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Old 11-04-2015, 04:35 AM   #1
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Hey Folks,
I've been lurking for while as you do but seeing as I've started a thread asking for advise I thought I'd do the decent thing and drop by to say hello.
I'm Pete from Preston in the UK.
We've just bought our first ever Motorhome and for me it had to be American. We've snagged a 94 Fleetwood Southwind, 30ft on a P30 with a 454. She's been stood a while and needs a bit of work but she was relatively cheap. Id like to think I have a fair amount of mechanical knowledge but I'm a complete beginner when it comes to RV's

I'm 52, a Truck Driver by day and a Bass Player in a 5 piece Blues Band by night ....... or at least whenever we get the chance. Married, 2 Step Sons and four Grandkids.
Looking forward to getting to know some of you guys and no doubt I'll be trying to tap into the abundance of knowledge hereabouts.
Cheers for now,
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The p30 and the 454 was one of my first coaches and never had a problem, traveled many miles. Good luck with yours and have safe travels.
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Old 11-04-2015, 04:53 AM   #3
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Welcome to the world of RV's and congratulations on your new to you Fleetwood. You and grandkids are going to have a blast.
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Old 11-04-2015, 05:40 AM   #4
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Welcome! Loved my trip 20 years ago to your neck of the woods. Just curious do you plan to go over to "the mainland"? Is that cost effective?
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Welcome, I have had 5 motorhomes over 25 years and have loved them all. I is a little bit of an addiction once you are in it for awhile. Just retired and will be going from Minnesota to Florida this winter. Good luck with your project. I have had two coaches with the 454 and it is one of my favorite engines. I also had that engine in a 70 Chevelle. Man did that car go.
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Hi guys and thanks for the great welcome.
JWM, if you mean Europe by "mainland" then it's on the to do list if we get chance. My late Brother-in-Law lived in the South of France, it would be nice to take a trip down there at some point to see his family. As for cost effective, with the price of gas over here then not really. The saying over here is that if you're worried about MPG then an RV is not for you. I guess it's the same with guys though.

Thanks again all and yeah, can't wait for the adventure to start.
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Hi Pete! Welcome to IRV2! We're sure glad you joined us!

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

Good luck, happy trails, and God bless!
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Welcome to the Forum from an ex-pat from Leyland. We emigrated in 1968 to a job for me with Boeing. Retired in 1998 and now living in a small (18,000 pop.) seaside town about equidistant from Seattle and Vancouver BC. Regrettably, we had to give up the RV life after 4 years, because it was taking too much out of our retirement savings. Still interested, but no longer participating, except through various forums.
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Thanks again Guys.
Hi Frank,
I'm in Hutton, just the other side of Preston to Leyland, maybe 100yds from the old Grammar School. I depot I run from is on Wigan road in Leyland, small world eh !!

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Sure is Pete. I was born in Leyland and lived there until I was 24. I was a Balshaw's person, though in retrospect, I think Hutton would have been a better school - but then I might not have met the girl I married! 50th anniversary last August.

Is Hutton grammar school still in business?

Our family had a hardware store on Towngate (George Damp & Sons), closed down in the mid-1970s.
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Hi guys and thanks for the great welcome.
JWM, if you mean Europe by "mainland" then it's on the to do list if we get chance. My late Brother-in-Law lived in the South of France, it would be nice to take a trip down there at some point to see his family. As for cost effective, with the price of gas over here then not really. The saying over here is that if you're worried about MPG then an RV is not for you. I guess it's the same with guys though.

Thanks again all and yeah, can't wait for the adventure to start.
Yep, I meant Europe. I wasn't sure how easy it was to get across the channel. As far as gas price, over here we seem to have a gas holiday going on. Last paid 1.83 USD per gallon down in Tennessee. That's half what we were paying a year ago or so. Thank heavens for fracking.
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