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Old 04-17-2012, 02:55 PM   #43
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OK where do I go to get the weight. Not close to a scale here in Atlanta that I know of. Also, Do I have to pull into scales on the highway ?
google a Love's fuel stop or Flying J or Pilot. They all have scales.....
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Old 04-17-2012, 04:55 PM   #45
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I would offer my advice, but I have only had my rig for 18 months, been on 20 trips, spent $20000 on fixing things that weren't right, so I know NOTHING!
Wow, sorry GSGracie, BTW want to buy some land? $20k in repairs that sounds bad to me.
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Here are a few more items:
1. It's not a car, it will neither accelerate or stop like a car
2. Look, and think, ahead.
3. Anticipate your moves and plan ahead for lane changes and turns
4. Use your signals to broadcast your intentions before a turn
5. Use your mirrors, if you pass someone on the highway be sure to leave room before pulling back into your lane (but know that some jerks may want to pass you on the right as you leave this space)
6. Use the "stale green" concept when approaching a traffic light (I read about this from Greyhound bus driver training). If you didn't see a traffic light turn from Red to Green, you have no idea how long it will stay Green so be prepared for it to turn back to Red at any time.

Have fun!. Most of us do...
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Not repairs. Changing all 110V to 240V, fitting solar and controllers with 3000W inverter, six new AGM batteries, four new tyres ($600+ each here), repair of minor damage to back end on my first drive, leaking rear seal on duals, purchasing and fitting LCD and LED TV's, replacing couch with twin leather recliner, painting the inside, changing the color of all the handles from gold to silver(!), new gas stove, new reversing camera and screen (different system here), more hooks and rails. Almost finished!
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Old 04-17-2012, 05:33 PM   #48
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Great info from all so far, with some funny mixed in for good measure,,, thanks,,, now if I could get a straight answer on towing my 99 Tahoe 4WD that would make me happy.
I did speak to fleetwood and workhorse today and it looks likt the rig will max out at26000lb all in....where did I put my bath scale again....
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Also don't pull to close to high curbs! Can't count how many times we went to open the door and the stairs extended to only bang against the curb.
Or you end up with 3 bent up wheel lug covers that you dont notice for three weeks then wrack your brain trying to remember where & how it happened.
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Or you end up with 3 bent up wheel lug covers that you dont notice for three weeks then wrack your brain trying to remember where & how it happened.
Sorry, I'm on the floor laughing thank GOD I haven't done that one---- YET!
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We are also newbies having just bought our 2000 Diplomat last month. I haven't yet seen the post that would have helped us on our maiden voyage. If folks are interested I'll post pics, but the story is at the link below.

Let me just say the fun is in the adventure so always do your best to maintain your sense of humor.

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We are also newbies having just bought our 2000 Diplomat last month. I haven't yet seen the post that would have helped us on our maiden voyage. If folks are interested I'll post pics, but the story is at the link below.

Let me just say the fun is in the adventure so always do your best to maintain your sense of humor.

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Wow, looks like one for the books......I hope we do better our first time out.....Next Weekend......
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Welcome to the forum!

Most of what I know about RVs I learned right here on the forum... so Sarah was joking with her suggestion but there's a lot of valuable information here and a wealth of knowledge at your fingertips so don't hesitate to take advantage of it. Feel free to use the search function to research things you're interested in or have questions about and, as always, feel free to post questions.

Like the tip you picked up on flushing the black tank then the gray tank, many things you'll learn are common sense but there's so much to learn it's like drinking from a fire hose at first.

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Agree 100%, have been using this Forum to learn and learn and learn and I still read and learn from the postings......... I do most of my own maintenance now.
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Go to a large empty parking lot and practice right turns. Set up large trash cans in a row and see how close you can get. Then throw them away.

You are bigger than they are. Just be aware that the tail swings so watch it especially in a gas station.

RV friendly gas stations in the book means diesel.

Look befor you turn into a gas station, if you can get into the pump can you get out.

Cars will block you in.

Cars will cut you off.

Our only accident was a guy hit me in the side half way back. He said he did not see me! I am 37 feet long and green!

At rest areas when it says campers one way and trucks another, use the truck parking.

When you have a problem ask for help, we have met the nicest friendliest people in the last 2 years.

Get set up then have a cold one and enjoy the adventure.
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You will make silly mistakes that end up costing you money. Don't beat yourself up. Live and learn and enjoy. Each trip you take you get to know your rig more. Have fun.
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You will make silly mistakes that end up costing you money. Don't beat yourself up. Live and learn and enjoy. Each trip you take you get to know your rig more. Have fun.
I got the money part down already, and haven't even take possession of the Rig

Hope to get it on Friday, if the Dealer can get it all working, it is getting the Bosch Recall taken care of Today, and Tires on Thursday morning
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