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Old 08-15-2016, 05:03 PM   #1
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Happy Camper? Well, maybe!

When over the last couple of years I found myself watching more and more TV, getting older and older, and going nowhere fast, all things considered, I started shopping for a motorhome. More than once I thought I was crazy, but I kept thinking I'd rather be in trouble than just drying up, and guess what? I got my wish. After three months of researching and shopping I found a 2003 35-foot Bounder for such a fantastic price that even though it wasn't my first choice for quality, it took all the fear out of buying because I knew if something went wrong, I could "afford" to fix it.

In late July I flew to Key West Florida and picked it up. it was in great condition and I promptly fell in love with it, and the guy I bought it from was a real sweetheart. I felt like a happy camper! After resting a couple of days, I headed back to Iowa where I need to live until next year. Unfortunately, after bering extremely careful to drive intelligently, I didn't see a guy wire that broke out the windshield. Fortunately, I was creeping along or it could have been a lot worse.

But I was in for more adventures. Two days later, with the passenerside windshield held together with batman tape while I drove to a repair shop, a belt came off and suddenly I found myself in the left lane of traffic without power steering! Fortunately, I handled it, and landed in a good place at Custom Colors Coach and RV repair in Port Lucie FL. where they took care of me until I got oriented enough to figure out that I'd have to fly back to Iowa to attend to responsibilities, then fly back in September after the RV is repaired...and presumably after I am psychologically ready again to try to drive it again.

I am sad to have messed up so soon after buying it, but haven't others done the same thing, even with more expensive rigs? I didn't hit the wire because I was either careless or reckless, only maybe admittedly a little stupid. Until then I'd been proud of how well I'd done, even at backing, and even though some people raise eyebrows that I am driving alone at my age, I presume that I will continue learning. I'd been a lurker on IRV2 sometimes to get ideas and understandings and my thought was that if all of you could learn to drive one, I could too. I still think so.

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Old 08-15-2016, 05:17 PM   #2
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Go for it Roadmagic!!!

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Old 08-15-2016, 05:35 PM   #3
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Hi ! Welcome to IRV2! We're sure glad you joined the gang!

Congrats on the new rig! Hope you get all the little problems solved quickly! Keep her between the ditches!

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

It happens, maintain your good attitude and continue forward. Good luck
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