers seat replacement

Another place is coachsupplydirect.com.
mleekamp 10/21/19 01:28pm Class C Motorhomes
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