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Old 08-20-2016, 06:05 AM   #1
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Hello from Springfield Mo! My family have been tent campers all our life- I even met my husband on a group college camping trip. Fast forward 20 years, 2 teenage boys, many tent camping trips later and we are picking up our new (to us) MH this morning. It all started 2 summers ago when we camped out through Colorado and Mesa Verde. We traveled for 10 days, tearing down and setting up that darn tent every day or 2 LOL! We got home and decided we were too old to do that again and there had to be an easier way. We marveled at all the RVs on the road the entire drive and vowed to check it out.
After a lot of research, we rented a 30 ft class C this summer to take the family & grandparent to Mt. Rushmore- what a vacation! We had the most wonderful time and came back completely relaxed. We knew by the second day if we had to sell our first born son, we were going to acquire one these . Anyways- we looked and researched and finally found a good used one. We pick it up this morning- and now I find myself a little bit anxious about what we've just got ourselves into! Is it a lemon, did the previous owners take care of everything, am I going to hit mailbox, forget to bring the awning in before we leave? But we know that there are going to be some great experiences in our future!
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Congrats on the new rig! Keep her between the ditches!

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LeeFamily,

Welcome to the Forum and congratulations! You find yourself where most of us found ourselves at the same point, what have we done! You are going to learn this stuff and have a lot of fun.

I got some good advice when I came here to learn what I needed to know to buy our first MH. Like you plenty of tent camping and pop-up and wanted an easier nicer way of enjoying the outdoors.

Camp in your driveway while learning your rig. That's right, your driveway. The reason is if you forget something you just run inside to get it. Plug it in, run a hose (white water hose for RV's) and use the facilities. Shower, stove, AC, TV, whatever. Cook a meal, see what you can do in the safety of your driveway. A close to you CG ( camp ground) also can do this.

Get a water pressure regulator valve and in line water filter for your rig. Some CG's have high water pressure and the water often needs filtered. When parking the rig between uses, empty the water out of the hot water heater. Believe me, you will save yourself some problems. Valve and filter are available at Walmart for around $30 for both.

Did you rig come with manuals. If so, start reading it cover to cover. Make note of things you will want to remember. When we first fired up the stove, we didn't know it took time for the propane to come from the tank to the stove and thought we had an issue. No issue, just how the thing works.

Most of all remember to have fun. You will love just pulling in and setting up quickly and having family time. Not worrying about the rain, the cold or heat, and where everything is kept. It's always where you put it at.

Better to cook, clean and sleep.

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His trade-in value was less than we owed on him unfortunately.....
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We must have walked through 200 hundred MH's over the last several months, but kept coming back to the Thor ACE. After renting, we had a good sense of what worked for us and what didn't (at least for a 2 weeks trip). We really liked their floor plans the best, and felt like you just couldn't beat their value for what you get. We bought a 2013 Thor ACE 29.2 with 13k miles. Interior and mechanicals were very well kept, but we are definitely going to be spending a couple weekends washing and waxing for sure as there is a fair bit of oxidation on one side and high on the front cab. Researching the ACE's on here really helped us understand this was an issue with Thor's gel coating and was common. We felt better that we got it for a fraction of the cost of a new one as most experience this after a few years. Of course, I may re-think my position on this after waxing every square inch of the beast
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Thanks for all of the advice, really appreciate it. Unfortunately, our driveway has just enough of an incline that we can't extend the slide-out, but we do have a great little KOA up the road about 5 miles we plan to do a weekend shakedown. Close to the house and a Walmart as we get it stocked. My son is excited because they have a pool and can while away the weekend as we tinker around.
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LeeFamily,

Welcome to the Forum and congratulations! You find yourself where most of us found ourselves at the same point, what have we done! You are going to learn this stuff and have a lot of fun.

I got some good advice when I came here to learn what I needed to know to buy our first MH. Like you plenty of tent camping and pop-up and wanted an easier nicer way of enjoying the outdoors.

Camp in your driveway while learning your rig. That's right, your driveway. The reason is if you forget something you just run inside to get it. Plug it in, run a hose (white water hose for RV's) and use the facilities. Shower, stove, AC, TV, whatever. Cook a meal, see what you can do in the safety of your driveway. A close to you CG ( camp ground) also can do this.

Get a water pressure regulator valve and in line water filter for your rig. Some CG's have high water pressure and the water often needs filtered. When parking the rig between uses, empty the water out of the hot water heater. Believe me, you will save yourself some problems. Valve and filter are available at Walmart for around $30 for both.

Did you rig come with manuals. If so, start reading it cover to cover. Make note of things you will want to remember. When we first fired up the stove, we didn't know it took time for the propane to come from the tank to the stove and thought we had an issue. No issue, just how the thing works.

Most of all remember to have fun. You will love just pulling in and setting up quickly and having family time. Not worrying about the rain, the cold or heat, and where everything is kept. It's always where you put it at.

Better to cook, clean and sleep.

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We are into RVing 2 years in a Class A. Love it, have met sooo many great people at the camp sites and on iRV2. iRV2 has been a tremendous help as we were brand knew to the life style........now......setting up the rig and tearing it down is almost second nature, but never, never take anything for granted........always do the "Walk-Around" before putting yiur rig in "Drive". There are check-lists everywhere to help you pack, pre-departure, departure, setting up your camp site, tearing down your camp site, arriving home and putting your rig away.....

Take a peek at them - then figure out what works for you and design your own checklist. This way you won't take off with the awning out, which I believe is rare - you are more ap to leave the TV antenna extended.......have seen it many times......LOL

Welcome to iRV2 and motor home life........sounds like you have a great start already.

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