Originally Posted by JimJan52
My wife and I are going to the RV dealership sat to take possession of our 2003
Holiday Rambler Imperial 40'.Nervous and excited,first timers and preparing for retirement and some fun.This coach seems to be in very good condition,35,000
miles.I guess we are mostly concerned about what parks we can go in and the ones we can't.I did as much research as I could but didn't learn as much as I should have.Our plans are to drive it around this beautiful country for 2 years then live in while we build a log cabin for our final resting place.
Any thoughts on this brand of rv or maybe some advice?
Congrats on the new coach!
My family just picked up our 1st coach a couple of weeks ago. We decided to move it to a park about 20 minutes from home, and have lived in it for the last 2 weeks. Needless to say, this has been an adventure and we have learned A LOT.
We figured out that these coaches are packed full of quirky little things that you'll have to figure out either through trial and error or by reading through the giant suitcase of operator's manuals (I'd strongly suggest making time to organize the giant suitcase in a way you can quickly find info... makes life a little easier in the long run).
First things first, get some kind of insulated covering for the windshield. That windshield in the middle of summer can act like a giant magnifying glass used to burn ants (and you're the ants). The curtains close out the light but the heat still comes through with a vengeance. We thought about ordering the custom-fit blackouts, but opted to save a couple hundred bucks and make our own. You can find Reflectix insulation at Lowes (Shop Reflectix 100-sq ft Reflective Roll Insulation (48-in W x 25-ft L) at Lowes.com
). I bought a 4'x25' roll and have enough left to do other windows if needed. Cut it to a snug fit and then cover it with a couple layers of black screen mesh so you don't blind the neighbors when the sun hits it. When you're done with it, just roll it up and store it underneath. This dropped our inside temp 10-15 degrees.
Next, check your plumbing and caulking in the bathroom. These homes move and things tend to wiggle loose, and water can find its way onto the floor or draining out underneath. I'm actually planning to spend a day this week repairing a loose u-joint under the shower drain because the rv moved but the joint didn't want to.
The main thing is to spend a little time living in your new coach while you're close to home so you still have access to any tools/local hardware stores/etc. that you may need to get everything ready for your first road trip. And enjoy the adventure! The quirks can add to the experience if approached with the right attitude. lol!
The great thing for us (me, my wife, daughter, and 2 dogs) has been that we've learned that we don't actually need most of the stuff that we thought we needed to live comfortably. After our first week in the rv, we packed up most of the stuff that we brought for "survival" and took it back home to get it out of the way. Instead of everybody sitting and staring at computer screens and tv's, we come together to watch the sunset.