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Old 07-30-2012, 05:27 PM   #1
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Bought my 1st camping trailer 07/27/12. Wanted one for years and retired 2 1/2 years ago so I took the plunge. Live in Oklahoma so if you watch the national weather you know how hot it is here. Can't wait for some cool weather to go on a test run to a lake for a few days to camp and fish (Crappie). Love winter fishing in Oklahoma. Any suggestions for a first time out I'd love to hear about them. Bought a 2013 Salem Cruise Lite 251RL from Daves RV in Claremore . They are the greatest people I've ever met.

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Old 07-30-2012, 05:31 PM   #2
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Old 08-01-2012, 06:28 PM   #3
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Hey there,

to the forums

We're also new to RVing, this is our first TT, we bought it on 6/30/12, took delivery on 7/19/12. Camped one night on way back home, planning to camp some more.

Corky the salesman at Family RV in Pomona, his advice is: take it out to places to camp that are short distances to home. Basically get a little practice using the RV under the belt. After that, long trips become easier, like you already acquired the things you would want to take with you to go camping.
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Old 08-01-2012, 06:35 PM   #4
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Congrat's on the new purchase, and welcome to the site. There is alot to learn here, and great examples to go by. Let us know how your adventures are going.
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Old 08-01-2012, 07:19 PM   #5
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Congrats and welcome to camping you will have so much fun. I 2nd Night, take your camper close to home you will need things from home. The go a little further to a site a few hours away. We are in FL and there are some great county parks that we use and just a little further State Parks. Also go to parking lots and practice practice practice, backing, stopping and just moving around. Get a set of walkie talkies so that you have communication when backing. There are some wonderful posts on this site and some great people. On every subject from backing to hooking your rig up to what to grill at night. Welcome aboard. Good luck and have fun!!!
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Old 08-01-2012, 08:05 PM   #6
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to the FR forums! My previous "Welcome" post to you seems to be MIA. And congrats on your Cruise Lite too. Having a good relationship with your dealer & service department can be valuable and it sounds like you are off to a good start.

Great choice for "Living within my means" and camping for one...

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Old 08-01-2012, 08:40 PM   #7
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Congratulations on your new rig!! Many happy trips to come!

One of our favorite places in OK is Beavers Bend just north of Broken Bow, southeast corner of OK. Last time we were there, we were camped alonside a slew and got to watch the deer come down from the mountain for a drink, squirrels chasing each other and one falling into the slew, as well as just great camping. Very nicely shaded area. This was on the south end. There's great hiking trails and trout fishing there.

Again, congrats!!

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