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Old 06-26-2013, 01:48 PM   #1
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Hello, my name is John...


First, let me say that this forum is awesome! Even though I am on my 2nd RV and owned my first for 7 years before upgrading, I'm a newb. In just a couple of days I have learned to clean my awning with vinegar & water, use watersoftner and laundry detergent for tank maintenance & odors, there is such a thing called a "Water Thief" which is legal and people don't like Concertone's products.

A little about myself: I am from California and have been a tent camper all of my life. Once I got a taste of RV'ing I told myself that I would never sleep in the dirt again. In fact, I warn everyone who is thinking of renting a MH that they will never put up a tent unless it's for someone else.

My wife and I bought a used 99 Wildwood TT about 7 years ago on a whim and had no idea what I was doing. Great experience learning what not to do. My first lesson after towing it home with tanks full behind a Ford Explorer Sport Trac was what the weight dist. bars were for. And, that I should have been arrested by the weight police.

I was ready for an upgrade after camping with a group of RVers/boaters on the Delta in my first year. As I was laboriously, with much sweat, setting up my completely manual rig a friend showed up with a Class A pusher. I had started 15 minutes or so before he showed up and had already gone through a beer...he was done and sitting in a chair watching me with his cold Corona saying, "That's looks like a lot of fun." It has taken me 6 years and two kids to finally convince my wife that we were ready for a fiver.

Even though we are still in the honeymoon phase with RV #2, I am kicking myself for not doing it sooner. It's heavier, but tows SO MUCH better. I no longer drive with white knuckles and my heart rate stays normal when the speedometer goes over 55mph.

The only thing I really need to get used to is the extra 5 feet in length and the extra room & steering input when maneuvering in reverse. I'm not sure if it's the nature of the 5th wheel hitch, the Reese Revolution pin box or both.

Anyway, I am looking forward in sharing with the group and learning more useful stuff.

Cheers All!

Hoping you the best on your next trip,

2013 Flagstaff 8526TBWS
2007 Chevy Silverado 2500HD
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Old 06-26-2013, 01:55 PM   #2
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Welcome. This is a great bunch of folks. They will help anyway they can.

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Old 06-26-2013, 02:56 PM   #3
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Welcome to the forum John!
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Old 06-26-2013, 05:25 PM   #4
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from Southern California! Just taking the room space into consideration alone having a fifth wheel is a great update for sure!!

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

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