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Old 04-03-2015, 01:20 PM   #1
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Hello from Newman Lake Washington

My husband and I are to do our walk through and hopefully pick up our new travel trailer tomorrow, April 4th. We have 2 grandsons we are adopting, ages 12 and 5 yrs and wanted to take them and get away for a while. Hubby is taking 4 weeks off work after school gets out, June 12th. We originally wanted to go to the east coast to visit son and his family, but are not sure we are able to do things we wanted and get there and back in the time frame we have. We have a lot more research to do before travel time comes. I have been reading up and getting a lot of ideas/info and it sure helps. Hopefully we will be able to use our trailer on holiday weekends and make sure we get the use out of it that we are paying for. We got a Forest River Cherokee Gray Wolf 2015, 26 foot. Anyone had any issues with them or know anything we should know before heading out on a 4 week adventure?

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Glad to have you here with us. It sounds like you have a great adventure ahead of you. What you are doing for your grandchildren is very commendable.

If we can help you answer questions, please let us know.

Best of luck and Happy Trails!!!

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Old 04-03-2015, 02:24 PM   #3
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Old 04-03-2015, 03:59 PM   #5
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Are you experienced RVers? If not, I'd strongly recommend starting with easy days. The East Coast and back in 4 weeks is not really do-able unless you spend every day on the road. When we started, we first lives in the rig in our driveway for a few days. It was remarkable how often we went back to the house for something! Once we left home, we stayed relatively close to home (less than 200 miles) the first couple of trips. At my age (69 then, 73 now), I found more than 200 miles a day was too tiring. The only days we did more was the last day coming home from a trip, since we're on familiar roads the last 100 miles.

We only travelled WA, OR and northern CA. Our final trip before we sold the motor-home was the full Oregon Coast on 101, from Astoria to Crescent City, then back via Grants Pass and I-5/405.

We hope you have lots of fun with the boys. Maybe the East Coast will be next year? The snag with the school summer holiday times in the mid-West and back east is the heat and humidity. We lived in Hampton, VA, for three years after I got laid off from Boeing. When they called to ask if I wanted to return, we were on our way in less than a week - one advantage of being in rental housing!
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Old 04-03-2015, 05:41 PM   #6
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Old 04-03-2015, 08:01 PM   #7
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@frankdamp We had a motor home several years ago and went some places by ourselves. My husband races cars for a hobby so have pulled his car trailer to several racing sights and he also has truck driving experience, so that part isn't a big deal. Like I said though, it has been several years and I am disabled so haven't gone anywhere in a very long time. Figured this would be a good time to get out a little bit. We have discussed our options several times and are thinking that we may just get out and go and take our time and when it gets to be close to 2 weeks of being gone, start heading home and taking our time. We don't want to be rushed, just want to have fun and make some lasting memories with our grandsons. I have lived back east and also in Kentucky near Tennessee border so I know how the weather can be. We have kids in PA and in TN, so hopefully will get to visit them next year since we most likely will put that off this year. I have been down the Oregon coast and loved it...that is another option we had thought about. We also talked about camping out in our driveway or backyard for a few days too. That would give us some time to get used to the trailer.
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Welcome to IRV2! We're sure glad you joined us!

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

Good luck, happy trails, and God bless!
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Old 04-04-2015, 01:48 PM   #9
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Hello spring fever! I agree that the memories that you and your grandchildren will build and share is priceless!!! Way to go!

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