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Old 11-19-2009, 11:30 AM   #1
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We have just bought our first RV, an '05 Fleetwood Revolution. My biggest fears are getting into a situation where it is too big and we have to maneuver a lot to get out of it. We have so much to learn about how to operate everything, what roads to avoid, where to find places we can park it while on the road, etc. Any road and maneuver info you can offer us will be gratefully accepted. We have to stock it too and any advice on kitchen and other household stuff will be very happily received. There is a wealth of information out there. I just have to find it!

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Old 11-19-2009, 11:37 AM   #2
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Welcome, Bonnie and Jerry. Post often and ask questions.

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Old 11-20-2009, 08:02 AM   #3
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Bonnie and Jerry;

Welcome to iRV2. We are glad you found us. We have a wealth of information available to you just by asking. When I purchased my present 39' MH I had the same concerns you have. My DW and I adjusted very fast and we have had no serious problems. I am sure you will love and appreciate your Revolution. Post often and share your travel experiences with us.

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Old 11-20-2009, 08:39 AM   #4
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Bonnie & Jerry,

Let me extend a warm welcome to you too. We are relatively new to the iRV2 forum. However, we have been campers for a number of years and eventually graduated to a 42 foot motor home. The common denominator to adjusting is take your time, in driving, parking, setting up, packing up, and learning from others. While in campgrounds or a Walmart parking lot, get to know others and their experiences.

Wishing you folks the best.
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Old 11-20-2009, 11:06 AM   #5
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denochs has it right on. Take your time...don't let others pace you. Try to always know your surroundings. I always get out of the motorhome and check before backing into a camp site...left, right, up and down. Those tree branches can sneak up on you.
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Old 11-20-2009, 02:17 PM   #6
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Hi Bonnie & Jerry,

I'm even newer than you, having just joined today! But I have two things to offer... one is an Excel spreadsheet that my better half & I customized for ourselves of all items to take on an RV trip. I can send it to you to use/modify for yourselves if you like. The second thing is to say that you have a great "practice area" very near you to test your RV-ing skills without going far away, that being Cachuma Lake. One or two overnighters there will do wonders to your RV-ing confidence

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Old 11-20-2009, 05:17 PM   #7
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Welcome and take it slow and careful. Remember, those folks you might hold up while you make sure you fit are people that you will never see agian.
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Old 11-20-2009, 05:31 PM   #8
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RVee'r is right about the practice area. We started by going to not-too-crowded state parks in our area. It didn't take long to feel comfortable with driving, parking and setting up. As for what to carry, we soon realized that we were just traveling--not moving! Also, going to new stores for supplies can be part of the fun.

Congratulations on your new coach!

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