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Old 02-06-2013, 05:56 PM   #1
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Hello all Be gentle

Hi My name is Dave and I am known as Cap'n Dave. I am currently selling my sailboat and thinking about getting a RV. I recently messed up my knee and am due for surgery next week. I am told at my age it will never be the same. I figured I had better get something a little more on the tame side.
I used to do allot of camping in the 70's and the folks were great then, always helping each other and showing off their ideas. Cruisers are the same way. As we sailed the Caribbean we would always run into someone that we knew or we would know the boat. Peoples last names were their boat's name.
I am hoping the RV camping folks are still like that.

We are currently looking at class C motor homes, I just saw one that we both like, but are waiting for the surgery to be over and the closing on our boat.

I am a newbie shoot I thought there were a bunch of people the didn't have a grasp on our language. I thought toad was a land based reptile. Shows you how much I know.

I do know if I want to start a war all I have to do is ask " which blank is the best"
I won't do that.
If I become a pita let me know and I'll ask dumber questions.
Thanks for lettin me in

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Old 02-06-2013, 05:58 PM   #2
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Welcome from Kansas!

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Old 02-06-2013, 06:10 PM   #3
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Welcome from Virginia. There is a lot of country waiting for you to explore - your nautical skills will come in handy.
I got my current RV for the wife's limited mobility. We (she) found the Class A's easier to travel in due to more of an open floor plan and better visability out the windows (driving and camped). The bigger 'C's' were OK also.
Just have fun looking and don't rush into a purchase.
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Old 02-06-2013, 06:11 PM   #4
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Got rid of a 35' sport cruiser & got the RV. Many similarities with people helping each other as RV's & boats seem to need continual work. This site is just great for advice & help.
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Old 02-06-2013, 07:29 PM   #5
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Hello and welcome to iRV2! I hope your surgery goes well and you have a quick recovery.
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Old 02-06-2013, 07:31 PM   #6
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Welcome aboard Capt. You'll find our forum in tip top shape. Enjoy.

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Old 02-07-2013, 03:53 AM   #7
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I want to thank everyone for the warm welcome. We are taking our time and looking looking looking for a R/V I have picked up allot of tips from the forums already.
I found the file section and have downloaded the checklist for buying a R/V.

A little about me that I didn't include in my intro. I am a retired electronic engr. I found my knowledge came in real handy for the boating community and will probable do the same for the R/V. I was would set up long range WiFi systems on boats along with helping people with their computers. Those seemed to be the biggest problems for people followed by their electrical system.

Thanks again for the warm welcome

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Old 02-07-2013, 04:10 AM   #8
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Hi Dave and Debbie, welcome to the group. You'll enjoy the group, we are a friendly group so feel free to ask away with any questions you may have.
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Old 02-07-2013, 04:17 AM   #9
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Welcome Cap'n. Lots of converted seabees around these parts. And yes, there is a little difference in the lingo. For example, your "head" is now your "bathroom" again and for some strange reason, the "galley" is just the "kitchen" in these MHs. Navigation is pretty much the same, except depth is no longer the issue it was before. Thanks to a lot of the newer rules that apply to sailing, lots of the systems are the same (holding tanks, et al). Good luck on your search and don't forget to share the new toy, holding to the "pics or it didn't happen" rule!
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Old 02-07-2013, 04:56 AM   #10
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Welcome Cap'n and Mrs.! I too am brand new to this lifestyle....just finalized the purchase of my 2002 Damon Intruder! Will be on the road ASAP! Good luck with your adventures and maybe we will "bump into" each other one day! (Pun unintended)
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Old 02-07-2013, 05:07 AM   #11
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Cap'n Dave,

A warm welcome on everyone's behalf. Your electrical backround will certainly help-as it did with your boat...I may reach out to you at some point if the need arises. Class C's are a neat rig and over the years I've had two. Let me know via PM and I can help you a bit.

Happy camping!
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Old 02-07-2013, 05:10 AM   #12
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Welcome aboard! I too spent many years on the water. The good news is that your motorhome most likely will never sink! Your electronics background will serve you equally as well in your new pursuit and passion. Good luck with the knee... A friend of mine just had both knees done as well...and he has fairly high mileage on his chassis...but he is on the road to recovery!
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Old 02-07-2013, 05:15 AM   #13
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Hi Cap'n
welcome to that fantastic forum and good luck for your surgery
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Hi Dave & Debbie! Welcome to IRV2! We're really glad you joined us!

Hope you can find just the right rig for your needs. Take your time and shop around. It's still a buyer's market with the economy down like it is. You'll find lots of good deals if you're patient.

Good luck, happy trails, and God bless!

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