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Old 04-02-2013, 11:27 PM   #1
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Three Months in My Entegra - Lessons Learned

There are probably others, but after a wonderful three months, thought I might share a few wisdoms and lessons learned as a newbie in this new lifestyle:

10) Rest areas have one principle purpose for those with a bladder over 55 years of age and it isnít rest.

9) Donít leave the hose out, even if you disconnect it, when the temperature is less that 30 degrees (-1 degree C for my Canadian friends).

8) Never attempt to pull into or back into a camping space before inspecting the area fully. Your Entegra Anthem costs about $7500 per foot, exactly the cost per foot associated with fixing problems because you didn't inspect your site.

7) Never think you can park your RV without the help of your spotter (otherwise known as DW or DH).

6) Never chastise your spotter for not being in the right place or guiding you poorly to the mark for fear that you may next be parking without the spotter (otherwise known as DW or DH). See result in 8) above.

5) Recognize your coach is no longer ďnewĒ when you leave the lot. Enjoy it while taking care of it, but donít get so enamored with it that you donít use it.

4) Donít beat yourself up too bad when you use it and you get your first scratch. If you donít have one, it is only because you havenít ďusedĒ the coach enough.

3) When the weather person says 30-40 mph on the nose, pull over to save yourself about 3.5 mpg.

2) When the weather person says 30-40 mph crosswind, park it. The life you save may be your own; otherwise you save about 5 years of your life(stress) and 3.5 mpg.

1) The people you meet and the places you take the time to fully appreciate far outweigh the cost or driving to time to get there. This is a great life.

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Old 04-03-2013, 06:01 AM   #2
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You nailed it perfectly. As newbe's ourselves we have learned the hard way. We are just leaving our first full winter experience in Naples, Fl and loved every day of it. Met great people, lots of things to do and weather 5000 times better than northern Minnesota. Sorry to see it end. Looking forward to the next adventure. The next chapter starts with a tour of the Entegra plant on the 15th as we head home. Thanks for the great list. Safe travels.
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Number 8 is an interesting way to look at the cost of these rigs.
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Great write up Dave. I have to show this to my DW.
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Well said, Dave...Happy Travels!
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Old 04-03-2013, 08:23 AM   #6
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Great list, Dave. We've had our Anthem SL for about two weeks and are living in fear of the $7,500/ft principle combined with Murphy's Law. Almost had a #8 due to an overhanging limb while Spotter was carefully watching wheels vs. target mark. We should be speaking again soon.

We learned a lot in our first trips in a 2008 Discovery. Shamu was a patient, enduring soul although I almost lost when I was convinced I could drive her up our steep, winding (Hairpin turns) driveway in he mountains. Hopefully someone has repaired the racing stripes and gouges. Needless to say, the Anthem will never see our house....

A couple of other things:

There are no fuel stops in or near Santa Fe and you can't get into the gas stations without unhooking.

A strong and steady crosswind will quit briefly just when you have found the perfect amount of tension and associated stress to offset it. The swerve then restarts the process to find the right combination with associated increase in stress.

The car that refuses to let you move over will immediately cut you off to get to the exit you are passing.
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Careful, Salty, you're very near violating #6 as you nearly experience #8

Best spot to fill close to Santa Fe is about 25 miles SW at the Indian casino. Bets price in NM. Or wait till you cross over to TX, OK even better...25 to 30 cents cheaper.

As to cross winds, or when you pass a semi and you get the combined wind off their front.

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We discovered the casino as we left Santa Fe. We had arrived way too close to E and had to get some fuel quickly. For whatever reason, I thought there would be truck stops there. But you're right about the casino.

DW has decided that my comments are just good-natured needling and I have no intention of trying to change that perception. I'll live longer that way.

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Swenster, we will also be in Middlebury on April 15, to get our punch list fixed, hope to see you there.
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Swenster, we will also be in Middlebury on April 15, to get our punch list fixed, hope to see you there.
We are scheduled for the 15th as I mentioned but after calling back home we found out that there is 35 inches of white manure still on the ground so we may have to drag our feet and stay south a little longer. If we made it there when you are getting your work done we would like to meet you and get your experience so far with your coach. Happy Trails
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Swenster, we will also be in Middlebury on April 15, to get our punch list fixed, hope to see you there.
Is it possible to share that punch list? It's always interesting to see what happens in the real world. There doesn't seem to be any really big issues with the Entegras just the every day handy man stuff...
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