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Old 02-05-2015, 05:29 AM   #1
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Ok bought an RV now what?

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 02-05-2015, 05:43 AM   #2
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Just for starters,spare tire no rim. 100 foot and 25 foot white fresh water hoses. Spare wiper blades and hand tools.
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Read up on tires and date codes and check yours.
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Old 02-05-2015, 06:08 AM   #5
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Your RV is a Class C, so it's going to be easier to deal with than a towable.

You first need to get familiar with your rig's systems--gray water and black water tanks, etc. I would suggest you go south enough to get out of the bad weather and stop for a few days.

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.
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Somebody told me it was the journey, not the destination, so if you look at it that way, nothing you can do or not do is wrong. Worst case is not going forth to slay the dragons.
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Boy, I remember our learning curve when we started out. Just don't sweat it, you'll figure it out. It's all an adventure, take it one day at a time. Get familiar with www.rvparkreviews.com to make it easy to find places to stay, and see how others rate them. There's a lot of help to be had here....just ask. We were all once where you are.
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I would join Passport America. Saves you 50% on camping. Also you might want to think about having some kind of Emergency Road Service.

We're leaving in a couple days to head to Texas ourselves. Going to Mc Allen from Florida for a week or two.
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Just for starters,spare tire no rim. 100 foot and 25 foot white fresh water hoses. Spare wiper blades and hand tools.
I was going to bring two 25 ft fresh water hoses. Do I need the 100?

What's in your tool chest? What are the must haves?

Spare wiper blades good tip don't know if I would have though of that.
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Well, that and some credit - but yes, I'm figuring there are lots of walmarts, campers worlds etc. Along the route to get what we forgot.

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I would join Passport America. Saves you 50% on camping. Also you might want to think about having some kind of Emergency Road Service.

We're leaving in a couple days to head to Texas ourselves. Going to Mc Allen from Florida for a week or two.
Was planning on joining Good Sam for road service - are there better options?

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Boy, I remember our learning curve when we started out. Just don't sweat it, you'll figure it out. It's all an adventure, take it one day at a time. Get familiar with www.rvparkreviews.com to make it easy to find places to stay, and see how others rate them. There's a lot of help to be had here....just ask. We were all once where you are.
Yes, this is a great community. I've already gotten a lot of help - and I'm not afraid to ask for more!

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In most cases 2 - 25 foot hoses will be enough. If you find a spot where that is not enough, unless you are REALLY in the boonies, take the aforementioned credit card to any RV store or Wal Mart and buy another length.
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