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Old 04-20-2014, 08:13 AM   #1
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New Allegro 31SA - what do i need to buy

We signed the agreement yesterday but won't be picking it up for a few weeks - due to out schedule. We are downsizing and planning on full timing. Since we already live in a tiny cottage this does not seem like a big leap for us. My question is what things do I need to think about buying. I work for a software/financial services company and can work from wherever I am so this will be home/office. One of the first things on the list I believe will be a Rand McNally GPS to replace our old Tom/Tom. Appreciate any suggestions you might have.

Sales guy threw in a bbq grill at the end of the deal.

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Old 04-20-2014, 08:45 AM   #2
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Congrats on the new rig! There are several important decisions you will need to make if you are full timing. First, how will you get computer access? You really cannot depend on the availability of wifi, nor would it be fast enough for you. There are a number of wireless ISPs out there (Verizon is one) but you will have to research this. I don't know how important good TV is to you, but that is a problem you need to address. The surest method is satellite, either Dish or Directv. Since everybody has cell phones, phone availability is not a problem.
Then for where to stay. This decision should be delayed if you are a newbie. There are sites you can purchase (and they will frequently give you a night or two for free to decide). There are clubs that give you a discount on sites in their network (Good Sam), or on sites that are in their club, or like Coast to Coast or RPI, give you cheap access to other sites once you buy into one site. Again, this is a decision you don't want to jump into. There are plenty of cheap state park sites (some states have upgraded their sites enormously in the last 10 years), national park sites, and boondocking sites. And there is always Walmart.
These things ought to keep you thinking for a while. Have fun!
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Old 04-20-2014, 08:54 AM   #3
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Thanks. We plan on annoying family, kids, grandkids for awhile but even then we will probably need a campground. I've heard of Good Sam and will check out the other ones you mention. My cell is ATT but I may go with Verizon for mobile internet. I'll need to see where the best deal is. As for TV not sure what our Satellite will support so I'll have to double check that.

Thanks for the thoughts,
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Old 04-21-2014, 08:05 AM   #4
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Here's a few things that you will want to have:

- Have your dealer install a Progressive Industries 50 amp Surge/EMS system. Do this before you go anywhere or plug the motorhome in to anything.
- Things you will need eventually are (in no particular order):
+ 30 amp dogbone (should be with the coach when you pick it up)
+ 50 amp extension cord
+ Jack landing pads (for soft soil/gravel)
+ Millenicom 4G service
+ Satellite antenna (get a Winegard Trav'ler for either Direct TV or Dish
+ Lambswool pad to wash the beast (Google Mary Moppins for a source)
+ AllStays app for your phone/tablet
+ Vent covers
+ Windshield cover (although you can buy a roll of the aluminum bubble wrap material at Lowes or Home Depot and do pretty well)
+ Broom, dust pan, and a small vacuum for the inside
+ Water pressure regulator and external filter system (rvwaterfilterstore.com)
+ RV water softener if you are in hard water areas a lot
+ various plastic storage bins for clothes, office stuff, and so on
+ and everything you need to get your car ready to tow - baseplate, tow bar, braking system, wiring system and so on

Did I spend all of your money yet? The least of your worries, BTW, is the new GPS. Save your money, the Tom Tom will work just fine and you can back it up with Google Maps on your phone.

And get a Passport America membership. You will recoup the $40 you spend for it on the first trip.
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Old 04-21-2014, 09:54 AM   #5
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Thanks. We plan on annoying family, kids, grandkids for awhile but even then we will probably need a campground. I've heard of Good Sam and will check out the other ones you mention. My cell is ATT but I may go with Verizon for mobile internet. I'll need to see where the best deal is. As for TV not sure what our Satellite will support so I'll have to double check that.

Thanks for the thoughts,
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Same for us, and I think Verizon's "MiFi" is the better choice for internet connectivity. Ours works literally everywhere, and cost about $10.00/GB per month. Sign up for the minimum-they'll bill you for any over-usage at the same rate.

As suggested above, get the Passport America membership-it is absolutely the best bang for the bucks and you'll breakeven after just 1 or 2 nites at a PA discounted park. You'll also get a directory, and they have mobile APPS, too.
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Here's a few things that you will want to have:

- Have your dealer install a Progressive Industries 50 amp Surge/EMS system. Do this before you go anywhere or plug the motorhome in to anything.
- Things you will need eventually are (in no particular order):
+ 30 amp dogbone (should be with the coach when you pick it up)
+ 50 amp extension cord
+ Jack landing pads (for soft soil/gravel)
+ Millenicom 4G service
+ Satellite antenna (get a Winegard Trav'ler for either Direct TV or Dish
+ Lambswool pad to wash the beast (Google Mary Moppins for a source)
+ AllStays app for your phone/tablet
+ Vent covers
+ Windshield cover (although you can buy a roll of the aluminum bubble wrap material at Lowes or Home Depot and do pretty well)
+ Broom, dust pan, and a small vacuum for the inside
+ Water pressure regulator and external filter system (rvwaterfilterstore.com)
+ RV water softener if you are in hard water areas a lot
+ various plastic storage bins for clothes, office stuff, and so on
+ and everything you need to get your car ready to tow - baseplate, tow bar, braking system, wiring system and so on

Did I spend all of your money yet? The least of your worries, BTW, is the new GPS. Save your money, the Tom Tom will work just fine and you can back it up with Google Maps on your phone.

And get a Passport America membership. You will recoup the $40 you spend for it on the first trip.
Thanks for the detailed list. My wife was much more nervous than me about finding and buying the motorhome - and we looked for over a year. Now it's my turn to be nervous. Lists upon lists of things that are needed, to do, downsizing, where to park and on and on. I appreciate your taking the time to make these suggestions. Clearly a number of things I didn't think about.

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Same for us, and I think Verizon's "MiFi" is the better choice for internet connectivity. Ours works literally everywhere, and cost about $10.00/GB per month. Sign up for the minimum-they'll bill you for any over-usage at the same rate.

As suggested above, get the Passport America membership-it is absolutely the best bang for the bucks and you'll breakeven after just 1 or 2 nites at a PA discounted park. You'll also get a directory, and they have mobile APPS, too.
Thanks. I think you might be right that Verizon has better coverage. ATT sounds like it is faster overall. I will need it for work. I already pay $50 a month for data on my phone so I can go to a shared phone, device plan - add a US phone for my wife and probably wind up saving a bit more money than going with Verizon. I need to get the numbers down on paper (read spreadsheet) though and give them a more detailed look to see for sure how it breaks out.

After you mentioned Passport America I did some comparison on Passport America or Good Sam Club - sounds like a lot of people have both.

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If you have the F53 Ford V10, do yourself a favor and put a front stabilizer on. This will keep you on the road and you won't have to over drive the unit.
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If you have the F53 Ford V10, do yourself a favor and put a front stabilizer on. This will keep you on the road and you won't have to over drive the unit.
Thanks - definitely considering stabilizers. Although dealer said they have put them on some units - they said never on a Tiffin Allegro. Nevertheless there's good argument for it.

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