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Old 01-07-2014, 02:48 PM   #15
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welcome to the forum.You got a nice looking rig there

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Old 01-07-2014, 03:38 PM   #16
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Jetdoc, it seems everyone has given you some good advice. For your maiden trip home, I'm not sure how far you've got to travel. But everyone has said something about ""TIRES"". That's a big thing money wise on a RV. The RV has only 13000 miles on it but you don't know anything about how they were treated. They maybe dry rotted, may have a knot on it some where that they may have run over something. Who know. Just check them out. There is a manufactures date on the tire check that. In a RV that's what most people go by not mileage.
Someone said , propane , I would make sure you have plenty for heat. I still carry a small ceramic heater they heat great but you've got to have power for them , you could use the inverter to power it up.
Last but not least GO RV'ING and have FUN. Be careful and keep us posted as to how your trip went.
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Old 01-07-2014, 05:25 PM   #17
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First welcome to the forum and to the RV life style, nice clean looking rig.

You say you're going about three hundred miles to pick it up it on Saturday. Will the deep freeze be over in Indiana or at the pick up place by then. Have you been able to do a full pre-buy inspection? If not you need to do one. Has the unit been winterized and what do you have in writing that all the water systems will function correctly when winter is over, since with the current conditions, I'm sure you will not be able to put water into it and use all the plumbing.

All of the advise others have given you is right on. Enjoy your new MH and it may not be a big "money pit" as your boat was (especially if you are mechanically inclined), at least ours hasn't been. Always remember that anything you may need someone else has been there and this forum is a wealth of people willing to share.

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Old 01-08-2014, 05:47 AM   #18
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Simple answer, no DO NOT use leveling jacks for tire change. There will be warnings against that in manuals and elsewhere. Now that being said I see no reason to not use them to raise coach and then support axle with jack stand to change tire, but not on the jacks alone.

I will second the road service recommendation, I bought mine a few days before pick-up to make sure it would be in effect during ride home. Was uneventful anyway.

Once home check the sway bar bushings, notorious on the Ford chassis. Also read up on the CHF (cheap handling fix), and don't anticipate it to drive and ride like a limo, it will drive like a truck.

How far home and how old are tires? Check air pressure and check date codes and if beyond 7-8 years, examine them closely for cracking, bulges, etc before travel. If more than 10, don't go!

Enjoy, exciting time.

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Can you elaborate on the Cheap Handling Fix? Am looking at a Class A built on an F53 chassis. Thanks!
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Old 01-08-2014, 09:18 AM   #19
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Like other have said, the low mileage makes one wonder what the owner means by "good". They could be original tires with great tread and therefore "good" to the owner but really death traps waiting to blow.

You won't very likely be changing a tire on these things. Just make sure that roadside assistance covers a motorhome. Bing warm clothes and blankets in case you do get stuck somewhere.

I don't think RVs are quite as bad as boats, unless you buy one new that is... Also, the odds are you will be just fine since you are only going 300 miles but I would check all the tires for age.
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Old 01-08-2014, 10:21 AM   #20
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Can you elaborate on the Cheap Handling Fix? Am looking at a Class A built on an F53 chassis. Thanks!
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Old 01-08-2014, 11:32 AM   #21
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Thanks for the replies. Some great points and info has been shared. I used a 3rd party to inspect the unit prior to purchase that disclosed to me some minor issues. They said it was properly winterized and the tires are good. Of course I will be doing my own inspection when I get there and the tires are my biggest concern so they will be looked at closely.

As far as the boat I still have it and love everything about it except the cost. Doing 80+ miles an hour in places like lake Michigan is a great feeling. Hard to explain but with all the open water you just feel free. And the coves with all the boats tied up and bikinis everywhere. Isn't too shabby either.

I'm sure i will have many more questions from you folks once I get this unit home. I have always tent camped so this will be like luxury in comparison.

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Old 01-08-2014, 11:36 AM   #22
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Nice older MH. dont drive it in the salt. Bad
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Old 01-08-2014, 12:58 PM   #24
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Wow Dave! GREAT looking boat! Now you have two avenues of having lots of fun with your family!

Thanks for sharing and keep us posted, how the trip went, etc....

You have a new family here at IRV2 that will help in any way we can when it comes to questions. There are so many resources and talent on this forum it would be hard for me to believe there isn't an answer to almost any question.

Welcome again and thanks for sharing!
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Congrats! We just purchased our first coach as well. Took a 600 mile journey home. Everything everyone has said is wise advice! We bought our coach for the same reason but also to become full timers once out daughter is off to college. We have a 3-5 year plan! Good luck, be safe and have fun!

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