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Old 06-12-2008, 04:55 PM   #1
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I picked up my Ventana today. Great googley-moogley, what have I done?

I didn't do everything the PDI checklists have. I would have been there long past closing.

The salesman at Beckley's in Thurmont, MD, Mike Boerum did a good job. We started outside and walked around opening every compartment. If there was something it it, he explained it. I videotaped just about the whole thing.

Then we went inside. Apparently Newmar is now using a new EMS system. Even Cookie, Beckley's techie said Newmar couldn't explain everything about it. It does seem pretty slick. It will even pull from the invertor before shedding appliances when you're on 30 amps.

He explained the new Newmar control for the battery charging. There are 3 different modes. I forget the actual terms, but they're basically trickle, full blast and 1 in between. There were even more options that I don't remember at this point.

I didn't realize until last night that the extra non-DVR HD DirecTV receiver I had is missing the power cord. I couldn't test the Kingdome.

The a/c is very efficient. I was impressed with it because it was another day in the 90s here.

The connector to tap into the air system is now under the hood up front. That's a much better place.

On to Comfortdrive and the dash knob. The salesman said the techs at the dealership liked it at 3.5 when they drove it. I bumped it up to a little past 4, and then dropped it back to 4.

3.5 felt a little too loose. When I went past 4, it felt good at first, and then seemed a little too stiff. 4 seemed right.

My drive home was mostly in our lovely evening DC area rush hour traffic all the way back to Springfield, VA.

I didn't have to manuever much, but it's amazing how merging cars expect you to move over 1 lane even if there isn't room for the beast to change lanes!

I'll post more tomorrow when my brain descrambles a bit and I remember some of the stuff.

Here are some pics from today. Even if the thumbnail is a red X, the full size pic is there.

http://www.padefamily.com/gallery/v/...arVentana_001/
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I picked up my Ventana today. Great googley-moogley, what have I done?

I didn't do everything the PDI checklists have. I would have been there long past closing.

The salesman at Beckley's in Thurmont, MD, Mike Boerum did a good job. We started outside and walked around opening every compartment. If there was something it it, he explained it. I videotaped just about the whole thing.

Then we went inside. Apparently Newmar is now using a new EMS system. Even Cookie, Beckley's techie said Newmar couldn't explain everything about it. It does seem pretty slick. It will even pull from the invertor before shedding appliances when you're on 30 amps.

He explained the new Newmar control for the battery charging. There are 3 different modes. I forget the actual terms, but they're basically trickle, full blast and 1 in between. There were even more options that I don't remember at this point.

I didn't realize until last night that the extra non-DVR HD DirecTV receiver I had is missing the power cord. I couldn't test the Kingdome.

The a/c is very efficient. I was impressed with it because it was another day in the 90s here.

The connector to tap into the air system is now under the hood up front. That's a much better place.

On to Comfortdrive and the dash knob. The salesman said the techs at the dealership liked it at 3.5 when they drove it. I bumped it up to a little past 4, and then dropped it back to 4.

3.5 felt a little too loose. When I went past 4, it felt good at first, and then seemed a little too stiff. 4 seemed right.

My drive home was mostly in our lovely evening DC area rush hour traffic all the way back to Springfield, VA.

I didn't have to manuever much, but it's amazing how merging cars expect you to move over 1 lane even if there isn't room for the beast to change lanes!

I'll post more tomorrow when my brain descrambles a bit and I remember some of the stuff.

Here are some pics from today. Even if the thumbnail is a red X, the full size pic is there.

http://www.padefamily.com/gallery/v/...arVentana_001/
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Old 06-12-2008, 05:22 PM   #3
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The pics look outstanding! Grats on your new rig!
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Hey congrats! Seems like you've been waiting forever and now it's a done deal.
Happy camping to you and your family.
It's a beautiful Newmar.
I'm still deciding on the 2008 DSDP......
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Old 06-12-2008, 05:36 PM   #5
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Congrats on that beauty! Use it in good health, and enjoy all you see.
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Old 06-12-2008, 05:47 PM   #6
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When I was looking, I was either going to get a Super C or Class A with bunkbeds.

When I decided on a C, Newmar was the only one with bunks and the ability to tow over 6000 pounds.

Some other A's with bunks had the weight capacity, but only had 5000 pound hitches.

It's still all a bit intimidating. I hope to soon be able to maneuver it as well as our salesman can.
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by 69RoadRunner:
I hope to soon be able to maneuver it as well as our salesman can. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

Congrats, I'm sure you're just a little bit excited! Lets hope that diesel prices don't go even crazier so we can all enjoy our coaches.

If your salesman was anything like mine I'll never get that good. The space he got mine in and out of, with the narrow 90 degree lane in front of it was amazing.
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Congrats, Now you have to change your signature. You realize that finally it is NOT on order. Looks great, hope you have many years of good family times.
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Congrats, now the fun really begins. Its a beauty, looks like it should be a keeper, enjoy.

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CONGRATS!!!
I am sure you will enjoy it even more once you have a chance to actually take it out!

Enjoy!

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I've changed the signature. I meant to do that last night.

I just can't believe how much stuff there is to learn with these things.
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CONGRATS TO YOU AND FAMILY! HOPE YOU HAVE MANY SAFE AND GREAT MILES AHEAD. ONE QUESTION, WHERE DID YOU SLEEP LAST NITE? HA! HA!
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by beaverjim:
CONGRATS TO YOU AND FAMILY! HOPE YOU HAVE MANY SAFE AND GREAT MILES AHEAD. ONE QUESTION, WHERE DID YOU SLEEP LAST NITE? HA! HA! </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

Sleep? Oh, is that the thing I did before I had kids.

I was beat last night, and we didn't even have the plastic off the matresses. It was tempting, but we slept in the bricks and sticks house last night.
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Congrats on the new coach. I'm still looking for a bunk bed model all of us can agree on. Good luck and many happy miles.
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