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Old 09-25-2020, 01:45 PM   #1
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Hello All,

We are up in La Conner and just got a new to us Fleetwood Bounder 35H. It is our first RV but we have been (and will continue to be) boaters so there are lots of similar thing in boating and RVing.

We have some good friends with a 40 ft Alpha who go to Mexico and all over for 2 to 3 months at a time. They have been fanning the flames for us to get an RV.

Looking forward to learning all we can here and hope to contribute back as we do some upgrades and hacks. First up is LED lighting and a deep clean. Backsplash is coming soon and some wallpaper for the wall on the powder bath to lighten the interior.

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Old 09-25-2020, 01:52 PM   #2
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Hi ! Welcome to IRV2! We're sure glad you joined us!

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 09-25-2020, 04:43 PM   #3
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Welcome !!
There are many good folks here to offer help and advice, glad you could join the party
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Old 09-25-2020, 05:13 PM   #4
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Good call on the first steps. I'm doing LEDs too.
Once you think you are ready to go, camp in your driveway for 2-3 days. You will quickly remember what you forgot to pack, and will get to test all the stuff in a more real time scenario. Spend a day on power, then 2 days 'dry' camping(No plug-in from the house) to test your systems, battery capacity, and your own proficiency operating stuff. Don't forget to operate the generator for a few hours at the end of your driveway trip, to ensure it charges batteries properly. Then you can drive to the nearest dump facility and dump your tanks (confirms you have proper connections, no leaks)
During your driveway stay call your insurance agent and ask about roadside assistance if you should ever need it (how far will they tow you?), and glass coverage (repair and replace) Tow trucks for these things can be really expensive.

This will allow you to start adventuring with more confidence, have more fun and less stress on your first trip.

Something you should know: you don't have a spare tire. 22.5's are big, heavy, and the tools needed to change them are significant(lugs are torqued to 450-550 ft-lbs, you need a 25,000LB jack to get the back end up...) If you ever need it, just call any big tire dealer or truck shop and they can dispatch an expert with a tire to fix you up, where ever you might be.

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Old 09-25-2020, 09:37 PM   #5
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Welcome to the forum and congrats on the new rig.

You are joining a good group of folks here with good information to share. Read the various threads here and ask questions as they come up and information if you can.

Good luck and enjoy the adventure!
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Old 10-14-2020, 09:29 PM   #6
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I just remembered, you mentioned Mexico. Check with your agent, via email ( so you have it in writing ) that your insurance will cover you in Mexico of you make that trip.
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Old 10-15-2020, 12:31 AM   #7
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Thanks for the timely reply...I was just going through insurance quotes and Mexico comes up as a check box.

Good to know and not assume coverage.

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