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Old 10-29-2015, 05:39 PM   #1
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What should I bring on the plane to drive my used Class A back?

Ok, so I am buying a 2007 Newmar Mountain Aire 4528.

I am having it pre-inspected and prepped for a 2,000 mile drive back.

My 72 year old MIL is going with me - which is awesome, because she is cool and we get along great!

But I am having nightmares every night that I am going to get there, everyone will smile and tell me everything is "good to go" and I start our 2,000 mile journey to bring the MH back to home base and things start happening...like things breaking, not working, etc.

Why do I have this fear, well, my FIL had multiple cancers and the family decided to bring him to the Mayo Clinic here in AZ from SoCal. I rented a 2008 Newmar Mountain Aire from a dealer because he was so sore and uncomfortable I wanted the ride to be the best I could find and the doctor would not clear him to fly. They assured me everything was "good to go." Shame on me for not double checking, but time was of the essence - I cannot express this enough. The man was literally dying at home in his bed.

I picked up the RV at 12 noon - got everything packed and started my trip...I arrived just after sundown. I get my FIL, MIL, and wife and BIL loaded and get him comfortable for an all night drive back.

And I turn on the headlights and something doesn't seem right...not enough light. Neighbors confirm that only one headlight is working. I call the guys that I know at the RV dealership and they walk me through a few things...after 2 hours of messing around, we have no choice but to risk the drive back with one headlight.

We arrive at Mayo and I pull the 45' MH into the Emergency Room driveway...after a 13 hour drive. Everyone at the hospital is like "What the heck is this?". But once they see my FIL who was comfortable amidship but emaciated, they get it and admit him.

Anyways, now I am concerned as I am going to fly my MIL and I 2,000 miles to pick up a pre-inspected used MH and I don't know what to bring to help fix stuff along the way...

Any suggestions would be helpful. I have already printed the Owners Guide...which quite frankly, was a bit underwhelming even at 122 pages....


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Old 10-29-2015, 05:51 PM   #2
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When I flew to pick mine up, I took a toothbrush and a visa card. Luckily only used the toothbrush. (except for fuel)

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Old 10-29-2015, 06:00 PM   #3
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I am hoping for the same!! Nice!!
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Old 10-29-2015, 06:00 PM   #4
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If it doesn't come with a good GPS you may need one...
You can pick up a package of micro-fiber cloths at Walmart that come in handy for mirrors, windshields, etc.
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Old 10-29-2015, 06:03 PM   #5
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Go to Walmart near where the purchase point is-buy what you need-keep the receipt-you can exchange or return from & to any Walmart--

Take a plug converter-if you have one (30/50-50/30) Take a circuit tester (12Volt) take a handful of 12 volt fuses take an adjustable wrench Phillips & Flat screwdriver Duct tape 12Volt air pump -(harbor freight)- Tire plug kit

and....good cell phone & full credit card

You will have a ball! Good Luck
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Old 10-29-2015, 06:13 PM   #6
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What's the rush? DON"T think you can drive an unknown coach at night. If you are in that much of time restraint- plan better. Gold American Express is your friend
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If you have a smartphone it can be used as a GPS substitute until you can get a dedicated RV GPS (which is the best way to go IMHO). Good apps are Google Maps, Waze.
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I wont leave home without Coach Net. When I have had a problem I call them and they arrange towing and repair. Coach Net pays for the tow and I pay for repairs, usually with shop options.
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Old 10-29-2015, 06:54 PM   #12
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The posts recommending a roadside service plan, credit cards, a GPS and a toothbrush are spot on. You definitely don't want to be out and about in a coach without any/all of those items.

Weird as it sounds - the first thing I bought for my coach (after those all important items were in place) was a pair of cheap plastic sandals. We were making our first ever RV trip in a rented Class A during some rainy weather - and quickly hated the dirt we were constantly trekking into the coach when we walked in and out with our shoes on. Yet, there was a endless stream of reasons I had to step outside - so there was no avoiding it. Yet there wasn't a good place to stop and put shoes on or take them off without either stepping outside (into the wet) .. or walking completely into the coach and sitting in one of the captains chairs. A cheap pair of plastic sandals that I toss out the door and step into from the steps or kick off when I stepped up onto the steps solved the problem for cheap.
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I had a driver pick mine up in Atlanta Ga. and drive all the way to El Paso Tx. Dealer here paid for it. Lucky me, because the driver cracked the windshield in a storm in Louisana. Dealer just finished installing new windshield.
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Old 10-29-2015, 07:06 PM   #14
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Get there early enough to do a good walk through inspection and have them explain how everything works. If you have video on your phone film the complicated stuff. Don't leave until your comfortable with the coach.

Credit card is a must
GPS is a must
Cell phone

I did about the same thing, flew to Florida and picked up our coach late at night, the seller spent 30 minutes with me, basically showing me the basics of driving a Class A ( I had owned a Class C). I then drove to the nearest Walmart to sleep until the AM and the set out on a drive back to Tennessee.

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