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Old 10-09-2021, 08:23 PM   #1
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My first RV!

I'm new here, but it looks like a wonderful place to be!

I recently retired, and last week I bought my very first RV. It's a 2022 Fleetwood Fortis 34MB. Since it's my first one, I don't really have anything to compare it to, but I definitely like it! I studied different models for a few years before I retired. Now I'm ready to start RV life!

We picked it up in Utah, and spent 5 days working our way back through Las Vegas to our home in Phoenix. I've never really been RVing before, but so far I like it! We've been excitedly planning our next trips!

Honestly, I was scared to death of driving it, but so far it's actually not as hard as I thought. I haven't jumped any curbs or hit any tree branches yet. So far, so good!

Our toad is a 2008 Chevy Cobalt, which is light and the towing procedure is quite simple. I bought it in 2019 just for this purpose, after searching for almost 2 years to find one with low miles and all the right features.

I'm still trying to figure out how irv2 works. I was hoping to find an area where there might be other owners of a Fortis talking about the coach. I could probably learn a lot from those threads! I'll keep poking around here and see what I can find...
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Old 10-09-2021, 10:31 PM   #2
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Congratulations! Nice looking coach for sure.

Where are you going to store it in Phoenix?
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Congratulations and nice looking coach.
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Congratulations! Nice looking coach for sure.

Where are you going to store it in Phoenix?
I made a parking area on the side of my house with new DG parking surface, new RV gate, and new full RV hookups.

Funny thing, though. The guy who put in my electrical had never done a 50A RV connection before, and he put in 50A at 110, like for a welder. Having never had an RV before, I didn't know any better until I went to plug it in and the plugs didn't match. Doh! Now he needs to run a new #6 hot wire all the way back to the panel to complete the 220. <sigh> Nothing's easy. Live and learn, I guess.

I haven't figured out what to do about covering it yet. I don't really want a huge structure, and I'm not sure I want to deal with an RV cover. I might just block out the windows and keep it waxed? I don't know.

Ideally, I'll be out using it across the country a lot of the time, especially during the hot summer months, which lessens the need for ideal home storage.
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Nice rig,enjoy.
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Nice looking rig! Make sure electrician has it wired correctly. You can search the forum for wiring diagrams.
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Congrats on the new rig! Have fun and keep her between the ditches!

Good luck, happy trails, and God bless!
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Old 10-10-2021, 09:39 AM   #8
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Wow! Congrats on the new rig! That is quite the way to start the RV life Enjoy and safe travels
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Nice looking coach Jim. Looks mighty warm and cozy around that fireplace!

Enjoy!

Safe travels,
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Congrats on your new coach and retirement.

I am sure you will enjoy both.

We were all new at one time.

Take it slow and easy, you will get better.
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Congratulations on new rig and retirement. Very nice looking.

Enjoy your travels
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Jim,

Congrats! Retirement, new RV...the beginning of a new adventure! I hope you enjoy the ride as much as my DW and I have in the 10 years since my retirement.

Your electrical hookup is a bit worrisome, though. Be very, very, very sure that your electrician correctly wires the connection. There are many who have suffered thousands of dollars of damage to their coach electrical system from a mis-wired electrical connection wired by a well meaning, but poorly informed, electrician.

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Very nice. Enjoy it.
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Nice rig

Jim, congrats on the new rig. It is very nice looking and I really like the light colored interior. It makes the rig look so much lighter and airy inside. A big improvement form the dark browns of the past many years.


Unless your electrician just started last week, I'd bet dollars to doughnuts he has installed many 50A outlets but doesn't know it. The NEMA 14-50R used for 50A RVs is the same outlet used for almost every electric range (stove) in the country. Its usually the 30A 120V RV outlet they get wrong and wire it for 240V. This blows up 120V stuff in the RV. (Someone please correct me if I have the wrong designation for the proper 50A outlet.)


Enjoy your new RV and take it slow and enjoy the sights along the way.


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