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Old 09-10-2014, 12:01 AM   #1
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Getting Ready for Full Time (Newbies)

Hi Everyone!

DH and I are in the planning stages of our transition to full-timing. We had the opportunity to own a Coachmen Class C for a while, and it gave us the bug to retire and hit the road.

We have been researching tirelessly. We're pretty sure we want a Newmar DP, with the model depending on how much we get from the sale of our house. We are aiming for Fall of 2015 to begin our new adventure.

In the meantime, we are reading, asking questions, visiting dealerships and watching lots of YouTube videos pertaining to RVs and RV living.

Thank you for allowing us to be a part of the forum, and I apologize in advance if I ask stupid questions.


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Old 09-10-2014, 12:34 AM   #2
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The only stupid question is the one not asked, and therefore not learned from.
Wishing you the best in your future endeavors.

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Old 09-10-2014, 05:10 AM   #3
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Ditto on above. Welcome to irv2. We're here to answer any question you have. Select the appropriate section of the forum and ask away.

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Old 09-10-2014, 05:41 AM   #4
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Welcome to the forum and good luck...
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Old 09-10-2014, 06:16 AM   #5
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Hi Linda & Don! Welcome to IRV2! We're sure glad you joined the bunch!

Hope you find the right rig for your needs and that the fulltiming works out good for you!

Good luck, happy trails, and God bless!
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Old 09-10-2014, 07:29 AM   #6
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Hi Linda and Don

Glad to have you here with us.
You have picked a great company (Newmar) for your DP. You will be very happy with it.

Good luck on the search of the best model for you, and Happy Trails!!!!

Congrats on the retirement plans.
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Old 09-10-2014, 09:34 AM   #8
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Welcome to the Forum and best of luck on finding that perfect MH. We have been happy with our used Newmar Dutchstar DP. Bought it at Independence RV in Winter Garden, FL and the service has been excellent.
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Glad you're aboard. Best of luck in your search and decision. Enjoy your adventures and be safe.
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Old 09-10-2014, 10:31 AM   #10
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Thanks for the warm welcome!

I appreciate the warm wishes! We are so excited about our plans and cannot wait to get on the road and embrace the full time lifestyle. We know we will meet many wonderful people (maybe some of you!) and it's going to be a blast.

As I said, we are researching like crazy; scouring through forums, blogs, books, and of course, window shopping. We want to make sure we make the best decisions we can and are therefore planning very carefully, all while we go through the decades of "stuff" we've accumulated. I am selling things on eBay, Craigslist, etc. to get the house decluttered and ready to sell. Also painting, cleaning, updating here and there. It's a lot of work! But we know that it will be worth it.

The good thing is, we have a pretty good idea of the floor plans we like and some of the things we need, and things we can live without. So, the plan is in place and God willing, we will be joining your ranks soon.

Thanks again for the welcome.
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Old 09-10-2014, 06:37 PM   #11
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Welcome to the irv2 gang, Linda & Don! Congrats on your retirement plans and the change to full-timing. It took us a little over a year to research our choices when we started back on RVing. Sounds like you are well along the road to finding that perfect coach. Good luck with the research; I'm sure you will find a lot of useful info here! It sure did help us!
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