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Old 06-03-2016, 09:34 AM   #1
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New to the RV world and honestly, scared as hell

Hello RV world from central Ohio. New to the RV world here and new owners too.

Why did I purchase a 2004 Holiday Rambler Atlantis 29BPD? Wife wanted it...

I wanted a pick-up and tow trailer.
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So, exactly what are you scared of? If you can be a little more specific maybe we can alleviate some of those fears.

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Old 06-03-2016, 10:31 AM   #3
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Hi! Welcome to IRV2! We're sure glad you joined the gang!

Congrats on the new rig! Keep her between the ditches!

Good luck, happy trails, and God bless!
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Old 06-03-2016, 10:34 AM   #4
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Are you having a case of buyer's remorse? Both what you bought and what you wanted are RVs, just implemented differently. There are pros and cons to both styles. But if you are traveling with a happy wife, your life will be infinitely more pleasant than if you are traveling with one who is unhappy. DH bought a classic car he thought was a "good deal". Told me after the fact, which has never been how we buy our vehicles. (We are both car geeks and have always shared the experience.) Unfortunately the passenger seat is miserably uncomfortable and I cannot and will not sit in it. Told him if he had asked my opinion first, I would have told him about it. So now he gets to enjoy it all by himself...
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Old 06-03-2016, 10:41 AM   #5
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Welcome to the world of RVs. The only place where you can spend a boatload of money to live like a homeless person!!!

What exactly are your concerns???
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Old 06-03-2016, 01:59 PM   #6
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Welcome. Everyone had to start sometime, and you have what I didn't have back when we bought our first motorhome in 1977; the excellent RV2 forum. You will find differing opinions about almost any topic, lots of good information as well as the occasional entertaining post or thread.

The best advice I suggest is to find and read all of the manuals for your different accessories. You may not be a hands-on mechanic, but some basic knowledge of the differing components of your rig can be very beneficial when getting service or diagnosing a problem.

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Hello RV world from central Ohio. New to the RV world here and new owners too.

Why did I purchase a 2004 Holiday Rambler Atlantis 29BPD? Wife wanted it...

I wanted a pick-up and tow trailer.
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Old 06-03-2016, 02:00 PM   #7
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tires, things falling off, and breaking down

Well, short story long,
My wife and I are foster parents with 3 children of our own and are placed with a foster brother/sister pair at this time, who, if everything works out, we will be adopting. We bought it to travel but one of the main reasons is to take the foster children on adventures that they will probably never get to experience as children. I want to do everything possible to make sure everyone enjoys themselves, have a great time, and not hear me say words I don't say in front of the little ones.

And so far it has not been a great experience and might have taught them a word or two.

On the way home from buying it, the rear passenger brake caliper froze. I replaced both left and right myself for $120. Changed the brake fluid as well. The motorhome is used, bought "as is". Brakes were fine on the test drive and I drove over 50 miles.

1st time out the stainless braided valve stem extender started leaking. Heard it while I was fueling and was able to get it off without losing to much pressure. Flying J was next exit down so I lucked out with filling it back up.

2nd time out was just a plain disaster. I just wanted to take it and the kids to my neighbor's farm for some horseback riding, four wheeling and hiking. An hour into it, left rear inner tire recapped. Rig does not have a spare (I think I found out why). Only place open on Sunday was Walmart and they only had Dextero tires that were my size and rating. Never heard of them so I figured I'd just get one and buy a new rim and replace all the tires after doing some researching. I would use the Walmart tire as a spare. Found out that Walmart won't pull the wheel off of trailers and RVs. Not sure why, but I packed my 12ton bottle jack and jacked it up. I didn't have the correct wrench to take the hub cap nuts off and ended up slicing my hand to the bone. Got the wheel off, walmart changed it and back on the road in 45 minutes so not bad there. Another 40 miles down the road, RIGHT rear inner recapped. Pulled into the next closest walmart and called a tow company. Had them lift it, pull the wheels just so walmart could change the tires. Ended up changing the two outer as well for comfort sake. I haven't seen much information about the Dextero tires so I'm not sure if I'm going to keep them on.

