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Old 01-30-2012, 10:49 PM   #1
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Hello! My name is Ginger and my husband, Steve, and we recently purchased our first motorhome, a 2008 Fleetwood Southwind 35a, 8.1 L Vortec, Workhorse Chassis. We've owned many different camping rigs --- tent, 25' travel trailer (to see if we would like camping), 35' fifth wheel (we knew we loved camping), then a 32' travel trailer (so we could haul our Harley in the bed of the pickup), .... I upset our latest "2nd home" vessel last year when I became a "driver" instead of a "passenger" on the harley. We decided that a motorhome could take care of all of our needs, whether we needed to tow motorcycles or our toad (2002 Jeep Wrangler Sahara). Our "maiden" voyage in the new MoHo will be from Washington State to Arizona in April (Sonoran Desert, Route 66, Valley of Fire State Park, etc.). A 2nd trip this year will be to the beautiful hills of South Dakota in August. Have searched the site for information/advice from other Southwind owners but so far haven't found a whole lot (maybe I just haven't mastered navigating the site). We bought our coach from a local dealer. It had 4500 miles on it and we thought it was a fair price. DH is retired but I have a few more years to reach that point before we think about full timing Maybe it will be paid for by then? Since we are new at MOHOing, I'm a little nervous at the unexpected. Seems like a lot more to be aware of? Hoping to find out what sort of issues other similar Southwind owners have come across that we could be alerted to. Also, looking forward to learning from the wealth of experience from this site!

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Old 01-30-2012, 10:56 PM   #2
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Howdy Ginger and welcome to the forum! Congrats on your first motorhome; hope it gives you years of happy traveling. Check out the Fleetwood-specific board to post questions about your Southwind. Fleetwood Products Owner's Forum - iRV2 Forums

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Old 01-31-2012, 05:57 AM   #3
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Welcome to the motorhome community. We have owned 3 class A units and I know you'll really enjoy class A ownership. Just take things slow and you'll learn as you go and after a while you'll wonder why it appeared that your unit seemed so complicated.
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Old 01-31-2012, 06:01 AM   #4
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Ginger, Welcome to the forum and congrats on the MH.
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Old 01-31-2012, 06:07 AM   #5
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Hi Ginger & Steve, Welcome to the forum. You'll love that motorhome, and it'll make hauling that harley easy if you get a bike trailer. There around at got pricing if you take your time looking. Like you, I've owned TT's, 5th wheels, class C's as well as class A's and I always come back to the A's. I just enjoy it more. Good luck and many good memories.
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Old 01-31-2012, 06:58 AM   #6
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Hellos Ginger & Steve, welcome to the forum and congratulations on your Southwind.
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Hi Ginger & Steve! Welcome to IRV2! We're happy that you decided to join the bunch here! Congrats on the new MH! Have fun, keep it between the ditches, and God bless!
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Old 01-31-2012, 08:14 PM   #9
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Welcome to IRV2 and congrates on your new MH. Always nice to see some folks WA on this venue.

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Congrats on your new rig. You will really enjoy both your planned trips.
You might check out adding the Northwest Meet & Greet to your schedule.
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Old 01-31-2012, 08:46 PM   #11
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In May we are having a Meet & Greet in Centrailia, Wa. just a short 154 miles from Selah.
I would like to Invite you and Steve to be with us for the weekend'
Go to the search at the top and enter "OK Northwest"
If it is of intrest, give me an e-mail and I will send you the newsletter about it.
So far we have filled one park and working on another.

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Thanks for welcome everyone! Again, we are excited about our new ventures and being able to stay in touch with other rv'ers, both on the road and through this wonderful site. With a little help from mother nature, we hope to be trying out our coach soon!
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Welcome aboard. If your husband is retired military, you might consider stopping at Nellis AFB Fam Camp in Las Vegas on your way to AZ. The Vally of Fire is not far from here and there are other interesting things to see and do.
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Old 01-31-2012, 09:48 PM   #14
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Hey Ghostories! Steve was raised in Tiffin, Ohio! His dad was born in Findlay. Small world

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