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Old 07-05-2016, 12:31 PM   #1
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Go Big or Go Home

Hello, I am new to the RV world. We are in the process of moving from Connecticut to Arizona. I figured, why not do it in style and comfort. With four dogs and two cats to travel with us, the RV would make life much easier. So a week ago, my son and I drove down to South Carolina and purchased a 1996 Damon Intruder 359B Diesel pusher with a Freightliner chassis and a 5.9 Cummins that has a Gale Banks Twin Ram Power Pack in it (which I did not know until yesterday). If I would have heard those words a month ago, I would not have had any clue what they meant. Thank god for the internet. I chose the class A because I figured Go big or Go Home. You only live once.

Like many who are now just dipping their feet in this kind of endeavor (well, I kinda just jumped at the deep end) I too have lots of questions and learning to do. I never really drove anything bigger than a Jeep Grand Cherokee before, and driving this rig definitely got the blood flowing through my veins. I absolutely love it!

I use to see fancy class A RV drive past me on the highway and I'd often think to myself, "what's the point of that?" Now I know. Although ours is not fancy at all, no pull outs or anything, I do get the Idea of the comfort factor. Sorry if i was a hypocrite. I won't do it again.

I'm glad I found this site, and I am looking forward to learning from you all.
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Well, hope your move goes smooth!
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Hi Intruder,

Welcome to the Forum! You came to the right place to learn. All kinds of information here on all kinds of RV's, including Class A, Class, B, Class C, Toyhaulers, 5th Wheels, TT's, and pop-ups. There's Vintage, brand new, Used, home made, and all sorts of beautiful rigs that fits the owner's needs and not necessarily anyone else's. We like all kinds!

Like you, loved it the first time I drove my rig. Still enjoying it every bit as much 1 year later. Camping right now and using my HotSpot for WIFI. We've learned a lot over the last year from the amazing people here on this Forum. They have been an amazing source of RV education for us.

Any questions you have can be answered here, just ask. Open a thread or look up in the search engine for whatever issue you are having or answer you need.

Just a bit of info,. Get a pressure regulator valve for you city water hook up. CG's (camp grounds) tend to have high water pressure that the MH water lines cannot take. Don't want to blow those lines. Water filter for your city line also. All can be bought at Walmart for around $25 to $30. Just a few of the necessities.

Go Big or go Home! This is an amazing lifestyle, lot's of great, friendly people you will meet, the chance to get closer with your family and meet new friends. Your rig will take you there but she also need constant care. These babies are not cheap and they like a house need TLC.

Welcome, ask questions, and send a PM if you have a questions you don't want to post publicly. Many of us are still learning but we know a bit.

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Old 07-05-2016, 01:51 PM   #4
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Hi! Welcome to IRV2! We're sure glad you joined the gang!

Congrats on the new rig! Keep her between the ditches!

Good luck, happy trails, and God bless!
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Glad to have you here with us in the forum.

Congratulations on your new Intruder. I wish you lots of good luck and good times with it. Hope the move goes smooth.

Happy Trails!!!
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Hi Intruder,

Welcome to the Forum! You came to the right place to learn. All kinds of information here on all kinds of RV's, including Class A, Class, B, Class C, Toyhaulers, 5th Wheels, TT's, and pop-ups. There's Vintage, brand new, Used, home made, and all sorts of beautiful rigs that fits the owner's needs and not necessarily anyone else's. We like all kinds!

Like you, loved it the first time I drove my rig. Still enjoying it every bit as much 1 year later. Camping right now and using my HotSpot for WIFI. We've learned a lot over the last year from the amazing people here on this Forum. They have been an amazing source of RV education for us.

Any questions you have can be answered here, just ask. Open a thread or look up in the search engine for whatever issue you are having or answer you need.

