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Old 09-14-2013, 11:23 AM   #15
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CONGRATULATIONS! Now the fun begins...keep us posted on your travels~

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Old 09-14-2013, 01:32 PM   #16
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Wonderful. Enjoy the new adventure.
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Old 09-15-2013, 02:46 PM   #17
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Nice looking trailer! All the best!

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Old 09-15-2013, 07:18 PM   #18
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looking suhWeet! Fresh-faced trailer, if ebber I seed one!
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Old 09-17-2013, 11:22 AM   #19
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Pleased for you! Look forward to more as you choose to share with the rest of us.
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Old 09-17-2013, 12:45 PM   #20
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Nyyyyce!!!

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Old 09-17-2013, 01:28 PM   #21
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Looks great!! Don't dump the jackknife front couch, as they are valuable to someone trying to restore a unit, and are hard to find.. Be aware also the recliners will eliminate the under-couch storage and bring the charger/power supply out in the open, requiring a new box to be built over the batteries and charger.. <If prior owner didn't, consider upgrading to Intellipower unit..>

We bought our '88 Excella 25' 10 years ago, and had a few minor glitches (Fridge Control Board, Water Heater Thermostat and igniter, brake magnets..) but generally a very solid trailer, and great for travel and touring! Enjoy your new home on wheels!
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Old 09-17-2013, 01:39 PM   #22
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Thanks to the well wishes!

I'm taking the input from Condo seriously. I like the way the front is set up currently and it's about time that my back adapts to me instead of the other way around.

I'm getting pretty psyched about picking up the trailer in a couple of weeks. It's in Fresno and I'm in Bend, Oregon and thinking about getting it home is exciting - and a little scary. I've towed a 24' enclosed car trailer with a car in it with my TV, but never an Airstream.

We plan on camping in it on the way back of course, and that should be a scene. I've never camped in a travel trailer. They could probably do an amusing reality show episode of us getting settled in the first night.

I'm learning a lot here, but I'm old enough to know that there's a big difference between book learning and real life.

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Old 09-17-2013, 01:50 PM   #23
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Here's one more tip.. Plan drive home to stay near RV service place first night, and try to plan drive through Corning and Redding for other than early afternoon.. Temps can be over 110 degrees between 1 and 3 PM, and that may be more stress than tires and tow vehicle need.. Bonus tip is to just be prepared to run at lower speed than you'd normally drive, and get comfortable before settling on final cruising speed.. It is hard to simulate emergency stop on actual freeway or interstate, but be assured trailer and tow vehicle (at around 12-13,000#) are going to take longer to stop than car by itself.. The room in front of you in your lane is your only safety cushion , so don't waste it or let others invade it for long... Good luck!

>> And as one of many "Back Problem" folks here, it is possible to get special cushioning for couch or lumbar support, though you'd still be sitting pretty upright.. The recliners mean every meal is going to be with a lap tray, as well...
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Old 09-17-2013, 01:53 PM   #24
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Seeking Recommendations for a Great Park near Fresno

I've done a bit of checking on good RV parks around Fresno for our first night and I haven't come up with anything yet. I really want it to be nice as it will be a powerful first impression for my wife. She's a trooper and I know that we will work our way into this over time, but I would like to start things off on a positive note.

Ideal would be something in the countryside and a fairly short distance from Fresno, say within 100 miles, and not too far off our route back to Central Oregon. With full hook ups - and pull-throughs!

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Old 09-17-2013, 02:08 PM   #25
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You might look at "The Lakes" up Hwy 99 in Chowchilla.. (See The Lakes RV & Golf Resort ) Not exactly wilderness camping, but shows what high-end RV parks with amenities look like, and rated straight 10's by Good Sam...

There are also a couple further north off I-5 near Lodi (Delta KOA - was Tower Park) or Flag City RV Park... A lot of the nice places to stay in foothills around Lake Pillsbury or Edison Lake are not in line with path to get home...
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Old 09-17-2013, 02:15 PM   #26
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I don't mind a short side trip in exchange for a really nice park with all the amenities. The only one my wife has seen so far is Crown Villa here in Bend and it is really a wowser.

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Old 09-17-2013, 02:29 PM   #27
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Congrats Poppy. I knew it would not take you long to find a good one.

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Old 09-17-2013, 03:32 PM   #28
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So here's what I'm thinking for an itinerary:

Fresno - Lodi: 135 miles
Flag City Resort

Lodi - Redding: 198 miles
JGW RV Park or Premier Resorts

Redding to Bend: 277 miles

These look like very nice parks and there should be lots of service centers on the route if need be. Are these reasonable driving distances for a first-timer? I've driven Redding to Bend many times so the route is familiar. Main concern is that there are a lot of deer out on US-97 this time of the year. But I plan on getting home well before dusk.

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