Go Back   iRV2 Forums > iRV2.com COMMUNITY FORUMS > New Member Check-In
Click Here to Login
Join iRV2 Today

Mission Statement: Supporting thoughtful exchange of knowledge, values and experience among RV enthusiasts.
Reply
  This discussion is proudly sponsored by:
Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about their products on iRV2
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
Old 09-28-2014, 09:06 AM   #1
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2014
Location: Bucyrus, OH
Posts: 14
Starting small

Greetings. Getting started in this world after going around and around (for years) about what equipment to start with; truck & trailer, truck & 5th wheel, motorhome, etc. Having two large dogs, we need room for them with us and, as with most people, financial resources are not unlimited. Conversion vans came up more and more in our discussions and we came across a 1999 Coachmen GMC travel van w/ 60k miles and no rust, rot, dents, dings, and 100% original. The thing has comfort, better fuel economy, basic (very) kitchen facilities, and a toilet for our aging internal plumbing. The 3/4 ton chassis will allow us to drag a trailer should we decide to go that route.

I'm retired from the USAF and in a few weeks will retire, for good. Mrs is a retired dog groomer. Right now we aren't sure exactly where we're going with this whole thing, but we hope to not spend much more time enduring Ohio winters.

The Coachmen is going to work well for us, but I've got to replace the '90s vintage cassette players, 13" analog TV and VCR player with more modern digital equipment. Hope to learn lots from you folks.
__________________

__________________
ridesolo is offline   Reply With Quote
Join the #1 RV Forum Today - It's Totally Free!

iRV2.com RV Community - Are you about to start a new improvement on your RV or need some help with some maintenance? Do you need advice on what products to buy? Or maybe you can give others some advice? No matter where you fit in you'll find that iRV2 is a great community to join. Best of all it's totally FREE!

You are currently viewing our boards as a guest so you have limited access to our community. Please take the time to register and you will gain a lot of great new features including; the ability to participate in discussions, network with other RV owners, see fewer ads, upload photographs, create an RV blog, send private messages and so much, much more!

Old 09-28-2014, 09:25 AM   #2
Senior Member
 
TonyDi's Avatar


 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: Point Pleasant Beach, NJ
Posts: 10,400


For your service. Congrats on retirement!

Glad to have you here with us. Good luck with the conversion of some of your antiquated systems. At least it was a cassette player and not an old 8 track!

Happy Trails!!!!
__________________

__________________
Tony & Ruth........... FMCA#F416727
Newmar Dutch Star 4320, Spartan MM Chassis, Cat C9, Jeep Grand Cherokee Hemi, Blue Ox Aventa LX, and Brake Buddy. TST 507 TPMS
TonyDi is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-28-2014, 10:34 AM   #3
Community Moderator
 
Petro's Avatar


 
Winnebago Owners Club
Freightliner Owners Club
Join Date: Dec 2003
Location: Weyauwega, WI US
Posts: 5,787
ridesolo;


We are glad you joined us. There is a wealth of RV information on this site. Browse the forums that interest you and don't be afraid to ask questions. We have a great group here who like to help when they can. Thanks for your service to our country.

Don
__________________
Don & Bev Morgan Weyauwega WI, 05 Itasca Horizon 40KD, 400 HP Cummins, Delorme GPS LT 40, Toad 07 Saturn Vue AWD, Air Force One, TST 510 TPMS, Mayor of Weyauwega 2007 - 2013, Waupaca Co Board Supervisor 2010 - 2014
Petro is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-28-2014, 10:40 AM   #4
Senior Member
 
myshaggydog's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2013
Location: At various Florida State Parks.
Posts: 967
Welcome to the Forum and thanks for your service to our country. We hope you have many great camping adventures. Best of luck.

Happy RV'ing
__________________
George and Brenda
2005 Newmar Dutch Star 3810, Spartan with CAT7
2013 Honda Fit
myshaggydog is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-28-2014, 11:44 AM   #5
Community Administrator
 
JohnRR's Avatar


 
Fleetwood Owners Club
Workhorse Chassis Owner
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: Marquette, Michigan "Da UP"
Posts: 16,939

Sounds like you've got a handle on it.
__________________
John & Cathy R.
06 Pace Arrow 38L W24
08 14 Lincoln MKX AWD
See My RV Upgrades
JohnRR is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-28-2014, 12:00 PM   #6
Senior Member
 
Patrol 65's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: Charleston, SC
Posts: 314
Welcome to the forum! My only concern is with 2 large dogs, it will get a little cramped if you are stuck indoors because of rain at your campsite. We started in the 80's with a cargo van we modified to go camping with and 2 small dogs. Later we moved up to a Toyota motorhome which had a little more room and was fun to drive because you can park anyplace a car can. We now have one small dog but a large motorhome. Just a point to consider in making your choice.
__________________
Nathan and Linda, 2000 Winnebago Chieftain 35U, F53 Chassis, Banks Power Pack
Patrol 65 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-28-2014, 01:08 PM   #7
Senior Member/RVM #90
 
MSHappyCampers's Avatar


 
Monaco Owners Club
Join Date: Nov 2002
Location: Columbus, MS
Posts: 26,200
Hi folks! Welcome to IRV2! We're sure glad you joined the bunch here!

