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Old 06-14-2007, 08:15 PM   #1
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Well, after a couple of years of seriously considering a motorhome (and a move from Oregon to Arizona to slow it down) we finally did it. Researched and followed this site to learn all I could, and found a 2004 National Dolphin LX. Actually saw it on ebay and then realized it was for sale locally and went to see it. Squeezed it between work meetings and took about an hour to cut the deal. So far so good, but wouldn't recommend that much of a rush to others.

My wife is still not too sure about this thing, mainly worried my job will keep us from using it. I am vowing not to let that happen. Two boys 11 and 14 are very ready to go anywhere in it. We did a break in picnic last weekend and looking forward to a real overnighter soon.

Wife and I are in our 40's, and when I was younger my parents had a 22' motorhome (FMCA # in the 20,000 range!). Fairly primitive by today's standards, but that didn't stop us from having fun. It was a Fan (long since out of production) with a 318 Dodge and TWO full size doors,one on each side. Still the only one like that I have ever seen. I attended my first FMCA national in about 1975 somewhere back east. I remember the bus conversion that stole the show. It cost almost $300,000! Unbelievable.

We moved from Connecticut to Oregon a month after I turned 16 and I took the midnight to 3 AM shift. We made it to Boise in three days with three of us driving. Scary to think of now, but it seemed perfectly fine to me at the time.

Parents are retired and got back into motorhoming with an older, pristine Pace Arrow. Looking forward to seeing some of you on the road and I appreciate all the info and help people put forth on this site.

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Well, after a couple of years of seriously considering a motorhome (and a move from Oregon to Arizona to slow it down) we finally did it. Researched and followed this site to learn all I could, and found a 2004 National Dolphin LX. Actually saw it on ebay and then realized it was for sale locally and went to see it. Squeezed it between work meetings and took about an hour to cut the deal. So far so good, but wouldn't recommend that much of a rush to others.

My wife is still not too sure about this thing, mainly worried my job will keep us from using it. I am vowing not to let that happen. Two boys 11 and 14 are very ready to go anywhere in it. We did a break in picnic last weekend and looking forward to a real overnighter soon.

Wife and I are in our 40's, and when I was younger my parents had a 22' motorhome (FMCA # in the 20,000 range!). Fairly primitive by today's standards, but that didn't stop us from having fun. It was a Fan (long since out of production) with a 318 Dodge and TWO full size doors,one on each side. Still the only one like that I have ever seen. I attended my first FMCA national in about 1975 somewhere back east. I remember the bus conversion that stole the show. It cost almost $300,000! Unbelievable.

We moved from Connecticut to Oregon a month after I turned 16 and I took the midnight to 3 AM shift. We made it to Boise in three days with three of us driving. Scary to think of now, but it seemed perfectly fine to me at the time.

Parents are retired and got back into motorhoming with an older, pristine Pace Arrow. Looking forward to seeing some of you on the road and I appreciate all the info and help people put forth on this site.

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Old 06-14-2007, 08:54 PM   #3
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Welcome to IRV2! Great introduction...very informative and precise...unlike what you will find me doing!
Please post about your travels and problems here on IRV2. You will find many friendly people here willing to help and share information wth you.
BTW... how big is Cave Creek?
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JKCTAZ, welcome to iRV2.com. We are glad to have you join us here and look forward to reading of all the fun you will have in your new Dlphin. Congratulations on your first motorhome. I am sure you will enjoy it as much as you will this website. If you have any questions just ask. Good luck and take care. Have a great summer.
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Welcome aboard! For a minute there, I thought you bought my in-laws motorhome in Salem! Quite a change in AZ, I bet.
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Old 06-15-2007, 01:21 PM   #6
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content"> BTW... how big is Cave Creek? </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

Cave Creek is not very big and looks like a neat old western town. Taverns, cactus, neat restaurants. In reality it is a suburb of Phoenix and part of the sprawl. Schools are good and neighborhoods are generally quiet with a bit of desert around you. Elevation is a bit higher than Phoenix, and with less concrete and asphalt it is a bit cooler, barely over 107 yesterday, and cools down a bit more at night.
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