I'm not too worried about mechanical issues because the chassis is just a Ford E450 and I can repair just about anything on it as long as I'm at home. I'm more worried about blow outs, breaking down in the middle of nowhere, things flying off it as I go down the road, LEAKS. I've tested and ran all the appliances and water and feel confident in that aspect of things.

I'm also concerned about the weight. Although I have not weighed it as of yet, I've read that there is a possible issue with the RV being at weigh already just being empty with all the tanks empty. That doesn't leave much room for carry ons and towing the car. The tires were Coopers LT225/75R16 E and were made in 2011. They looked pretty good with a little cracking by the sidewall but not much. Had 80psi in them.

I guessed more worried than scared.
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Old 06-03-2016, 02:25 PM   #8
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First if all somewhere in your rig is a sheet attached to a door and it will have your weight numbers. Learn what they mean. If you don't have it call Monaco customer service and ask them to send you the information. Take your rig loaded to go to a scale and at least get it weighed by axle. Now using those weights look up your brand of tire and find the PSI rating according to your axle weight and air those babies to that pressure. If those tires have cracking you need to replace them. Make sure you are buying a tire rated for your RV. Don't cheap out on tire quality
Now take a deep breath, go to the Monaco Owner thread on this forum. Its a wealth of info
It will also work out
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Are the tires the originals from the build date? When we bought our '02 Class A in 2010, all the tires were the OEM Goodyear originals from the Ford chassis build date of 2001. The first thing I did was replace them all, even though they had run only 12,000 miles.

In the four succeeding seasons, before we gave up the lifestyle. the tires were no problem. The only other "gotchas" were a rotted-out slide-topper which allowed rain water into the living room cabinets and a short-out in the control circuit board for the generator.

We got a good price on it when we bought it, but made the mistake of selling it on consignment with a shady dealership and were badly screwed. I promised the dealer "no names, no pack drill" wean he went some way to making it less painful.

Kudos to you for making the effort to give the kids the RV experience. They will remember it for many years.
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Old 06-03-2016, 02:57 PM   #10
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Kudos to you for making the effort to give the kids the RV experience. They will remember it for many years.
What he said!!!

From your earlier post, the tires are only 5 years old. Not overly old, but no spring chickens either.

I second the advice of getting the rig weighed. If possible, get all four corner weights. That comes into play if your rig isn't loaded 50% - 50% across the steer and/or drive axle.
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Once you get through these bumps in the road you will begin to enjoy your RV with confidence. I sounds like you are pretty handy and that is about 50% of the battle. What you are experiencing is fairly normal for a new to you RV that is 12 years old. I would just cut to the chase and get all the tires replaced, even at 5 years old they are failing for some reason, maybe they just sat for too long. Check the roof seams for cracks and leaks, and do a once over on the Chassis, all the regular maintenance items, so you are starting fresh. Then deal with things as they arise. You might want to get Coach.net towing service or something similar. Good luck and the kids will remember all you efforts fondly for the rest of their lives.
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Old 06-03-2016, 07:13 PM   #12
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Thanks everyone

Thanks everyone for the replies. It is very comforting to know I have people to talk to and to help figure things out.
I will be weighing the Rambler ASAP.
We are heading to Glacier National Park then to Banff. Took 3 weeks off of work.
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Thanks everyone for the replies. It is very comforting to know I have people to talk to and to help figure things out.
I will be weighing the Rambler ASAP.
We are heading to Glacier National Park then to Banff. Took 3 weeks off of work.
Take warm clothes to Banff. Wife, I, and 3 dogs were there in mid July and the morning temperature was in the low 40s. Learn from our mistakes!!!
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Glad to have you here in the forum with us.

I think everyone goes through the trials and failures of a new MH. As you progress with it you will soon be enjoying the thrill of your HR especially when you see and remember the smiles on the kids faces.

Happy Trails!!!
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