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Shake Down Cruise....There's Still a Ringing in My Ears.....

Posted 09-07-2010 at 02:57 PM by FOSJ

First Blog. Not sure where this will go or how it will turn out, but there's only one way to find out. Jump in and see if you can swim!

Just got back from the first trip in our new RV. We've had a 25' Class C for 3 years which we sold a few weeks ago. Two weeks ago we bought a used 40'DP and decided to take it out for the holiday weekend. We knew there would be a lot of new things we needed to learn as we moved from a small gas chassis to the larger diesel. So we started planning a short shake-down cruise.

What started out as a short drive - long weekend for two trailering the motorcycles soon morphed into a 700 mile roundtrip for 8. How did that happen? Something like this:

" Let's invite Jim & Debbie to go"
"OK. Only fair since they helped us do all the RV shopping"

"We'd love to go. Where are you headed?"

Then a few days later.....
"We've been invited to go the the beach near Debbie's sister. Would you guys like to take the RV there instead? You can set up the RV at their house and we'll have access to their boat and ...."

"Sure, One place is as good as another"

And a few days after that.....
"We've been asked if the grandkids can ride with us. We'll take the car and....."

"No need to do that. We've got plenty of room in the RV. We'll put them in the back room with some DVD's and ....."

And after that.....
"Since Jim and Deb's grandkids are coming how about we take mine too? Jim, Deb and their grandkids will be staying in her sister's house. The 4 of us should be fine in the RV"

So next thing I know we're on our maiden voyage with every seat taken and all the storage bays full of gear.

Not a problem...right! The kids will be in the back, we'll be up front enjoying the new ride, checking things out. Until.....

"We can't seem to get the DVD to play on the rear TV, so we'll let them watch their movies up front."

700 miles with bears, John Candy and Dan Ackroyd (The Great Outdoors); Sasquatch (Harry and the Hendersons); The Water Horse (whatever that is????); and Avatar playing on a full Surround Sound Home Theater system about two feet behind my head! Did I mention that our RV has a Home Theater system? I don't think we've ever heard a system like that outside of a real theater. And I'm sure it was great for the kids and everyone else watching. Some of movies they even watched twice.

Me on the other hand . Well I did manage to keep 16 tons of RV between the lines even with crashes, guns and bombs going off unexpectedly every few minutes.

The beach was fine. And our hosts could not have improved on two great days of swimming, beaches and marine wildlife. We even got to go see dolphins. We had everything we needed in the RV and did not encounter any major issues.

We learned a lot about the RV. We need to get better organized. We need to determine places for our stuff and make sure it gets put back when we're done with it. We made a list of things we need to pick up before the next trip.

We also learned that this is going to be a lot of fun!
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  1. Old Comment
    You are a very brave man!
    Glad you survived the maiden voyage and I hope that you will have many happy trips in the future.
    I'm just around the corner from you (between Eustis and Mt. Dora)... Let me know if I can ever assist you with anything.
    Take care,
    Posted 09-08-2010 at 11:04 AM by Good man Good man is offline
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    Been there, done that, isn't life great.
    Posted 09-16-2010 at 01:43 PM by OneRVer OneRVer is offline
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    I am still trying to figure out where to put stuff so many closets. I am not sure what we need and we always forget to take stuff but we are learning as e go..
    Posted 08-26-2014 at 02:09 PM by onespotleft onespotleft is offline
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