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Old 12-23-2012, 05:44 PM   #1
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Shakedown Trip

Heres the deal. We take delivery on our first MH. A Winnebago Journey 39K, 2006. I live in Northern California.

We take delivery on the 28th. Any suggestions of where to go? The wife would like the coast. We need a location within walking distance to a beach or tidal area.

Also, as far as shaking down our new toy. Any thoughts on whether I should boondock or get hooked up.

Thanks.
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Old 12-24-2012, 09:25 AM   #2
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Are you guys new to RVing? If so, set it up in your driveway and spend a couple of nights or a day and night getting used to it and the systems. With each coach we have bought, we would do a short trip to nearby state park(s) - 15miles or so. That way we could drive back home if we had forgotten something. You will quickly figure out what the essentials are and what you really need. It took a couple of trips for us to decided we had things that added weight and took up space.
You will know when you are ready for a cross country or extended trip. Good luck
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Old 12-24-2012, 10:08 AM   #3
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DO HOOKUPS ON YOUR FIRST TRIP OUT. You can play with all systems without having to worry about batteries running down. My favorite RV Park with beach access is Pismo Coast Village in Pismo Beach. Price is reasonable, full hookups, easy access, all sites are back-in and far enough from N Ca to give you a chance to drive and check out the running gear, one steep down grade between Paso Robles and San Luis Obispo to check out exhaust brake and it is an easy drive,
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We are in the same boat as you, except we bought our 2002 HR Endeavor last fall. Our toad is a CTS Caddy. We took 2 short trips less than 200 miles, for a total of 2 weeks to learn what we needed and so forth. In addition, I needed to get my comfort level and confidence up that all mechanical systems where a go and that I could safely drive the thing in all situations. I am still neverous, but I am not afraid to strike out across the country now which we plan on doing in a week or so. At least I know everything works (knock on wood). Full hook-ups is the way I would go if given a choice. Good luck.
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Old 12-24-2012, 01:51 PM   #5
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Are you guys new to RVing? If so, set it up in your driveway and spend a couple of nights or a day and night getting used to it and the systems. With each coach we have bought, we would do a short trip to nearby state park(s) - 15miles or so. That way we could drive back home if we had forgotten something. You will quickly figure out what the essentials are and what you really need. It took a couple of trips for us to decided we had things that added weight and took up space.
You will know when you are ready for a cross country or extended trip. Good luck
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I'd second the Pismo area. We might get down there this coming weekend (although we'll stay at the State Park right next door -- no hookups, but more room).

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Sounds like some good advice all around. I might do the Pismo Beach run a little bit later though, and the state park next door looks good also. I like the staying close to home plan and wife wants the coast. Maybe around Half Moon Bay or Santa Cruz. Driving a a big rv is no problem for me. I retired from the Fire Service working Airports so driving monster rigs in tight quarters is fun for me. We have done a lot of camping with tent trailers and just tents. So, no traveling experience with an RV. My dad had one, he didn't like to share.
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I might suggest Fort Bragg. There are a few good private campgrounds that would be empty this time of year.
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Just my opinion but Fort Bragg may be good but I'd suggest not if he is new to motorhome driving. Driving Highway 1 in a 40 foot motorhome can be somewhat scary for seasoned drivers.
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Old 12-27-2012, 02:32 AM   #10
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Looks like we will be at the Santa Cruz Monterey KOA Saturday thru Ney Years. Hoping for a good run.
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Congratulations on your new rig, enjoy your shakedown cruise, and Happy New Year!
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Old 12-29-2012, 07:42 PM   #12
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We have arrived. Everything's good. Except for missing some stuff it is time for cocktails.
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