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dapmfp

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Posted: 03/11/02 07:34pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

When we set out to explore the area in our toad we sometimes will drive 100-200 miles in a day's time. We always have a sheet of paper with the information of where our motorhome is (the name of the campground and the town) with us in our toad. In case of an accident (heaven forbid) this could be very useful information especially if you have left your pets in your motorhome.

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Shellynole

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Thank you all for the great advice! We are taking our first trip next week, and will follow it all.
Shelly


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Before leaving the check-in office, WALK to the proposed site and check for low hanging trees, other people getting ready to leave, kids playing in yards etc. so your drive in will not have a 'crunch' in the middle. Ditto before leaving - since it may be a different road going out. Also look for escape roads in case of a problem.

If you are parked for awhile and run your engine, to exercise it, pick a windy day, the fumes will dissipate.



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In a class A the driver will be sitting farther to the left of the traffic lane than you used to be in your car. For the first couple of months you will need to think about where you should be sitting relative to the traffic lane. Otherwise your right side will be in the lane beside you. Eventually it becomes automatic to be properly in your lane.

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> Be patient.
> Tolerate less polite drivers.
> Be considerate of truckers; they're doing what you're doing but for a living.
> Got a diesel pusher - buy a truck stop directory & avoide small fuel stations.
> Laugh at the setbacks & mistakes you encounter.
> Have fun.


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Shelly,

You've received a lot of good information. The only thing I can add is to enjoy the ride, and take it slower. Rving is not about speed it's about the adventure.

Hope you have many happy, safe, and trouble free miles.



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OK, you are going to get lost of operational advice. Here is some preparation advice. You may have different goals for RVing than we do, but this works for us.

1. With a motorhome, the trip can be as much fun as being there, if you take your time.

2. Get lots of books and check out lots of websites on things like Walmart locations, Freeway exit guides, free and low cost campgrounds.

3. If you are going to be out much, buy a cheap campground membership and then join Passport America, RPI, and Coast to Coast.

4. Join Good Sam and FMCA, at least for a few years so you can get their magazines with good information articles.

5. Get a good Roadside Assistance policy.

6. Don't limit RVing to nice weather. Winter camping can be some of the best.

7. If possible, don't take the RV on scenic routes. Plan to park it and sightsee in the toad (and you do need to pull a toad).

8. Set up for camping OUTSIDE the RV. Bug zappers and repellants, chairs, tables, ground covers, etc. That's half the experience.

9. Install a bank of 4 batteries (at least 2) and get a good inverter. You need to be able to make toast without shorepower or starting the gen.

10. Get a good quick-disconnect towbar and get brakes for the toad. My old P30 Chevy coach was not safe without toad brakes.


Jerry and Katie
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The most important advice I can give is for the husband..........DON'T SWEAR AT WIFE FOR GIVING YOU THE WRONG DIRECTIONS........she'll insist on selling m/h the next day. Therefore, all wrong turns have to be treated like an adventure. You just have to hold your tonque.

gmcneice

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Take each reply and read carefully - you will see many common items and others. We recommend that the pilot and co-pilot discuss and agree on their respective tasks in setting out, setting up, taking down and moving out. Write these down for each and religiously read them to each other at each stage. Modify them as you gain experience and confidence but never rush things and neglect to get each list checked before proceeding. Checking lights, tire pressures and establishing backup hand signal procedures are fundamental to safe operation. You will never regret being dogmatic about these items.

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I have enjoyed all these posts! On my first trip I had an inside blow-out. I am in good shape 44 years old and do everything myself (macho)! It took me 5 hours to change it (once I found the bud socket)I am surprised no one said to get AAA. I did the next day and I will never change a tire myself again on a large motorhome! I had the wife and the dog helping to bust the lugs. Then the jack sank into the freeway. Good thing I had cold beer. Also get a map of all the Wal Marts Its a great place to stay for a quick overnight. And they welcome you.
Relax and have fun.

Paul

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