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Old 12-08-2013, 11:16 AM   #1
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Smile Hello from Michigan

Just a friendly howdy from Talltom and family (Cheryl,Adam) and our dogs Matilda & Dexter. Glad to be a part of the iRV.com community. Lots of great information from all you members found here so far. My wife and I are in our late 50's and have started RVing in our class A Winnebago Adventurer. We had a ball driving our newly purchased used rig back from Florida this past summer and have been to several Michigan RV resorts since we purchased her. We look forward to finding and reading more about this great life style they call RVing (you really can't call it camping, that's not right )

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P.S. - Planning a 2 week trip this summer out to the heartland to see Mount Rushmore and other senic destinations. Any input from seasond RV'ers on this trip for camping spots would be appreciated. Thanks!
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Old 12-08-2013, 11:23 AM   #2
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Welcome to irv2 we are from Jackson mi retired from rawsonville ford plt now in N.C
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Old 12-08-2013, 01:44 PM   #3
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Old 12-08-2013, 04:39 PM   #5
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Glad to hear there are a few of us Michigan folks still here keeping the lights on. We still like to refer to this life style as camping.
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Old 12-08-2013, 05:03 PM   #6
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Thanks !

Thanks for the welcomes. Yes my wife and I are staying thru the cold and snow here because I am not retired yet. We do like the state. I hope to retire in about 7 years and possibly become snow birds as many do. I did have fun this weekend getting the river opened back up to fish however.
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Old 12-08-2013, 05:45 PM   #8
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Tom,

This is not to be depressing, but if you did not buy the unit new, make sure all the required maintenance has been done before you depart for points west. There is no reason at all to expect trouble, but Murphy is out there. Also know all the specifications that are necessary to buy parts (chassis, engine, trans & etc.) and carry a full set of manuals. It is usually not that hard to find a competent mechanic, but you can't expect him to know how to do everything that your chassis needs.

Manual for the appliances can be download and stored, but have them available.

This is all like carrying an umbrella because it might rain.....

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Old 12-08-2013, 06:37 PM   #12
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Thanks for the advice. I can image it would put a kink in a trip with a break down.
We are the second owners of our 03 AV. The previous owner was in the military and traveled with the RV to different military bases thru out the country. She was absolutly amazing about keeping detailed records of the upkeep of the coach. Even had a map on the slide out door of were the coach had traveled. The wife and I have been pecking away at the esentials. New skins will go on this coming spring along with a new intank fuel pump due to the milage. This RV ran like a watch driving it back from Florida. Only noises I notced was the P/S pump which is getting replaced. Works good just whines a little more than I care for. I was in the service industry for 35 years as mechanic prior to my current job in the aerospace industry so most repairs are done by myself. I love that 8.1 lt. engine in this rig as I also have the same engine in my 03 Chevy Avalanche. Just a brute torque gas engine.
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Old 12-08-2013, 06:42 PM   #13
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Howdy and welcome aboard fellow Michigander. Sorry we're not there at the moment but we need to enjoy this FL sun and warmth for the next 5 months. You have plenty of time to plan your trip so take your time and Google points of interest for the route you intend to take. Hope you enjoy the site and all your future travels.
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Welcome to the forum.... don't be afraid to get involved in the different pages of information.....Happy Trails.....
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