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Old 01-07-2014, 10:44 AM   #1
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Bought my 1st rv

Just bought a 2001 36' georgie boy cruise air. Picking it up Saturday and bringing home to south Indiana. Besides taking tools, fluids, air compressor. Any thoughts on what else I may need for the trip since this will be my first drive in it? Taking a spare tire also.

The unit has a Ford v-10 with 13k miles. Also can the HWH hydraulic levelers be used to lift it high enough to change a front or rear wheel if needed?

Thanks for any guidance.



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Old 01-07-2014, 10:52 AM   #2
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Looks nice and clean. How far are you traveling? You might want to consider a roadside service plan before you go.
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Old 01-07-2014, 11:02 AM   #3
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most tires/depending on size have been put on with a high torque wrench/gun
fully charged cell phone, an few warm blankets .
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Old 01-07-2014, 11:19 AM   #4
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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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Also curious as to the distance. I would make sure I had plenty propane before departing. If you have an unscheduled stop at least you'll have heat. Also jumper cables and plenty of fuel. Most, if not all MH generators will not run with the tank below 1/4.
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Old 01-07-2014, 11:47 AM   #6
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It will be about 300 miles. I will check my insurance policy about the roadside assistance plan that it has, good thinking there. A 3rd party inspection said the tires were good. But I will definitely be inspecting them and checking their age. The wife will be following me in her suv so if it breaks at least I won't be stranded.

I'm sure this toy will be another money sucker just like my boat. But with a 4 year old son I want to have some great family times.

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Congrats on the new rig! Keep it between the ditches!

Good luck, happy trails, and God bless!



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Make sure your wife stays well behind you-you do not want her close in case a tire does let loose and damages the SUV also.
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Make sure your wife stays well behind you-you do not want her close in case a tire does let loose and damages the SUV also.
That's sharp , enjoy.
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Very nice and a clean one at that. I bought a small tool chest 149 pcs. ($100.00) from Sears. Has come in handy. A good tire gauge also.
Have fun and be safe, take it slow until you get the feel of it.
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By the way I neglected to say welcome and I'm sure your family will have a lot of fun with your new toy. My best "funny" at the RV parts counter was when I announced in front of a crowd " I'm sure glad I got rid of the boat and got an RV". Lots of laughter from obviously RV owners and past/present boat owners.
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Hi jetdoc,
Welcome to iRV2 and congrats on your new to you coach. When asking your insurance company about roadside assistance, make sure they understand you are talking about a motor coach with XX diameter wheels. Most insurance companies have no clue and will not pay for the extra support needed for a motor coach. Most folks use Coach-Net or Good Sam for roadside assistance. They specialize in motor coaches.

If the tires are 22.5" tires, the lug nuts will have 450 ft lbs of torque on them and the tire/wheel assembly will weight around 200-250 lbs.
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Welcome aboard and congrats on the purchase. Hope you have a safe trip home and enjoy all your future travels with the family.
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CONGRATULATIONS! HOW EXCITING!

WELCOME! To IRV2 as well!

What a beautiful Rig!

Jetdoc, find out when the last time it was driven, double check the air pressure on the tires, have whoever you bought it from run through everything you can with you before you depart with it.

Hopefully there will be someone there that can show you all you need to know. Drive slow, keep your wits about you.

Go watch this video on maintaining control of your RV in event of a blowout....

How to Handle a Tire Blowout in Your RV - YouTube

Now don't get all nervous, I'm sure you'll be fine and all will be well, but its sure a lot better to know what to do in the event of one than not!

Also, enjoy ENJOY ENJOY! We love pix and I am thrilled and excited for you and the family!

Post pix of your trips and the scenery!

Keep us posted on how y'all are doing too!

WELCOME ABOARD!!
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