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Old 02-09-2015, 10:32 AM   #1
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First Big Trip!

I'm finally letting go of the work world for retirement in March. Have layed out a trip to Ocean Lakes RV park for a stay then on to visit friends in TN and back to Michigan sometime in April. A little apprehensive about the weather around the 10th of March but we will play it by ear. My fiancÚ and I have made short trips last summer but this will be the first big one and hope for many more.

Any suggestions or what watch out for leaving at the time of year? I've planned routes using a trip planner. Reservations made and checked. New dolly to tow the car with hoping to get some practice with it as soon as some of the snow to melts. Concerned about tire pressures going from most likely cold to warmer weather. I know I'm kind of rambling now but I'm looking forward to and sweating the details for this trip. Words of encouragement and advice are always helpful.

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Old 02-09-2015, 11:12 AM   #2
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If you intend to dolly, three things: Make sure the tires on the dolly are inflated properly; make sure you have a spare for the dolly; learn to put the toad on and off the dolly, pulling it up all the way against the stop up front and tightening the straps as tight as you can pull them. Drive ten miles or so and then tighten again.

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Good for you. Keep us updated, and, pictures.

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Old 02-09-2015, 03:31 PM   #4
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Nate......a couple of issues....first, you won't get that ahhhh feeling for about 5-6 months until after you retire when the realization that you're retired sets in and you begin to relax. Sooooo.....this first trip will still be a little chaotic.

Second, the Bounder is a nice coach, well built and will perform well.....so relax. Tires can go back and forth from cold to warm weather without issue. Not to offend anyone, but I read posts where people take their tire pressure every morning before they hit the road. If I had to do that, I would just shoot myself!

I've been RVing for over 40 years and have never had a blowout or a flat on the road.....knock on wood. With that said, I check my tires about every three or four months. Even then, they are only off about 1-3 pounds. You can visually look at your tires when travelling and know they're good.

Congratulations and enjoy your retirement, it's wonderful!
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A TST TPMS allows me to check my tires before every move. I added air after a year; about 4lbs.

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The major concern with leaving in March is will my water freeze... Suggest you do not fill water lines until far enough South. Bring bottled water for drinking, brushing teeth, and a few gallons for flushing commode. , Your return trip should be alright. BUT there is always the sudden winter storm that pops up. Keen an eye on the weather reports. Then all that's left is to enjoy the adventure...

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