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Old 10-05-2016, 12:43 PM   #1
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I have never owned an RV. I just purchased a 2014 Raptor 332TS that I will pull with a 2012 6.7 F350 . Any tips are helpful. I havent even picked it up. My Anderson gooseneck hitch will be here Friday.
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Buying used can be either a great experience or a nightmare.....hope you had unit inspected by a RV pro...tires, brakes, water systems including water heater and pumps etc.....appliances, gas lines, electrical systems both 12 volt and AC systems. The roof and all windows for leaks...the list is long...much to learn.

I have been into RV camping since 1983... Have owned 3 travel trailers and have been very lucky...I learn something new every year. Facts is quality in this industry need much improvement. Sooner or later you will deal with problems from roof leaks to failing systems unique to RVs.

Talk to as many seasoned RVers as you can. The longer they have been camping the more they will know. We all become expert handymen as the years go on.

Subscribe to RVTravel.com and read their weekly web-report. This site is great for advise and help from other owners.

Good luck and happy camping !
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Old 10-05-2016, 02:24 PM   #3
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Any tips are helpful.
You have come to the right place. This forum provides a WEALTH of information.
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Old 10-05-2016, 02:31 PM   #4
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Thanks. The RV is a 2014, been towed 3 times and the generator has 5 hours on it. I am pretty mechanically inclined and checked it over. It appears pretty dang new.Click image for larger version

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Biggest tip, take your time, relax and enjoy. Don't be afraid to stop and get out to double check your path when backing. We've all been there and were new at it at one time. Even if others are watching, take your time. Mistakes/accidents happen when you get in a hurry. Read, ask questions, and learn as you go. Don't let not knowing or forgetting to bring something ruin your trip. Make yourself a note and pick it up at the store or bring it next time. Remember, we don't camp to increase our stress, we do it to spend quality time together as a family. Just my two cents...
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Biggest tip, take your time, relax and enjoy. Don't be afraid to stop and get out to double check your path when backing. We've all been there and were new at it at one time. Even if others are watching, take your time. Mistakes/accidents happen when you get in a hurry. Read, ask questions, and learn as you go. Don't let not knowing or forgetting to bring something ruin your trip. Make yourself a note and pick it up at the store or bring it next time. Remember, we don't camp to increase our stress, we do it to spend quality time together as a family. Just my two cents...
Good advice!!!! I bought the 5er and spent another 10k on various things for camping, air bags, good wheels and tires so I have no worries about the load. The previous owner ran hard water through it so had to get all new faucets and sewer gate valves that leaked. Sewer was 1/4 full for who knows how long. Flushed that out for three hours and ran CLR through it.
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