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RE: Time to retire the 7.3 OBS?

Only you can decide what makes sense for your budget and plans. However, in my opinion, I'd spend the $2k or so to fix the leaks, even the AC for a bit more. I look at cost per mile as my guide to repair or replace, vs. cost to repair vs. what it's worth. I doubt the engine needs overhauled -- just repaired -- long overdue maintenance type repairs. After repairing the truck, start saving for a newer one as you suggest. 230k miles on a 7.3 --- why, I bet the engine could take more. You mention your house will be paid off in 6 months. Again, IMHO, fixing the truck, start saving, and in a year or 2, you will be ready. You already mention a trip so not a lot of camping next year. My opinion on this, by the way, stems from experience ... I've given up on a vehicle and next thing you know, I'm deeper in the hole, and the old vehicle has been repaired by someone else and still truckin'. Your experience and variables may vary.
mleekamp 10/24/20 04:24am Tow Vehicles
RE: Southern Utah boondocking: how long do roads take to dry?

x2 on Matt's Offroad Recovery. Two things I'd do: 1. put Matt's number in your phone "just in case" 2. call Matt and ask the question....he knows the area very well and can help answer that question for you
mleekamp 10/22/20 04:25am Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: How is the automatic step suppoed to work

typically, there is an ON/OFF switch for the step. Mine works this way, and you can test yours to see if it is the same: Switch in ON position: step folds in/out as door opens/closes. All the time. Switch in OFF Position: step folds out as door opens, remains out, until you turn ignition key to ON, then folds in. Make sure you have the switch to OFF to keep it "out" while parked.
mleekamp 10/19/20 06:53am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Unlikeliest of engine swaps!!

Love it
mleekamp 10/15/20 08:24am Tow Vehicles
RE: onan 4k gen

use non-ethanol based fuel. Pump will say it. Why? Pure gasoline, more expensive these days, lasts longer and does not gum up the carb -- unless left for years.
mleekamp 10/15/20 04:15am Tech Issues
RE: Fridge/Freezer door opening while driving

We have the same issue --- door coming open while driving / turning. Turns out, its due to the items we put in the door. Condiments, soda, beer, water...all heavy...door sags just enough to not catch well. Solution? I use 2 door shims from home improvement store -- cheap -- and wedge them under when driving. At our destination, take them out. Has worked for years like that, on different rigs. We too looked at bungie cords but the door shims are what I had at the time (about 15 years ago) and still using them. I think it helps save the hinge/bushing as well, as we take the weight off while driving. Again, wedge under the door -- between door and frame. One to set, 2nd wedge to tighten.
mleekamp 10/13/20 05:08am Tech Issues

In my opinion and experience, I would opt for a 4 door "crew cab" truck over the SUV's you mention. For example, the V6 versions of Ford have plenty of power for the lite unit you have, are much lower in price than V8 or ecoboost, and 6 seat arrangements can be found. Ford, Chevy, Dodge -- all would be fine. That is, unless a 3rd row seat in an SUV is a must. Again, that is my opinion. If I had to pick from your 3 choices, I'd go the Durango. Why? Explorer has had issues. Nissan as a company is having issues. Lastly, in my opinion, i'd forgo the extended warranty -- just profit for the dealer. But don't take my input except for this: go to NHSTA website (national highway and safety transportation admin) and look up each of your picks -- look at not just recalls, but customer complaints. No recall on a model but dozens and dozens of complaints about a transmission? I'd want to know. Go to Edmunds and look up family reviews (not pro reviews) of each model. Come to a conclusion based on NHSTA, Edmunds or other actual buyer reviews, and in-person drive/look. I wish you good luck.
mleekamp 10/12/20 04:57am Tow Vehicles
RE: Later and Later Check-in times

We booked a spot at Rend Lake this past summer in Southern IL. Arrived at Noon on SUNDAY -- thinking the weekenders would be gone by then. Check out time was 4pm....and I'll be dipped the majority of the park stayed until literally 4pm. We sat in the parking lot for about 4 hours waiting. Yes, we walked around, read a book, had lunch...but like others have said -- we hoped to set up camp and relax...not tailgate in the parking lot for the boat ramp. What was amazing, i'll say it again, is that about 2/3 of the park left at 4pm....was a traffic jam for about 30 mins in the park to get out. Never seen that before...but then, 2020 has not been "normal".
mleekamp 10/09/20 11:34am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
Goodbye Jeep

When we bought our new C, I sought out a Jeep Wrangler for a toad. Found a nice clean 2000 Wrangler, and I personally set it up with Invisibrake and a Curt tow bar to the steel front bumper. All worked great, and was a great vehicle to drive at our campsite / final destination. However, with being laid off a big chunk of this year, and a daughter starting college, etc etc, I opted to sell the Wrangler and thankfully found an RV'er who needed it. All worked out great. We owed nothing on the Wrangler, but it freed up a huge chunk of $$$ for other things. We take 1, maybe 2, big trips a year for a total of 2 or 3 weeks a year. Otherwise, we camp local and don't need the toad. So, our new plan is wife drives behind. And, one less vehicle to insure, etc. I didn't drive the Jeep other than when we camped, on a bit trip that is. So, in about 5 years or so, I'll seek out another dinghy as my wife and I plan to do a lot more camping as we near retirement age.
mleekamp 09/29/20 09:51am Dinghy Towing
RE: Curious: difference between a WD hitch and Hensley Arrow

If I'm not mistaken, the ProPride is an improvement over the Hensley Arrow. Jim Hensley, the designer and holder of the patents on the design, licensed them to HA. He continued to make improvements and patents, and ProPride now licenses his improvements, creating a near similar hitch but with improvements. Does that mean it's better? I can't say, but we have used a ProPride and loved it. I'd take either one -- but when we bought the PP, it was a matter of cost...less $$$ to buy new than HA.
mleekamp 09/25/20 09:35am Towing
RE: Can anyone identify this camper i have

x2 on the Grandview. Miss my old TC
mleekamp 09/24/20 09:48am Truck Campers
RE: Leprechaun 260 DS fresh water system question

Our C has no gravity fill either. I miss gravity fill. Simple. We have to put our valving in certain positions (no need telling you ours -- it will be different on yours) and it will SUCK the water from a container (water w/o pressure). So, for the hand pump at the Forest Service campsite, pump it into a bucket/clean water storage container, and run a hose from it to your water input....AND place your valving in the right position. Check owners manual or see your dealer.
mleekamp 09/16/20 10:39am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Where to sell a Toad

Thanks for the input, mowermech. Yup, I keep record of TOWED mileage....which affects brakes, tires, yes, it will be put in add as well.
mleekamp 09/14/20 09:12am Dinghy Towing
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
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