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Old 06-27-2014, 02:18 PM   #1
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Maiden voyage with our new Class C this weekend

Heading to Westport Beach RV Park & Campground this weekend for our maiden RV voyage. This will give us a better feel for our 2 week excursion to Southern California and Arizona.

Should be interesting and fun. Everyone is excited.

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Good Luck! and Happy Camping! Hope you don't have any problems.

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The fun has just begun. Much enjoyment ahead. Good luck

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Old 06-27-2014, 07:51 PM   #4
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Isn't the first trip in a new motorhome a thrill?? Good luck with your outing. Happy Trails!!
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Old 07-10-2014, 03:54 PM   #5
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Maiden RV voyage complete

We had our maiden voyage this last week. All in all it was a good shakedown trip in preparation for our 2 week trip
3 days Anaheim for Disneyland -> 4 days in Surprise Arizona to visit relatives -> 3 days Malibu beach Ė > 3 days near Yosemite
We learned a few things this trip
- Wife was using the sink like at home and filled the grey tank quickly- had to dump it twice
- 4 year old toddler got a kick out of flushing the toilet Ė had to dump the black mid trip
- wife and kids get car sick on windy roads so on the way back I found a route that wasnít so windy even though it added a little more distance
- I got about 7.5 to 8 MPG, better on the way back. The windy up and down hill roads took a toll
It was a good trip. 13 year old daughter got sick on the second day so she was a pain but we survived. The camp site was ok. They stated they had free wifi on their web site but it was only free for 4 hrs a day and at a horrible 50kbs speed. Not really wifi more like 1990 dialup. We also didnít have ATT signal at all so the teenagers had a little fit not being able to connect with friends. If the camp site had been honest about the wifi I would have made other arrangements.
I had loaded a number of movies onto my HP slate to stream to my Roku via Plex so we had entertainment at night. Temp was nice, did get a little sun burned and need to remember even if itís overcast to put on sunblock.
what I learned:
- Need stabilizing jacks otherwise the teens will keep us up all night. Ordered them on Amazon and plan on installing them before we head to Disneyland
- Need to just plug in the sewer hose and leave it so i donít have to clean it every time I dump grey
- we needed a large area rug to keep the sand out. Bought it on our way back from the trip for next time
We had a nice time. The Kids had fun playing in the sand and exploring.
The next trip will be much longer about 2k miles. Hopefully the in-laws have a garage circuit I can use for the AC. Might consider bringing a few parts just in case and install a 30amp circuit. Itís going to be 108-110 while we are there uggg.

I posted pictures of our last trip if anyone is interested.

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Overall sounds like you had a great time. I'm glad to hear it. A few adjustments that you are now aware of for your long journey. Good luck and be safe. Would some dramamine (not so sure of the spelling) be a thought to help with car sickness?
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Someone suggested a band from Walgreens for motion sickness

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Lucky kids...

My rule... the kids can play on their "electronics" while traveling, but when the RV gets plugged in.. they get turned off..

Sounds like you had a great maiden voyage..
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Sounds like it was a successful first outing! You & your family will learn how to manage the water issues and not have to dump as often. Remember that you do need a lot of water in the black tank so everything will drain out when you dump so a few extra flushes is probably a good thing.

To help with the grey water, I sometimes use a dish pan in the sink and dump that water down the toilet rather than down the sink. It adds a little detergent to the black along with extra water.

Kids need to unplug anyway so don't sweat the lack of internet service. Maybe pack a few board games?

You're making memories for your kids that will last a life time!

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