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Old 01-25-2012, 06:17 PM   #1
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Hello from SW FL and glad to be here

Hello All,
Please allow me to introduce myself, my name is Terry and I live in southwest Fl with my 15 year old son and my 18 year old son close by. Well I have always wanted an RV but was much more into fishing so boats were the preference, which I still have. Now it looks like I am joining you fine folks with a MH. If I may I will take a second to better introduce myself.
I divorced after 25 years of marriage to a wonderful woman 1.5 years ago but life changes and is always on the move and while looking back is ok from time to time you donít stay dwell there. I was very lucky and the boys stay with me 85% of the time in the family home. I LOVE IT! Now for the first time ever I will need to work away from home five days a week and this is where the MH comes in. It does break my heart that I will need to be away from my boys during the week but I feel this is a must accept scenario.
My wonderful father who is my hero in life has chosen to give me his old MH which he hasnít used in six years to use as my second home for work. Please note he is not my hero for the MH but because if you look in the dictionary for a true WWII American MAN, gentleman, father he will be there!
Now for the MH, it is a í89 Fleetwood Southwind 34í which he is getting me the stats on now. It will need work but I follow after him and am up to the challenge. I have been on here for researching this model for several days and can clearly see what I may be up against but confident the outcome will be very acceptable. My biggest issue now is he is 500 miles away and I need time off work to get up there and get it road ready to get back here to SW FL. May take a few trips to do but getting time off work before I need to work out of town is a concern, but it always works out somehow.

Well I have rambled enough and sorry for the long post. It is a great pleasure to meet all of you!




Just for fun my last project with my boys.

Thanks,
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Terry,

Welcome aboard iRV2!

Looking at the boat before and after pictures, make sure you take a before and after of your new to you MH and post those.
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Old 01-25-2012, 08:46 PM   #3
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Terry,

Welcome aboard iRV2!

Looking at the boat before and after pictures, make sure you take a before and after of your new to you MH and post those.
Thank you for the welcome and plan to do just that. The skiff was just a fun summer project for the boys and I. I did a nice photo and update log on fishing boating forum and had fun with it.
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Hi Terry, welcome to the forum. Good luck on your project. Let us know how it goes. Nice job on the boat.
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Howdy Terry and welcome to the forum! Have fun with your new project!
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Hi Terry! Welcome to IRV2! We're really happy you decided to join us! Hope everything works out OK on getting the MH fixed up. Looks like you did a great job on the boat so I think you won't have any trouble with the MH! There's lots of good folks who will be glad to help in any way possible if you have some questions. Just post them in the appropriate areas for the best answers. Keep us updated with pics as you do the work! Have fun and God bless!
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Welcome aboard Terry. Yea, the old boat refinishing. Been there done that a couple of times. Love it when then there done. Glad you decided on the rv side of life. Hope you enjoy your time here as well as on the road with your future travels. Be safe and Happy Motoring!!!
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Hi TDroma,
Welcome to the site. I had an 88 Southwind and enjoyed many happy times in it. If the MH has been sitting for a while, may I suggest you replace all the tires, the fluids & filters, spark plugs, wires, distributor cap and rotor, and check brake lines and brakes for proper operations. If you have any questions, please PM me, I will be happy to try and help you out. If you have a p30 GM chassis, I have some tuneup help that got me about 1 1/2 to 2 mpg increase and a lot more usable power for under $250.
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Hi and welcome to the forum. Good luck with your projects.
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Old 01-27-2012, 04:53 PM   #12
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Welcome aboard Terry. Yea, the old boat refinishing. Been there done that a couple of times. Love it when then there done. Glad you decided on the rv side of life. Hope you enjoy your time here as well as on the road with your future travels. Be safe and Happy Motoring!!!
First I would like to thank all of you for the very warm welcome!

That was my first old boat refinishing and had a good summer project with my boys doing it. Plus it is a small skiff compared to my offshore boat and so much fun to use, like a gocart on water and can run all weekend on 6 gals of gas. Plus it has put so many fish in the boat, snook, reds & trout! The Rv side of life will be just as much fun, maybe more and at 7 to 8 mpg it will be easier on the wallet than the offshore rig wich only gets 1.5mpg.
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Hi TDroma,
Welcome to the site. I had an 88 Southwind and enjoyed many happy times in it. If the MH has been sitting for a while, may I suggest you replace all the tires, the fluids & filters, spark plugs, wires, distributor cap and rotor, and check brake lines and brakes for proper operations. If you have any questions, please PM me, I will be happy to try and help you out. If you have a p30 GM chassis, I have some tuneup help that got me about 1 1/2 to 2 mpg increase and a lot more usable power for under $250.
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Franka, you read my mind on the first steps, tires, fluids, filters, plugs and brakes. This is an unexpected plan as I had planed to buy a 25' TT for work away from home but the new planning is inline with your outline. The MH has been sitting for 5 years and I need to get it road ready for a 500 mile trip from my dad's to my home. Then I can start the rebuild/replace as needed. May PM when I get a little bit more into it, thanks for the offer!

Don't know much about it yet and only seen it once from a distance. My dad gave me some info which is what I am going by so far.

'89 Fleetwood Southwind 34'
454 engine
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I am guessing at this time that equates to a P30 GM Chassis but not sure yet.

Thanks again for all the welcomes and good luck wishes! Once I have more info I will start a thread in the vintage section.

Thanks,
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Terry, yes that is a P30 chassis, so whenever you need anything just PM me and I will help all that I can. Before you get the tuneup stuff, that is where I made the most changes, so PM me before you purchase anything for the tuneup.

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