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Old 11-14-2015, 08:59 AM   #1
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Buying a motorhome and traveling has been my dream for a number of years. We recently purchased a used 1997 Pace Arrow Vision with 2 slides.
We are scared spitless of doing something wrong and damaging something. We are still trying to learn all of the ins and outs as we did not get a lot of instructions when taking possession. We don't seem to know how to work everything and it is a very "learning experience". It is already an adventure finding out how to run everything and what to do when we find things are not working properly.
I was so excited about finding it and at a price we could almost afford we did not do a really in depth inspection. Keep finding things....
With all that said I am having a blast. CAN'T STOP SMILING. Cleaning and learning and PLANNING.
We have named the beast Grammy's Playhouse. I think I would be happy to just sit in it in the driveway on weekends. Any advice on doing this would greatly appreciated.
Someday would love to upgrade and be a full timer....

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Old 11-14-2015, 09:07 AM   #2
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In the " Files " drop box. ( blue bar under your welcome message ) there are many users manuals that might cover the systems you don't yet understand.
If you don't find the info you need there , if you post the manufacturer of the appliance and model number , other iRV2 members will help with advice.

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Old 11-14-2015, 09:12 AM   #3
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Congrats on the new rig! Keep her between the ditches!

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Old 11-15-2015, 04:18 AM   #5
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First off, congrats on getting your new to you motorhome. I have recently done the same thing. Best thing to do is start using it. Nothing wrong with setting in your driveway and you "camping" when you can. Use everything. Make sure all systems work and continue working. Fix anything you see during that time. Bulbs, inside and out. Water pump system as well as shore water system. Propane system to stove, heater refrigerator and hot water system. Check ladder, roof and air conditioning. If you ate able to do the work yourself, great. If not, hire it out but watch and learn as much as you can. You never know when you will be the only one around to get you out of a "Situation". If you ate going to tow anything, make real sure to learn any procedures that need to be adhered to. That one cost me $1200 for new brakes, rotors,drums and emergency brake on our maiden voyage. Wife forgot to release parking brake at the end of the towing procedure on her 2012 Honda CRV. Ouch��!! Check the forums, ask questions, post comments and most of all, have fun in your new rig. Bill & Jo from Seattle.
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Old 11-15-2015, 09:30 AM   #6
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Congrats on the rig and welcome to the forum. This is a great place to learn what you need to know. We are new too.

Camping in your driveway is very smart. First of all if you forgot anything you can just go inside and get it. Second if something doesn't work you probably have the tool you'll need inside. Both give you ideas of what you will need to pack for "real camping.

Check the tires. Age is marked on the tire. Find it and if they are older than 7 years think seriously about replacing them. If new, great! Did the rig come with dump hoses and water hoses? If not, they are cheaper at Walmart than Camping World. Get a white water hose for the city hook up. A pressure gage, for the city water hook up and a filter. Some CG's (campgrounds) have high pressure in their CGs and it can blow your plumbing. Rust and dirt is another problem in the water and that is why you need the filter. We found this out the hard way, save yourself the problem.

Moisture is a REALLY BIG issue in a MH. Have caulk and or tape for roof repairs. Read old threads here, they teach you a lot. Just g to the search option and type in whatever you want to know. YouTube is another great place to look. Dumping your RV tanks, leveling your RV, pulling into a CG and so on. Just watch and learn.

At the left side of a "post" where the posters name is, there is a drop down box and you can PM private message them if you want to ask a question privately or make a friend. There is a "Vintage RV" thread that might be a good place to look. Also a "Owner's Forum" where you can find people who have your same rig. Lot's of very helpful people here.

You have joined a very exciting and fun hobby. Lot's to learn, but at the end of your first year you will be fine. Just take some trips close to home (50 miles or so) for your first camping trips and get the bugs out and then go have some fun.

Enjoy, Lynne also a newbie and loving it!
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Old 11-15-2015, 04:02 PM   #7
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Congrats on your new to you motor home You have come to the right place for any information you might need. Safe travels and many happy memories

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