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Old 04-27-2014, 08:13 PM   #15
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Watch the Robin Williams movie "RV". Hopefully you will encounter none of their problems.

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Old 04-28-2014, 08:28 PM   #16
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Great thread!!

We just watched "RV" last night - hilarious!! lol!!!!

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Old 05-30-2014, 03:11 PM   #17
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All great advice.
You indicated that the whole family will be going, that means the refrigerator will be opened several times so leave it on!
Use the generator to stay cool, it uses less than a gallon of gas an hour and it runs the refrigerator on electric.

I wrote an instruction piece for a new motorhome owner about driving. I recommend you read that as well and find a parking lot for practice.

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Old 06-04-2014, 06:53 AM   #18
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A few more pointers

Sounds like a great adventure! A few things we would have loved to know in your shoes:
Make sure your 'copilot' is prepared to help you maneuver when entering parking lots, gas stations, streets, etc. It's a huge help
When backing up, don't forget to look up! You need an outside spotter, and overhanging branches will damage the RV
You said it does not have levelers, but it should have stabilizers. Use them, and take your 18v cordless drill with a 3/4" socket bit to speed things up.
The provisioning kit is nice, but use paper/plastic whenever possible. You are on vacation, don't waste any more time than necessary washing dishes!
Remember that Awnings don't mix well with Wind or Rain. Retract in inclement weather.
Plan. Stop at the grocery store BEFORE you park for the night. It's a pain if you do not and you aren't towing another vehicle.
Showers are different in an RV. A small unit will have small tanks. Use the campground shower facilities when possible. If you shower in the RV, run the water to wet and rinse, turn off when shampooing or soaping up.
Don't run around with your fresh water full. It's heavy! Keep enough for the toilet and handwashing until you stop next.
When you hit bumps (and curbs!) everything that is not bolted down will launch. Think about it.

Hope you have a fantastic trip!
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Old 08-27-2014, 05:18 AM   #19
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As another Newbie, even though late to this forum for your trip, here I am months later reading these posts and all kinds of gratitude for the info. I rented a CruiseAmerica "large" class C (30 footer) a couple of summers ago for a trip to the Sturgis motorcycle rally (no motorcycle at the time), and one more point about their rentals - you have to supply your own linens. Either fly with a suitcase of stuff that you gotta have, or buy and leave. But that was a biggie for us. We even brought our own favorite pillows to sleep with. Surprisingly, nobody thought of those as another carry-on. These units have NOTHING in them, so any provisioning kit is probably a great idea.

Thanks again to all experienced RVers for sharing their wealth of knowlege to us newbies !!!


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