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 6/16/2008 9:58 PM
Ok, I've gone totally blank... A very good friend of mine, rvmule, recommended this forum. This is the first forum I've joined. I've been camping since I was about 9 years old - tent camping. When I had my son, he had his first camping experience at the tender age of 15 months, and has loved it ever since. A few years ago he acquired severe brain injury and I hadn't thought much about trying it again-not in a tent (too much work, now). His current condition requires twice the clothes plus quite a bit of extra stuff that makes any travel a bit of a chore - packing and unpacking and repacking and re-unpacking, etc. So, I am thinking RVing. Pack the RV. Don't unpack until we return home. He can get around pretty good, with some help, and was able to get into an aunt's travel trailer without any problems. I am currently hunting for something. I'm not sure exactly what. We recently looked at a used TrailManor (1991), but had trouble getting the latches to catch when trying to close it - otherwise I think it would be perfect (with a little cleanup). Anyway, I'm not really sure where to begin. I remember that campin' folks are some of the friendliest around and I look forward to meeting y'all.
Jan I have no special gift. I am only passionately curious. ~ Albert Einstein

I have no special gift. I am only passionately curious. ~ Albert Einstein
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 6/16/2008 10:08 PM
Welcome Jan ! It sounds like RV'ing could be a great thing for you and your son. As long as he's able to get in and out of one (the high steps are a pain for me sometimes) and enjoys travel it'd be an awesome way for you two to see the sites :D Good luck in your search - I'd suggest making a list of the features you have to have, then a list of the things you'd like to have - that way you won't overlook a necessary item when you find a RV and are blinded by "love" I'm glad you joined us !!! Welcome :D Be the kind of person your dog thinks you are. Trudy, Molly and Murphy

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 6/17/2008 12:17 AM
Hi Jan!
I hope that you and your son can find an rv as a way to enjoy the great outdoors that you haven't been able to do anymore. This certainly does sound doable for you!
You've found a great group of women to share your ideas with - glad to have you with us. --------------------------- Once your reputation is ruined, you can live life quite freely :) (old German saying)

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 6/17/2008 3:12 AM
Hi, Jan! Welcome to the forum! Yes, we are a great bunch of ladies here if I do say so myself. Good luck with finding your RV. Take your time and enjoy the hunt! Lenora

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 6/17/2008 3:18 AM
Jan, welcome to our forum. I'm sorry about your son's head injury and am glad to hear you've found a way for the two of you to travel and have fun together.
Yes, I like the pack-and-don't-unpack-until-you-get-home travel as well!! Sounds like you are shopping on a budget ... I'd do some looking around to look at different layouts and figure out what would be most functional for you.
Also, check the tires ... there are DOT codes[/url] on them that tell you how old they are. That's good to know because RV tires rarely wear out ... they "age out." (Don't mind me, I'm the "tire Nazi.")
Again, welcome to the forum!

Janice and Bandit the Wonder Dog (& Kiwi too!) (Wonder why I got him, Wonder why I keep him ...) 2000 Holiday Rambler Vacationer 35', 2 slides, Honda CRV toad

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 6/17/2008 7:31 AM
Welcome Jan, Does your son use a wheelchair at all? Many campsites are wheelchair accessible, black topped instead of gravel, I see alot of campsites that are for the handicapped only so you have easier access. I believe your camp fees are much less too. Some RV's have lifts, mostly on the class A though. I'd find one with wide doors, big door grab handle to grab and steady himself getting into the RV.
You'll have fun once to find the perfect one for you.
We know how you feel, my Nephew Grayson is severely handicapped with a head injury ( two brain stems severed) when he was in a car accident at 3 and now 21. Right side is paralyzed, left side is Spastic so getting him in and out of his wheelchair is tricky plus he can squirm out of a bed quick. Brother is still working but once he retires he'd like to find a RV with a wheel chair lift and have some travels with me.
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 6/17/2008 9:37 AM
Welcome to the forum Jan. This is a great place to ask questions, get confidence, vent troubles, and sometimes laugh or cry. You will find the RV you want. We used to camp with our kids in a tent and always wanted one of those fold out pop ups. Never got one. Then we bought some property up at a lake and hoped to build on that. Never did that. So when I retired I finally decided to go after the Class C that I always thought I would like the best. Got IT. OB44

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 6/17/2008 4:19 PM
As a newby myself, I'd like to say "Hi" and welcome. I've been lurking on the site for a while until I finally got it to sign me up, and the ladies on here are soooo nice. It seems anything you ask, someone has been there, done that, and has some helpful words of wisdom.
I'm sorry to hear of your sons injury, but glad you might have found a way to help him to camp and travel. I also want to say that I admire your strength and courage to attempt something most people would fear doing, with or without a handicapped child. What a lucky son you have. -kywildcat243 off to see the lizard

-kywildcat243 off to see the lizard PS, pleze xcuse my spellin. I'm from Kentucky. :P
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 6/17/2008 6:07 PM
Hi Jan, and Welcome to our Forum! We are so happy to have you. I don't know if you are still contemplating that TrailManor, but I found this info for you.. ****************************************************** The older Trailmanors used mostly wood in the construction, so a big thing to look for is wood rot. Take a screw driver with you, and tighten a couple screws at various places, and if they turn easily then beware of possible rot in that area. Also, the seams at the corners might show seperation.....beware of that. If the unit was kept dry with proper caulking, then that should help prevent those situations.....as in any wood on wood built RV.
Trailmanor began replacing wood with aluminum in the late 90s, and starting around 2003, they are built with all aluminum frames and skins.
Also, make sure all of the appliances work as intended. Raise and lower the shells to make sure they function correctly. If the torsion bars are adjusted properly, then 1 person can do that easily. The shells can always be adjusted, but in the older model Trailmanors I think they use shims instead of any adjustment screw.
There is tons of information on: www.trailmanorowners.com.
I hope that helps.
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 6/17/2008 6:37 PM
Hello & Welcome!!!!!!!! I have to agree we have some of the most knowledgeable girls around on this forum!!!!!!! And I want to say a personal very warm welcome to you & blessings to you & your son--- & I believe you will find the right RV just for you! Glad you joined the group! OO
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