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 5/8/2007 3:17 PM
Hello all. My husband and I just purchased our first RV. We bought a 1997 Class C 27 footer. We have two children ages 7 and 3. We will be part-timers. I just want to get the basics. What is your best advice or best lessoned learned? I know it sounds totally silly but who better to learn from? Thanks in advance.
Newbie in Alaska This message was edited by kamoss on 5-9-07 @ 3:14 AM

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 7/2/2007 8:23 PM
Wow! You are already in Alaska! :-)
1) Checklists are a good thing... I dont know where to find them but they are on a lot of sites...maybe even google "RV Checklists". They were invaluable the first few times out.
2) Expect things to go "wonky" and to not understand everything right away.
3) Go slow! Make sure the kids are out of the way while parking, leveling, hooking up.
4) Try not to yell at your mate while parking! :-D It is embarrassing! (been there, done that, won the "MARRIAGE OF THE YEAR" AWARD.)
5) Ask for help...people in camp grounds are always ready to lend a hand.
6) Have fun!
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 7/2/2007 9:31 PM
I will say the same thing I just told Paula,... start out with short trips close to home. Then go farther. That way you can adjust to it all and not be a couple hundred miles away from your home town.
Have Fun1 Cedar Adirondack Mts. in NY '02 Ford Escape '04 Chalet Arrowhead (C-->)
"One's world expands and contracts in direct proportion to one's courage"....Anais Nin.
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 7/2/2007 10:39 PM
I'm heading to your neck of the woods tomorrow so if you see 4 big white motorhomes that say Alfa on the side and SeeYa on the back that's our group!
You have a fantastic state to camp in!! 1. GO S-L-O-W around the frost heave areas 2. when someone passes slow way down or slop so you do not get flying rocks hit your RV. Met a couple from Quebec and a rock hit their drivers side window of the tow car smashing it to pieces and they did not know till they stopped for the day and they had dirt and rocks GALORE on their windshield area and the inside had a huge amount of dust & glass from it all when they were going down the road. 3. Winterize the RV in the winter or things will freese up. 4. Skitter spray.....heard that is your state bird....just kidding. 5. Spare tire & Jack ........you know how far it can be between towns or good road service but hard to call them with no cell phone service in alot of places. 6. Bra to protect the front of your RV going down the road LOVE your state!!

In the Pickle Jar of Life Friends make a Dilly of a Difference Seeya down the road Seeya_Gal This message was edited by Seeya_gal on 7-2-07 @ 9:41 PM

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 7/3/2007 12:48 AM
My best advice is: READ THIS FORUM [u]EVERY [/u]day. I have learned so much here and what a great bunch to learn it from. Ask questions, even the ones you know you will think are stupid later. Someone will have an answer for you or help direct you to find it. I am amazed at how willing everyone on this forum is to help. Also, you might join a forum specific to your brand of Class C. They will be helpful too, but not as much fun. HeHe Also, read the manual (set of books on appliances, safety, etc.) that should have come with your RV. If you didn't get one can you ask the previous owner if it is available?
I just noticed that the date on your post is from way back in May. How did we miss it then? Hum? ... Anyway, welcome to a new "home on the web" and to your new "home on wheels". Hope you love both. ;p Danise

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 7/3/2007 1:38 AM
Let me say my hellos also - and also apologize that somehow your post got missed all this time - no excuses - we certainly didn't do it purposely!
To me - the thing I'd say is - just don't sweat the small stuff - and remember, it's all small stuff.
Unlike Cedar, I went out full-time immediately - my first voyage was driving the rv from Wisconsin to Alabama - pulling over to sleep on the side of the road for a couple hours when my eyes got too tired LOL - then next was a 10,000 mile journey :)
I strongly believe in having an emergency roadside service. I have Good Sam's - there are others out there - just make sure they'll do what you need. Good Sam's has done good by me now 3 times.
And the most important rule - ENJOY it - whether short or long trips - you bought it to enjoy it - so do so :) Smiling is contagious - try it!

--------------------------- Once your reputation is ruined, you can live life quite freely :) (old German saying) Bethers
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