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Old 09-29-2012, 06:17 PM   #1
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another newbie checking in

GREETINGS TO ALL!!! I'm new to the whole motor home/camping world. I had been debating a purchase for strictly for recreational use for the last Huntsville to Birmingham Al. the problem is that i just had my wife change jobs 1.5 years ago and she just got her masters degree in may and a pretty good job in her field in august. so we wont be moving to bham. The logical solution was to go ahead and purchase something i could live in full time and she drive down every now and then. and i drive up to Huntsville 2-3 nights a week rather than 7. I found and purchased a 2001 40' national islander and got a pretty good deal on it. we will be taking it to Texas twice a year California once a year and a couple of weekend getaways sprinkled in here and there. anyone with experience with this coach please feel free to shoot some info my way. the coach is in great shape but i have come up with a list of upgrades id like to make pretty soon. they include:

1. changing out the crt tv that is off centered with a centered 32 lcd. ive got a buddy that runs the shop class at local tech school and welcomes the project.
2. changing out the blue theme including carpet and valances. maybe going hardwood. though i heard that the slide would streak up the hardwoods
3. adding a 40" led tv to the area revealed when the slide is exteded. a quick measurement look to be about 2.75" from wall to wall. and about 41" wide. with todays led tv's topping out at around 2.25" with mount, i think that would be really nice and add to the ambiance.
4. change out the dash mounted 7" rear view camera with a color model for improved viewing.
5. adding a washer/dryer combo unit. i was told the coach has the hookups but unit was removed in favor of shelving. any preferences, pros/ cons of units.
6. changing all the gold accents like cabinet pulls, lighting fixtures and shower in favor of silver.

Thanks in advance and again, I'm looking forward to making new friends and meeting other motor home enthusiasts. from a quick look around i can tell there's a wealth of knowledgeable, helpful fans around here..


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Old 09-29-2012, 06:37 PM   #2
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Welcome! I really like your rig.

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Old 09-29-2012, 07:43 PM   #3
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Nice rig! Sounds like your upgrade list will keep you busy for a while. Welcome to the forum.
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Old 09-29-2012, 07:52 PM   #4
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Welcome to the forum. You'll find plenty of help here, but you'll probably want to post questions under the "Manufacturers", "Chassis" or "RV Systems & Tech" forums. I've had great deal help from nice folks with much experience.
You can even do a detailed search and find people who've had similar issues.

Best of luck and safe travels!
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Old 09-29-2012, 08:00 PM   #5
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thanks for the warm welcome!! i forgot to add that i really like the forum. its familiar setup im used to as im a member of performance years. im a gearhead and its a gathering place for other gearheads. specializing in Pontiacs. for anyone not familiar but interested, check it out here : PY Online Forums
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Old 09-30-2012, 05:02 PM   #7
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Hi neighbor! Welcome to IRV2! It's great to have you with us! That's a mighty nice rig you've got there! Good luck on all those changes you have planned! Have fun and God bless!

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