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Old 07-20-2014, 10:58 PM   #1
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Hi all. I have never camped before and just bought a 2013 Coachmen Mirada Class A. This is going to be very interesting
I live in central Wyoming, and my first planned trip will be driving to Los Angeles. Stay there a week, and head to Las Vegas and Zion National Park. I am supposed to pick it up next week and the dealer will show me the operation of the RV. Excited, need all the advise I can get.

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Just remember, the worst day RVing is much better than your best day working. Works for fishing too!

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Old 07-21-2014, 12:16 AM   #3
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Your Class A has a comfortable bed, TV's wifi, microwave, entertainment system, full shower, toilet, sink, water heater, etc.

As I said to my neighbor when he ask how our "camping" trip was (we had been gone four months) I said we weren't camping "we were just living somewhere else for a while".

Have fun you are going to love it, we do.
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Old 07-21-2014, 01:10 AM   #4
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Ok, It might be a good thing to film the orientation but it might also be a good opportunity to list some of the key things that can make your life miserable if you don't follow the proper steps.

I will list a couple I can think of and maybe others if they want can add more.

Item 1
Always make sure your RV is level before you turn on your fridge.
Item 2
Make sure you have a water pressure regulator connected to your rig before turning on the water you have connected to your unit.
Item 3
Make sure you test the power at the pedestal before you hook up your electrical. Get a socket tester from Home Depot and make sure you have the adapters that will allow you to plug into the pedestal

Other words of wisdom posters?

Oh and welcome aboard!
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Old 07-21-2014, 04:38 AM   #5
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Howdy and welcome aboard. Glad to have you with us. Congrats on your purchase and enjoy your travels. Be Safe.
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Old 07-21-2014, 04:59 AM   #6
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Old 07-21-2014, 05:09 AM   #7
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Well when in doubt what to do-- just stand outside looking at your RV. next camper over will probably ask you if you need help.

Most campgrounds have a camp host. They are always great to help.

Enjoy your new RV. Really all you have to do is ask someone on IRV 2 --you will generally get a quick response.


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Old 07-21-2014, 05:30 AM   #9
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Welcome to the great world of RVing.

I suggest you spend a night or two in a local campground close to your dealer while you learn your systems. If you have a problem, the dealer is close for solutions. This is a good idea when purchasing a new rig, but in your case, more so, if you have never been camping.

When everything is working and you know how to work it, head for LA. If you have problems then, somebody in the campground will help or the host will point you to a nearby dealer.

Good luck.
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Old 07-21-2014, 05:37 AM   #10
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Better practice driving and backing up in a large open Parking lot before you set out on your trip. Lazy Days offers a free driving workshop if you get near one of their locations. Some of the workshop is also on YouTube. I'll try to find the links for you.

Try this:


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Staying at the dealer a couple days is a great idea. We are picking up a new RV today in Elkhart and plans to stay at the dealers camping spots for at least 2 days. And this is our 4 RV.

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All the best with your RVing adventure....When backing always remember to look up for obstructions as well....DW is my guide with a radio when we back our 5er.

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Glad to have you here with us.

When you take delivery take copius notes or better yet, video the dealers instructions so you will have a reference when you can't remember how to do things.
Make a check list of everything you have to do when you are stopping at a CG etc. Make one also for departure so that you don't forget things like awnings, hoses, or wires that may still be conected. (yeah wife too).

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