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Old 12-19-2012, 04:44 PM   #1
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Hello everyone,

Well, we just joined the RV community today with the purchase of a 2007 Georgetown 373DS F.

I'm looking forward to lots of traveling across the country with my wife and three boys. I've been working diligently to learn as much as I can as quickly as I can, but obviously have a long way to go. Any advice is most welcome.

I just leased a storage parking spot for the new rig where we'll be storing it when not in use. We'll be picking it up from the dealer on Friday with it already winterized (we live in Indiana so we definitely get winter weather here). I'm also looking for a tarp or cover to keep the RV safer from the elements. Any advice on this would be most welcome.

Anyway, I look forward to getting to know as many of you as possible!


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Old 12-19-2012, 05:57 PM   #2
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Howdy and welcome to the forum! Congrats on the Georgetown; hope you have many happy miles. As far as the tarp or cover, we don't use them. Some people have reported that the wind can get under them and cause movement, which can damage paint more than just leaving it uncovered. (Can't say for sure because we don't have any experience with 'em.)

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Old 12-19-2012, 06:00 PM   #3
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Hadn't thought of that. Thanks for the info!
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Old 12-19-2012, 06:20 PM   #4
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Sounds like you will be putting some miles on your rig with the boys. Congrats!

Most dealerships do a walk thru on the day of delivery. You will want them to "exercise" every, I mean every, system on the coach. And that is not just turning them on and then off. With it winterized, you may not get to test the hot water tank, pump, and all the faucets and drains. I would require they hook it up and run all the tests and then show me how to winterize it. Our dealership charges $105 and hour to do simple things like that. So, I learned to do many things myself.

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Old 12-19-2012, 06:50 PM   #5
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Welcome to the forum. I found I forgot most of the stuff covered in the walk through, such as extending the awning, but there were plenty of videos on YouTube to help, as well as information here in the forums.
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Old 12-20-2012, 07:28 AM   #6
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Hi Todd! Welcome to IRV2! We're sure glad to have you join us! Congrats on the new rig! Hope you and your family will have many years of building memories! Good luck, happy trails, and God bless!

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Old 12-20-2012, 07:45 AM   #7
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Hello Todd, welcome to IRV2. I have no experience with covers, but Camping World or even your dealer can help you with that. I know you will be anxiously waiting for spring to get here so you can get out and start your adventures with your family. Safe travels.
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Howdy and welcome to the forums! Congrats on the new MH! Here's wishing you many trouble free miles.
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Old 12-20-2012, 09:18 PM   #9
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On the walk through had dw take detailed notes and this has worked out great, but I wish I had taken a video recorder with us to supplement the notes. We just got a cover but have not put it on yet so not much I can help you with on that, welcome to irv2 and have fun with your new toy. Our oldest son has said he learned to like coffee because his grandpa would get up and make it (in their m.h) first thing in the morning before anyone got up, he says he can still remember the smell and that was over 25 yrs ago. So take your family and make some great memories.
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Old 12-20-2012, 09:52 PM   #10
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HI Todd,

We're brand new at this also...just joined IRV2 yesterday (well, actually LATE LATE Tuesday night) after just picking up a old MoHo this past weekend. Being so new, I don't feel as though I've earned the privilege of saying Welcome Aboard, but I will say I'm excited to see so many new folks with me.

Looking forward to learning things with you guys, and I KNOW your boys are going to have a blast!

Merry Christmas, and Happy Holidays, too!

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Old 12-20-2012, 10:32 PM   #11
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Glad to hear your joining our forum.
The only thing I can add is before you pick up your R.V. is be sure and get a copy of the M.H. Manual from whom you are buying it from.
I also go along with thread #9.
Make them connect to Elect. and show you all of the things you need to know.
After reading these threads you may want to make a list as to what to look for and what you want them to show you.
Remember all they want to do for you is for you to get it off of their property.
Just a thought.
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Old 12-21-2012, 05:52 AM   #13
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Thanks everyone for the warm welcome and the great advice. What a great community!

Now, if we can just get the new rig home. We have light snow and heavy winds here this morning and I was scheduled to pick up the rig today. Looks like I'll have to reschedule as I'm not sure I'm ready to drive in these types of conditions just yet. We were hoping to surprise our boys with the new rig for Christmas. Hopefully we can still pull it off.

Any good rules of thumb to follow for windy conditions and the threshold for just staying parked vs driving?
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Welcome aboard and glad you joined us. Have a great time and be safe.

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