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Old 01-12-2019, 05:56 AM   #1
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I just purchase a 2007 National Seabreeze. It has a 'rebuild' FL title because of a fender bender in 2008 (you would hardly know anything has changed) but I finally found collision & comp insurance with State Farm and a knowledgeable agent.
I am new to owning an RV and RV'ing. I sailed a Morgan 382 for 19 years and now have a "land yacht". At this time I am based in Ft Myers Shores, FL. As many in the group I am looking for all the manuals and information I can get on the '07 Seabreeze.
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We are glad you joined us. Congratulations on the purchase of your 2007 National Seabreeze. I believe you have joined the friendliest RV site on the Internet with a wealth of RV information available to you. Browse the forums that interest you and don't be afraid to ask questions as our members like to help when they can.

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Hi ! Welcome to IRV2! We're sure glad you joined the gang!

Congrats on the new rig! Have fun and keep her between the ditches!

Good luck, happy trails, and God bless!
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Welcome to the forum and congrats on the new rig.

You are joining a good group of folks here with good info to share. Manuals are hard to come by but read the various threads here and ask questions as they come up. You will find the answers you are looking for

Enjoy the adventure.
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Old 01-13-2019, 10:56 AM   #5
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Steve,

Do you know the real big difference between and RV and a boat??
=> Water will leak OUT of an RV. Otherwise same-same.

Anchoring out is now dry camping
Gunkholing is now Boondocking
A Pump Out is now a Dump
You probably have gas for things you used to do other ways
Potable water is still something to find and keep track of
Along side is now a campground, and if it has electric, water, and sewer in the slip (campsite), it will be call FHU (Full Hook Up)
If you are like me, you will spend only a little more on fuel than you did/do at the loft and chandler

Let all of the good habits you acquired sailing carry over. Logs are still good and helpful when you need to remember what/where. For maintenance, it is even more essential because you will have less seasonal things.
Your GPS may be good, but carry paper charts for when it goes out. Navigation is still important. If you are with AAA, order all the charts for every state and city you plan to enter. I still carry a set of charts and a box compass when sailing. I'm paranoid, but I am old and paranoid. It has served me well.

As for manuals, start a folder (big). Decide where it will live.
Know what the Chassis is (Make Model Year) A chassis manual is important to carry. If you need service mid-passage, it is essential. If you can download it, don't keep it on a single device.
You should be able to find manuals for all the installed things online. Do not count on having wire (internet) any more than you did afloat.
Your coach is capable of operation self-contained (just like the Morgan). Take advantage of that when on long passages. There are lots of places to over night park (anchor out) that are low or zero cost.

Both here on the lakes (where I live now as a refugee from the east coast megopolis) and on the coast, I had several guide books to anchorages. There are a few for us RVers, but the best are online. Start with RVParky. It is both a website and an app that can serve you well. There are others, but I am running long here and have two more big things.

First is load and use both the app and website Gasbuddy(.com). With care, you can save a lot of money just by stopping in the right place.

Second is look at FMCA. It may not fit your life, but it is a good group to be associated with for lots of reasons.

I don't have a good equivalent for "Fair Wind and Smooth Sea".

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Thank you for the WELCOME!!!

Frank,

Thanks for the great welcome and all the similarities! We enjoyed most of our time 'on the water' but there were those instances with sea and weather that we will never forget!!!!

I will copy out your 'welcome' and keep it for future reading!

Picture is our third grandson and me!

THANKS,
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