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Old 06-28-2006, 04:03 PM   #15
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Sorry, can't help you with that one. I went with the Roadmaster Sterling bar through Camping World in La Mirada. It is on a CR-V.

Placentia Ford has an RV facility that sells Blue Ox. I got the Blue Ox brake system through them, and they wired my toad for the monitor. (The light wiring was previously done by Camping World.) I haven't taken my Alpine to them, but I used to take my Lazy Daze class C to them, and was happy.
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Old 06-28-2006, 06:41 PM   #16
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Hey Rick,
Darn it. You shoulda got a 2008 Apex. Upon arrival at your destination you press the button "Landing Gear Down", the coach levels itself, the slides go out, the awning deploys, a smart bed opens & lays out a green mat with 2 lawn chairs (programmable for more), the Tivo comes on with all your favorite shows recorded while you were enroute, a small door opens curbside and hands you two cool ones plus lemonade for the wee ones.

When you depart you press "Retract Landing Gear", the dishwasher starts washing the dirty dishes, the washer starts cleaning, the vacuum sucks up all the debris and kids toys, the mats/chairs go back in the smart bed, the slides come in, the jacks go up, and the engine starts. All you have to do is count the cargo and be sure everyone is present.

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Old 06-29-2006, 11:47 AM   #17
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I'll be sure to buy a lotto ticket!
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Old 06-29-2006, 12:17 PM   #18
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My best advise is to get Engineer Mikes home phone number and program it in your phone. Also seems good idea to know where to get service for HWH.
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Old 06-29-2006, 12:45 PM   #19
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FYI-here's my toll free number: 866-567-4133, just ask for Mike.
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Old 06-29-2006, 12:55 PM   #20
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Rick,

What an adventure! We were in your shoes just about 18 months ago. If you can keep your perspective through the "break in/debugging" period, it will be fine!

Here our checklist:

1. Secure the cat
2. Enable the inverter
3. Antenna down
4. Slides in (before raising jacks and after cat is secured. Ensure driver's seat isn't in the way of the LR slide)
5. Hydro hot off
6. Propane off (really an outside issue)
7. Pocket doors latched
8. Water pump off
9. All fans closed
10. Jacks up
11. Counter tops cleared/everything stored
12. Shower door locked and items secured in shower caddy (assuming you have one)
13. Windows closed
14. Cabinet and drawers closed tight
15. DR table chairs secured
16. Awning retracted
17. Kitchen window shade raised and secured
18. Frig contents organized, holding bars (purchased at Camping World) in place AND doors velcro'ed (we use velcro ties). This ensures the doors don't open while driving down the road.
19. Sink covers in place

Outside:

1. Check mirror positions
2. Check tire pressure (include toad)
3. Check engine oil, water/fuel separator, air restriction indicator)
4. Check fluids (don't forget batteries)
5. Ensure basement contents are secure AND doors are secured
6. Ensure slides are closed.
7. Disconnect electrical, cable TV and any other cords (don't laugh, we forgot the electrical cord once and have seen others do the same)
8. Disconnect sewer/water after emptying black/grey and store
9. Don't forget your jack pads
10. Verify antenna is down
11. Turn of propane
12. Check headlights, turn signals and brakes on both vehicles (assuming you're towing)

Hope that wasn't more than you were asking for!
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Old 06-29-2006, 01:14 PM   #21
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Thanks Jim- That's exactly the kind of list I'm looking for! And Engr Mike, thanks for letting me have your #. You are all incredibly generous.

Thanks, Rick Coleman
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Old 06-29-2006, 01:23 PM   #22
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Rick- I lied like a dog in the dirt. That's WRV's number. Sorry for the spoof
But more seriously, ask anything. I usually have an ill informed opinion based on limited analysis & a low grade euphoria born of overexposure to toxic chemicals in my hippie days.
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Old 06-29-2006, 05:42 PM   #23
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Rick, you might want to try www.rvvacationplanner.com. It has 5 or 6 sections and you can pick and choose want you want, or pick them all. It is quite thorough. I truly think this what you are looking for.
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Old 06-29-2006, 06:50 PM   #24
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Am I the only one who leaves the propane turned on? I always have the fridge running off of propane while on the road. I did it for 20+ years with the Lazy Daze. Lazy Daze literature even mentioned running the fridge while on the road. Lazy Daze bragged (at least as of 1997) that none of their motorhomes had ever had a propane fire. I kept doing it with the Alpine.
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Old 06-29-2006, 07:24 PM   #25
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I to never turn off the Propane after almost twenty years of MH I have never had a problem, the only time it gets turned off is when it is being refilled.
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Old 06-30-2006, 08:14 AM   #26
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Sink covers - When we first test drove the Alpine, the salesman was very careful to remove the sink covers before driving. He said on his very first test drive, he was demonstrating a panic stop and the sink covers came flying off, broke off the forward sink edge and hit the drivers seat back just below his head. I became a believer in removing them before driving.
Actually we haven't had them on since.
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htg3 - I talked to the same salesman when I took one for a test drive. Thought about it a little and the physics didn't seem to align with the story. Figured it was just a slight fish story and never let it bother me. BTH I leave the propane on also. Alway have. I don't believe there is a class C built that the owner doesn't leave the propane on, and I'll bet most class A owners do to.
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Don't want to get in a "heated" discussion re: the propane issue. We attended two Life on Wheels presentations where in both the fire safety and another session the Kiva's gave we were told to turn off the propane for safety issues. Since we only use it for our stove-top burners, it isn't a big deal and makes us feel safer. To each his own!
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