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Old 08-05-2012, 11:38 AM   #1
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4000 miles later....

Thanks for all of your help in the past..

We are brand new rvers in a 98 Airstream Cutter 35 Diesel

Just wanted to share some observations from our very first trip:

Visited 2 CAT dealers
Had a broken schraeder valve in valve stem
3 instances of elevated coolant temperature

What we learned:
Question your CAT dealer on EVERYTHING he does and does not do
Think outside the box on what you may need while on the road (without a toad)
Dont count on your cell phone or GPS, It will fail you when you need it the most.
Buy a copy of Trailer LIfe, and look for the smaller parks.
You can count on KOA to be a nice park, but a few more dollars.
Do not attempt to clean your radiator and aftercooler! The CAT dealers have high pressure steam and degreaser that does not damage any fins, and in my opinion, is the ONLY way to really get to ALL of the area.
We found that decent WiFi in the parks was very difficult to come by. (Dont even think about Netflix)
Careful in the Walmart parking lots, people will box you in no matter where you park. Go way out there.
You can usually boondock in the front of a Flying J. Avoid the truck parking area at Pilot, Very noisy and busy.

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Old 08-05-2012, 06:32 PM   #2
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Welcome mfancher to irv2.
Interesting observations you have and thanks for posting.
Another good location to stop overnight is the Cracker Barrel restaurant, can eat supper than breakfast after a good sleep over and no trucks.
Just check with manager.
Enjoy the forums and do post often.

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Old 08-05-2012, 06:49 PM   #3
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You must have stopped at different KOA's than we have. Our experiance with KOA is keep driving. I do agree on the overpriced though. Jim
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Old 08-06-2012, 08:52 AM   #4
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You are 100% right on the Cracker Barrel, we have done that back east. They are RV friendly for sure!
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Welcome to the forum and thanks for sharing your observations.

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Old 08-06-2012, 09:32 AM   #6
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Welcome to the 'RV fun world'! As you have found out there is a lot to learn. With a lot of our travels, there is NO cell phone service. Therefore we chose to also purchase a sat phone. While they can be spendy, when they are needed they are nice to have. Also in our 'limited' travels we have stayed at some KOA camp grounds and was not impressed. With in our budget, we did find some really nice CG's that we would stay at again. Also when we travel to the 'lower 48', I schedule for maintenance on our MH that either I cannot do. We call the service center ahead of time and schedule our time there. So far we have not have any major issues doing this. As far as being 'boxed' in, we always attempt to park well away from evryone else. As long as I can walk, I have no issues parking in the 'back 40'.
Keep good notes on your travels as this will help with furture trips of where to stay/go and where not to go.
Have fun and be safe.

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