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Old 08-17-2014, 11:47 AM   #1
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Hello! I'm new to the world of RVing!

When I found out Uncle Sam consider Motorhomes the same as brick & mortar homes, I jumped at the chance of ownership. I'd lived out of the country (Jamaica) too long and had "dropped" off US financial radar (retired flight attendant). I needed a major US investment. I didn't want to drive a huge RV due to fuel cost & the fact I've never driven anything larger than a small U-haul. I purchased a 1988 Toyota Itasca Spirit last year in Arizona & drove it to San Diego California with plans to customize to it my taste. I ended up using it as transportation while caring for my aging mom who recently passed away this year. To make matters worse, I'd remarried (a Chicago guy) & moved downtown Chicago but maintained my west coast style of living, and my home in Jamaica. When mom passed away I drove my RV from California to Chicago - the last place in the world to own an RV. I've become quite attached to my RV. It runs great because it's a Toyota, approximately 20mpg, 20ft long, and fits in a regular parking spot. My goal is to rehab the inside & to drive it south (Florida) before winter comes - I don't do snow. Only problem with that, can't find any RV repair shops near Chicago. The previous owner had a water leak over the cab (the bed area) which make that area unusable for sleeping, plus the electrical system don't work on the entire left side (yes, I checked all fuses). Any suggestions?

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Yes some rv's are interest tax deductible, I've herd the IRS is making it hard to right them off for business.

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Old 08-17-2014, 12:02 PM   #3
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Glad you're aboard. Best of luck on finding repairs for your RV. Enjoy your adventures and be safe.
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Old 08-17-2014, 12:09 PM   #4
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Old 08-17-2014, 02:38 PM   #6
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Welcome, and hope you are able to find someplace to help you repair and upgrade things.
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Old 08-17-2014, 03:09 PM   #7
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Lot of RV shops in the Elkhart Indiana area. Is that too far to go?

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Old 08-17-2014, 03:10 PM   #8
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112 mile. Chicago to Elkhart
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Old 08-17-2014, 04:38 PM   #9
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Welcome to the irv2 gang. Glad you decided to join. Folks here are really helpful, so I hope you get some ideas or suggestions soon. Good luck getting your RV to Florida before the snow comes.
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Welcome to IRV2..check out this link which might help you find a recommended RV repair centre close to home...RV Service Reviews
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