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Old 08-10-2012, 04:29 PM   #1
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HOWDY! New member from Austin Texas!

Hello all-
My name is Rochelle and my husband and I just bought our very first RV. Its a 1995 Southwind Fleetwood (25,000 original miles on it). We are going to pick it up next weekend and try it out for the first time then. We are super excited about this.

We have 3 dogs and looking forward to traveling with them. Im very excited about redecorating my new RV. Any tips will be appreciated...
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Old 08-10-2012, 05:21 PM   #2
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Three of the four units we've bought over the years were used and in the under 25000 mile range. The last one was real low at less than 3,000, but that doesn't happen often. There are a lot of sug sections to read and enjoy here.
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I just started a new blog today. Budget Diva Living feel free to check it out. There is a pic of my RV on there (as well as my dogs).
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Welcome! What part of Austin? We lived in north Austin for 2 years back in the 90's.
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We are in South Austin (about one mile from Manchaca). I love Austin!!
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Old 08-10-2012, 10:08 PM   #6
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I'm near Austin and have one large dog.
I'd recommend taking a few short "shake down" trips and gradually expand your range. Also know that large V8 and V10 RVs can have trouble staying cool when it's really warm out and you're on the road... The motor is like a big floor heater.

Most gensets are rated to 120 degrees and it can be hotter than that above the pavement in the afternoon...
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Hi Rochelle, welcome to the forum. Congratulations on your Southwind.
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Rochelle, Welcome to the forum and congrats on the MH....
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As has been sugested before, Camp in the driveway for a nite or two. You might think I need this or that from the house. Saves from stopping at Wal Mart or the rv store on the very first trip
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Good to hear on your Rv im down there all the time you might stay a night at Lone Star Rv on 35 and slaughter I do all the time my sister lives in buda I ate at salt lick in dripping springs first time 2 weeks ago
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Howdy and welcome aboard. Hope you enjoy the site and the fine folks you'll meet here. Congrats on the Southwind and hope you enjoy all your travels. Be safe and Happy Motoring!!!
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Hi Rochelle! Welcome to IRV2! We're sure glad to have you join the group! Congrats on the new rig! Good luck, keep it between the ditches, and God bless!
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Great idea

I LOVE THE IDEA OF CAMPING IN THE DRIVEWAY!
We are doing a one night stay next weekend on the land of the owners that we buying it from. They are really nice.

I also like the idea of taking short trips and expanding. Especially with 3 dogs. This is going to be very different for them, and I am really looking forward to it.

I do have some ideas of a few things that I want to do to this RV. First off, I wanna tear out the carpeting. Put in some laminate flooring. With 3 dogs, carpeting is just a pain in the rear.

2nd, the backup camera on this rig is broken. I want to get that replaced.

and one day in the future, I would like to look into some solar power if its not too expensive. I will have to get that done for me 'coz there is NO way that we can do that ourselves.

If anyone knows of anyone in south austin that can do any of those things feel free to let me know....thanks in advance.
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