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Old 11-19-2014, 05:59 PM   #15
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The advice to be prepared to spent the day is solid. We arrived to pick up our last used MH as they opened the doors at the dealer, and left 45 minutes after they closed for the day. In that time they did thousands of dollars in repairs to the toilet, generator, shore cord, and several other items that should of been inspected, repaired, or replaced, well before we got there.

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Old 11-19-2014, 06:58 PM   #16
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Nice looking outfit. I am sure you will enjoy it. Be prepared to find some things that have to be fixed. It is the same with all coaches. If it moves it will have to be fixed eventually.

If you are going to pull your car have the dealer set it up for you. Take the MH out for a drive without the toad to practice a bit. It will not drive like the car. You are sitting above the wheel so will have to drive farther to the left than you are used to. Look down the road and try to keep yourself sitting above the wheel path. Otherwise you will be crowding the right hand side of the lane.

Drive conservatively and defensively. On turns you have to drive farther into the intersection before turning right, left is a bit easier. Go slow when turning until you get an idea of where the back end will track.

After you feel more comfortable you will be able to hook up the car. Get the dealer to help you. If you are towing 4 down or with a dolly remember backing up is a bear other than very short distances. Best to always drive forward, so plan you exit from service stations, etc before you enter. If stuck you unhook the toad and reposition.

On the road drive the lane the same way you did when taking the practice drive. Turns will not require much more turning radius than the unhooked coach.

Enjoy the drive home. Travel at a resonable speed. Do not worry about traffic behind you. If on a two lane road pull over when safe to let traffic by if building up. Do not drive down shoulder but pull into turnouts. No turnouts - keep going.

It will all seem strange but it has been done by everyone who has posted on this thread.

There are numerous videos on the net dealing with driving a MH. Do a search and view a few of them.

Enjoy your new coach and travels.

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Old 11-19-2014, 07:30 PM   #17
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I own a 35' gasser. Here's my 2 cents.
  • Tire condition and air pressure are paramount. Even experienced drivers fear blowouts.
  • Make sure the brakes work and don't pull to one side.
  • A rig that old could have sloppy steering so be aware of that when big rigs pass you. The wind off a 18 wheeler is scary in a new rig.
  • Make sure all the lights work ( exterior and Dash )
  • Make sure the heater works.
FYI - I'm purchasing a 2003 Journey DL this weekend. I have the same questions and I am so afraid of buying a $50k lemon. The dealer is very reputable and we have planned an entire day for the walkthrough, but I would sure love to have my own checklist. Does anyone have a checklist?

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