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We did it!!! After 3 years of talking about it and going to RV shows and visiting RV lots we purchase a travel trailer. We have gone from the 24ft, 26ft to the 5th wheel. We bought an 18ft Salem Cruise Lite. After getting over all of the what we will be doing, we got real with each other. We want to meet people, spend time outside, see the beauty of the United States and spend quality time with each other. So we are now looking for ALL advice from those that have walked this path. Do you remember your first time out? Well we are so excited and extemely scared. We have a KIA Sedona that we will be currently pulling the TT with until we decide on just what vehicle we should get. But please rejoice with us on our purchase and feel free to give us all the advice good and bad that you can. So looking forward to this.

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Congrats on your new rig and it sounds like you already know what you are doing, having owned trailers before. Sounds like a nice setup.


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Welcome and glad you finally joined the crowd. You will probably find that this first purchase ends up way too small for you. But thats OK. It will definitely give you an idea whether you,like or dislike the lifestyle for not too much money. Now, as to the TV, I suspect as I did with out last two, that the atV simply does not cut it.. And you will be upgrading to a larger more capable vehicle to pull your trailers. If that turns out to be the case, don't stop at adequate, instead sit down, decide how big you will eventually want to end up, and size the TV to match that load. Remember the old saying, no one has ever complained about having too much tow vehicle.


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Congrats and good luck with your future rving fun. Start out slow and close by. Some even start spending a night or two in there yard to just to make sure they can work everything ans see what they need to take with them. Take it to a big parking lot to practice backing up and making turns. School parking lots work out nice on the weekend. Learn how to communicate with your spouse helping you back up before you get to the campground and 20 people are watching. Have Fun


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Congrats! Our first time was in a pop up camper 15 years ago. My how things have changed, yet the excitement and experiences linger. Enjoy

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Congrats...big step but the best. Good setup to really enjoy the RVing life. We did a practice trip before our 1st big trip. Went 10 miles from home to RV campground and made sure everything work, especially me, and tried everything at least once. Brought out the chairs and enjoyed the people around me. Make a list of things you need and have it just in case. My HINT: flashlights, lots of flashlights and batteries, you will need them.





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Congrats on your new rig. Wishing you many safe and memorable trips in it.


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Congrats!! Put everything you think you need in the camper, and after practicing backing etc if you need to, stay somewhere close to home or shopping. Try to keep bedding, kitchen equip., towels and games in the camper, so when you want to go you just add food and clothing and hit the road. Remember that everything you forget can be purchased somewhere. Enjoy!!
P.S. make sure you purchased dump hose cause some don't come with it.

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Congrats! We did two years of "what should we get? " and it felt great to make the decision. Felt even greater to start using it, and it just keeps getting more fun and a more enjoyable part of our lives.

My advice - don't worry about what you don't know, you'll figure it out. Don't worry about stocking too much stuff to cover every possibility. It's amazing how little you really need to go off for weeks or even months. Have a great time!


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Congrats on the new rig. I wish you all of the enjoyment and good fortune we have had with ours.
I barely remember our first trip in the little Cree we had in the 80s. It was tiny but we had a lot of fun in it. Flash forward 20 years after we had taken a break to travel abroad and the hitch itch hit us again, so we got to do it again with this rig. It was a two week trip that gave us time to get everything packed just right, get use to the trailer and play with all the toys the Cree didn't have. (basically everything)


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