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Old 05-30-2010, 07:43 AM   #1
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Good Morning all,
Really don't know if we signed up, registered or otherwise offered our firstborn, but please get us up to speed on what needs to be done.
We pick up our FIRST diesel pusher this Wednesday...Safari Cheetah, '03, 36 ft, pulling our VW Beetle. God help us. We'll hit the local campground for two nights to learn the systems and then head north (from Fla) for three months. If we aren't divorced by then, I supposed RVing will be for us!
Our poodle mix, Max, will be privy to all the mistakes we'll be making. ANY suggestions are warmly appreciated.
Jill and Steve
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If you're not sure what's ahead of you, unhook the bug and go find out. I didn't and it cost me about $3,000 to get the side of the coach fixed.

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Good Morning all,
Really don't know if we signed up, registered or otherwise offered our firstborn, but please get us up to speed on what needs to be done.
We pick up our FIRST diesel pusher this Wednesday...Safari Cheetah, '03, 36 ft, pulling our VW Beetle. God help us. We'll hit the local campground for two nights to learn the systems and then head north (from Fla) for three months. If we aren't divorced by then, I supposed RVing will be for us!
Our poodle mix, Max, will be privy to all the mistakes we'll be making. ANY suggestions are warmly appreciated.
Jill and Steve
Cheetah 03
VW Beetle
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Old 05-31-2010, 03:05 AM   #3
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Good Morning all,
Really don't know if we signed up, registered or otherwise offered our firstborn, but please get us up to speed on what needs to be done.
We pick up our FIRST diesel pusher this Wednesday...Safari Cheetah, '03, 36 ft, pulling our VW Beetle. God help us. We'll hit the local campground for two nights to learn the systems and then head north (from Fla) for three months. If we aren't divorced by then, I supposed RVing will be for us!
Our poodle mix, Max, will be privy to all the mistakes we'll be making. ANY suggestions are warmly appreciated.
Jill and Steve
Cheetah 03
VW Beetle
Welcome Jill and Steve, you will find lots of helpful folks here on the site. Sounds like this is not your first RV but your first diesel pusher. If you are new to the motorhome scene it will take some time to adjust but just hang in there. Come to this site often and check out the posts or ask questions. We are from the Knoxville TN area but spent the weekend here in Maggie Valley NC. I can tell you that many of your Florida friends have already beat you here for the summer.

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Good Morning all,
Really don't know if we signed up, registered or otherwise offered our firstborn, but please get us up to speed on what needs to be done.
We pick up our FIRST diesel pusher this Wednesday...Safari Cheetah, '03, 36 ft, pulling our VW Beetle. God help us. We'll hit the local campground for two nights to learn the systems and then head north (from Fla) for three months. If we aren't divorced by then, I supposed RVing will be for us!
Our poodle mix, Max, will be privy to all the mistakes we'll be making. ANY suggestions are warmly appreciated.
Jill and Steve
Cheetah 03
VW Beetle
Jill & Steve welcome aboard... Its going to be an awesome ride... We bought our FIRST ever RV on 9/21/09. No prior experience... Camping yes backpacking in the Adirondack MTS, NY.

They key for us has been TEAMWORK.. We share all the responsibilities and both of us are capable of doing in/outside stuff. When I offer to cook, its great we get to eat out..

This works for us..
Have a check list in sequence for setup upon arrival and another one for Leaving camp. Example: Our slides go out before we put down the jacks... Per the manual...

If you want a my checklist I can send to you via an email and tailor to your needs.

Take your time and enjoy...
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You might also try these websites for us Safari's -- Safarifriends : To promote the exchange of information regarding SAFARI MOTORHOMES. and then there is a FMCA Chapter that also is helpful -- http://www.safari-international.org/
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Old 06-01-2010, 07:33 AM   #6
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Wow...I'm impressed at how efficient this site is. Thank you so much. So...this is our first ANYTHING...we don't camp. We live in Fla. but were born, raised and educated in the big apple. We speak in complete sentences and have a full set of teeth! We decided to go this route because we love God's beauty in nature. We own two tools: a hammer and a screwdriver. If you look hard, we may also locate a saw. We're determined, outgoing and I strongly believe in Divine Providence. The universe must have some sense of humor to have two NON HANDY people owning a rig. We're willing to listen, learn and laugh. We are to pick up the Safari either today or tomorrow and the deprivation of sleep is an indication of how excited we are.
My e mail is: DestinyGal@aol.com and Steve's is BlueptSteve@aol.com Thanks again for being so helpful. (and patient)
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Jill,

To help your marriage get two FMR radios and use them for backing. Never back up the coach unless one of you is out back watching. The driver should not move unless he or she can see the one who is out back in one of the mirrors or hear that person on the radio. Hand signals can be confusing unless you develop a system you both agree on. We think you are going to enjoy this RV thing.

P.S. It is not wise to back up the coach with the car connected. It can cause damage to the steering and front tires.

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Old 06-03-2010, 08:51 AM   #8
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Thanks everyone for your help...very funny responses. We need to know how to hang our bikes. Anyone have a rack for sale?
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