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Old 09-18-2015, 03:42 PM   #1
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Well it has been about a month

Greetings everyone!

It has been almost a month since we purchased our 35' 2001 Allegro Bus. The learning curve would have been daunting without the wonderful knowledge base located here on irv2.com.

Figured it was time to introduce myself and my husband to the membership that has been soooo helpful over the past few weeks.

I am a retired bridge construction office manager and SPCA adoption specialist. I retired from the office and decided to spend a bit of time doing one of my passions which is helping dogs and cats that had been surrendered to the SPCA of Texas find new homes. I have since switched from paid employee of the SPCA to a volunteer.

We have 5 dogs, all rescue, 4 horses, 5 llamas (used to show them) and a koi pond and goldfish pond.

My husband is a retired Army vet and now retired police officer. He has talked about wanting an RV since we met and married 15 years ago. Took our maiden RV trip (2 nights) and I really enjoyed the ride/trip. He did all the driving as most of the trip was in AR mountains and coming home there was a strong crosswind and LOL I would not have driven fast enough to keep him happy. We were lucky and for most of the trip once we got off the interstate we had the roads to ourselves which was wonderful. Don't know where all the cars in AR are, but glad they were not behind us!

We found out that if Garmin says turn on a gravel road, DONT DO IT. BUT, we found out our RV handled that pretty much off road stuff really well. ALSO REALLY GLAD we did not meet a log hauling truck heading down the road we were heading up as the road was about as wide as the RV! Geesh, talk about palpable stress in the RV for 9 miles!!!!!

Lots of learning done on those 2 days, lots of fun and lists made of things to bring and don't bring.

Looking forward to redecorating the inside of a sort of dated interior, ripping out carpet and tile and getting vinyl planks throughout the interior as almost white carpet and dogs will not be a good mix. I am very much a DIY'er and hope to do a lot of the easy work myself, already changed the lights to LED, upgraded the shower head to an oxygenics model (what a difference) with tile on some of the walls, window coverings and painting on the todo list! I think I am going to enjoy my/our, new to us, toy VERY much! Hoping to get the outside repainted next year.(THAT I will sub out!)

I am learning so much from all the threads, links and broad knowledge base on this very friendly forum! I am sure glad I found this forum on a google search!
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Old 09-18-2015, 03:48 PM   #2
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Let me just say welcome to the "life style". Hope you enjoy it as much as we do. May you all have safe and happy travels. And don't forget to take a journal.
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Old 09-18-2015, 04:17 PM   #3
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Congrats your your new hobby... as for the Garmin... there are settings you can use if you explore it to tell it dirt roads are not an option for you, I believe they are located under the preferences menu. Glad you made it out safe n sound!
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A lot of people on here travels with 4 0r 5 dogs or cats,ya'll will be the first with 4 horses, 5 llamas

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