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Old 07-25-2007, 01:45 PM   #1
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Hello all, My name is Rick. The DW and I are 42 and love RVing although we don't have a lot of experience. I wanted to stop by and say high and introduce myself. Been camping my entire life. The wife and I bought a tent trailer about 7 years ago. We settled on a immaculately kept 88 coleman with only the bare basics in it. A converter, beds, table and stove/sink. At the beginning of this year we bought 24 foot 1984 Alpenlite 5th wheel for a astonishing low price. Everything works except the furnace and I believe it's a simple fix. We use a Catalytic heater and a small 12 volt fan and stay plenty warm so not all is lost. We are loving the new trailer. Set up is quick and easy compared to the old pop-up and AC is great when it's 100? outside. My only complaint is the front landing gear are individually operated by hand crank. Each leg has a crank on the front of it. You stow the legs by pulling a pin and twisting the leg a quarter turn inwards and replace the pin or you can take the legs totally off and throw them into the T-V. Other than the front landing gear this trailer is perfect for us. No slides but not really heavy either. 6400lbs give or take a few lbs. My dodge quad cab 2500 pulls it like it's not really there. We love having a real toilet and shower and the way the on demand water pump works it's like being at home.lol Can't really call it camping when you bring home with you.lol

Well I'm sure I've bored everyone enough here. Love the site so far. Seems nice and homey here.

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Hello all, My name is Rick. The DW and I are 42 and love RVing although we don't have a lot of experience. I wanted to stop by and say high and introduce myself. Been camping my entire life. The wife and I bought a tent trailer about 7 years ago. We settled on a immaculately kept 88 coleman with only the bare basics in it. A converter, beds, table and stove/sink. At the beginning of this year we bought 24 foot 1984 Alpenlite 5th wheel for a astonishing low price. Everything works except the furnace and I believe it's a simple fix. We use a Catalytic heater and a small 12 volt fan and stay plenty warm so not all is lost. We are loving the new trailer. Set up is quick and easy compared to the old pop-up and AC is great when it's 100? outside. My only complaint is the front landing gear are individually operated by hand crank. Each leg has a crank on the front of it. You stow the legs by pulling a pin and twisting the leg a quarter turn inwards and replace the pin or you can take the legs totally off and throw them into the T-V. Other than the front landing gear this trailer is perfect for us. No slides but not really heavy either. 6400lbs give or take a few lbs. My dodge quad cab 2500 pulls it like it's not really there. We love having a real toilet and shower and the way the on demand water pump works it's like being at home.lol Can't really call it camping when you bring home with you.lol

Well I'm sure I've bored everyone enough here. Love the site so far. Seems nice and homey here.

Rick
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Rick, WELCOME to iRV2!!

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Rick -

Welcome to iRV2.com! We're so glad you found us and we look forward to hearing of your travels in the new-to-you RV!

Your description of the "road up" from tents, to a pop-up and finally to a 5th wheel, reminds me all to well of the same road I think most RV'ers graduate from!

Hubby and I tent camped for many years and when we bought our first pop-up, we felt like kings! Then eventually graduated to the first of three 5th wheels (each getting bigger) and with each we felt like royalty!

There's just something about AGE and COMFORT that is appealing! Congratulations on your new purchase and be sure to check the forums on 5th wheels and scroll down to the Regional Rally areas under Southwest Region which includes California! (these can be found on the main forum page)

You'll meet a lot of 5ver-drivers from across the country who'll share wisdom and experience (as well as funny stories!) and the Southwest Region forum will keep you up to date on any activities or rallies they might be having out there!

Welcome again!
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Well I'm sure I've bored everyone enough here. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

Naaaa. Not at all.

We look forward to your posts.
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Rick, welcome to iRV2.com. We are glad to have you join us. Congratulations on the Alpenlite. You may be able to add the motors to the landing jacks and a couple switches and really have it made. IF you have any questions, just ask; we enjoy helping each other where we can. GOod luck and have a great summer.
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Hello Rick, and welcome to iRV2. I'm sure you will find lots of valuable information here, and might even make a friend or two.
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