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Old 07-01-2013, 10:11 PM   #1
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Good evening y'all. My wife and I are days away from becoming full-timers. We searched for a year for a suitable (inexpensive and one we liked) motor home. We finally found one about 3 months ago, bought it (1990 Itasca Sunflyer - looked brand new in and out) and brought it home. We were beginning to learn the systems and liked the unit more each day. I took it to a shop to replace the driver side windshield, which was broken when we bought it. Installation went well and I started home. After a few blocks, I smelled smoke. Soon came to a stop light and shut it off and looked under the front and found the entire top of the engine covered with lazy yellow flames. Called 911 and used the tiny fire extinguisher inside the door to now effect. To shorten it - insurance company (fortunately wife took out full coverage) totaled it. We came out about what we had in it. Found #2 a week ago today. A little more money, but a huge lot more coach. It is a 1995 Winnebago Vectra. Inside is absolutely fantastic. Outside is a bit chalky, but will clean up nice. This unit has a huge list of options added, so is much more than #1. We are doing an overnight shake down cruise for the 4th. We will stay close to home. A few days after, we hit the road for good.

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Old 07-01-2013, 10:45 PM   #2
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Howdy and welcome! Wow, that's quite a story on your first purchase! Glad it all worked out well for you.

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Old 07-01-2013, 11:03 PM   #3
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this is a great RV forum out of all the websites out there...seems to be really active. And we thought we had problems!! People are really good at giving advice when you ask. Other sites you can pose a question and never hear back. Are you going to full-time it? We have lived in ours for 3 years now and haven't looked back
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Old 07-01-2013, 11:03 PM   #4
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Hello all! The forums have been so helpfull over the last few months. Thanks to all of you that take the time to post.

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Old 07-01-2013, 11:04 PM   #5
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Glad your travails had a happy resolution. Good luck with the new rig.
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Old 07-02-2013, 01:42 AM   #6
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from NH. Good luck with #2 on your shakedown. Enjoy and safe, trouble free travels.
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Old 07-02-2013, 05:21 AM   #8
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Old 07-02-2013, 09:51 AM   #9
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Hi Jim! Welcome to IRV2! We're sure glad you joined us!

Hope #2 works out good for you! Enjoy the forum!

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Old 07-02-2013, 09:53 AM   #10
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Welcome Glad to hear that no one was hurt & welcome to iRV2! Yes a great story.
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Howdy from NYC and SC and welcome to the forums. Glad to hear you had full coverage and I guess you were destined to have RV #2.
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Old 07-02-2013, 05:54 PM   #12
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Thanks to all for the responses. This #2 is amazing (I hate to use over-used words) but this one works. Every time we look around, we find something new and exciting. I was surfing irv2.net last night and found a lot of information that I really needed. I also discovered that a previous own had a Banks Power Pack installed. Everything looks good.

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Old 07-03-2013, 03:48 PM   #13
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There are several threads in the vintage forum for bringing the exterior gloss back to a new like finish, Zeps is the newest product being mentioned because the other one is no longer available from Lowe's.
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Old 07-03-2013, 10:36 PM   #14
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Welcome Jim. Best of luck with your new coach and endeavors.

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