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Old 11-21-2009, 09:02 AM   #1
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Flying to Pick up MH, What do I take?

My wife and I are flying on the 4th of Dec. to Florida to pick up our coach. I need suggestions as to what to take as we are driving it back 2400 miles and will be staying in camp grounds. My thoughts are a good tire pressure guage, GPS of some kind (any suggestions?), a electric monitor for the campground hook up. Now let the suggestions begin. Be aware it has to be packable in one of our three large suitcases. Also some suggestions as to what to get after we pick it up to use on the way back.
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Old 11-21-2009, 09:10 AM   #2
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I would take a blanket, sheets, pillow cases, a pair of towels and toiletries. That is basic things. Marvh
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Old 11-21-2009, 09:16 AM   #3
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2400 miles at, say 400 miles per day, is 6 days. Take clothes - you'll need them. Stop at an RV dealer or a Camping world and pick up what you need. I might not try to fly with a surge protector and other electronic items (GPS maybe)
Maybe pick up a few tools at a parts store for the 'just in case' situations, along with the tire gauge.
No use going into an airport with enough stuff to get the attention of Homeland Security. Pack light and enjoy the trip back home.
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Old 11-21-2009, 09:28 AM   #4
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You could FED X or UPS things you will need on your trip home to the dealer ahead of time. A quick stop at Walmart to finish off anything else.
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Old 11-21-2009, 09:28 AM   #5
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New or Used coach? How long do you have for PDI in Florida and drive back to Las Vegas? Do you already have an RV that is outfitted that you will transfer to the new unit?
Road Service- try Coach Net
Fuses
Flares/Warning triangles
Paper maps
Trailer Life or Woodalls campground directory
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Flying J or other truck stop location maps

and more depending on answers to the above questions
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Old 11-21-2009, 09:29 AM   #6
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My wife and I are flying on the 4th of Dec. to Florida to pick up our coach. I need suggestions as to what to take as we are driving it back 2400 miles and will be staying in camp grounds. My thoughts are a good tire pressure guage, GPS of some kind (any suggestions?), a electric monitor for the campground hook up. Now let the suggestions begin. Be aware it has to be packable in one of our three large suitcases. Also some suggestions as to what to get after we pick it up to use on the way back.
I think that you are close to what you need GPS, Tire gage, but I would purchase them when you get there. I think the tire gage will be a problem at the airport and you might be stopped for any electronic device. Go online and order your GPS and Tire Gage or anything else that you might need and have it sent to the dealer. Second option is to make arrangements with your sales person to take you to purchase your GPS and other things you may need. Remember on delivery of your new MH they will be on there best behavior until they get the check.

Just a suggestion. Congrats on your new MH.
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Old 11-21-2009, 10:03 AM   #7
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Emergency road service contract. 2400 miles is a long shake down cruise, if something goes bad it will save you lots of money. good luck with the new rig.
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2400 miles at, say 400 miles per day, is 6 days. Take clothes - you'll need them. Stop at an RV dealer or a Camping world and pick up what you need. I might not try to fly with a surge protector and other electronic items (GPS maybe)
Maybe pick up a few tools at a parts store for the 'just in case' situations, along with the tire gauge.
No use going into an airport with enough stuff to get the attention of Homeland Security. Pack light and enjoy the trip back home.

Dw just made a flight to florida to move her mom back out here
she took 6 pairs of ratcheting tiedowns, padlocks, a bit of rope, and 3 days of clothes, gps , chargers and cell phones, TSA searched and let her go
I could only imagine the tsa guys thoughts as he looked at her stuff, knowing she was not checking her bag

congrats on the new rig
I would also take a pair of coveralls just in case you have to get dirty
new rigs equal loose hoses, a thought might be to have the dealer throw in a small tool kit of duct tape, screwdrivers and a pair of channel locks.

have fun
and GO weigh it right off and balance the tire pressure so your trip is smooth
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A trip to the supermarket is in order so you will not have to find places to eat regularly. paper towels & TP. A basic pot & pan.

You may want to dry camp at a truck stop or Walmart so travel with some water on board & lp.

If used motorhome, make sure the fluids & belts & hoses have been changed or checked. make sure the tires are not out of date. If going toward cold temps be sure you are freeze protected & if diesel when you stop for the night make sure the engine heater is on.

Good luck & be safe.
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You could FED X or UPS things you will need on your trip home to the dealer ahead of time. A quick stop at Walmart to finish off anything else.
Definetly, anything with value, such as the GPS, surge guard ect., has only about a 20% chance of making the trip without being stolen at the airport. Ship your clothes also, it's cheaper, and you have a greater chance of getting there than checking your luggage. Just ship it to a FedEx or UPS store, or to a hotel if your staying in one the first night.
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Hi Vegasdan,
Congratulations on the new coach. Consider taking your personal items with you. Linen, clothing, blankets, bath towels, wash cloths, toiletries. etc.

Make sure the LP tank is full.

Everything else buy when you get the coach. You'll definitely need a water hose, sewer hose and any other items for utility hookups (gloves?). A surge protector is a good purchase, only if you know you want the portable or hard wired model. In addition soap for washing, a cup for each of you, some paper plates, utensils, a box of trash bags, paper towels and a bottle of general purpose cleaner. On the trip back eat out. It is a lot simpler than buying all that you need to cook in the coach. If you want to eat in the coach, buy the frozen food meals and drinks from the grocery store.

When driving back, begin the list. It will help pass the time. For the first year, buy only what is urgently needed. There will be a lot of after market appliances that are really great things to have. Before making the purchase, consider how you RV and does the item fit your style of RVing?
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Money---Credit Card---one good heavy duty Rival electric skillet---styro plates.
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Old 11-21-2009, 10:53 AM   #13
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I should have given a little more info. First it's a used coach, 37 FT DP. It's a private sale. Some things are already in place such as the water hose. We will take our own set of sheets and towels and obviously our clothes for the trip back. I would like to get the GPS ahead of time so I'll have a little experience in using it (never had one before) if it's in a carry on bag, will we have any trouble getting it through security? As far as the electrical tester, would one of the basic polarity testers work for this trip, and, again, would that pass through security in a carry on? We'll probably eat out in the evenings and buy easy stuff for lunches on board. The fluids have all been changed, the tires are 3 years old and all systems have been checked out for functionality by an RV tech. We will stop at a Wally world etc. to get the basics. Thanks for all of your suggestions so far, I'm making my list.
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Congratulations!
We have picked up three motor homes that way, the last 1 1/2 months ago. For the first two I just flew out and drove them home. The last one we drove about 1200 miles, bought a tow dolly and towed our car home, we then sold the tow dolly. The first two were about 1700 miles away. By staying to the interstates when I drove the first two, and armed with a Cell Phone and a map I did just fine. I bought whatever I needed at the WalMarts or Auto supply stores. A thorough check of the vehicles was very important as has been mentioned by others. Tires, air pressure, hoses, belts, fluids, windshield wipers. Make sure all the lights work. These were bought from private parties. Both trips went fine. One of these unit was 3 years old, the other 20 years old. Do your Homework as best you can.
The last unit my wife and I drove down planning to have a travel adventure on the way back. Since we were towing our car and this was the largest and most complicated MH a Diesel Pusher. We were able to bring some items such as tools and a GPS unit and clothing in the car avoiding the Airport problems. We turned this into a 2500 miles trip home. We had planned to buy items we needed which would be used in the MH later on such as supplies, linens mats etc.
We used this as a "shake Down Cruise" taking note of future needs and any repairs. This has been posted in other threads.
Turn it into fun, that's what it's all about.
Try and bring a Laptop if you can that is invaluable.
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