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Old 05-25-2012, 06:24 PM   #1
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Hi there, I am new to forums, but not new to RVing. My wife and I grew up with John Wayne westerns, Mom's apple pie, and all that is good and wholesome in America. So it was natural for us to drive around the country every chance we got. We both worked in New York City as a young couple, and whenever we got more than 2 days off in a row, we would jump in our little grey VW Bug, which we dubbed "The Baby Grey Hound", because of the practice of getting into the slip stream of the Grey Hound tour buses of the day, and then sling shotting around them. since back then the VW's didn't have the power to pass them on their own. We drove around the back roads of New England, enjoying the country side and the people. As time went by we graduated out of the City and into the countryside, and from a VW Bug to big Chryslers, and eventually to station wagons, and a Chevy van, converted to sleep 2 with a porta potty on board. By now our travels had graduated to the Western States, cowboy country, John Wayne domain, True America. Of course could a motorhome be far behind? We finally took the plunge, fast forward to 1998, many, many years into our travelling experiances. We bought a used 1989 Tioga on a Chevy platform, cheap. The former owner had never seen an object that he never hit, all the walls were delaminated, it was dirty, grimy, and stunk. We gutted it, windows and all, pulled the dash, and anything with a fastener was removed, cleaned, redone, and remounted. After new tires, etc., We drove it everywhere, and we enjoyed it to the max. In 2000 we traded it for a 1995 Serro Scotty, built on a dodge Ram 3500 platform, with a Cummins diesel engine. Wow, what a difference in power, and handling. This month, we went up another step to a 40' Gulf Stream Sun Voyager with a Caterpillar engine, and I decided I better join a forum to get as much info as I could about Class A's. There have been serious issues with the dealer we bought our Motorhome from, The name of the dealer is Albany Rv, in Albany Ny. They are awful. They also own dealerships in Buffalo NY., Des Moines Iowa, and Orlando, FL. We are presently going through the AG office of New York State. I have spent the last week or so going through irv2 reading almost everything, and very much enjoying everthing. Our gulf Stream is a 2002, and right off the bat I can say that the Cat engine is not close to the Cummins in performance, or feel. But anyway I would appreciate any info on it and the Gulf Stream from you folks out there.
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Hi Bob, welcome to IRV2. Sorry about your troubles. Hopefully, you can get everything settled and be able to get out on the road enjoying your MH. Safe travels.

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Welcome to the site. Some times a dealer can ruin a dream but with luck you can turn it into a great experience anyway. Enjoy that coach and the future travels you have. Safe and trouble free travels.
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