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Old 11-22-2014, 08:58 AM   #1
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Hello iRV2 world and good morning.

The wifey and I have been tickling our toes in the RV waters for a while now and finally decided to make the jump and purchased a 2004 Holiday Rambler Navigator 40PBT 500hp Cummins tag axle with 14k miles stored inside, brand new tires, new battries blah blah. Kind of excited, however the new unit ( to us ) we will not be leaving in it current comfortable heated home home across untill spring when the weather breaks. ( our choice)

Lots of questions that I should have asked first. ( my life story " Shoot , Ready, Aim) So that being said.

How did you go about selecting a mechanical service provider in your area? and also when on the road.

I have a fair knowledge of the mechanical s however between age and ambition I may be looking for a service provider.

How did you going about selecting a service provider for the rest of the motor home?

How did you go about selecting a insurance co.?

What about road service providers like " Good Sam" and the likes?

Did I miss a specfic forum for "Holiday Rambler" here at iRV2?

Nuff for now I'll have a thousand more questions as time goes on and also figure out my way around the site.

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Old 11-22-2014, 09:29 AM   #2
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Hi Rob! Welcome to IRV2! It's great to have you join the gang!

Go to the "Owners Forums" at the top and select "Monaco". They made Holiday Rambler. Lots of good info there!

Good luck, happy trails, and God bless!

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Old 11-22-2014, 09:30 AM   #3
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Hello Rob,

Welcome to iRV2!! Congratulations to both of you on your new purchase!!! I too just joined yesterday and I am excited about all the information available here.

I have been poking around iRV2 for some time now and the knowledge here is truly amazing and greatly assisted us when we were shopping for that new RV.

To answer one question of yours, there is a forum that is specifically for Holiday Rambler owners, so I would read through some of the threads for those questions you may have that pertain to your specific coach or HR in general.

Not sure if you are new to RVing or not, we have been RVing (recreationally) for some time now and enjoy it...so Happy RVIng to you and the DW in your new HR.....
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Old 11-22-2014, 10:28 AM   #4
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You'll find HR in the Monaco forum at this link

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Old 11-22-2014, 12:56 PM   #5
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Welcome RobRoy! You've found a good forum. LOTS of experienced folks here and, they're generally very generous is sharing / helping. Finding a "local" service center can be quite a job. If there are any RV dealers near you, start there. Go in when you don't have any pressing issue and, play 20 questions. What does your gut tell you? Are there other customers there you can speak with? What kind of "stuff" (accessories, parts etc) are on display / readily available? SO many things available with just a little Googling. Until the end of the year, the Escapees RV Club is having a 50% off membership deal ($30/year instead of $60). I would STRONGLY recommend signing up. With paid membership, you'll receive a real, printed magazine (I believe there are 10 issues / year). Good information in every issue! Escapees also has great members' forums. RV Boot Camp is one of the better things Escapees has for people new to the RV lifestyle. Boot Camp is a weekend training session. From Friday afternoon until Sunday noon you (and about 200 other newbies) will receive an incredible amount of information that WILL make you a safer, more confident RVer; one MUCH less likely to make a serious mistake. Mistakes with RVs can be dangerous and, are often expensive. Some folks attend even before they have an RV (they'll stay in near a by motel). I believe the next Boot Camp will be before the next Escapade (Escapees' big annual rally) which will be in Tucson, AZ, March, 2015. Because of the demand, the Escapees run additional RV Boot Camps at different times / locations. It would be time and money WELL spent! At Escapade, you'll also have the opportunity to get your rig PROPERLY weighed; something that is VERY important. Some other resources I can recommend would be RVEducation101.com. Mark Polk covers a wide range of interesting RV topics which can be viewed online or on DVD. I purchased some of the DVDs and, I was able to get many of the DVDs through my local public library system. RVTravel.com is a daily email that Chuck Woodbury puts out. Sign up for free! Once you've been RVing for a while, you may decide you'd rather have a different RV than what you started with. Check out RVTrader.com. It's an excellent source of every sort of RV imaginable across the country. Don't be afraid to ask questions. Again, WELCOME!
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Old 11-23-2014, 05:07 AM   #6
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Old 11-23-2014, 05:29 AM   #7
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Old 11-23-2014, 05:53 AM   #8
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Howdy and welcome to the club!

Afraid I can't answer any of your questions. You'll find many positive AND negative reports here about nearly all insurance and roadside assistance providers. I finally just picked ones that were affordable and am keeping my fingers crossed (haven't used either of them yet, knock on wood).
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Old 11-24-2014, 08:25 PM   #9
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Welcome to IRV2, there is a wealth of knowledge here.

Regarding service providers, check out rvservicereviews.com. While this is not a heavily used website, it may provide a start. My approach is to look at truck service centers for engine, drivetrain, suspension and chassis issues. Find one that seems to have experience with RVs. For the RV specific items, I prefer mobile RV services. There are some pretty good ones out there and they come to you. One way to help identify a potentially high quality service provider is to check out the websites of the item you are having issues with and find out who is an authorized service provider. (Usually, to be an authorized service provider you have to have gone to a company training). I found two good mobile services on the AquaHot website.
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There is http://www.rvservicereviews.com/ which has reviews by RVers of RV service centres which have provided good and not so good service. Hope that helps a bit.......The most important thing is to ask questions. RVers are some of the nicest people and will go out of their way to help you out......Good Luck.
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Old 11-24-2014, 08:54 PM   #11
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Hi Rob

Ask around you will find that a good service provider has a reputation and folks will know about them. It's a starting point.

There are a few roadside assistance services. I personally like Coach Net.

As insurance will vary state to state call for quotes.
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Old 11-25-2014, 12:28 PM   #12
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Great forum with loads of information
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Sounds like you've picked a great coach to get your feet wet !!

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