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Old 05-31-2011, 04:02 AM   #1
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Not new to Camping, but new to Motorhomes

Hey all! I've lurked around here for a bit, finally joined.

I grew up with a nice travel trailer, so I'm not new to the camper lifestyle. I am, however, new to motorhomes. Driving larger vehicles isn't new to me, though, from dump trucks to delivery trucks, so I at least have a bit of a feel for what to do. And yes, I will practice with it!

We just went Monday to look at a class C. Needs a little bit of interior work, mostly cleaning, and a bit of ceiling/roof repair up front (what older class C doesn't at some point?). Normally I would shy away from roof repair, but when I am getting it for bartering my labor, I can't say no! I know what can go into it, so I am prepared, and what money I have saved up for an actual purchase, I can put toward the RV.

In the process of checking everything out, I completely spaced out getting the length and year, like a complete newb. I feel I am justified in it though by the fact I was more concerned with the mechanical and structural integrity of it. I spent so much time today searching them up, trying to find another one for reference, with absolute zero luck

Anyone good at estimating size/years on the old Dodge Sportsman Tiogas? Otherwise I can't find out until Saturday, which means friends/relatives hounding me until then! I have a picture of it (side view), and can describe the interior/side door placement.

Anyway, enough of that. Onto us. It is just my wife and I, along with our two childre...err...cats, Pinot and Dozer. I have no children, and hers are already out of the house, living in Portland, OR. Figure this would make a good excuse to go visit them sometime. My wife is originally from Oregon, and I am originally from the beautiful Upper Peninsula of Michigan. I am 27, she is 44, and we will be celebrating our 1 year anniversary on July 13th.

We've both been highly interested in fulltiming, and with the expenses of going back to school this fall, it might end up being a good option, especially with the prices of rentals up in Missoula, MT. I plan this summer to take advantage of the roof repair to update the insulation up there, and probably lay down some new carpet and padding for extra floor insulation as a start. The older gentleman we are getting it from (hence the labor barter) used it every winter for going skiing, so it works for winters. I've done a lot of research into others experiences and tips for wintering, so I'm on a good start for that.

I'm a pretty open book, so if there is anything you want to know, just ask!

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Old 05-31-2011, 05:28 AM   #2
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Sounds like a fun project, post photos of the work and improvements you make, G

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Old 05-31-2011, 05:00 PM   #3
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Welcome to the forum. Good luck on the repairs. Many happy and safe miles.
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Thanks you two :]

And yes, I will be taking plenty of pictures of the progress. I usually do with my projects!
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