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Old 11-21-2010, 09:12 AM   #1
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Well,good morning America, We originally got involved with a 1995 34D National Dolphin, oh, new I had to do "some work" on the roof, a little patch should work, the patch started and 8 full 10 hour days of a complete tear down of the entire roof, from new insulation,truss work, new 3/8 ac plywood, I used a 60 mill commercial rubber roofing material, did not like the "RV" roofing material. I had to buy a complete roll 10'X60', the cost was lower compared to the "RV" stuff.

Then came complete replacement of rotors, calipers, bearings and tires. I found out driving down the highway with a good side wind, scared the dickens out of me. Found a company in Maryland that specializes in making new wider tire rims. Rickson.com, with new wider tires on the front we were good to go. After 1 1/2 years sold the Dolphin and now we are happy owners as of last August, a 2001 National 39' Tradewinds .
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Well,good morning America, We originally got involved with a 1995 34D National Dolphin, oh, new I had to do "some work" on the roof, a little patch should work, the patch started and 8 full 10 hour days of a complete tear down of the entire roof, from new insulation,truss work, new 3/8 ac plywood, I used a 60 mill commercial rubber roofing material, did not like the "RV" roofing material. I had to buy a complete roll 10'X60', the cost was lower compared to the "RV" stuff.

Then came complete replacement of rotors, calipers, bearings and tires. I found out driving down the highway with a good side wind, scared the dickens out of me. Found a company in Maryland that specializes in making new wider tire rims. Rickson.com, with new wider tires on the front we were good to go. After 1 1/2 years sold the Dolphin and now we are happy owners as of last August, a 2001 National 39' Tradewinds .
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Old 11-21-2010, 11:07 AM   #3
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Tom;

Welcome to iRV2. Your name I find interesting. I was a fuel oil & diesel fuel dealer for 34 years delivering to homes and farms.

I chuckle at your intro. I owned a 52' house boat before I purchased my first motor home. The boat was a hole in the water to throw money into and my MH is not much better. It is a great life style though.

Post often and share your RV adventures with us. Don't be afraid to ask questions as we have a great group here who like to help when they can.

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Petro, back in the 90's we had a 57' boat that we kept in downtown Mystic Ct. for 10 years, we threw $15,000.00 bananas, out the window each year for summer and winter storage.
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Welcome Tom,
Sounds like with your experience you'll be giving advice to many of us here.
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