Just a bit of info,. Get a pressure regulator valve for you city water hook up. CG's (camp grounds) tend to have high water pressure that the MH water lines cannot take. Don't want to blow those lines. Water filter for your city line also. All can be bought at Walmart for around $25 to $30. Just a few of the necessities.

Go Big or go Home! This is an amazing lifestyle, lot's of great, friendly people you will meet, the chance to get closer with your family and meet new friends. Your rig will take you there but she also need constant care. These babies are not cheap and they like a house need TLC.

Welcome, ask questions, and send a PM if you have a questions you don't want to post publicly. Many of us are still learning but we know a bit.

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Thank you for the warm welcome!
I went and picked up a water filter from Walmart as soon as I picked up the rig. I never thought of the pressure regulator. Thank you for that information.

I'm glad to be part of this group now. Thanks!
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Smart buy it sound like to me.

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Intruder,

Something else we learned on our last camping trip. When we hooked up at the CG to water, the smell coming from the hot water heater was awful! Sulfur smell. Nasty. We added some Clorox to the water and ran it through the hot water heater and all lines. Let it sit 2 hours and then drained it out and refilled and rinsed several times.

Apparently some of the water at CG's has different bacteria in it and it makes a terrible smell in your water heater. Wow, it was nasty!

What we were instructed to do is to drain the water heater and any water in the tanks and lines which we have done. Hopefully we will never have that problem again. Just thought it might keep you from having the issue too.

The nice thing was that when we had the problem we had no idea what the problem was and how to fix it. Got on IRV2 and entered "bad water smell from water heater" into the search area and got an answer on how to fix it. We learn something all the time from here. I come here with any issues. Always get the help we need.

Glad you got the pressure regulator valve, would hate to see you blow your water lines. Enjoy your rig.

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Be warned. The Class A lifestyle is addictive. Very addictive.

Enjoy your trip to your new home!
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beamisl,

Awesome! Thanks for that tip.
I will be draining my fresh water tank and Re disinfecting it again. I noticed the other day that there was a residual antifreeze liquid from all the water lines. I know that this practice is normal during winter season. But I am concerned that there was also a trace of it still even after flushing all of them and disinfecting the potable water tank for a long time.
Any advise on how to remove the taste of it from my water tank? I didn't find any information the Forum. I may not be looking in the right section...
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Be warned. The Class A lifestyle is addictive. Very addictive.

Enjoy your trip to your new home!
Yes, I am finding that I am tempted to keep taking the rig even just to go to Walmart and just sit in it and enjoy my 5 Guys Burger that I pick up next to Walmart.

I need to get a life... Lol!
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Intruder,

You got a life, it's called RVing, Glamping (glamour camping), and just plain fun. The antifreeze should never be put in your hot water heater. There is a by-pass valve somewhere in your water line to shut off the water heater when winterizing.

The info in our manual says to put 1/4 cup of Clorox into a gallon of water for every 15 gallons of water in the holding tank and run it through all lines including the hot water heater line. Let it sit an hour ( we did two ) and then run it out of the lines by opening all valves including your outside shower. Refill your holding tank (about 20 gallons and go for that drive to Walmart to swish it around) and then rinse all lines again. Do this until you do NOT smell Clorox coming through your lines.

We refilled the holding tank again and went for a drive out in the country with the empty valve open to drain the water out ( only after we were sure all Clorox was out of the system).

Have you heard of "Driveway Camping". Ok, you have a driveway, you have a MH, so camp in your driveway. Why not. Plug it into your house, hook up the hose, play around inside the rig and get the kinks out. If you need a tool it's close in your garage. Need a steak or ketchup it's just inside in the fridge. I know you are smiling right now and realize you are going to do this very soon. GO ahead, it's your driveway and you MH.

Yes, you are in love with a great hobby and you are going to do it! I don't apologize for my wicked sense of humor cause I know you are feeling it right now. Maybe some time when I get to Arizona (SIL lives there) we can meet up and you can tell me about your driveway camping!

Later Dude, Lynne
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