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    Just bought an RV...advice from fellow RVers?

    My wife and I did something a little crazy this weekend; we bought a used motorhome. Weve been looking semi-seriously for a couple of months and found one we really liked that had most of the desired features we were looking for. Weve never been RV or camping people so this is a big new adventure. Our kids are really excited!



    Here she is. 2000 Winnebago Adventurer, 32 ft. Needs updating on the inside as the decor is all original and so 90s. My wife has a ton of ideas on that.



    So fellow THP RV people, give us some advice. Where have you camped that you loved? What places need to be on our bucket list? (Probably staying on the east coast for now.) Ive been vacationing at Ocean Lakes in Myrtle Beach for 25 years but never in a camper, so we know what to expect there. Any great tales or horror stories with your RV? Where are you planning to go on your next RV adventure?


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    Good luck with the RV.
    I’ve never owned one but have several friends who do. They all say the same thing. MAKE SURE YOU USE IT. If it sits idle too long in the driveway or storage, things go wrong.
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    Have had 2. A 42 ft Fleetwood Discovery which was the first THP Tour Van.
    Then a 25 feet Sprinter RV Conversion which was the 2nd THP Tour Van.

    Liked both and hated both for different reasons.

    Like you we were never RV or camping people previously. Issues come up, its how you handle them that makes the RV worth it or not.
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    Find a covered storage. Get up on the roof with some seam sealer to keep it from leaking.

    Use it.
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    Looks nice, I hope you enjoy it!

    I don't mean to be negative at all, but just a word of caution... Drive safely. Last week they released a report here in Sweden that got a lot of attention. Basically they found that most RV's have a lot less safety for the driver than what most people expect. They said they are much more dangerous for the driver then most normal sized cars. If you crash head on with a car at 50 miles per hour, you're pretty much screwed. I guess the big thing they also found is that very few people ever question the safety of them, so RV makers have not spent much resources improving the safety over the years.

    Of course I know nothing about RV's or what kind you got, I'm sure some are safer than others. Just mentioning this since I just learnt about it.

    But anyways, I hope you enjoy it and see cool places! I'm sure it will be a lot of fun.
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    I camped alot growing. My best advice is get out and use it, and when you see people who have great setups go talk to them. There is nothing an RVer likes more than being asked about his rig and his accessories. Getting setup is a ton of work at first, and you will be missing things, but once you get it down to a science you can setup and take down quickly, and seldom want for anything.

    I've camped all over the SE, but most of our trips revolved around boating or dirt biking, so if you don't plan to do this most of our spots won't be as great. One place we absolutely love is Moccasin Creek State Park on NE Georgia. If you like the mountains/foothills it's a great small campground on Lake Burton. It is next to the fish hatchery and the kids can fish in the creek that is LOADED, great lake and there are paddle boats and Canoes. Good hiking and cool waterfalls nearby also.
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    Very timely thread, as I have just started my research on buying. I really am struggling to decide 5th Wheel vs Truck Camper...

    Bigger, more amenities vs Camp anywhere



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    When I was in college, I nearly lived out of the living quarters of a horse trailed traveling, then when I moved to TX, I lived 6 months in a 42' 5th wheel while they finished building our house. So I have some experience.

    Go use it, a lot.
    Get a decent tool set for mechanical & electrical. Things will happen but with Youtube & some basic tools, you'll be fine.
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    We do not have an RV, but we do have a boat. I echo everyone else, use it & figure out all the important maintenance and care for it and do as much as you can by yourself. Some things I have done for our boat are the oil change, electrical repair, etc. One handy thing for a boat that I am sure would be a good for a camper is a box of fuses.
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    5th Wheel owner here. Over the past 20 years we've owned a pop-up camper, a 27' travel trailer and two 5th wheels. One thing I've learned over the years is that something will go wrong at some time. If you have not already found it, RV.net is a great forum and resource for answers to your questions.

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    I will echo everyone else, make sure you use it, and when you aren't using it, make sure it's covered. Things will go wrong, that's par for the course with them, but they can be amazing, and the adventures you will have with your family will be something you will remember forever. JB and I look back on our RV time and even some of the worst times we had make us laugh now, because even those times were part of the adventure.

    Sleeping in a Walmart parking lot is way more fun than you would think, just make sure you check with them first to confirm they will allow overnight parking. When first starting out, pull-thru spots are your friend, and working as a team when you need to back in or navigate through something is key, so stay patient and enjoy every minute of it.

    Oh, and if you are going up a hill or mountain, cruise control is your friend.

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    Getting mine out of winter hibernation this week. 27' travel trailer.
    Plan your trips ahead of time around your rv. We're going to Yellowstone this year and had to reserve it a year in advance! We get out 5-6 times a year and have all of our spots reserved already in National Parks and State Parks. Forest service campgrounds can be great spontaneous camping if it is off the beaten path a bit. Will you be towing a small vehicle to drive around once parked?

    To test your relationship have your spouse guide you back into a tight spot for the first time.

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    Yeah! Get out there and enjoy the heck out of it. We went camping 3 times a summer growing up. My parents still go. Being in MN there was no shortage of lakes to go to. Get out there with those kids and it'll be something they always remember! Yes, it will be a lot of work and some headache. But, you can't beat those types of memories.
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    See if you can find the most common issues with your make/model or similar RV's and be prepared ahead of time. Plumbing and/or A/C parts, water pump & parts, etc. And learn how to repair them yourself on the spot. It could potentially keep a problem from ruining a trip.

    Covered parking and the roof sealer. But use the sealer once a year, it's not a one and done deal.

    If you camp in an area that's hot and doesn't have decent shade for the RV, the inside can get really hot. There are a ton of ideas online on how to help the small A/C unit(s) in RVs. One that works well are the electric floor A/C's. You can make your own adapter for the vent hose to flush fit into a window of the RV. Here's some info:

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