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Shellynole

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Posted: 03/10/02 08:24am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We just bought our first RV yesterday. I grew up with RV's, but dad only showed my brother the ropes, so I know nothing. Would appreciate a top 10 list of, "I wish someone had told me..." tips from some of you veterans. Thanks!
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Welcome to the forum and congratulations on your Cruise Master. A topic such as this is begging for some funny responses; I'll try to resist the temptation.

Things I wished I had been told.
Dump black water before gray water.
Disposable rubber gloves are cheap.
A toad (vehicle you pull behind) makes destination more enjoyable.
Take some spare fuses.
After a long trip (we are gone 6 weeks in the summer) don't have a long final day drive. We usually stop 100 miles or so from home.
Create and use checklists for
preparing to go on a trip
setting up camp
breaking camp

There's a start.

Tom & Sarah

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Teach the person driving & the one out side directing , the difference between Whoa & Go .

Set up a good hand signal system with those who will help you park in campgrounds. & teach them to *always* look up at tree limbs , as well.

Get a very good campground directory book at Campers World or other.

Buy yourself a good mobile phone & roaming rate subscription.

Learn how , early , to pull up to gas pump islands.

Ron , Danne &
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When you turn the steering wheel in one direction, everthing behind the rear wheels goes the other. Look out gas pumps !
Never drive with your TV antena up, that is easier to do than you think. The fore-mentioned list is an excellent idea.


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Posted: 03/10/02 09:09am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Congrats.


BRING PLENTY OF CASH!!



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Posted: 03/10/02 09:15am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

1...Know Your Coach Top To Bottom
2...Make Sure you & Co Pilot Are on the same track
3...Always secure everything before moving
4...Make a pre takeoff check list.
5...Have towing Insurance
6...Check fluids regularily
7...Know the Law
8...Do preventative maintenance regularily
9...Pay Attention
10..Drive defensively

Grouchman

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Do not leave the black tank valve in the open position when camping.
Add water to the black tank before using and before dumping.
Dump the gray tank after the black tank to clean out your hose.
Keep a water/bleach solution near your hook ups and spray the fresh water connections before use.
Don't move until the check list have been done.
What can go wrong will go wrong sometime, try to be prepared.

That's six, I will leave some for others..

One last thing, do not forget to enjoy your camping.




John

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Posted: 03/10/02 10:24am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I agree with all of the above suggestions. Never use a dry black holding tank without first adding a couple gallons of water. Know the rear swing of your unit when turning. In tight campgrounds, if you see tree bark missing on roadside trees, be carefull because it is probably a very tight turn especially in older state or federal campgrounds. Lastly, buy a cheap pair of walkie talkies to assist you into backing in and out of tight spaces.

RJ

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Posted: 03/10/02 10:42am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

One of the first things :

Before you move your RV , walk around it, look up and under.

On an early sunday morning, go to some large empty parking lot and practice backing up with the co-pilot.

Standard directions for backing up are necessary.

Get a CB radio and join us on the CB,Cannel#13 for all RVr`s.( E-Mail- higanoid1@hotmail.com ) for details. Mr.C also lives in Florida.


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*This Message was edited on 10-Mar-02 10:44 AM by RJ*


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All good advice! I buy the heavy duty disposable rubber gloves at an industrial supply store. the thin ones at K-Mart will let you down!


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