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Old 04-14-2012, 09:03 PM   #1
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Lets Hear Them....... What We need to Know

Since we are all new to the World of RV and Class A I though it would be good to gather advise from all the Gurus out there.
I know there is a lot I do not know, just talking to a guy on line today I learned to flush the Black water first, then the Gray... Who know.......

What else is there ???????
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Just go to the top of the forum and read the whole thing.
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Old 04-14-2012, 09:27 PM   #4
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You could fill a book with all the things you need to know about camping/driving a Class A motor home.

One of the first things you should do is invest in an electrical surge guard to protect the electrical/electronics in the coach. This is an example of one kind/brand to buy:

RV Electrical Systems - PPL Motor Homes


The best way to learn is to take it to a campground and hook it up and then explore all the accessories it comes with. If you run into any problems ask your fellow campers/neighbors for assistance. All of us started out new at one time and are happy to assist greenhorns.

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Since we are all new to the World of RV and Class A I though it would be good to gather advise from all the Gurus out there.
I know there is a lot I do not know, just talking to a guy on line today I learned to flush the Black water first, then the Gray... Who know.......

What else is there ???????
1. When the gas gauge reads 1/4 tank, fill up and get back on the road.
2. Find a place to set up for a week or so.
3. Make every attempt to enjoy the week.
4. Get back on the road.

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1. When the gas gauge reads 1/4 tank, fill up and get back on the road.
2. Find a place to set up for a week or so.
3. Make every attempt to enjoy the week.
4. Get back on the road.

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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.

Best of luck.

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Thanks for the feedback, good to know this is a light hearted crowed...... I will fit right in, ,
I may have been called a smart a$$ once or twice in my Little run here on Planet earth.....
Looks like we will taking our first weekend trip on the 27th. Hope not to blow it up, LOL
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I would suggest that you make your first trip close to home (20 miles or so). You are going to find out that there is stuff you either forgot or didn't realize you need. Unless you plan on buying a lot of stuff to dedicate to the rig all at once, this allows you to make a run home to restock. Oh yeah, make checklists.
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Somewhere on this forum there is a check list or two and links where the work has been done for you. Good advice about close to home or ;-) in a WalMart parking lot.
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Thanks for the feedback, good to know this is a light hearted crowed...... I will fit right in, ,
I may have been called a smart a$$ once or twice in my Little run here on Planet earth.....
Looks like we will taking our first weekend trip on the 27th. Hope not to blow it up, LOL
You're going to fit in just fine!! Here's an important tip if you don't already know...once you dump your tanks, be SURE to put water back into the black tank. (My hubby puts about 10-15 gallons.) This will help insure you never have to deal with the "black pyramid of death."
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Oh...and get your rig 4-corner weighed as soon as you can. This is very important for chassis weight limits, tire pressure, and load distribution safety.
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You don't mention what kind of rig you bought. I found I had a surge protector by crawling through the basement bay and spotting it. It is not listed as a part or feature on my coach, but it had one. Unfortunately I had already bought an external surge protector.

As noted, weigh your coach, figure out the right tire pressures, and check them EVERY TIME you drive it more than a few miles, certainly at highway speed. I look for fluid leaks every time I move mine, fluid leaks are easy to spot, missing air not so much.

If you have never driven a large rig, remember to watch your heights, especially at the rear, and remember that the rear corner travels OUTSIDE the rear tire, and that tree branch that was not a problem will suddenly become one.
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