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Old 06-15-2016, 09:17 PM   #1
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Hello from Oklahoma, (currently in south west Asia)

Hello! My Name is Patrick!
My wife and I just picked up our first New to US RV. We picked up a 2000 Winnebago Adventurer 35U, and we can't wait to start hitting the road! Just as soon as I get back from my Deployment.

I'm stationed in Oklahoma, but the Wife and I are from Wisconsin and Pennsylvania respectively.

My family had a few travel trailers and even a couple of pop-ups when I was a kid but this is the first motorhome anyone in my family has had.

I'm not sure where else to go from here, but I look forward to perusing the wealth of information that can be found on this forum, not to mention actually getting to see the Motorhome in person for the first time.

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Welcome to the forum!
Hurry home and get to RVing.
Hope your Adventurer serves you well.
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Hi Patrick



Glad to have you here in the forum with us.

You've come to a great place if you need help or tips. Just ask.

Happy Trails!!!
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Hi Patrick! Welcome to IRV2! We're sure glad you joined us!

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

Good luck, happy trails, and God bless!



Thank you for your service to our country!
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Old 06-16-2016, 03:14 PM   #5
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Welcome to the forum!
Hurry home and get to RVing.
Hope your Adventurer serves you well.
I hope so too. The gentleman that We bought it from is letting us keep it at his house until I get home so he can show me how to operate everything.

It's our goal to make it last 15 to 20 years more before we get another one.
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Congrats Patrick.

I'm in the OKC area and work at Tinker. I have a bit of experience repairing my 1998 MH and if I can be of assistance just let me know. I also added Solar that you can stop by and look at if that's something you plan to do.


I'm also from the Big 10 area...... Go Blue!
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Old 06-17-2016, 07:23 AM   #7
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From another Okie (still in Oklahoma) Formally from MO, ILL, NC, Mass, NH, VT, and central NY. Congrats to the both of you on your 2000 Winnie.

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Congrats Patrick.

I'm in the OKC area and work at Tinker. I have a bit of experience repairing my 1998 MH and if I can be of assistance just let me know. I also added Solar that you can stop by and look at if that's something you plan to do.


I'm also from the Big 10 area...... Go Blue!
Its kind of funny you bring up Tinker since I am stationed there, and we actually live on base. I have thought about solar even if I only used it to charge the batteries, since I am a first time (as an adult) RV'er (still not clear on the lingo) I don't know much about working on the coach, most of the chassis I'm ok with, but helpful advice is always useful.

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From another Okie (still in Oklahoma) Formally from MO, ILL, NC, Mass, NH, VT, and central NY. Congrats to the both of you on your 2000 Winnie.

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It looks like you have moved about as much as me. I'm originally from Pennsylvania, then Wisconsin, then Michigan, Kentucky, Mississippi, Texas, Okinawa Japan, Oklahoma, then Wisconsin again, finally back to Oklahoma. It would have been nice to have the MH back then.
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It looks like you have moved about as much as me. I'm originally from Pennsylvania, then Wisconsin, then Michigan, Kentucky, Mississippi, Texas, Okinawa Japan, Oklahoma, then Wisconsin again, finally back to Oklahoma. It would have been nice to have the MH back then
Back then I had the popup, TTs, 5er, tenting, truck camper. (not in that order)The progressive leaning curve into the MH. All the moving and driving a moving van prepped me for the MH

The family originated in Pennsylvania, Great grandfather , grandfather, and father worked in the coal minds way back then.
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Back then I had the popup, TTs, 5er, tenting, truck camper. (not in that order)The progressive leaning curve into the MH. All the moving and driving a moving van prepped me for the MH
If you don't mind my asking, what had you moving around the country so much?

My parents started out with a pop-up in the early 80s. Then when they reached kid number 5, (me) they decided to get a travel trailer and park it permantly at a CG. A few years later they replaced it with a bigger bunk house, then we down sized to a pop-up to actually travel the country.

I've driven the moving truck a few times and even though the moving truck was a 26' truck with a car hauler, it's going to be my experience having driven a fire truck for a grand total of 3 hours that I will have to draw on. All 3 hours of training lol, but at least it gives me some idea of how to drive a vehicle where I am sitting on the front wheels.

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The family originated in Pennsylvania, Great grandfather , grandfather, and father worked in the coal minds way back then.
I don't know what my great grandfather did because my grand father never talked about him not even to my dad. My Grandfather and dad both worked/work in paper mills.

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I come from a history of Irish travelers, I being the modern version of the Irish Tinker or Gypsy. (our dogs name is Gypsy) Most of the moves involved employment, the move to Illinois was family (father took Ill and I became a single parent around the same time.)

Had similar training driving firetrucks (volunteer fireman for 5 years) that was 40 plus years ago

Our MH is only 26 foot easy to drive on a P37 chassis. We don't haul a toad as I like to say; If UPS can get in to the spot, I can too.

When are you headed home?

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I come from a history of Irish travelers, I being the modern version of the Irish Tinker or Gypsy. (our dogs name is Gypsy) Most of the moves involved employment, the move to Illinois was family (father took Ill and I became a single parent around the same time.)

Had similar training driving firetrucks (volunteer fireman for 5 years) that was 40 plus years ago

Our MH is only 26 foot easy to drive on a P37 chassis. We don't haul a toad as I like to say; If UPS can get in to the spot, I can too.

When are you headed home?

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Well this is my second attempt at a reply. I wish I had copied the last one to make this faster, but now this will be shorter.

No matter how long ago you were a volunteer you still took the time to volunteer

With our MH being 35' I have to assume it will be a little harder to get around in. I wish I had stayed below 30' so I could have stored it on base.

I should be home in around 30 days, and the first weekend I get home the Wife and I are hoping to go camping near Lake Eufaula.

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Well this is my second attempt at a reply. I wish I had copied the last one to make this faster, but now this will be shorter.

No matter how long ago you were a volunteer you still took the time to volunteer

With our MH being 35' I have to assume it will be a little harder to get around in. I wish I had stayed below 30' so I could have stored it on base.

I should be home in around 30 days, and the first weekend I get home the Wife and I are hoping to go camping near Lake Eufaula.

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The part to watch for is the swing of the backend of the MH It would be nice to have about three more feet. But I would not want to go over 30 for the reason of getting into some of the COE and STATE camp grounds plus my daughters driveway in St louis. I get a 50% discount at COEs with the access pass. I hope it is a little cooler for you when you return. We had intentions of going out this weekend but 96 with the heat index hitting above 108 changed our mind.

Lake Eufaula is 1.4 hours from my location. Her father owned a cabin on the lake some years ago.
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The part to watch for is the swing of the backend of the MH It would be nice to have about three more feet. But I would not want to go over 30 for the reason of getting into some of the COE and STATE camp grounds plus my daughters driveway in St louis. I get a 50% discount at COEs with the access pass. I hope it is a little cooler for you when you return. We had intentions of going out this weekend but 96 with the heat index hitting above 108 changed our mind.

Lake Eufaula is 1.4 hours from my location. Her father owned a cabin on the lake some years ago.
I never thought about the swing of the rear end, and it does have a massive over hang I should probably get some practice in on it as soon as I get home.

The DW has been keeping me informed about the heat back there (granted here by the Arabian Sea it's been really hot during the day and muggy at night).

I especially heard about it when the AC at our house went bad. I've never been happier to live on base as I was when I didn't have to pay to replace the AC unit.

I don't actually know how far Lake Eufaula is from Midwest City, but we want to see something besides big city, and Aircraft.

Forgive my ignorance but what does COE stand for? Also have you heard of a lot of people being turned away due to the length of their MH?
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