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Old 09-11-2015, 06:55 PM   #1
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I can't Believe it!!

I bought a 2000 Damon Challenger two weeks ago and I have yet to hit the road yet! Some of it is because I am taking care of some issues with repairs and modifications but I have been amazed at all the STUFF you need to have on board! The PO took all his fly away gear including the black water and gray water dump tubes. I will say reading threads in the forums here has helped get me up to speed. I have one or two items coming in the mail and I should be ready. In my younger days I would have grabbed a six pack of beer and a bag of chips and launched. Its amazing no matter what you do there is a group of folks some where that has a forum about it and if your'e smart you'll do your homework. Thanks folks for helping me with my homework.

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Welcome! You will be out exploring in no time. oh yea, you probably didn't want someone else's stinky slinky anyway.
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welcome. you might want to camp in your driveway a night or two as you will be surprised what you have forgotten.
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Old 09-11-2015, 09:24 PM   #4
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Congrats on the new rig! Don't worry about what you'll forget; there's a Walmart in almost every town. Get out there and have fun. (And like Mojo said, you really don't want someone else's used stinky slinky!)
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Don't forget the beer and chips. They will come in handy soon.
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Welcome! You will be out exploring in no time. oh yea, you probably didn't want someone else's stinky slinky anyway.
Amen to that!

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Yea the mattress was a biggy with the wife. I can't do the driveway routine. I would but I live in West "By God" Virginia and I have a big driveway but only a small portion level. I can't get my rig into my own driveway. The good news is I have a humongous hanger so it never has to be outside unless I am using it.
Kind of a blessing that it will be cooler by the time I get out. The rear A/C must have crapped out on the PO and he just removed it and installed a vent! So I will have a while before I have to do the research and install a new one. The forward unit keeps it livable but I know it won't do the job when the heat comes back next year.
One thing I was thinking about. I bought a new fresh water hose 25'. Will that be enough length? I did get a regulator as well as a 90* fitting.
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A 25' hose will cover almost every CG. We had a 15-footer and never needed anything longer in 4 years.

I feel for your humidity issues. We lived in Tidewater VA for 3 of the most miserable years of our lives. We're ex-pat Brits, where a Daily Telegraph headline once read "72 degrees again tomorrow and no relief in sight". Tidewater was a major shock.

We emigrated to western Washington back in the late 1960's and came back from Tidewater in 1974 and have been here since, now in retirement in a small seaside town.

Today was clear blue skies, full sunshine, 76 degrees and 25% humidity. At 19:30, it's cooled off to about 66 degrees and is still crystal clear. Can't beat it, except in late Jan/ Feb when there are endless days of "800 broken, 1500 overcast, 2 miles vis, rain and fog". It's worth putting up with it for the spring/summer/fall, though.
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I bought a 2000 Damon Challenger two weeks ago and I have yet to hit the road yet! Some of it is because I am taking care of some issues with repairs and modifications but I have been amazed at all the STUFF you need to have on board! The PO took all his fly away gear including the black water and gray water dump tubes. I will say reading threads in the forums here has helped get me up to speed. I have one or two items coming in the mail and I should be ready. In my younger days I would have grabbed a six pack of beer and a bag of chips and launched. Its amazing no matter what you do there is a group of folks some where that has a forum about it and if your'e smart you'll do your homework. Thanks folks for helping me with my homework.

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"The PO took all his fly away gear including the black water and gray water dump tubes." PO was either extremely cheap or loved the smell of there own...
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A 25' hose will cover almost every CG. We had a 15-footer and never needed anything longer in 4 years.

I feel for your humidity issues. We lived in Tidewater VA for 3 of the most miserable years of our lives. We're ex-pat Brits, where a Daily Telegraph headline once read "72 degrees again tomorrow and no relief in sight". Tidewater was a major shock.

We emigrated to western Washington back in the late 1960's and came back from Tidewater in 1974 and have been here since, now in retirement in a small seaside town.

Today was clear blue skies, full sunshine, 76 degrees and 25% humidity. At 19:30, it's cooled off to about 66 degrees and is still crystal clear. Can't beat it, except in late Jan/ Feb when there are endless days of "800 broken, 1500 overcast, 2 miles vis, rain and fog". It's worth putting up with it for the spring/summer/fall, though.
I DO NOT miss my 5 years in Virgina Beach at all. Miserable weather, miserable traffic, and the most asinine taxes and inspections and ........breathe........ok....

Oh, where was I? Oh yeah - I was going to say if you hadn't already, start grabbing all the cool apps out there. There's an app for overnight friendly wal-marts vs. the rogue "not welcome" joints. Various campground rating/finding apps, etc.

I suppose if I had my stuff together when I started typing this I woulda had a list of suggestions handy. But then I read "Tidewater" and "miserable" in the same sentence, and got myself all jacked around, I dunno what's going on now.......ok, breathe.......


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Get a splitter for water...nice to have when you wanna hose stuff of and stay hooked up. I also have a spray bottle with a light bleach solution for treating hoses..when leaving CG...Get a volt tester...lol...I've been using mine alot trouble shooting...
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The more you use it the more fun stuff you will find to buy, Congrats and have many safe and happy travels.
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50 amp to 30 amp pigtail or if your 30 amp then a 30 amp to 120v adapter
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