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Old 09-02-2016, 12:17 PM   #1
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Hello iRV2 Community,

Susan and I have been RVing in one way or another since we got married in 1969, when we started with a small pop-up tent trailer. Our last rig was a 36 5th wheel Toy Hauler that we wandered around the US in for over 6 years, including three round trips from our home near Seattle to Key West and back. Were becoming Snow-Birds, which we think is a very good thing.

A 7-month odyssey around the US 4-corners last year convinced us to move up from the 5er to a Coach, and a few months or looking and research convinced us to go Country Coach. We bought an 08 Allure 470 MacKenzie Bridge, 40 tag-axle Cat 425 from Premier RV in Junction City OR the 1st of August, and are getting immersed in the community and learning the rig. Its for sure a bit more complex than a 5th wheel. But its SO much more comfortable getting around in, and is so much easier to handle (backing in no longer an issue!) that we know we made the right choice. Im putting a Hydralift on the back for our BMW Motorcycle and am debating options for a toad. Currently thinking MINI or Fiat 500 but happy to hear other opinions.

Weve joined FMCA and are going to join the CC Friends Intl Chapter, in addition to a couple other RV forums. Be happy to have advice on those and other organizations that you all find useful. And Im looking forward to joining the conversation here from time to time

Don & Sue Hutchins
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Old 09-02-2016, 12:40 PM   #2
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Welcome and congrats on your new rig. Yes, getting in your site will be much easier with your rig. Have a fantastic time. Had a sister who lived in Eugene for many years so know that area somewhat. Enjoy.

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Old 09-02-2016, 12:45 PM   #3
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Hi Don & Susan! 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!
Joe & Annette

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Old 09-02-2016, 04:35 PM   #4
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