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Old 09-02-2013, 12:10 PM   #1
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NEWBIE - buying first motor home

My wife, 3 kids and I are buying our first RV tomorrow (2014 Sunseeker 3170ds)

We are veterans of the large (40') cabin cruiser boat arena but have decided to move inland with our adventures. For about a decade we have had a 40' Silverton docked at our Marina and used it daily. Correct me if I'm wrong but backing up and driving a 40' boat in the water has to be the hardest vehicle to maneuver in comparison to a large RV, so hopefully learning to drive this puppy won't be as big of a deal.

Would love some input, suggestions and tips from experienced RV'ers. Anything would be helpful.

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Old 09-02-2013, 12:19 PM   #2
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Next question that my wife has is we have 3 children - 7, 5 & 3. I believe in my state like most they have to be in car seats or boosters. Can someone with children please verify the safety laws and best way for the children to ride in the RV

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Old 09-02-2013, 03:15 PM   #3
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Ours is smaller than yours (2300). The dinette has 4 seat belts. Two of the positions have anchors for car seat tether straps. Our 4 year old granddaughter rides with us in her car seat just like in a car. I'm sure yours has similar provisions for car seats and seat belts.
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Chris,
My suggestion is weighting your RV before you start loading it. Stop by a Pilot/Flying J (cost $10.00) or similar truck scale. This would give you an empty gross weight and axles weights. Remember your total GVWR is only 14,500 lbs. Each axle has different maximum weights too. The RV will handle better if it is not overloaded. Also, I would upgrade your Ford steering damper to a heavy steering stabilizer. I installed the Roadmaster model on mine.

Roadmaster Reflex Steering Stabilizer for Class C Motor Homes Roadmaster Anti-Sway Bars RM-RSSC

Remember you also need the brackets if you order the stabilizer.
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Thanks for the input That Road Master stabilizer looks like it helps.

Does the RV run just fine on Regular 87 octane ?
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Any other input for a newbie ? Any basic driving tips for a 32' RV ?
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Do all new Sunseekers have air bags? I believe they do.

They will be your best friend when it comes to driving in cross winds. Seems a good starting point is 40 to 60 psi and then from there you can adjust to your liking. Just remember they are small bags and do not take much air to fill them.
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You will not have any trouble driving. In tight turns remember the back end will swing out a little in the opposite direction of the turn. Very quickly you will get use to the little push when trucks pass. Not bad and easy to adjust to. No different than adjusting to the wake of a passing boat! You will have to decide about speed. You may be better at first to not try to pass everything on the road. We drive 58-59 mph, get great gas mileage for an RV, and enjoy the ride.
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Make sure you get a nice large outdoor HDTV for football games. When I walk over with my lawn chair and beer, I don't want to have squint my eyes to read the stats and scores.

Congrads on the new RV, use it and enjoy it!
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