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Old 02-06-2015, 07:41 PM   #43
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Old 02-06-2015, 08:08 PM   #44
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Trustable repair shops

Wife and I are may change our plans to take Texas out of the trip and just go straight to Florida. In Texas I had some connections and figured if something shook out on the trip down I could enlist their help fixing the RV or at least recommending a good repair shop.

If we go straight to Florida and we need something fixed I don't know where to go. Anyone know a reliable repair shop near Sun City Center Florida or in the Tampa or Key West Area?
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Old 02-06-2015, 09:56 PM   #45
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If you are in a rv site with sewer hook-up, keep your black tank valve closed until you are ready to dump the tank.
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Old 02-06-2015, 10:04 PM   #46
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I'm sorry, but I'd hate to think about my first trips being 2200 miles and 1700 miles back to back.

You really should get used to RV'ing first before making such an odyssey.
Gotta just +1 to the previous statement, considering it's source
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Wife and i purchased a 2004 holiday rambler atlantis. Three plus feet of snow in the yard and more coming. Can't take a local shakeout trip so we're hitting the road ma to texas ( houston and harlingen) to florida ( tampa and keys). Been doing a lot of reading but no experience. Any and all advice is welcome: what to bring, travel routes, places to stop, clubs to join etc.


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Old 02-07-2015, 05:53 AM   #48
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Wife and I are may change our plans to take Texas out of the trip and just go straight to Florida. In Texas I had some connections and figured if something shook out on the trip down I could enlist their help fixing the RV or at least recommending a good repair shop.

If we go straight to Florida and we need something fixed I don't know where to go. Anyone know a reliable repair shop near Sun City Center Florida or in the Tampa or Key West Area?
In nearly each and every park, or place we have camped, there have been other full time, or work campers, or staff with campers. They will know of the local mobile and service shops, often there are ads in the office or on the park map. I just asked, and have been very well serviced by mobile repair services. We carry cell phone, some tools, towing coverage, and a charge card. We are invincible!
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Take time to see the sights and smell the roses. I found when we travel it is often less stressful to get off the interstate and go 2-lane. For example. We go to my inlawas in Kentucky from our home in Nebraska 2 or 3 times a year. I will cut across Missourt on hy 36 and then cut across Illinois on 2 lane. I cut out Kansas city and St Louis in MO and mt Vernon in ILL. Ok Hy 36 in MO is 4 lane but a fraction of the traffic and no huge hills like on I70.
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Save on propane by using a small crock pot, an induction/hot plate and a electric skillet. If you have pet's, carry their medical/inoculation files. Have fun!
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Check out this other thread for more ideas of what to bring on your trips


Top 10 things to bring in your new RV
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my wife and I are fairly new to the RV life purchasing our first in Aug 2014. We decided to not rush out and buy more stuff but only purchased the necessities like a fresh water hose and a sewer hose. We have been adding items very slowly on an "as needed" basis. We have found many items on required lists are not really. The whole idea of the RV lifestyle for us is the downsizing and getting away from acquiring "stuff". Whenever we think we need something we look at it long and hard before buying
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my wife and I are fairly new to the RV life purchasing our first in Aug 2014. We decided to not rush out and buy more stuff but only purchased the necessities like a fresh water hose and a sewer hose. We have been adding items very slowly on an "as needed" basis. We have found many items on required lists are not really. The whole idea of the RV lifestyle for us is the downsizing and getting away from acquiring "stuff". Whenever we think we need something we look at it long and hard before buying
I like the way you think. My DW and I are the same way. For safety's sake, read a lot about tires and weight of your rig. Happy trails!
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Wow, Make a check list and make sure you go over it so you dont drive out of a R.V. Park dragging your power cord, etc.
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