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Old 12-31-2010, 12:32 PM   #15
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Our mighty tow vehicle next to my wilderness camping platform (pre-roof) in very rural Florida!

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Old 12-31-2010, 01:05 PM   #16
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I'd get the tires, wheels and brakes checked before heading out. I picked up my trailer and made it home fine. When I checked the wheels and tires I found that one tire was damaged. I was just lucky it didn't blow on the way home.
The PO of my trailer wasn't much of a camper and he didn't know how to care for the trailer. (quess that's why he was selling) If your lucky the PO will check all this out before you pick up the trailer. Take the time to let him show you around.

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Old 01-01-2011, 03:21 AM   #17
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2005 18' Westphalia
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We have purchased 2 RVs with a 5-12 hour drive and plans to camp on the way home. I packed the basics in nesting laundry baskets and big blue Ikea bags. Do not use suit cases, they do not easily stow and will get in the way.
I packed bedding, bath items, and enough kitchen stuff for coffee and to fix simple meals. It worked great both times.
I recommend a french press for coffee. You don't need electricity.

Our CCD was hazard orange too. Not a big deal for a girl who grew up in the 60's with orange mid-century furniture. I found it quite nostalgic.
It is easy to downplay the orange because the first thing you will want to do is store those odd pillows that are only designed to look good in a photo shoot. Then you can go to Ikea and get pillows that compliment the orange. Cheap fix.

Does the 2004 28' CCD have any known defects?
As the owner of three RV's I know there is a never ending list of little and occasional big things to fix. It's a fact of RV life.
The combo tank is not a big deal. Black tanks tend to be over-sized compared to the gray anyway.
If the previous owner has not already added an under-body tube for the slinky you will want to make that a priority mod.
If the tires are the originals you will want to replace them before you come home. I don't care if the tread looks new, replace the tires or risk a body damaging blowout.

Some products that I love in my RV:
Cushy Cupboards Home Page
Don't waste your time and money with that rubberized mesh. It migrates terribly during travel. You will need a blow dryer to relax the sheets and packing tape to connect the pieces for the long cupboards but this liner works like no other.
FoldTuk Kitchenware--Bakeware, Roaster, Space saving, Microwave safe, Foldable, Collapsible, Green
If you have a gas oven these do double duty as bake-ware and food storage. Great for left overs.
Indispensable for tire maintenance.
Tervis Tumbler's Official Site | Insulated Plastic Cups & Mugs | Guaranteed for Life
You are from FL so you probably have these. They work for hot and cold, they do not sweat, you can personalized them, use them in the TV with lids and best of all they are plastic. I avoid breakables in my RV and pool house. Even my French press is all plastic.
Brita Classic Water Filter Pitcher | Brita
This Brita fits perfectly in the refrigerator shelf cutout.
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Old 01-01-2011, 04:06 AM   #18
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AND TAKE IT EASY ON YOUR FIRST DAY ON THE ROAD. Towing an AS isn't like jumping in the car (truck) and driving 500 miles a day. I've been a professional driver for years but when we started towing, three years ago, we cut down our miles per day pretty dramatically. If we go 300 miles, that's a full day. We have gone more than that but it's no fun to end the day that exhausted. Enjoy the trip - see what there is to see 'cause you may not get by that way in the near future. I am envious of those experiences you've got ahead of you. There's nothing like the first two years of 'streamin because practically everythin is new. Enjoy it, savor it and remember that when things go a little wrong, that creates memories. Good luck with your travels and welcome to the Forums. No better place to learn than right here.

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