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Old 10-02-2011, 09:16 PM   #1
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Hi all, we are Doug and Carol and are very happy to have found this fine group of RVers. We have learned so much here by reading, while sitting in our first motorhome, in the driveway. We jumped in with both feet and are now ready to roll out of Thunder Bay, Northern Ontario, bound for Fort Worth, Texas, where our son lives. We hope to join a Texas rally one day, but were at the Texas Motor Speedway, during the next one being held in Tyler. Maybe next year.
Thanks for all your knowledge that you so freely share.
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Old 10-02-2011, 11:06 PM   #2
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Hi guys and welcome to iRV2, enjoy your new coach, and here's wishing you many years of Safe travels.
Oh! and get out of TB before the snow flies.
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Old 10-03-2011, 06:28 AM   #3
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Doug & Carol (Thunder1):

Hi from Silver Springs (Ocala), Florida, and a GREAT BIG WELCOME to the iRV2 bunch. We're out of Duluth, Minnesota just down the shore from you folks but haven't been back there for awhile. Sold the house and ALL the "stuff" back in 05 and have been full time on the road ever since.

So, are you going to spend the winter down in Fort Worth?? We've been through there a few times but usually spend the cold months either here in Florida, or down near Corpus Christi, or, in Arizona. Haven't seen snow for quite awhile except for up in the mountain areas. So, what kind of rig are ya runnin?

Anyway, WELCOME again!!

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Old 10-03-2011, 01:35 PM   #4
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Welcome! Hope you have fun and safe travels!!

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Hi Doug & Carol! We're sure glad you decided to join us! Have fun & keep her between the ditches! Good luck & God bless!
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Old 10-04-2011, 07:58 AM   #6
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Steve & Lynette,
We are going down for a trial run, right through Duluth, but just till the end of Nov. We are going to a nascar race, Nov.6, then babysitting while our son and our daughter and their spouses go to Palm Springs for a vacation.
We spend 8 weeks in the Dom. Rep. and 6 weeks in Orlando (marriott timeshare) every year. That was already booked for 2012, but now that we bought the motorhome, our plans will be different. It's a bold step to go fulltime, that I'm not sure we can handle....yet.
We bought our rig from friends a month ago. It is in excellent shape. 2008 Four Winds Hurricane 34N, class A, V10 triton, 9300 mi., 5.3 hrs. on generator. ( still like brand new)
Would it be ok with you guys if we pm you from time to time with questions re. equipment we might need? ie. sat. dish, windshield covers etc. We are very much newbies.
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Doug, a word to the wise , be very carefull about full timing and entering the USA. US Homeland Security, expects Canadian visitors to the US, to maintain "significant ties " to Canada,ie. own property, maintain a mailing address. Many Canadian full timers have been denied access to the US, when a Customs Offiser finds out they are F/Ters. A wrong answer to a question like," Who's looking after your house ." may lead to being denied entry.Find out all the rules , or a situation may develop that could take years to straighten out.
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Doug & Carol:

Sure,...feel free to PM whenever you'd like. However, you'd likely have a better chance of getting answers to your questions about your rig if you post such questions in a more general forum thread such as "General Discussion", or under "Class A Motorhomes", etc. Not that I wouldn't try to help, but with a broader audience you have a better chance of getting better answers from RV'rs who might have experience with exactly what your asking about.

One thing I did notice is that you mentioned your generator only had 5.3 hrs. on it. You'll soon discover after reading a number of threads on this generator topic that for those with such generators, it's pretty strongly suggested that you keep you generator "exercised" quite a bit. They're made to run!! In fact, most suggest that you run your gen. at least an hour every month under load, meaning with maybe one or two air conditioners running. The more ya run it, the better it functions. Just a thought.

Hope to run into ya sometime down the road.

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Old 10-05-2011, 09:49 AM   #9
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Howdy Thunder1! Welcome to the IRV2 from Texas! We live about 35 miles from Ft. Worth in Granbury, TX and our first MH was a 2007 Hurricane 34N. We purchased it with only 1403 miles on it and put 32,000 miles on it over a period of 2 years. Our first major trip with the Hurricane was in 2009 to Alaska through central and western Canada. Our second major trip was to the north east via central Canada and west to PEI. We stayed at Neys Provential Park near Thunder Bay on 8/17/2010 and enjoyed our stay there. What a beautiful area you live in!

We really enjoyed our Hurricane, it is a great coach. As stated in another post, you need to run your generator every month for a short time. We had several times that it would not start from our inside controls and I would have to start it from the outside while manually holding the choke closed. After started running every few weeks it would start right up every time I tried.
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