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Old 05-23-2017, 06:02 PM   #15
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Hi, My name is Tom and my wife is Barb. We just purchased a used motorhome a 2003 Holiday Rambler Vacationer. Our problem is this is our first and only RV ever. I'm 70 and my wife is 67 and I'm not sure if the old adage ( You can't teach an old dog new tricks ) is true or not but I'm having one heck of a time. The motorhome is in excellent condition and we love it but at this point I just need a little help. So if there is any one in the Paw Paw or Kalamazoo Michigan area who can help me and show us how some of this works (i.e. Shore Power, Generator, Batteries ), I Would happily compensate them.

Thanks Tom & Barb


I purchased this from an inside Storage Facility and other than slide outs and leveling that was about extent of training.

Tom & Barb:

Congratulations! You'll have a lot of fun and experiences with it, I'm sure. Some sage advise... just a few tips:

-- when backing up - have a spotter (your significant other?) watching for you. Trees, electrical pedestals and sewer pipes, oh and other objects like the Oakland Coliseum Bleachers) may become targets ;-)

-- ALWAYS... I Mean ALWAYS... keep the black tank (the poop tank) valve closed unless you're dumping. Varying other degrees of opinion are out there about the gray water tank valve - but keep the black one closed. You need the liquids in there to help the solids flow out! If you leave a little gray water in the gray tank, you can use that bit of water to flush out your hose after dumping the black tank.

-- Oh, and Buy a real heavy duty sewer hose. This is not the place to scrimp and save...

-- If you can afford to, and you do a lot of dry camping (no electric or water or sewer hookups) like at our Nation's National Parks sometime offer, consider switching out incandescent light bulbs to LED bulbs. They use 90% less power and put out almost no heat (unless they're the dimmable kind, but they still only put out modest heat).

-- Your Tire's are probably the most important thing to check before rolling out on a trip. Verify the Dept of Trans (DOT) datestamp on the sidewalk. For tires made in the new millennium - it's a four digit code denoting the WEEK and YEAR the tires were made. For example "5113" means it was made in December of 2013. Also, tires may "look" fine, but they're not like cars... we change RV tires typically by age, not by miles driven. I will look at replacing mine after 5-7 years. I've had a blowout on an inside dual which cost me $250 deductible - for $6,500 damage done to my coach. Air pressure is critical and knowing what your coach weighs and how much each tire is rated for will help you. A). Keep from overloading an area of your coach and B.) Prevent premature failure caused by heat from under inflation.

Not trying to scare you... on the contrary, RVing is fantastic - go enjoy it, but be safe!!


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Old 05-23-2017, 06:27 PM   #16
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Tom & Barb,
Follow this link for a copy of the Owners Manual for your HR


It should answer a lot of the general questions you have.

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Old 05-24-2017, 02:15 AM   #17
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Escapees now has videos similar to their Boot Camp online. You Tube has a lot of videos. Download the owners manual and start reading. Ask other people in the campground, most Rvers are very helpful. You will have a steep learning curve but it will be worth it.

Once you are on the road go to a few rally's to further your education.
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Old 05-24-2017, 05:42 AM   #18
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If you haven't already done so, I would find a local company to do a full inspection on your RV systems before you travel. At the same time you can have him show you how the systems work and you can ask as many questions as you want.
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Thanks Mike, I appreciate your response and look forward to meeting you. I would be more than willing to drive up there if you have the time. I just need a little help with shore power and the battery system. My cell # 760 885-3090

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