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Old 09-08-2015, 04:20 PM   #11
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If at ALL possible, attend an RV Boot Camp BEFORE you spend thousands on any RV. The Escapees RV Club run an excellent Boot Camp (other groups offer Boot Camps too). In Boot Camp, you and a couple of hundred other "newbies" will receive instruction on the systems found in a modern RV. You'll get to talk with many RV owners and see many different RVs. Mistakes made with RVs are often expensive and, sometimes dangerous. After graduating from RV Boot Camp, you will be a safer and more confident RVer. It's time and money WELL spent.
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Old 09-08-2015, 06:39 PM   #12
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If you are buying from a private owner vs a dealer, since you aren't familiar with RV'ing I would recommend having a dealer do a walk through. Plus, don't be shy, all RV'ers love to socialize. As you travel talk to your fellow campers and learn from their experiences, good & bad.
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Old 09-08-2015, 07:49 PM   #13
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I look at my Georgetown 364 as my "hobby". I just enjoy tinkering with it and improving/fixing little (sometimes big) things.
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Old 09-08-2015, 08:56 PM   #14
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Welcome to the wonderful world motorcoaching. I call mine a road boat - just a hole in the road that I keep putting money into. But it's all good and I don't complain. . . much.
Since you are selling your home to buy the coach, you probably know that you will not get any way close to what you bought it for, usually. . . especially if you go to one of these RV rebuy places. That is a bummer of the first order. Have fun and keep smiling. Keep the greasy side down.
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Old 09-08-2015, 09:48 PM   #15
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Bought our 2012 373DS straight from the factory took 33 days driving cross country and fell in love with it. My advice to anyone buying an RV, new or used, is get yourself an extended warranty. There's many out there so shop around. Be sure it covers you bumper to bumper too. If and when something breaks I'm out only $50 for that visit no matter what's or how many items are broke or need fixing. No matter how well you maintain your MH, it's a house on wheels, things will break. Most big items are from a few hundred dollars and climb up rather quickly. Our warranty has paid for itself and will continue for the next 4 years undoubtedly.

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Old 09-08-2015, 09:51 PM   #16
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Welcome! We have been traveling full time in our Georgetown 373 since January 2012. There have been a few issues, but nothing too serious. I don't miss all the problems with having a house, and I certainly don't miss property taxes, utility bills, yard work, etc. The two things I do miss are my swimming pool and an always reliable internet connection.

Enjoy your time traveling.
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Old 09-08-2015, 10:05 PM   #17
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Internet can be a pain. We have Verizon cell and have the jet pack for back up on Internet. Verizon to date hasn't had any connection problems anyplace we've been. Even when in the mountains we're still able to get internet, not fast but still connected. I haven't run into anyone using satellite internet that I can ask questions, yet, plus there's none that I've checked out that are worth their cost. I'm sure sooner or later I'll find someone. We started full time last May after selling our home. Come next May, if we're still enjoying this lifestyle, we'll be getting an Entegra 44DLQ for our next one.

See you on the road.
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Old 09-08-2015, 11:36 PM   #18
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I didn't see anyone mention it so far. Get a well rated mobile rv mechanic in the area to check it out for you first.

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If you don't have experience driving a large vehicle, spend a few hours with a commercial driving instructor.
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Old 09-09-2015, 02:09 PM   #19
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For an extra $20 a month with Verizon, I turn my iPhone into a mobile hotspot which gives me a personal "Wi-Fi" wherever I go, and bypasses the crowded, slow and insecure campground nets. (By the way, you can have Verizon turn this feature on and off as needed in order to save money.)
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Old 09-10-2015, 07:55 AM   #20
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Welcome to life in a box! I spent many years as a tent camper. Then moved up to 5vers, now on my second MH. I also own a live aboard Trawler. The good news is you are free to travel anywhere. The bad news is it isn't cheap. Fuel, RV park rental, repairs, routine maintenance, depreciation, insurance, etc all mount up. We have travelled coast to coast and have seen most of the natural wonders this country has to offer. But I personally find full time living much too confining in any rv. So I prefer trips of a few weeks or several months, then back to home. I enjoy my home on two woodsy acres and all the creature comforts of a spacious home and my garage/workshop too much to live in a box full time. And the box on wheels has had too many issues, some relatively routine, but many very aggravating. Do I still like it? Sure. Do I want to live in it full time? No way. But to each his own and there are lots of folks who prefer to. Just don't go into it with fantasy blinders on. There are reality issues related to why so many used MHs have so low mileage.
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