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Old 01-19-2011, 07:41 AM   #15
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There was a tip in one of the "driving a motorhome" videos that mentioned putting a small sticker (about dime size) on the inside of the windshield in a place about a foot up from the dash and a foot away from the left side of the windshield. The sticker should line up with the roadway left lane stripe when you are driving.

What happens is that as long as that sticker is on the left lane stripe you are in a perfect position in your lane. It is as if you see it in your peripheral vision without actually staring at it. It was a little difficult to find the right spot, but it happened that a bug spot lined up with that lane marker one day and I could then put a small red sticker there later. In the video it was described as an "aid to safer driving." I find that it really works and just makes driving a little easier. In my case, it makes me feel more comfortable in heavy traffic with three lanes when I'm in the middle lane; also when being passed by semis. I hope my description is understandable because I couldn't find the video. Try it and you might find it as helpful as I did. Joe
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Your time frame for the return visit sounds really great. Time to enjoy the experience of your first long trip in the MH. The first of many I am sure.
Depending on the weather as you venture north you may need to winterize the plumbing system in the MH. You can buy a schrader valve that fits onto the water inlet and then use an air hose to blow water out all of the lines. Just keep an eye on the temps as you come back north. We returned on the 6th of April last year and we did not need to winterize, but who knows what the weather will be this year.
We love camping with our family at Marco Polo land and Holiday Haven in Cornwall which I believe is now a KOA.
I believe friends of ours from Ontario are now managing the KOA in Cavendish.
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Thanks I will see if I can find the video.....I am sure that it would help for sure thank you very much
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Your time frame for the return visit sounds really great. Time to enjoy the experience of your first long trip in the MH. The first of many I am sure.
Depending on the weather as you venture north you may need to winterize the plumbing system in the MH. You can buy a schrader valve that fits onto the water inlet and then use an air hose to blow water out all of the lines. Just keep an eye on the temps as you come back north. We returned on the 6th of April last year and we did not need to winterize, but who knows what the weather will be this year.
We love camping with our family at Marco Polo land and Holiday Haven in Cornwall which I believe is now a KOA.
I believe friends of ours from Ontario are now managing the KOA in Cavendish.
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I will definately look them up we are going to both this summer as we do a lot of camping as well have found a real gem of a place in Island Falls Maine.....it is our second home we love it there
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Old 01-19-2011, 11:54 AM   #19
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Congrats on your purchase. I made a similar deal last spring, made the deal via phone, subject to inspections, flew to Florida and drove it back to Vancouver B.C. I was lucky to have some friends who were class A owners who accompanied me and shared in the driving. It was my first motorhome so there was a lot I didn't know. The inspections came up with lots of problems but with exception of tires most were minor. In the end we did nothing, other than what we could fix ourselves with limited tools, and just drove it home. We had only one small incident, a check engine light that turned out to be low coolant (thank you frieghtliner support!). You have some good advice already, I would add that you should take or plan to buy a few tools. Multi meter, screwdrivers, air gauge, stuff like that. Some road side assistance insurance is an excellent idea, I bought BCAA. Didn't use it but good to have. Spending some time to get to know your unit before heading out on the highway is also excellent advice. One thing you mentioned was very different from what I was told. The florida permit people I talked to said I would have to pay the sales tax before I could get a temporary permit. I checked this with dealers ( I bought my motorhome privately) and was told that what they do for out of state purchasers is have a driver take the unit out of Florida to a border state where they can get a permit. Things may have changed but I would double check to avoid surprises when you get there. The final thing is make sure you have everything in order when you get to the border. The reason you travel so far is to get a good deal but I still got a huge amount of hassle from the Canadians over the price I paid. Good luck!
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Here is a Mirada 30' for $13,000 ask in Florida... is this the one you grabbed?!

30' COACHMEN MIRADA MOTOR HOME +NO RESERVE+ - eBay (item 160528831955 end time Jan-14-11 12:30:15 PST)=
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Here is a Mirada 30' for $13,000 ask in Florida... is this the one you grabbed?!

30' COACHMEN MIRADA MOTOR HOME +NO RESERVE+ - eBay (item 160528831955 end time Jan-14-11 12:30:15 PST)=
Not that one ours is a 34' model super slide with 2 roof airs
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To add to the above: I would get a video camera and film eveything when picking up your Coach, make the owner/dealer mechanic operate everything and then you do it. I would also get some coveralls and gloves and get underneath with the owner/dealer mechanic. also review completely the service records. ABOVE ALL, THINK SAFE, DRIVE SAFE AND HAVE A GREAT TRIP.
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Thanks I will see if I can find the video.....I am sure that it would help for sure thank you very much
Not sure if you found any videos, but here are the ones we used in preparation for our test drive - we will probably rewatch before we pickup our new rig! There are 8 videos I think:

RV Driver Confidence Course: Part 1 - Better RVing

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