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Old 08-18-2016, 07:57 AM   #29
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GREAT SUGGESTION, staying near the dealer for the first night or two! We did exactly that after we bought our 2016 AI in Tampa. Everything worked great after a 2 night State Park stay - so we headed for Camping World. Now into our 7th month and loving it. Headed from Florida to Maine next week for our first 2+ month sojourn. You will love your new AI!
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Old 08-18-2016, 08:04 AM   #30
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GREAT SUGGESTION, staying near the dealer for the first night or two!
If the dealer offers courtesy parking (some do) then staying AT the dealer for a night or two is even better. Not only is the dealer more readily accessible that way, but you're in a better position if something does go wrong— "I haven't even taken it off the lot yet" is an excellent argument when trying to browbeat a reluctant dealer into fixing whatever is wrong under warranty.
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Old 08-18-2016, 12:41 PM   #31
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Headed from Florida to Maine next week for our first 2+ month sojourn. You will love your new AI!
Wow! Sounds like a great trip. Guessing you are planning to be there for the fall colors? Would really like to hear how 2+ months in the AI works out for you. Do you plan to mix in some hotel stays along the way?

Safe travels!
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Old 08-19-2016, 08:11 AM   #32
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Wow! Sounds like a great trip. Guessing you are planning to be there for the fall colors? Would really like to hear how 2+ months in the AI works out for you. Do you plan to mix in some hotel stays along the way?

Safe travels!
Keeping all our options open. Nice country Inns are on our radar, along with all the different kinds of RV options - we know we like National, State, County parks but will also use this trip to try KOA's, Good Sam recommendations, and more.
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Just curious, what changes were there from 2016-17 models?
I have a 2016 Grand Tour ext with rear sofa/bed....and I LOVE it! I haven't traveled a lot so far, picked it up in Ft. worth, Texas and drove him, (Goliath), home in April. Only a few Colorado trips so far...
And, I'm doing just the opposite -- ordered our '17 GT 4x4 from Denver dealer and driving it home to Texas when it arrives in November (we hope!).

FlyFisher -- can you tell me about the new microwave w/ browner that is in the new '17's?
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FlyFisher -- can you tell me about the new microwave w/ browner that is in the new '17's?
Not sure how much I can tell you as I haven't had a chance/need to use it yet. It's different in that it's a drawer style, looks like it will hold more than the teensie weensie door style models on most class B's, and is fancier than the microwave I have in my house!
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Not sure how much I can tell you as I haven't had a chance/need to use it yet. It's different in that it's a drawer style, looks like it will hold more than the teensie weensie door style models on most class B's, and is fancier than the microwave I have in my house!


Thanks - and sorry for the name blunder!
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Thanks - and sorry for the name blunder!
No worries.

So, I just went out to my coach and grabbed the owner's manual. The unit is a Contoure RV-1000S-BRW. It's 1.3 cu. ft. and rated for 1000W for the microwave part, and 1400W for the grill/browning part. Also, it will easily fit a full size dinner plate.

I hope that helps.
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OK - so far one month into journey -- now in Cape Breton. All is great! When it started getting a bit cool for this Florida boy stopped in a Home Depot in Portland Maine and bought a three speed fan driven portable electric heater with tipper protection. Set it up on the floor up front at night, off, and then flip it on in AM - in 15 minutes all is warm and toasty. Trip has been great; all in AI works fine and simply enjoying all - with wife and two small dogs. Taking the AI into towns for Farmers Markets, etc., is great - have fridge/freezer and toilet with us is perfect. Parking has been easy everywhere. Disconnecting at a campground is a 5 minute affair and 2 minutes upon return to hook back up! So far we could not have chosen a better RV for our lifestyle.
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When it started getting a bit cool for this Florida boy stopped in a Home Depot in Portland Maine and bought a three speed fan driven portable electric heater with tipper protection. Set it up on the floor up front at night, off, and then flip it on in AM - in 15 minutes all is warm and toasty.
Could you please explain why you didn't use the vehicle's own furnace ? Thanks.
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OK - so far one month into journey -- So far we could not have chosen a better RV for our lifestyle.
Sounds great Joe!

Glad it's working out for you. Sounds like we travel the same way (except we don't do campgrounds....pretty much stay 100% off the grid) and use the AI to "see the sights" in addition to being our rolling bedroom, kitchen, and bathroom!
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Could you please explain why you didn't use the vehicle's own furnace ? Thanks.
I think the idea is to use the free electricity at the campground than the LP tank that you have to pay to refill.
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One can use the heating element in air conditioning unit.
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