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Old 05-29-2008, 09:04 PM   #1
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Old 05-29-2008, 09:04 PM   #2
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This is my very first rv! O K any advice? good or bad trips??
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Old 05-29-2008, 10:35 PM   #3
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Old 05-30-2008, 12:04 AM   #4
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THANKS..IM LEARNING THIS FORUM..A MEMBER SENT ME IN THIS DIRECTION...HE RAVED OVER THE HELP HE GOT HERE ..AGAIN THANK YOU ..JERRY
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Old 05-30-2008, 01:25 AM   #5
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Jerry, welcome to iRV2.com. We are glad to have you join us here and I hope we can be as helpful to you as many others have been to me. Congratulations on your first RV. Are you mechanical? Do you have any electrical or plumbing experience? First I would recommend that you make certain that every thing is safe. You may wnat to start with the drive train, suspension, brakes and tires. There is a date of manufacture on each tire in a box. Hopefully they are at least all four digits. The first two digits will be the week, and the last two will be the year after 2000 the tire was made. Even if the tread looks ok these RV tires don't last but about 6 years on average. Once you have the chassis ready, you can focus on the house side of things.
Again be certain of safety first. Start with the LP gas system; no leaks and every thing functions properly. Be sure to have a good working CO2 detector on while you are testing and then using gas appliances or when you have the generator on.
Check the electrical 120 volt ac system and the frame of the coach is well bonded to ground and all circuit are working properly. Water system for no leaks and that holding tank do not leak and vlave function properly.
Tip: Make sure the black (toilet) holding tank is at least 2/3 full before dumping it (pulling valve out). This will give the contents time to break down some and you should have a good surge and flow of water to push out solids completely. After dumoing black tanks, close valve and open (pull) the grey tank valve. This will flush out the remaining contents from the black tank.
It is permissible to leave teh grey tank valve open but only when you are connected to a sewer system. You should close it prior to dumping of the black tank a day ahead so you will have plenty of sink and shower water stored to flush things out after dumping the black tank.
Check the roof for signs of sealant gapping open and be sure to clean and reseal ASAP. Let us know what kind of roof material you have so we can recommend the right sealant. Good luck and enjoy the website.
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Old 05-30-2008, 07:27 PM   #6
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Last weekend i made my first trip from the Charlotte nc area to Cherokee nc in the mountains around the Blue Ridge Parkway ....WOW The trip had a bad start ...i great friend of mine got me into the rv life and we chose to travel together.. He had a flat 40 miles in ...no prob..well we reach o 120 miles in and we stop to re ignite is fridge..I shut my engine of and pooof smoke comes from the hood?? I pull the latch and FIRE..I put it out with one of the 3 on board extinguishers...sheeew..Well i step back and im waiting on ''cousin EDDIE '' from lampoons vacation to pull up and ask us if we needed any help/ We take the dog house off and see that it was just a plug wire that had gotton down on the manifold and started the fire when i stoped.. We go get a set of wires and small zip ties to make sure this doesn't happen again!! We made the rest of the trip with no problems. Everything works great in house after replacing the house battery. The roof has 2 ''patches that are sealed well but need to be done better according to my friend. I had to put in 2nd going up the steep grade roads in the mountains. The tires only have 3500 miles on them .the guy i purchased it from was super nice and had every paper related to this RV. The tranny only has 6000 miles on it . I questioned why it was new and he said when he bought it ..it went out 4 days later and he would never do anyone like he had been done. He purchased a class a for himself.He was was asking 5100 and i got it for 4300.everything works .ONAN genarator ....no water damage91000 miles on it . It did not use any oil or leak any.It has a new awning...AC is great .. My first trip i met some nice folks and a few a holes who acused me of rinsing my waste tank out when all it was when i hooked up the ''city water;;with the pressure reducer some got the ground wet..guy was a jerk.. i told him to get ..well lol ..Thanks for a great forum!! JerryWalker ..Rockwel NC
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Old 05-30-2008, 07:31 PM   #7
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The co2 detector is store purchased and on the ceiling.This is the wrong place for if im correct?? I cant find an on board original??
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What make and model is the CO2 detector? Since carbonmonoxide is the same density as air the ceiling will be ok; at least better than nothing. Good luck and stay safe.
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