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Old 03-05-2015, 05:13 PM   #1
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My new-to-me and first ever motorhome came home after two months in the shop today. It has new tires, new air bags, new shocks, and a newly-resealed roof. I took it for a 90-mile test drive before parking it in my frozen yard. I exercised the generator by running the furnace for about two hours, and cooked a celebratory burger on the propane stove for lunch.

After many years of yielding my portion of the roadway to larger vehicles, I discovered that these little cars that weigh 25,000 pounds less than the MH pretty much get out of the way on our narrow New Hampshire two-lane roads. I tried not to bully them, but, contrary to popular opinion, size matters.

Counting the days to our summer odyssey...
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welcome to your new mh. have you done this anytime before?
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Your post excites me! We're counting down to picking up our first RV! We're getting some of the same work done as you (and a bit more) which is taking longer than we'd originally planned... because I kept adding stuff!

Good luck on your trip. We'll be with you in spirit!

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Isn't it exciting to start planning the years RV trips?

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welcome to your new mh. have you done this anytime before?

I have traveled all over the country (and a bit in Baja California) in Volkswagen van campers. I still have one for day trips to the beach, etc. This is an enormous step up in size, comfort, and capability.
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The furnace runs on battery power so it did not exercise the genny much.

Space heaters are not something I suggest plugging into RV outlets but they DO exercise the generator.. I have special outlets for mine, they are 15/20 amp not RV Quick Connecte pieces of ..... refuse.
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The furnace runs on battery power so it did not exercise the genny much.

Space heaters are not something I suggest plugging into RV outlets but they DO exercise the generator.. I have special outlets for mine, they are 15/20 amp not RV Quick Connecte pieces of ..... refuse.

Thanks. I have a bit to learn about how the different electrical systems work. When it warms up this afternoon, I'll be out there with my multimeter seeing what's what.
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My wife and I call this the "500 pound canary syndrome". A motorhome is bigger and the size makes it intimidating to some other drivers. Unfortunately it isn't quite true. Depending on the brand, what look like bumpers are just weak fiberglass protrusions. And, if a car hits with any force, the end caps, sidewalls, and compartment doors are very vulnerable and can be expensive to replace. I guess that in a really hard hit, the motorhome chassis is stronger than that of a car, but I don't want to find out. If a car driver wants to give me some additional room because of my vehicle size, that's all the better - when it happens.

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Congrats on the new rig! Keep her between the ditches!
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