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Old 03-31-2012, 09:38 AM   #15
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first trip was to a Jimmy Buffet concert. tailgated our butts off! no overnight.

two weeks later we went to a big birthday bash for a guy we met at the concert. some of the people we took to the concert knew him, so we were all invited. great time, reggae band, lotsa food. spent the night, along with about 6 other rvs.

first "real" trip was to Luray caverns last fall. snowed on us half way there. woke up to ice all over the rv, but toasty inside.
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Old 03-31-2012, 09:40 AM   #16
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With our first tt, we did the camp driveway then a local stay in town. We've since done a 2000 mile round trip to disneyworld. I keep a checklist spreadsheet and add/subtract items as things change. Before every trip we review the checklist. It guarantees we won't forget something important.
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Old 03-31-2012, 09:50 AM   #17
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We bought our Fleetwood from Lazy Days, in Tampa. They encouraged us to spend at least, one night on their lot, to check everything out, before we drove home. We live about 20 miles from the dealer, so that was our first trip. On the way home, reality set in and I was thinking, "OMG! What if it won't fit in my driveway????"

Within a week or two, we drove 250 miles to Miami and then to Key West and back to Tampa. The only problem was with the jacks and I think it was mostly "operator error". We have since put over 50,000 miles on it and have enjoyed it immensely.
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Old 03-31-2012, 09:52 AM   #18
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We got our MH and two weeks later we went out for our first trip. I spent the two weeks getting familiar with all the systems and changing oil, etc. Off we went for Bristol, TN to go to the race. 700 miles from home, the engine blew and we were stranded in Kentucky. We put a new engine in it (2 weeks). Picked up the MH after cancelling our vacation and not going to the race and have never looked back. We took a trip to Disney World last year in it. It was just one of those things that happen in life. We just love going out in our MH.
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Old 03-31-2012, 10:01 AM   #19
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I guess if you wanted to just camp at home that would be OK. The onboard equipment doesn't work any different as far as where your at. I would suggest taking it for a little drive though just to make sure the driving components are up to what you want them to be. If not then you still have time to get it straightened out. JMHO
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I bought my RV and was able to retire at age 60 thanks to money my Dad and Step-mother left to us. Fittingly, my first trip has to Rockport, Texas where I met my brothers, daughter and nephews. There we said our final farewells and scattered their ashes where they had retired to 30 years earlier.

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Old 03-31-2012, 10:29 AM   #21
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Steve ans Sal, A drive is a good idea I think. We are waiting to get the license renewed. So, I think we'll stay a night in it in the driveway just to get familiar with the systems first. I've never driven anything this big for any distance. In college I worked for FedEx and I switched the semi trailers in the yard. And about 15yrs ago I drove for Schwans but their trucks aren't 37 ft long! So, the small town we live in doesn't have many curbs and I'm planning on driving it around town just to get a feel for cornering.
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Steve ans Sal, A drive is a good idea I think. We are waiting to get the license renewed. So, I think we'll stay a night in it in the driveway just to get familiar with the systems first. I've never driven anything this big for any distance. In college I worked for FedEx and I switched the semi trailers in the yard. And about 15yrs ago I drove for Schwans but their trucks aren't 37 ft long! So, the small town we live in doesn't have many curbs and I'm planning on driving it around town just to get a feel for cornering.
You mention cornering, just remember it has a BIG swing with that rear end. Just allow for that if you get yourself in tight spaces. It doesn't take much to take out a vehicle next to you, for sure. I think you'll have the hang of it in NO time at all. Just relax when your behind that wheel, be alert, use those mirrors and OH YEAH enjoy the view.
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Old 03-31-2012, 10:45 AM   #23
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I watched a couple videos on driving but I know that's not like doing it. I like that we don't have curbs or much traffic so it should be a forgiving test run!
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Our first trip was a two miles drive from dealer they paid for
two nights at a KOA and salesman came over the second
day to make sure everything was ok.
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Old 03-31-2012, 10:59 AM   #25
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I guess my case was a bit different... (why am I uttering that phrase about SO many aspects of my life?) I bought my 5er with the intention of full timing, so moved in immediately last winter. Other than a few local pulls to store the beast while out of town working, I stayed close to home. Was easier to grab comfort items I needed or wanted, and getting work done, I could call on friends or folks I at least know.

Beginning of March though, I head out for the first half of what will be about a 4500 mile expedition, winding up back in Florida for next winter.

No, I can't wait to finish work for a couple of months, and hit the road!

For my money, I would agree with the other posters, have a few drives around, stay at Camp Driveway for a few nights, (or a nearby CG), and then hit the road. Good luck out there.
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My first trip was from southern Ohio to southwestern Colorado (1600 miles) in the "RV" that I built. I am the only one to blame for ANYTHING that doens't meet my standards.
It went just fine. The only thing that really happened was the failure of (3) 7 year old trailer tires.


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Our first two night trip was less than 75 feet...from inside storage to the parking lot w/50 Amp. Everything worked fine so about a month later, it was off to John and Penny Thompson Park in Miami and Everglades NP(where we got our Senior Passes)for a week's stay. Bob
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Well, If we get our MH back from the mechanic in time... our first trip will be to a county park my sister uses in Missouri about 40-50 miles away and we will camp with my sons inlaws and sister if she gets her plumbing leak fixed by then....Easter weekend. Our friends plan to help us figure out all the systems and show us set up and all... hoping for nice weather if we get our MH back in time!
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