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Old 08-30-2007, 10:05 AM   #15
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Congratulations. Sounds like you've spent the time it takes to become comfortable driving the new RV. That's a good first step. Insofar as what to take, I keep a tool chest in the RV and in the toad there's a battery charger and an air compressor that'll handle my size tires. We've been at this for quite a while, so we only have to add food and some clothes when we pack up. As someone said, there's always a Wal-Mart nearby. Have a great trip.

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Old 08-30-2007, 11:02 AM   #16
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Chuck ,, good luck with your outing and welcome to the Forum...Our favorite saying,"If we don't have it we'll buy it." There is always a store close by...Safe Miles

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Old 08-30-2007, 12:35 PM   #17
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Good for you, get out there and enjoy it. Best advice I can give you, after all the other you have received, is to read and understand the manuals supplied with your coach. As you read through this wealth of information anything you don't understand just holler at your dealer or come to the website.
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Old 09-01-2007, 06:30 PM   #18
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Welcome to the forum,as I am a new member And
a first time RVist I can't add much yet. One
book I bought after hanging on rv.net is called
THE NEXT EXIT full of info Have fun and wave
at the rv passing the other way..it might be me
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Old 09-03-2007, 01:02 PM   #19
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Well, we had a great first trip. I put some quick pictures up at http://www.n8uw.com/documents.html. Had a wonderful time, the motorhome has plenty of room for two people for a long weekend, and a lot more. My friend loved the U-dinette made into a bed. We got around OK with the 182 inch wheelbase, but I want to tow my Subaru. We had to park close to some trees to get level, couldn't put the awning out, but we had shade trees. Everything seemed to work fine, and dumping/filling was done with no problems.

A few observations and questions - is the water pump supposed to be noisy, and pulsate at some flow rates?

I had a new bottle of Windex that fell over in back and emptied onto the floor, I removed the plastic floor covering (this is a new unit) and there didn't seem to be a lot of moisture, as a rug I had placed there soaked up a lot of the Windex. I don't think any damage came of this, I just can't see wood rot starting from a little Windex.

I have a popping and groaning sound in the front end, and sometime when we first start out, it sounds like something is hitting the underside up there. Time to see the dealer?

The unit does drift at highway speeds, but it is very driveable. Normal?

Winnebago got stickers backwards, I dumped grey, then black. Now I know. Can I put the disposable gloves down the dump hole?

I guess next order of business is a good wash and wax before the cold hits up here?

Thanks again for all the responses (I would have forgotten a flashlight). And thanks to all who posted here when I was a lurker, you helped me make a very good decision.

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Old 09-03-2007, 01:16 PM   #20
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Welcome to the forum Chuck...great name
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Old 09-03-2007, 03:09 PM   #21
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I'll let someone else address some of your other questions but, "No you can not put the gloves down the dump hole -- they go in the trash."

Glad you had a great time on your first outing.

Yes the water pump can be noisy when it runs.

Since you got the most of the windex up, I would not worry about wood rot.

Have fun in all of your future adventures.
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Old 09-03-2007, 04:02 PM   #22
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Congratulations and Welcome! First, let me say to your traveling companion Ellen... if you love this whole thing now, you're going to love it more and more! Tony and I have so much fun in our Coach... the most important thing to remember to bring is your sense of humor. Stuff happens, and a good attitude turns an "incident" into a lasting, funny memory and story.

I also have a list on Excel which gets modified as needed, but it keeps me from forgetting the dog medicine, or the motrin, or as mentioned previously, the milk for the cereal.

Safe and fun travels to you!

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