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Old 06-10-2009, 01:07 PM   #1
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We are Pete and Sandi from Aromas, Ca. (pop 2700 or something like that). Located 8 miles east of Watsonville, 17 miles south of Gilroy and 22 miles north of Salinas.

After years and years of thinking, looking, testing, discussing, studying the pros and cons, making lists, postponing the decision, giving up, restarting the looking, countless rv shows we finally jumped in. This after renting a 26 foot Tioga for a 12 day trip to New Mexico...well the rest is history.

We brought her home on June 4.

We stopped at Camping World in San Martin and went up and down every aisle. Lots of good things there. Lots of good stuff!!

Only purchased some toilet paper and folding step however. That was hard. Plus got some of those bags for the toilet however as I could tell that we could spend lots and lots of money there.

Decided to take it slow and kind of fit into the RV. Some of the things that appear are sort of on the top of the list.

An awning but still cannot figure out why I would need that.

A satellite system. That we will use a lot. It has a broadcast antenna already, so I had to buy a converter box. We currently have dishnet at home so I have to decide about what to do with that one.

The tow behind thingy. Can't two bikes just do the trick? The doggone thing is long enough already.

Power mirrors--right now I have to adjust it manually. That seems like a good purchase, especially when trying to get onto the freeway.

A camera to make backing up easier. Backing up is quite an ordeal. Do those things really work or is it better to just have my wife stand out side and guide me, which is what we have been doing. I have to just show my wife how to hand signal better. lol

On the tvs, I think an entertainment center instead of the cabover bed would be great. Does anyone know where this could be done. In the meantime I have to figure out how to fasten the TV to the shelf. That was kind of a hassle during our 12 day trip. The bedroom has a little foldaway thing for a small tv, I guess.

Incidentally, we rented the 26 footer thinking that this was the size we needed. Wrong!! The bed was just terrible. I had to crawl over my wife to go to the bathroom. The made the expense for rental worth every penny. We also picked up a friend in Arizona and with the 26 footer one has to make a bed out of the dinette. I did not like that. The 29 footer has a foldout sofa and that should work much better.

By the way, Camping world was selling a bed with numbers and that looked tempting.

Also, during our 12 day trip to New Mexico, the winds were bad. I mean bad. Sometimes I just had to pull over.This almost changed my mind about RVing. I have looked into this and it appears it just goes with the territory.

Well that's about it for us. Looking forward to taking lots of trips and enjoying life on the road.


ps--This is my second forum. I have found these to be very helpful. Why make the same mistake twice I say. So all these threads have been very helpful. I was wondering about the Fleetwood owner clubs. Anyone know about these. Also any sources for information about the Tiogas esp. 2006 would be helpful. I would love to see what others have done with their rigs that I could copy.

Pete Espinosa Michel and Sandi Douglas-Michel, 2006 Tioga 29V, Ford E450
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Old 06-11-2009, 02:43 AM   #2
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Pete and Sandi, welcome to our website and forums. We are glad to have you join us here and we look forward to reading of your adventures and experiences. What kind of unit did you buy? You can put this and other info in a signature form the User CP button. If you have any questions just ask. I am sure you will enjoy it here. Take care and keep us posted.

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Welcome Pete & Sandi to irv2.
Your post sure covered allot in first post,enjoy the forums and DO post often, congrats many happy and safe miles ahead for you both.
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Pete & Sandy;

Welcome to iRV2. I believe you have found the friendliest site on the Internet. Your post reminded me of our experiences when we purchased our first RV. Post often and tell us about your travel experiences. Don't be afraid to ask questions as we have a great group here who like to help.

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