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Old 12-02-2014, 03:21 PM   #1
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First Trip Observations

Our first trip was from PA to SC fr a visit with family over Thanksgiving. Had a blast being able to 'boondock' at their place like Cousin Eddie Johnson and the Griswolds!
Anyway, these are some of the things I learned quickly and will be paying attention to in the future (there are a lot more of them too).

60-65mph at bottom of large hill = 50 at the top.
70-75mph at bottom of large hill = 68-70 at the top.
Fuel stops = hitch drag (really need to watch road and transition surfaces).
DW filled galley = DH can’t find a thing.
5 birds (2 parrots & 3 tiels) = it works but takes a lot of room.
Traveling with parrots = the carpet has to go.
Trying to conserve water & battery = small paranoia.
Folks merging onto highway less than speed limit = idiot getting a horn blasted into their driver’s side window!
Idiot car drivers = idiot truck drivers…..there’s too many of both.
Older vehicle = older/less electronics (I enjoy having a compass and outside temp on the rearview mirror.
Road bumps = things on dash shelves bouncing all over. Need to work on bracing.
Using the furnace when 23 degrees out = warm feet while walking through motorhome.

All in all a wonderful trip = DW was happy and already talking about another destination for early 2015. Investigating replacing the carpet for now!
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Mostly right about speed on mountains, have to plan ahead. Use velcro to attach things to the dash. When driving thru cities, avoid right lane.
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Old 12-02-2014, 04:13 PM   #3
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Pay attention to your blind spots, idiot cars will sneak up and ride there. I always drive defensively and try to stay in front of instead of behind idiots.

It took us 1 trip to decide to change carpeting in our Class A. I had changed the carpeting in our Class C prior so I know it wasn't a big deal. Put in a laminate floating floor type system, snap lock but I did use glue. If you have slides you'll have to watch the height.

We travel with 11 (Yes 11) dogs, I think I'd rather have a parrot.
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Old 12-02-2014, 04:49 PM   #4
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You will learn to conserve water/batteries as time goes on depending on how far you go. Truckers in general are good stay out of there way especially if they are in the left lane with the hammer down, and try not to pass them on the right. In the same token watch the cars that try to pass you on the right if you are in the left lane.
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Old 12-02-2014, 07:22 PM   #6
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2 of my best upgrades were electrical. I think both of these should be standard equipment on all MH. The first time you have an electrical issue, you will be glad you have these.

First, a surge protector, (and monitor) IMO this one is the best.

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Second, knowing what is going on with your batteries at anytime. IMO this is the best.

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Our first trip was from PA to SC fr a visit with family over Thanksgiving. Had a blast being able to 'boondock' at their place like Cousin Eddie Johnson and the Griswolds!
Anyway, these are some of the things I learned quickly and will be paying attention to in the future (there are a lot more of them too).

60-65mph at bottom of large hill = 50 at the top.
70-75mph at bottom of large hill = 68-70 at the top.
Fuel stops = hitch drag (really need to watch road and transition surfaces).
DW filled galley = DH can’t find a thing.
5 birds (2 parrots & 3 tiels) = it works but takes a lot of room.
Traveling with parrots = the carpet has to go.
Trying to conserve water & battery = small paranoia.
Folks merging onto highway less than speed limit = idiot getting a horn blasted into their driver’s side window!
Idiot car drivers = idiot truck drivers…..there’s too many of both.
Older vehicle = older/less electronics (I enjoy having a compass and outside temp on the rearview mirror.
Road bumps = things on dash shelves bouncing all over. Need to work on bracing.
Using the furnace when 23 degrees out = warm feet while walking through motorhome.

All in all a wonderful trip = DW was happy and already talking about another destination for early 2015. Investigating replacing the carpet for now!
Your rants about other drivers remind me of a trip I made a couple of years ago with my 100 year old mother in the back seat. After a few hours on the road she made a comment that there seemed to be only 3 types of drivers. Idiots, jerks and me.
You can't get anything past the old timers.

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Your rants about other drivers remind me of a trip I made a couple of years ago with my 100 year old mother in the back seat. After a few hours on the road she made a comment that there seemed to be only 3 types of drivers. Idiots, jerks and me.
You can't get anything past the old timers.

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Thanks for all of the comments and suggestions everyone!

mgscott4 - I have put both of these items on top of my list. The battery monitor would have been great to have on this trip.

billdor - your mom is a hoot!

jacwjames - sheesh! 11 dogs?!? Yes, I'd rather have parrots even though a couple of them will certainly outlive me.
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Forget who said it, but the general lines about traffic were:
1. Anyone driving faster than you is crazy
2. Anyone driving slower than you is an idiot

I agree, if in cities stay one lane over from merge and exit lane if you can, lot less problems.
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