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 10/16/2001 12:40 PM
 
Ken Wilson on 7/31/101 2:50 PM said:
>>This is form a guy....what am I doing checking the ladies board? >> >> >> >>First rent an RV and try it to see what you like or dislike. Next vist several shows and dealers and shop >> >> >> >>Next see if the unit you like is livable. Does it have enough storage space. Sit in the RV and go through the routine of fixing a mea and cleaning up. Do you have a place to store all of the pots and pans, plates and flatwear? Some RV's are short on drawers. >> >> >> >>Make sure that the batroom fits. stand in the shower, sit on the toilet and see if it can be used with the door closed. Is there room for all of the linens, makeup, etc. >> >> >> >>Is the bed comfortable and easy to make up? Corner beds are a bear to makeup. >> >> >> >>Is there sufficient outide storage for chairs, fishing tackle(?), BBQ suplies and so on. >> >> >> >>If you can't find everything a place to fit, look at another one or change your life style. >> >> >> >>If you go with a trailer, above all make sure you have enough vehicle to tow the trailer. Do not believe the salesman. Get an actual weight on the truck and trailer and go by the GCWR of the truck. Do not go by weight ina brochure. >> >> >> >>Once you get ready to make a deal, get everything in writting if it was promised...only in writting as part of the contract. >> >> >> >>First of all join RVCG, RV consumers Group...www.rv.org. Best $100.00 you will spend to help sort out the problem manufacturers and how to make a deal. >> >> >> >>Also consider a good clean 3 to 4 year old RV to save on the $$$$. >> >> >> >>Ken W >>

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 10/16/2001 12:40 PM
 
Ken Wilson on 7/31/101 2:50 PM said:
>>This is form a guy....what am I doing checking the ladies board? >> >> >> >>First rent an RV and try it to see what you like or dislike. Next vist several shows and dealers and shop >> >> >> >>Next see if the unit you like is livable. Does it have enough storage space. Sit in the RV and go through the routine of fixing a mea and cleaning up. Do you have a place to store all of the pots and pans, plates and flatwear? Some RV's are short on drawers. >> >> >> >>Make sure that the batroom fits. stand in the shower, sit on the toilet and see if it can be used with the door closed. Is there room for all of the linens, makeup, etc. >> >> >> >>Is the bed comfortable and easy to make up? Corner beds are a bear to makeup. >> >> >> >>Is there sufficient outide storage for chairs, fishing tackle(?), BBQ suplies and so on. >> >> >> >>If you can't find everything a place to fit, look at another one or change your life style. >> >> >> >>If you go with a trailer, above all make sure you have enough vehicle to tow the trailer. Do not believe the salesman. Get an actual weight on the truck and trailer and go by the GCWR of the truck. Do not go by weight ina brochure. >> >> >> >>Once you get ready to make a deal, get everything in writting if it was promised...only in writting as part of the contract. >> >> >> >>First of all join RVCG, RV consumers Group...www.rv.org. Best $100.00 you will spend to help sort out the problem manufacturers and how to make a deal. >> >> >> >>Also consider a good clean 3 to 4 year old RV to save on the $$$$. >> >> >> >>Ken W >>

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 10/16/2001 8:25 PM
 



All the suggestions are good ones but I'd like to add a couple more. You didn't mention a time-line for your ambitions. Hopefully, you'll be able to work in the following.
I recommend that you seriously consider attending a Life On Wheels conference. This is a series of seminars, given over a week, that will take you from "I think I would like the RV life" through "What do I want" to "How do I pack my RV" to "What about medical problems & questions, mail, making friends, where to go, what to do, etc?"
In addition, at least at the LOW conference in Moscow, ID, you can also take a two-day driving course on how to drive, connect, back-up, etc your new RV.
These conferences will held, in 2002, at Western Kentucky University (May 17-20), University of Idaho (July 14-19) and Harrisburg Area Community College (September 8-11). My husband and I went to the conference in Moscow, ID last July and found it to be extremely useful and interesting. I took the RV driving course (which is another story), learned a lot and am becoming comfortable behind the wheel of our '35 motorhome. Coming off a 480lb motorcycle, it is quite a transition.
Good luck and have a blast with your new lifestyle.
Nancy A. Cheffings

ettice ann pickens on 7/30/101 5:13 AM said:
>>I am newly "independent", except for that delightful dog, which I'm babysitting while my son is in college. I have recently sold my home and am considering an rv-lifestyle, full time or part....I have NO experience, but I'm very anxious to try. Are there many single ladies who manage this way of living? Basically, I need to know if it's possible for a woman to handle all that goes with rv-ing...the driving, hookups, etc.??? >> >> >>

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 10/17/2001 9:33 PM
 
Tika ee on 9/13/101 9:25 PM said:
>>Help! My newly acquired 1986 E-Z Ryder has a very >> >>rough fiberglass exterior, because it has spent most of >> >>its life in the desert. I'm quite confused as to the best >> >>thing to do for it. I have heard that applying "clearcoat" is >> >>great for rough fiberglass because it is like a paint and >> >>will seal all the fuzzy fibers. I have also heard that >> >>"clearcoat" is NOT good because it peels in about a >> >>year or two. Then I heard that there is a special sealer >> >>that can be applied over it that will keep it from peeling. >> >>I've also heard that if you first put on a polymer >> >>wax-sealer and then later you try to put on "clearcoat," it >> >>won't adhere very well. Alternately I've heard that once >> >>you put on "clearcoat" and it peels, it is hard to get it off >> >>to do anything else. I'm wondering if it is apt to peel >> >>more or peel less with a fuzzy vs. smooth surface. >> >>Does anyone have any confirmation of any of this >> >>information? Anyone ever used "clearcoat"? If so, >> >>what brand, under what conditions, and with what >> >>results? >> >> >> >>Please help. I need to do something about the >> >>fiberglass, but I don't want to make any mistakes. >> >> >> >>Thanks, >> >> >> >>Tika >> Wet sand the entire area to be clear coated with 600 grit wet/dry 3-m sand paper.Don't miss a single spot.You should have no problems with the clear comming off.You have a big job on your hands but the end result will be a super shiney coach.If you have the type of fiberglass that shows the matting on your existing don't expect the clear to smooth it out.Clear coating the coach is only going to acheive a renewed fresh look.This info comes from 37 years as an auto body repair and paint person.Good luck in your endeavor.

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 10/24/2001 2:12 PM
 
As a first ever purchase I am looking at Sportsmobile vs Roadtrek 170 versus most basic CoachHouse. Any experiences, advice re these models would be appreciated. Thanks K

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