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Old 05-24-2012, 05:21 AM   #1
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Question Advice for a newbie?

We just bought our very first RV. It's a 2012 Coachmen Freedom Express 230BH. We have never even been to a camping ground before, so this is all totally new to us!

We plan on taking it out for it's maiden voyage this weekend and we have another trip planned for the middle of June. This weekend we are going to visit family about 7 hours away and we are going to hook up to their house. In June we're going to a campground.

We will be taking our animals, two cats and two dogs.

Any tips (on anything, driving, hooking up, packing, traveling with pets, etc) is more than welcome! Thanks so much!

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Old 05-24-2012, 10:19 AM   #2
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Welcome to IRV2.......Typically starting out folks pack to much "stuff". As for hooking up, if your hooking up to your friends house your likely plugging into a 15amp so make sure you've got the right plug. Take it slow and enjoy the trip. Can't help you with the critters though, but I think they're pretty smart and will find a place to bed down. Last thing I can think of is make a list of stuff you will need for future trips as you go along RVing is a learning experience. Ask questions, RVers love to help out.

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Old 05-24-2012, 11:21 AM   #3
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After setting up make a list of items you need to run and get to place in your TT. When we bought our first TT we did a night in the driveway and anytime we went into the house we wrote it down and added it to the list. Since then we have parred it down a bit. Enjoy, have fun, take it slow.

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Old 05-24-2012, 09:18 PM   #4
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There is a thread with the same question asked by the chief geek (I think) There was quite a list. also there is a thread with a raft of recipes to cook while out in the camper. I too have a freedom express. if you contact me, I have a pictorial step by step of how to hook up the camper to the truck. We can send it to you. If you provide an address we can send a package, we will send it to you. I made this for my wife in case I got sick or hurt, and she had to pack up and pull the trailer home herself. welcome to the group, and remember, there is no such thing as the dumb question, unless it is the one not asked.
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