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Old 08-14-2019, 08:25 AM   #1
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Doesn't everyone talk about their first time?... Road trip, that is...

Sorry repeat thread haters. Just wanting to open up the subject, probably once again.

We are trying to enjoy the late summer purchase and please forgive me as I am trying to spend my time finishing up last minute preps instead of combing through forum searches. There's always new things coming out so old threads are sometimes stale.

Any advice, items you wished you would have thought of, things to know? I'm leaning on the experts! Interested to hear your responses and try not to learn the hard way!

First trip this weekend! Excited and a bit nervous, bet you can relate!
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Old 08-14-2019, 08:44 AM   #2
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First of all, do remember to have fun!!

Before you head out, check that everything works... run the generator, run the stove, run the water pump, flush the toilet, clean the filter on the water pump, run the A/C, check air pressure in the tires... visually inspect engine bay and under the rig... just go over everything before you are on the road. Easier to fix something now than miles away from home...

Have a check list. Use the check list!! Even if it feels silly, use it! I managed to donate my water pressure setup in the second segment of my first trip!! And I had the list but did not used it because I was so sure I had gotten everything

Have some basic tools that are specific to your rig... spray-on lubricant, duct tape, zip-ties, etc. Again, the tools should be stuff that you could use in your rig, no sense in taking metric tools if everything is SAE, or vice-versa.

Did I mentioned to remember to have fun?

Do report back on how it went. Enjoy the trip!
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Old 08-14-2019, 08:48 AM   #3
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This thread contains a good checklist, albeit trailer centric, but many points can be applicable to both while others can be omitted or adjusted as needed.

Many things can go wrong that are out of your control, minimizing self imposed problems should be your first goal.

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Old 08-14-2019, 08:54 AM   #4
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I have laminated checklists. This one is for my wife, whose responsibility is the interior prior to rolling. This is an example list for my GT, working from rear to front.
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Old 08-14-2019, 09:02 AM   #5
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I printed mine and laminated it... handy on the side door pocket. Used all the time...

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Old 08-14-2019, 09:11 AM   #6
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Do not worry about all the Ancilary items

There are so many items that you are probably think you need,

But hold off on buying many of them,
as the ones you will really ened will become self evident,
and others that might seem necessary at first, might end of being a nice to have
and then over time not worth the space it takes up.
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Old 08-14-2019, 10:25 AM   #7
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I would give equal weight to what you take as to what you don't take. On a recent trip to Canada over a 37 day period, I wore white T-Shirts with my company logo on them. I took blue jeans. When it was time to do laundry, I was able to limit the amount of washing needed. I took three pair of shoes; my wife took five. Other things for me include a whisk broom and dustpan to go over the floors every day. Sand and small rocks get in every time you go outside and come back in. At the end of the day, run your hand over the floor and feel the sand. If it's warm/hot out, you might try some freezer blocks to rotate from the freezer at night to the fridge during the day to keep the fridge at temperature. Get a temperature gauge for the fridge. I like the checklist idea that others use. I am pretty good at doing multiple visual checks, but a list would catch an overlooked item on occasion. You need a powerful light to find your campsite at night. There is no consistency with how RV parks mark the sites. You need some good lights. If I'm backing into a space at night, I'll get out and survey the site, put a center light on the ground at the back of the space and use that to guide myself in. We have gotten to a point where certain bags fit into spaces and can be easily accessed and retrieved. Yeti duffel bags fit under the bed perfectly and can be reached from the inside. If I'm headed to Canada from Atlanta, I'll put my hiking boots and a Northface jacket in the bag and only use those when I get to cooler weather. Try to take the minimum, get organized, and you'll have a better time. www.coasttocoastphoto.com @coasttocoastphotoatl
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Old 08-14-2019, 11:00 AM   #8
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Great advice and lists! My favorite is #33!

Also good idea on the parking with a light. Things I would not think of until it's needed!!
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Old 08-14-2019, 02:12 PM   #9
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My first piece of advice for maiden trip of a first time owner would be to reserve a pull-thru site. Plenty of stress without worrying about backing up!





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My first piece of advice for maiden trip of a first time owner would be to reserve a pull-thru site. Plenty of stress without worrying about backing up! Greg
If you can back a car, there is no reason to avoid backing an AI. Just like longer trailers are easier to back because they react more slowly, the extra length of an AI over a passenger car makes it very easy to back.

The only caveat I have while backing is that the propane filler hangs quite low and a high curb or a high stop block at the end of some RV sites can damage your filler if you back into the blocks.
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Old 08-14-2019, 04:21 PM   #11
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Hawk,
One of my best modifications was to raise the propane filler. I can't take credit for the idea, but it was easy to execute. I'll show you when you come up to visit. Generator is now the lowest item.
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Old 08-14-2019, 04:25 PM   #12
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HAWK - I won't beat the checklist to death, you already got plenty good examples. Checklist or not, I do redundant checks 3x of everything (looking & touching everything inside/outside) before leaving. If you are organized, it makes the checks a lot easier when everything has it's own designated place of storage.

If this is your first tall vehicle, know your height, mine is 9'8" as measured with VB Air on auto ride height setting. But I use 10' as my minimum, easy to remember and gives me some headroom for error (no pun intended). Have multiple constant reminders of your height clearance both on driver & passenger side. I use reminder decals made for rooftop bike carriers that we use on our suv. See 3 bright yellow decals below & bright red arrow on rear monitor which also doubles as my "poor man's" parking lines since my monitor did not come with it.

Explain to wife or significant other their role & duties are not just to be a passenger but a co-pilot. I myself have to do better at this as I let my wife or daughter sleep during 70% of the trip rather than be awake during 70% of the trip. Let them power nap but not sleep the entire time. Besides, they are missing out on the scenery.

Lastly, enjoy your maiden trip in the rolling "beach house"
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Old 08-14-2019, 04:43 PM   #13
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"look up" is great advice.
I actually saw a small sailboat on a trailer drive away from the launching ramp with the mast still up! It wasn't pretty when he got to the power lines.
I've seen many an RV pulling out with the TV antenna up.
I almost drove away with an 'above the door' awning still out in a MH.
I did drive away with my water hose neatly coiled on the picnic table! (I came back)
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Old 08-16-2019, 04:38 AM   #14
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A bit of a sleepless night for our first full-fledged maiden voyage. Major storms rolling through the midwest and a ton of lightning and a bit of hail on our baby. I know itís vain but this coach is pristine so Iím hoping we were spared those nasty little dings when daylight comes. It has to be 95 percent humidity so I opted for earplugs the first night out. Iím about to turn this into an Uber to support a quiet AC and generator fund . Hope to get more used to the noise though. I think weíll appreciate the nights where it is nice enough to keep the windows open.

Iíve found the advice in co-piloting a bit ironic as it will be a learning curve on how to approach communication with a large vehicle vs. sounding like a nagging driver in the passenger seat! I guess we have not found that happy medium yet!
Another challenge was passing a wind generator blade on the interstate, so not only height, but finding height AND width become important when you are up against those types of transports! Who would think?!

Although I scoured a couple of sources to prepare items for inside the coach and feel like I have measured cubic capacity of every nook and cranny, finding the space availability more challenging than I first anticipated. There must be a true art to making this work efficiently. Hats off to all of you who have figured that all out!

We decided to test run a driveway trip to our familyís home and work out some of the challenges we face,, so I will be looking forward to a trip a bit more in nature to really fully appreciate the good life.

Oh, and a couple things I forgot, but most important, the copt of the checklists you all provided! So good it is all right on this page! Thanks to all of you and wish you all safe and happy travels!! Much appreciated...
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