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Old 07-29-2013, 11:41 AM   #1
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from Jersey to Cali first rv trip

heading across the us on our first rv trip, just bought a 98 Bounder and we are not in a hurry. Probably taking the northern route via Chicago. Would like any tips you would like to give, both on Maintenance & safety and sights worth seeing. Also advice on using wifi on the cheap as we go Thanks Tom
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Is this your first RV trip ever with the 98 Bounder? Are you sure you have checked it out completely? Maybe you would want to take two or three days trip just to make sure all is well with the Bounder? Just a thought. Either way, be safe and don't drive too much daily. I wish you well.
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Stay on the banks of the Missouri river in Chamberlain, SD. Stop at wall, SD and see Wall drugs. Then Rapid City, SD and Mt. Rushmore etc. All this on I-90. Next to Buffalo, Wy and across to Cody and into Yellowstone. Don't miss beartooth Hwy while at Cody.































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Old 07-29-2013, 12:23 PM   #5
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I agree with Sagamore. Take a few short trips. Stay on the main highways, your sure to have any necessary clearance there. Drive three or so hours a day. Start after 9am and you will miss all the morning commuters and be off the road before they return home. Check your tire pressure often. Did I mention check your tire pressure often!! Many CG's have free wi-fi. There's Maumee State park in Ohio next to Lake Erie. Just off of RT. 94. Good luck and keep us all posted.
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Number 1 on maint. Bleed the brakes and change brake fluid in the system. You don't need moisture in the brake system while coming thru the mountains.
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Welcome. Your going to have great weather out in Cali.
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Hi Tom! Welcome to IRV2! We're sure glad you joined us!

Be safe on your trip! Keep it between the ditches!

Good luck, happy trails, and God bless!
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Tom,

Where are you in NJ? We are in Hunterdon County right off I-78.

I have done the NJ to Cali trip a number of times as my son is out there. Will be doing it again in October for his wedding.

Agree totally with the previous posters who suggested on taking that 15 year old coach on some local test runs. Its no fun breaking down along the way!

Are you going to northern or southern California as there would be totally different sites along the way.
I-80 will take you past Penn State (great ice cream), Chicago (traffic), American Pickers store (if you watch that show), but no big attractions until you get to the Great Salt Lake. Nevada is desolate but Donner Pass is beautiful. We stay in Pacifica, CA which is a little south of San Francisco.

Route to southern California can take you through St. Louis, Pikes Peak, Grand Canyon. We stay in Malibu when in southern California. Campground right on the Pacific Coast Highway.

Safe travels!
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Welcome to this site and a big welcome to California. As you travel try to keep an open itinerary as you will find things along the way that is a must see and stay over. A tow service is a must and be prepared for the price of fuel when you get to CA. Don't forget that CA is about a thousand miles long and has just about everything there is to see. Mountains (Big Ones) ocean, lakes, big cities, small towns,desert, farms and industry, movie stars and weirdos.

I will keep and eye out for you.

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