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Old 12-20-2010, 10:40 PM   #15
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Being a total newbie, I learned what a wealth of needed information can be gleaned from all the forums. Never in my minds eye did I realize what I got myself into buying our Pleasure-Way Excel. We bought it 1 July 2010 after two looks of about 15 minutes each and no prior thinking except talking to a owner and her 4 year old that were fulltimers. Since then have made three trips (Branson, Indianapolis, and Tupper Lake, NY). I have yet to turn on the propane, furnace or use the grey or black tanks. There was and still is so much to learn about the systems that at first I was completely overwhelmed even though in our b&s I had handled all the above systems with confidence. We are pleased with the unit which is in pristine condition and hope to make a trip to Seaview, WA in the spring and who knows where in the future.

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Old 12-20-2010, 10:46 PM   #16
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I learned not to let the DW get bored and go motorhome shopping.

Brian, Loretta & Daisy (Golden Retriever)
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Old 12-21-2010, 05:51 AM   #17
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Originally Posted by powerboatr
no matter how much MASS you have....walking head into the slide will not make it go in
Ha ha. Yeah I learnt this one too. Then again it seems I keep learning this same lesson over and over...
12 paws, 40 feet and the open road
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Old 12-21-2010, 06:07 AM   #18
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I learned that it is best to engage the driveline disconnect or apply the parking brake before you unhook the towbar, and that us old folks can move fast if we have to.
Harold & Linda
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Old 12-21-2010, 06:58 AM   #19
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I learned to check the ground fault outlets BEFORE you buy a new toaster to replace the one DW says no longer works.

Many years ago we learned that no matter how little disposable income we had, we could find a way to RV (in our case, an 'antique' Shasta TT that I spent hours on, cleaning and 'restoring'). This year we learned that no matter how much your circumstances have improved, you can still spend all of your disposable income on a RV.
Jay & Peggy Monroe with Dolly
Can't take it with you - don't plan on leaving any behind
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Old 12-21-2010, 08:19 AM   #20
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I learned that shredded tires in the middle of the freeway should be avoided;
that feeling like I can do anything when I'm not towing is a baaaad approach;
that even though you might think your windows are secure, a strong wind can leave it behind you on the road;
fortunately, a service tech rather than me, learned that a motor home can torque enough while traveling to lock you in;
that the awning should come in as soon as it starts to snow.
What a great year!!
"Let your life speak"
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Old 12-21-2010, 08:35 AM   #21
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I didn't like those rear tires on my toad anyway, but I won't make that mistake again. Paid over $300.00 for 2 rear tires. Belive me, a diesel pusher will drag the toad and you won't even know it until you make a turn and wonder why those rear wheels are not turning. My front wheels were on a tow dollie otherwise I would be buying 4 tires.
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Old 12-21-2010, 09:13 AM   #22
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I learned that when you use your outside shower and you turn the pump off to let the hose drain you still have to shut off the faucet when your done.
1995 31' Itasca Surise
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Old 12-21-2010, 09:38 AM   #23
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I learned to "Not Drive Like My Brother"

And I learned what is behind the rear cap!

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Old 12-21-2010, 10:24 AM   #24
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I learned not to hook the sewer line to the old cement plugged septic system with a rock holding the hose connector down at an RV park.
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Old 12-22-2010, 09:45 AM   #25
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I learned; when going across Wyoming in May,With 60 to 70 mph. crosswinds, Dont stop along the road side and open the door to look at the wildlife.
I ran out of Duck Tape on that one.
Don't pray for a blessing--Pray to be a blessing.
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Old 12-22-2010, 10:02 AM   #26
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Hello what I learned was to check you trailer pin lock making sure its all the way in & in locked position before moving away . Dropped the trailer on the back of pickup box $8000.00 dollars damage ,nothing wrong with front cap of trailer and only my pride hurt.
2005 Beaver Patroit Thunder 42' Vicksburg Quid Slide.
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Old 12-22-2010, 01:31 PM   #27
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I learned 2 things, don't walk into the slide-out, it will knock ya on your butt and you will not be able to turn your head for a week or so, also take all other keys and key bobs off the key in the toad, it can turn your switch just enough.
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Old 12-22-2010, 05:03 PM   #28
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I have learned that the ol' Bard was right - "The plans of mice and men oft doth go astray" First, never have an absolute take off date to go south. Second, don't worry about a second, third or even a forth date. It will happen when the good Lord is willing and the creek don't rise.

Still here in the high country of Colorado waiting. Weather is not the factor (its been raining on and off for three days - should be snow). Family keeps showing up!

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