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Old 10-27-2012, 03:38 PM   #1
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We just bought our 1st RV ever and are very excited and a bit overwhelmed as we have no experience with any. 30' Alpenlite. A lot to digest. Glad to have found this forum.
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Welcome to iRV2.

I guess you need to fill it? A good place to shop could be Camping World (CW). You can do a search for list of things needed and stop at Walmart to save a few bucks. Think of it as furnishing you home. Less the furniture. Best of luck.
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If you have any questions ask away. Some of us can sure make up some good answers! Just kidding, welcome and enjoy the wealth of information and experiences you will find in this forum.
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Mostly common sense, and think light. Now you have furnish a second home!!
Congratulations! Hope you have a great time finding out everything you need to know.
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Old 10-27-2012, 04:53 PM   #5
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I guess you need to fill it? A good place to shop could be Camping World (CW). You can do a search for list of things needed and stop at Walmart to save a few bucks. Think of it as furnishing you home. Less the furniture. Best of luck.
The one we bought is used so it has all of the appliances and stuff. Has 2 propane tanks & 1 generator. Thanks for the info, though! I'm sure we will find ourselves looking around at some point.
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Old 10-28-2012, 06:52 AM   #6
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Welcome to the zoo!

Step one, have a good root around this forum. There is an unbelievable wealth of knowledge floating around here. If you added up the years of experience represented here it would be easily in the hundreds of thousands.

One lesson learned from my own experiences, if your rig is more than 4-5 years old, like mine, check the tire manufacture dates. I was informed by a seasoned tire professional that mine were good to go for the summer trip of about 4000 miles, and they got me about 500 before starting to fail. Turns out they were original to the trailer from 2005. All new rubber in place now though...

Otherwise, WalMart is a good place to get some stuff, in fact I would recommend the Rhino sewer hose there. Been really happy with that one.

Otherwise, the best (unsolicited) advice I can give you is to not over think preparedness; get out there and use the thing! You can rectify the details as you go.

Have fun!
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Welcome to the zoo!

Step one, have a good root around this forum. There is an unbelievable wealth of knowledge floating around here. If you added up the years of experience represented here it would be easily in the hundreds of thousands.

One lesson learned from my own experiences, if your rig is more than 4-5 years old, like mine, check the tire manufacture dates. I was informed by a seasoned tire professional that mine were good to go for the summer trip of about 4000 miles, and they got me about 500 before starting to fail. Turns out they were original to the trailer from 2005. All new rubber in place now though...

Otherwise, WalMart is a good place to get some stuff, in fact I would recommend the Rhino sewer hose there. Been really happy with that one.

Otherwise, the best (unsolicited) advice I can give you is to not over think preparedness; get out there and use the thing! You can rectify the details as you go.

Have fun!
Many walmarts will allow overnight parking and there are apps thar are free or nearly so, that shows the ones that allow overnight parking (check with the manager as a courtesy). Other apps for your phone or tablet can give you checklists to where to find rv parks at your destination. Enjoy from a fellow newbie.
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All I can say is "Use it". The more you use it the more you will figure out what you need. If you can, go to a local camping area for a weekend. Rather quickly you will have a list of "Wish I had tought of that".

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All I can say is "Use it". The more you use it the more you will figure out what you need. If you can, go to a local camping area for a weekend. Rather quickly you will have a list of "Wish I had tought of that".

Enjoy and welcome.
I did this. Went to a site just nine miles away for three days. When I checked in, I told the host that we were newbies and this was our first foray into the RV world. They took great care of us by taking us to our site and teaching us how to hookup. They showed us how to level and get the fridge working. I was very impressed by the help I was given.
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Boy oh boy that sounds like a super campground. They could teach the lost art of customer service to a lot of people I have done business with in the past!
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Boy oh boy that sounds like a super campground. They could teach the lost art of customer service to a lot of people I have done business with in the past!
I am retired Air Force so we used Patrick AFB, FL FamCamp area as our first foray into the world of RVing. The customer service was great. The host was retired also and lived on site as a volunteer. They definitely made a good first impression for a newbie.

Definitely felt the love of camping and if I could just talk the misses into full timing I would be a happy camper.
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All of you are so wonderful sure am finding all of the suggestions and info so helpful. Spent the last week trying to digest all of the info. The couple we bought our 5er from have been great...going thru everything & answering all of our "deer-in-the-headlights" questions. Planning to take it out within the next few weeks (not too far from home). Really looking forward to it!
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Good luck - Have fun - hope to see you on the road sometime.
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