Congrats on the new rig! Keep her between the ditches!

Good luck, happy trails, and God bless!
__________________
Joe & Annette

2002 Monaco Windsor 40PBT, 2013 Honda CRV AWD
MSHappyCampers is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-28-2014, 01:12 PM   #8
RVM#87 / Senior Member
 
DieselTech39's Avatar


 
Solo Rvers Club
Join Date: Jul 2014
Location: Ham Lake, MN
Posts: 3,038


For your service.

Glad you're aboard. Congrats on the new to you rig. Enjoy your adventures and be safe.
__________________
Have a wonderful day!
Ken (RVM 87)
FT DP Wanna B The journey is the destination!
Retired & perfecting procrastination!
DieselTech39 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-28-2014, 05:12 PM   #9
Senior Member
 
becks's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: Fulltime/ SE Minnesota
Posts: 2,544
Welcome, and when you get out of Midwest winters for the first time, you will be hooked. We hit the road in 2011, and have vowed never to see another winter again. Fultiming is the only way to live.
__________________
06 TS-42-DS04
1040 watts of solar
2014 Jeep Rubicon/2003 Honda CRV
becks is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-28-2014, 05:25 PM   #10
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2014
Location: Bucyrus, OH
Posts: 14
Quote:
Originally Posted by Patrol 65 View Post
Welcome to the forum! My only concern is with 2 large dogs, it will get a little cramped if you are stuck indoors because of rain at your campsite. We started in the 80's with a cargo van we modified to go camping with and 2 small dogs. Later we moved up to a Toyota motorhome which had a little more room and was fun to drive because you can park anyplace a car can. We now have one small dog but a large motorhome. Just a point to consider in making your choice.
Thank you for the comment. I think things will work ok w/ the dogs. We probably won't spend very many nights in the same place when we're out and if there's too much rain we'll head for the sun. The center captains chairs are easily removed and we're considering leaving one of them at home to make more doggie space. I'm sure we'll learn as we go. We could end up adding a TT to the mixture in the future.

I'm just so darned excited to quit the "9to5" and get out of crappy winters, I think I could learn to deal with just about anything.
__________________
ridesolo is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-28-2014, 05:31 PM   #11
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2014
Location: Bucyrus, OH
Posts: 14
Quote:
Originally Posted by becks View Post
Welcome, and when you get out of Midwest winters for the first time, you will be hooked. We hit the road in 2011, and have vowed never to see another winter again. Fultiming is the only way to live.
We don't plan to fulltime, but after growing up in northern PA, then, thanks to the AF, living in North Dakota, Germany, northern New York, Fairbanks, and then here in Ohio, I honestly don't care if I see another snowflake again in my life!
__________________
ridesolo is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-29-2014, 12:01 AM   #12
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2013
Location: Louisiana
Posts: 847
Welcome to the irv2 gang! Glad you decided to join. DW and i started out tent camping and then moved up to a rig similar to the one you described (ours was probably smaller). Had lots of great trips in it. Hope you have a great time just getting out there in any kind of camping.

And...as others have mentioned, thank you for your service to our country and for the freedom that makes this life style possible.
__________________
Hudgens Family, 2014 Jayco Precept 31ul, 2011 Jeep GC toad, Blue Ox BX7365 towbar, RVi2Brake in Jeep
Hudgens is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-29-2014, 06:10 AM   #13
Senior Member
 
Chiefbvfd's Avatar


 
Winnebago Owners Club
Join Date: Jul 2013
Location: Buffalo, IA
Posts: 2,825
Welcome aboard...
__________________
Terry & Brenda - From the Iowa Banks of the Mighty Mississippi
2011 Winnie Journey 34y, Freightliner / Cummins , 2012 Chevy Colorado Toad





Chiefbvfd is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-29-2014, 06:14 AM   #14
Senior Member
 
homeless's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: http://binged.it/1KdDqKO
Posts: 2,313
Blog Entries: 1
dhowdy
__________________

homeless is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply



Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Anyone using a small travel router? Roadweary Newmar Owner's Forum 22 10-27-2014 03:46 PM
Meal prep...small space & small storage wingnutz iRV2.com General Discussion 4 06-19-2014 04:05 PM
Air in Airbags w/o Starting Engine dave from mesa Class A Motorhome Discussions 12 06-01-2014 12:33 PM
19I3 Coachman Santara 350 FL RD / Intermittent starting headache Robsrv Class A Motorhome Discussions 0 05-26-2014 01:32 PM
Hard Starting isc 350 American Eagle Cummins Engines 4 03-06-2014 01:50 AM

» Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by


Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 11:02 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.