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Old 05-31-2011, 11:35 AM   #1
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Just bought our first RV!

Yeah, we did it. Bought a 2009 36' diesel Tiffin Phaeton. My husband and I are selling and storing stuff and getting ready to hit the road in September. We are complete novices and not very mechanical, so this big rig is totally intimidating! We appreciate any advice all you experts can give us.

We live in the mountains of Northern California and want to go North to Vancouver and back for our first 30 day trip. When we return we'll be living in the motorhome too! But we also heard that the Hot Air Balloon Festival in Albuquerque is a blast early October. So we can't even decide on our first trip yet, let alone learn how to work this monster machine! eek!

So happy to know that there are so many people with experience willing to share what they've learned. We appreciate you all already.

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Old 05-31-2011, 11:46 AM   #2
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Hi Claudia and Steve, welcome to irv2!

I will say you don't seem to have any fears of commitment, my hats off to you. Your first MH and went for one of the best. Congratulations!
We have been FT since January 7th and love the freedom, enjoy your new adventure.
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Old 05-31-2011, 11:56 AM   #3
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It seems you've certainly started off in style, we look forward to seeing pictures of your coach and hearing about your travels.
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Old 05-31-2011, 12:16 PM   #4
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WOW! Sure beats the very used 15' trailer we started with!

Welcome to my favorite RV forum. Don't be shy about asking questions. Someone here's "been there, done that", and has a drawer full of T-shirts. Most are very happy to give you the benefit of their experience, just ask.

There is an informal rule here though, no photos, never happened.

May you enjoy many happy (s)miles in that Pheaton you claim to have purchased.
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Old 05-31-2011, 03:17 PM   #5
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Welcome and a super start. I live down the road from you in Manteca, so if I can be of any assistance let me know. As you become accustomed to the unit try a few days at Jackson Rancheria or come on to Manteca at French Camp Rv Park. We are headed to Pismo Beach RV resort next week for a few days.
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Welcome to the forum. Congrats on your new rig. Many happy and safe miles.
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Old 05-31-2011, 08:37 PM   #7
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WOW! Sure beats the very used 15' trailer we started with!

Welcome to my favorite RV forum. Don't be shy about asking questions. Someone here's "been there, done that", and has a drawer full of T-shirts. Most are very happy to give you the benefit of their experience, just ask.

There is an informal rule here though, no photos, never happened.

May you enjoy many happy (s)miles in that Pheaton you claim to have purchased.
oh I should have said that the bank "owns" our Phaeton. Thanks for the support. Maybe someday we will!
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Yeah, we did it. Bought a 2009 36' diesel Tiffin Phaeton. My husband and I are selling and storing stuff and getting ready to hit the road in September...
Lots of big changes. I'm taste-testing all of this too; so far, at the six month point, I give RV'ing a HUGE thumbs up
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Old 05-31-2011, 09:05 PM   #9
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Welcome ....and good luck !!!


OH....and a great choice you made in your coach ! .....
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Welcome Claudia & Steve to irv2.
Here is a good reference link that you will be using if you have not already found it.
Good luck and many safe miles for you and enjoy your new lifestyle.
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