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Old 02-21-2015, 03:01 PM   #15
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Old 02-21-2015, 03:11 PM   #16
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Nice, as soon as the roads clear, load that baby up and head south.

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Old 02-21-2015, 03:11 PM   #17
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Great looking coach you will have many great adventures and joy.
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Old 02-21-2015, 04:10 PM   #18
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Wow!! What a beautiful coach. It's a blizzard here in Colorado today so doesn't look like I'm headed anywhere soon either.
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Old 02-21-2015, 05:51 PM   #19
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...are any of the couches fold out into bed's? ...
Yes - the curbside sofa pulls out into an "air" hide-a-bed. There's a little pump that inflates and deflates it. The smaller J sofa on the driver's side turns into a jackknife style bed. It's pretty short - but it's something that would work for a small child.
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Old 02-22-2015, 03:49 AM   #20
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Congratulations! Sorry about the weather...like holding candy in front of a kid! But it will be fun getting all the "stuff" together for your first trip.
Let us know where your first trip is...have plans already?
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Old 02-22-2015, 06:58 AM   #21
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Old 02-22-2015, 09:59 AM   #22
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Our first trip will likely be to nearly state park ... there are a couple of 'em within an hour or so of home. We're thinking it best to stay close for a little bit until we get comfortable with the coach and all the systems. Heck, we're thinking it's gonna take us a day or two before we figure out what switch turns on which light!

Probably wouldn't hurt us to spend a weekend reading the various manuals to figure out just what everything does. The techie in me feels like I need to understand what all the messages that show up on the LED screens on the control panel actually mean. Need to put together a couple of checklists as well.

Probably need to spend a while in the local mall parking lot during their "off" hours as well. I need to get up to speed on backing this monster up before we start venturing off too far. I've driven some decent sized vehicles over the years ... but at 43' - this will be the largest as well as it being my first experience with air brakes. I'm confident I'll be fine with it ... but would like my first tight spot to be between orange cones!
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Old 02-22-2015, 12:55 PM   #23
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Very nice coach. Congrats!
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Old 02-23-2015, 06:36 PM   #24
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You'll do just find. Just start out by feathering the breaks. When I went to school to drive OTR it took a few times to get it correct. You can do it, just take it easy.
Let us know how you do,
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Beautiful Coach!

Might want to get some plastic bins, get your towels, bedding, toilet paper, paper towels, and anything else you want to put in her. Pack them up, weigh them, and then have them ready to load. Bins could be used in basements for storage so things aren't loose. Weighing these allows you to know how much weight you are putting in the MH.

I live in MI too and I would be going crazy if I had my MH but that is a few years off yet along with retirement.

Get your tool box loaded with what you think you will need, some durabond tape, outside grill, outside chairs, all the things you will need and probably have not thought about. That way when the nice weather hits, you won't be delayed and you can go enjoy her.

Either way, have a great time. Have you looked into the Mackinaw Mill Creek CG yet? It is a nice place! You can actually leave the coach there and just drive your toad home and for only a $1 a day. Anyone will tell you that is cheap.

Also, if you enter (driver training for RV or MH) into a search engine you will find a class available in IN to teach you how to drive that beast. Couples classes offered also.

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Beautiful coach!!! Congratulations!

I live in MI. It has been stupid cold here, too. Enjoy your new coach!!

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Old 02-25-2015, 07:52 AM   #27
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Thank you all for the comments and well wishes! I especially appreciate the tips!

At the moment - I'm eyeballs deep in reading the documentation on the house systems (it's hard to suppress my "techie" side) as I try to get my head around what the various controls do.

My wife and I are also working up the list of "stuff" we need to outfit the coach for our needs ... we think we're getting close in terms of our starting list. A significant portion of it will come from stuff we already own - but, I can tell from the look in my wife's eyes there's gonna be a trip to Bed, Bath and Beyond in our not too distant future!

The idea of taking a driving class is attractive. I've been reading everything I can on the subject - and have 40+ years of driving experience including some experience driving large vehicles (a week of driving a 36' rental MH, a medium sized bus while in the Army, a 30' "straight" truck back in my musician days). I'm pretty good about absorbing "book stuff" simply by reading about it ... and will know pretty quick whether or not I'm having a hard time putting the coach where I want it to go. My current plan is to give it a stab first ... then if I feel like I'm struggling with it - see about taking a course.
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Old 02-27-2015, 12:58 PM   #28
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I would strongly recommend against your maiden voyage being to a state or even national park. They tend to have very, very tight roads and even tighter sites. Head out to a popular RV Park (you'll be the king in that coach), get a pull through site and start playing with all the systems. Bring the manuals with you, and when you are puzzled you will likely have a neighbor that can help you out.

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