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 8/30/2007 8:36 PM
I am just being overwhelmed with all the info I'm reading about RV'ing. How did you learn everything ?? I keep reading about leveling systems, inverters, converters, suspensions, sway bars, on and on and on .... just when i think i'm getting a handle on the info, someone in this forum or another one I surf comes up with something new !!! I'm starting to think I'm too dumb to do this !!! It's just me so I don't have anyone to help (anyone that's here anyway) I just can't imagine that I'm going to figure all this stuff out !! ARGH !!!! All who wander are not lost, but I probably am !

Trudy, Molly & Murphy "be the kind of person your dog thinks you are"
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 8/30/2007 8:55 PM
You're gonna think I'm nutz. . . but. . . you might want to go out and rent an RV similar to the one you have in mind to buy and take it out for a week or so and see what you think.
I always knew I wanted one - ever since I was a kid - so when it was snowing like mad where I lived and I knew it was glorious down in the Southwest, my SO and I rented a nice Class C rig and took a 2 week trip.
The rental place showed us how to do everything - they even provided a renter's manual and we took notes during the orientation. . . then away we went.
We learned a lot about the hows and why fors.
We rented 3 different times before we pounded down the major fundage on a Lazy Daze Class C. By then we had all the systems wired and took to owning it like a duck takes to water.
Now - since I'm going to be soloing a lot, I got rid of the LazyDaze and bought a really nice ClasssB Roadtrek - same systems as the Lazy Daze, just not in as big a package.
She is GLORIOUS and I'm countin' the minutes til I can hit the road. I've put 1200 miles on her - but have never slept in her. Bought her on a road trip where hotel arrangements had already been made so we just drove 2 rigs (my Toyota Sienna and the Roadtrek) and stayed in hotels. . . kinda weird. . . but it's what we had to do. . . But. . . all that's gonna change after Labor Day - we're gonna pack her up with the kayak trailer and go to Glacier NP (all of an hour away) and camp out for a few days so we can paddle Lake McDonald.
So. . . hopefully the idea of renting will make sense to you. . . it sure helped us out!
Keep the MAGIC alive!
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 8/30/2007 9:52 PM
I'm sure renting would be a good idea - it's something I hope to do come Spring. A few weekend trips should help with the decision process. It just seems like so much to learn - I don't know one thing about cars and motors so all the systems in an RV seem very overwhelming. Thanks for your input - hope you have a wonderful trip !!!! All who wander are not lost, but I probably am !

Trudy, Molly & Murphy "be the kind of person your dog thinks you are"
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 8/30/2007 10:52 PM
I was going to say that remember back before you knew how to drive... and that seemed like a lot of info to assimilate too.
All you do is start off slow.... in fact, have you ever thought about camping in your own backyard, or your driveway?...It's a wonderful way to become acquainted with the workings of your RV.
In fact I have friends, and some of them are on this Forum, that take the time to just go sit and relax in their RV's on their own property.. They make some coffee... munch on a snack.... read... They simply feel a "cocoon of peace" in there.
It really doesn't take all that long to learn your RV... and it's one day at a time anyway... It sounds overwhelming, but truly it's not all that scary!!
You will do fine...
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 8/30/2007 10:54 PM
Hey. . . I just came up with a weird idea. . . do you live near an RV rental place? Maybe you could go in and ask them if you could listen to a couple of their orientations when they do the pre-trip walk throughs with some renters. It certainly wouldn't cost them anything for you to stand there quietly observing. You could take notes - even if it was sensory overload. . . then go home and GOOGLE your weak points. Then go back and listen in on another one. . . and repeat the process until you had it wired.
You could bait the rental place by telling them that you would be renting a unit from them as soon as you felt comfortable with the systems - and maybe they'd think it was good business to allow you to be there for a couple orientations so you'd know what you were getting yourself into.
What-a-ya think of that?
Sounds like a Win-Win to me.
If you give it a shot, let me know. . . I'd love to hear what they have to say. It TOTALLY sounds like good business to me.
Maybe somebody out there should offer these types of classes for women only?
Keep the MAGIC alive!
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 8/30/2007 11:27 PM
OK. . . check this out!
Looks pretty cool to me. . . do you live in Idaho?
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 8/30/2007 11:28 PM
Better yet. . .
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 8/31/2007 5:14 AM
We do the Life on Wheels in Tucson AZ and Moscow Idaho. I have never heard anyone complain about the classes except the chairs were for little butts not for our ages LOL. Ran into Life On Wheels Instructors Joe & Vicki Kieva here in Skagway just today!! They said they missed us in July in Moscow Idaho and were surprised to see us in Alaska!

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 8/31/2007 10:50 AM
To be honest, and you'll all think I'm nuts - if you are able to DRIVE it - that's what you need to be able to do first. Then, just have a checklist - it's not really that long of one - of the must do's before driving (like antenna down, slides in, cabinets all secure, etc). Don't let all the other stuff become so overwhelming.
I had never rv'd before buying mine. I never rented. I drove it around the block before buying - that's it. I didn't go to all the websites, etc, until after I purchased. If I had, I think they might have scared me. Instead, as with most things in life, I discovered some people are too anal about what needs to be done - some people are too lax - but for me, owning this is not really much different that owning a car - with a few more parts. But the fridge doesn't make driving different, nor does the stove - they are just more components - which I had in a house - so when one breaks down, etc - is just something I need to get fixed in some manner.
Like all the books say - don't sweat the small stuff - and it's all small stuff :)
As Joella says, it all sounds overwhelming to begin with - but it's only because it's something new. Smiling is contagious - try it!

--------------------------- Once your reputation is ruined, you can live life quite freely :) (old German saying) Bethers
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 8/31/2007 1:53 PM
I agree with all the other gals. Relax! When you get in a bind and you're alone, don't hesitate to ask the camper next door for help or advice. EVERYONE was new to this at some point and I haven't met a camper yet who wasn't eager to help. Get a little spiral notebook and jot down instructions for yourself when someone explains something. Put a separate subject on each page so it isn't confusing. Don't be afraid to take your time! Mistakes are usually made when we rush and forget a step.
I notice that when a cabinet door flew open and something smashed on the floor, it was because I had failed to look at the check-off list where it said "secure cabinet doors"! Even tightly closed cabinets might need a shoelace tied around the handles or something! So, make your notes and FOLLOW them!
Happy travels!
Evie and fur people, Spike & Pia

Evie driving Flitter, 26' Itasca Spirit with furry co-pilot, Elsa
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