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Old 06-01-2012, 09:37 AM   #1
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Sailors gone landlubber

Hey all!

My wife Debbie and I (Lorne) picked up our first Class C motorhome last September. It's a '91 Itasca 327RB. We'd been sailing Lake Erie for the past 11 years with our Endeavour 32 and actually lived aboard for a bit. I had a small business repairing boat electrical and mechanical systems for some time. Our sailboat was originally a graveyard boat that turned out very nice with some elbow grease. My wife hurt her back and was no longer able to go out sailing or motorcycling, so we've decided to go land yachting!

We picked up our RV from a dealer as a bit of a fixer-upper. More of a fixer-upper than I realized! lol I ended up doing major frame reconstruction and such the day after we picked it up. Now we're using it and getting the bugs out of all the systems one by one and hoping to do some real traveling.

RVs and boats have some in common, but more differences, so questions will arise. All comments and answers will be appreciated! Looking forward to answering some myself as I learn more about these land beasts! lol

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Old 06-01-2012, 10:05 AM   #2
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I grew up on boats in the Chesapeake and learned a boat is a hole in the water that you pour money into. It hurts less when you can do your own work. An RV can also be a receptacle to pour money into, not sure what kind of hole it is though. I hope you enjoy your new RV. I think you'll find the build quality a little lower than your sailboat, but then the RV won't sink! Enjoy!
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Old 06-01-2012, 10:57 AM   #3
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Indeed, the sailboat was a "big" hole into which money and time disappeared! lol I think on land the hole is sort of like a landfill or something of the sort... lol So far the land yacht is mostly time. I'm sure the money will follow!

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Old 06-01-2012, 11:03 AM   #4
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Welcome aboard iRV2. We had sailboats for a long time and made the switch to land yachts a few years back. We still miss the sound of the water, wind, clanking of the rigging and the gently rocking at anchor.

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Your gonna think you're still in a sailboat when you get into some high winds out on the highway.
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Hi Lorne and Debbie, welcome to IRV2. I'm sure you will make the adjustment just fine. And people are here to help when you need it and you usually don't have to wait long. Enjoy your RV lifestyle and safe travels.
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Hey all!

My wife Debbie and I (Lorne) picked up our first Class C motorhome last September. It's a '91 Itasca 327RB. We'd been sailing Lake Erie for the past 11 years with our Endeavour 32 and actually lived aboard for a bit. I had a small business repairing boat electrical and mechanical systems for some time. Our sailboat was originally a graveyard boat that turned out very nice with some elbow grease. My wife hurt her back and was no longer able to go out sailing or motorcycling, so we've decided to go land yachting!

We picked up our RV from a dealer as a bit of a fixer-upper. More of a fixer-upper than I realized! lol I ended up doing major frame reconstruction and such the day after we picked it up. Now we're using it and getting the bugs out of all the systems one by one and hoping to do some real traveling.

RVs and boats have some in common, but more differences, so questions will arise. All comments and answers will be appreciated! Looking forward to answering some myself as I learn more about these land beasts! lol

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I too swallowed the anchor. I had my sailboat 20 years and had many adventures on my last trip to Alaska decided it was time to let her go. We now travel the road more traveled, its still adventure and fun and would live full time in the RV if the DW would.
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Hi Ihutter, We sold our 38' Irwin sloop and bought a 30' Southwind, can't ride the wind for freee anymore, still get about 6 1/2 MPG from the Iron Jib. But when Hurricanes come in, I can head North at about 50 Knots. Art.
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Welcome, we also went from a sailing lifestyle to a MH. My DW and I bought a Catalina 40 that was on the hard in West Palm Beach FL shortly after we both retired. It was a very neglected vessel that I did a total refit on and when finished had one of the nicest C40's around. We sailed and lived on board in the islands part time for 2 years.

Unfortunately I got too busy with some business ventures so had no time to sail so we sold it. We also bought a 38' DP not unlike our C40 that I'm doing a total refit on. Really enjoying it but I must admit its a much more challenging vessel to paint.

On the good side I am more confident my DW can handle this rig easier then the boat. She drove this around the block without taking out anything. Her first time on the helm of the boat she changed course and the boom came sweeping across the deck and the main sheets got caught on a scoop and ripped it off the deck. She wasn't real helpful at bringing her into a slip and getting dock lines. I'm feeling more confident the stress levels will be much less in the MH.

Please submit pics of your progress so we can follow along.
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Hello and welcome. We are also boaters but the motorized type. Went from a 26' aft cabin cruiser to a 23' performance boat after moving to home on the lake. Spent many a weekend and vacation on the cruiser.

The MH really belongs to our dogs since we bought our first one to be able to bring out girl with us on winter vacation.

When you are camping and get talking to other RVers (we all love to chat) you will be amazed how many of us are or were boaters.
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