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Old 06-13-2021, 06:15 PM   #1
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Hi all! boy, am I glad I found this forum; it looks like a lot of fun and information. We just purchased a 2000 Newmar Dutch Star from a private party and are finishing an RV driver's training course, since this sucker was big (WAY bigger than our old 1990 Suncrest) and more than a little intimidating.

We are in Northern Arizona and look forward to taking the 'new guy' on travels around the American Southwest (until we formally retire and can go on longer adventures). Anyone who has ideas for 3-day weekend trips from North-western Arizona/Southern Nevada as a base, we'd love to hear them!
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You could always jump on 95 north to Las Vegas, check out the Prescott area for starters. Several parks area the Sedona area. Where are you taking the drivers training at, I need to get the wife down that path.
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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 or add information if you can.

Good luck and enjoy the adventure!
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Hi ! Welcome to IRV2! We're sure glad you joined us!

Congrats on the new rig! Let the adventure begin!

Good luck, happy trails, and God bless!
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Hi all! boy, am I glad I found this forum; it looks like a lot of fun and information. We just purchased a 2000 Newmar Dutch Star from a private party and are finishing an RV driver's training course, since this sucker was big (WAY bigger than our old 1990 Suncrest) and more than a little intimidating.

We are in Northern Arizona and look forward to taking the 'new guy' on travels around the American Southwest (until we formally retire and can go on longer adventures). Anyone who has ideas for 3-day weekend trips from North-western Arizona/Southern Nevada as a base, we'd love to hear them!
Welcome to irv2 - good info and Really Good Folks. -

First you will need to do some research on Boondocking - as weekends are hard to find places to Park. Plus it's really hot in the Southwest. -

Suggestions;
  1. North Rim
  2. Bryce
  3. San Juan's

All of the above have -Elevation so are Cooler! -

Also because of your location you will be able to visit many of the Close parks in the winter - Heaven - fewer People - and Cooler Weather.

Best of Luck,
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Don and Ren: we took the training thru rvbasictraining.com. I found them online after doing searches for RV training Las Vegas (closest major metro area; it looked like they have people across the country). Lewie Silva was our trainer who came out from Las Vegas. He was very knowledgeable, personable, and patient! We got a lot of questions answered about newbie stuff (like tail-swing clearance!) and good behind the wheel time and training. We've already recommended both Lewie and the course to friends locally. And no, I'm not getting any perks/discounts/kickbacks/etc for recommending the course or Lewie. Just happy to get some expert guidance so we don't end up being some of the scarier drivers on the road.
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Busskipper: Note to self - Research boondocking: added to list! And we'll keep places like NV's Valley of Fire for the off-summer excursions . Thanks for the suggestions and looking forward to lots of safe adventures.
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Congrats on your new coach.

You are going to love it.

Lots of great info here.
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