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Old 10-15-2016, 09:36 PM   #1
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Hi everyone, I am so grateful to have found this forum. We just purchased a 2006 Safari. I'm so grateful that the previous owner loved and cared for it so well. He even kept a file with all the owner manuals for everything inside. This is a first for us, but something we always talked about. There is so much to learn. I've been searching the web looking for information and ideas. We want to take our first trip at Thanksgiving so we are excited and scared.

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Old 10-16-2016, 01:02 AM   #2
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Welcome to our madness....we are here to help in any way we can.

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Old 10-16-2016, 01:14 AM   #3
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Old 10-16-2016, 06:05 AM   #4
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A "new" RV is a wonderful thing!

A suggestion: You'll notice many of us have a few lines below our names at the bottom of each post. These lines usually give details on our coach make, model and year, and other information as each sees fit to provide. These lines are called a "signature." This link explains how to create a signature. The iRV2 "system" will add this to each post (if you wish; there is a checkbox in various places to turn it on or off). With a signature, you're helping people help you, as they can know the specifics of your coach without having to ask you in a reply post.

All the best with your Cheetah!
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Old 10-16-2016, 09:55 AM   #5
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Hi ! 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!
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Old 10-16-2016, 10:53 AM   #6
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Welcome, just go slow and ask lots of questions. Enjoy
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Old 10-16-2016, 02:06 PM   #7
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Old 10-17-2016, 03:51 PM   #8
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Keep smiling. We started one month ago, and have made a lot of small mistakes, but just keep learning and try not to make the same one twice. Virtually everyone you meet will offer to help, or answer questions. Have fun.
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Old 10-17-2016, 10:34 PM   #9
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Old 10-18-2016, 07:12 AM   #10
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Welcome to the forum. Much information available here for the asking. Good luck with the new to you coach.
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Old 10-18-2016, 12:39 PM   #11
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Welcome and congrats on your new rig. Enjoy your travels and if you ever make it to CA wave as you pass!
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Old 12-12-2016, 03:27 AM   #12
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I too just bought a 2006 Cheetah last week. Hows it going with yours so far? Did you take it anywhere for thanksgiving ?
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Old 12-12-2016, 05:42 AM   #13
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Welcome to the Forum. This is an amazing place chocked full of incredible help.

When you own an RV, you need to be handy with patience, A check book, and tools if you want to keep it on the road. The poor thing lives on a fault line and our roads create some huge earth quakes.

Learn to use a voltmeter, keep a note pad near to remember the things that need to be fixed or things you want to add. This is a toy and there are lots of extras to buy and play with.

Learn to drive and back the unit and don't worry about blocking traffic in a campground or on the road. They don't know you and probably will never see you again. Just slow down and have fun.

One of the first steps I recommend is searching for "The 12 volt side of life" and learn about your batteries. Batteries are mostly murdered and not allowed to die quietly. It is very very important that you learn how your batteries get charged and when. You must keep them watered if they have caps.

Ok, not trying to take the fun out of it. Heck, this is a hobby of mine so it is all fun. Getting to a campground and not finding something loose or broken or that needs to be "improved" would be a disappointment.

Merry Christmas. I bet was hard to put that thing under the tree.
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Old 12-12-2016, 11:26 PM   #14
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Yes, we took a short weekend trip. We are so new to driving something so big. I was very nervous. But it handles well, even during the super high West Texas winds we had to face driving home. There have been a few things we weren't prepared for. Such as how heavy it is. The ground where we planned to park it is softer than we thought. So right now it's in our driveway. We have had a cold spell and the valve to the fresh water tank won't open to allow us to drain it. We're still trying to figure out what to do. The man who opened it before lived in it full time and kept a small space heater in the hook-up compartment to keep it from freezing. I'm not comfortable with doing that. I worry that it might short out or be to warm for the wires. Then I forgot to lower the antenna. I have a new one on the way. There are days I am happy about it and days I ask myself we we could have been thinking. How are you enjoying yours?

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