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Old 11-29-2011, 01:24 PM   #1
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Just joined site today. Originally from Syracuse, NY.

Still learning the website.

Just purchased our first class A - 2008 Fleetwood Pace Arrow 38P. Have made a few mistakes already...left o/s storage door open when bringing slider in which of course left a dent; almost tried to drive away when levelers where down. Have looked for a "antenna up" sign for "leverlers down", but have not found it yet.

Also, chasis battery is in engine compartment and I have no idea where second battery is. Others have looked for it as well. We have a lot to learn.

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Old 11-29-2011, 02:06 PM   #2
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Welcome Budman,I used to live in your neck of the woods....many years ago! Homer, NY. Love Upstate NY,
Lots to read and learn here and ask questions....very helpful group

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Old 11-29-2011, 03:00 PM   #3
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Welcome Dave. Sure am glad that I'm not the only one to do all those things. That's part of RVing. Welcome to the "I bent that club".
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Old 11-29-2011, 03:15 PM   #4
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Welcome Bud. Fellow NC member here. Grew up in Greenville, now live near Hillsboro.

I have a blank ignition key that is not cut that I put int the keyhole. I hang notes on it for things to check before we leave; antenna up? Levelers up? basement closed and locked?

The house batteries might be under your entry steps, they are in mine!

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Old 11-29-2011, 03:37 PM   #5
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Welcome. You'll find a great group of helpful and experienced folks here. LOTS of experience!!! Learn to use the search function here and you find great insight on so many RV topics and issues.

Take it slow and do a walk around before each departure.

Best thing I did regarding forgetting things before pulling out of our campsite is delegate the reminder job to my DW. She likes telling me what to do and is perfectly qualified for the job. Plus a couple of hanging reminders off the antenna and sat dish handles help, too.

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Old 11-29-2011, 03:43 PM   #6
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As a pilot we ALWAYS use a check list. I like the idea about a blank key or as we do hang the keys from the antenna crank. Make a check list, print it in small font and have it laminated. Attach this to the key.
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Old 11-29-2011, 03:49 PM   #7
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Hi and welcome to the forum. Checklists are a great tool. The walk around is essential for things that don't make it on the checklist.
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Old 11-29-2011, 07:49 PM   #8
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Hi Dave! Welcome to IRV2 and congrats on the new rig! Yep, there's a lot to learn with a new RV. Just take your time and check everything TWICE! Good luck & God bless!
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Old 11-29-2011, 10:37 PM   #9
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Hello Dave. I am from Watertown, NY and currently hanging out at our daughters in Zebulon, NC. We missed some things, so we now try to check behind each other before leaving the site. Would love for you to join our small group of folks to camp one month. We post in the campground section. Happy travels.
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Old 11-30-2011, 05:10 PM   #10
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Welcome to iRV2....and don't worry , we all have some "stories" of things we have forgotten to put down, put up, or lock....lol All are a part of gaining experience, the hard way..lol .....been there, done that.....
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Old 11-30-2011, 05:56 PM   #11
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Welcome! Hope you enjoy your new rig and have gotten all the "mistakes" behind you.

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