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Old 02-10-2014, 06:16 PM   #31
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I think you'll do fine. Remember the most important thing is the time with your kids doing things that will only happen 1 time. As far as problems, my wife and I have been through 3 new work and plays and 1 blue ridge 5ver in the last 4 years. I bought the blue ridge on wed and on Sat we were living in it for a little over a year and we never had a big problem. The work and plays have been great, currently have a 2014. One of the best advices I have seen on this site is to take a practice session in the driveway at home. Do everything like you think you will do in the campground. You will learn about things like the hot water heater by-pass etc. Practice will make things easier. Make a checklist and use it. Have fun!!!

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Old 02-10-2014, 06:26 PM   #32
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You might even want to plan your first camping trip out with your friends, they should be able to help you with the set up, just take your time when towing...if you feel comfy going 55-60 so be it. When you pick it up, go to a big parking lot, maybe a schools' after it is out and practice backing it up, it is helpful to get the DW involved in the set up and guiding you when you back it in or vice-versa.

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Old 02-10-2014, 06:44 PM   #33
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lol, it's just natural to have reservations about something when you don't have much experience. Keep it simple, use it a couple of times at a local park, one full hookup and one without. That'll tell you anything you need. Don't overload. Enjoy the forums while you wait

also, there are two types of spouses. one who knows how to back you up and the other is the kind that doesn't and wants to preserve their marriage (this type will go to the bathroom while the neighbor backs you in.
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Old 02-10-2014, 06:46 PM   #34
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Agree with others. I had 2 before I even knew about this forum. Each has had a few issues but were fixed. We've enjoyed all three of ours including the rockwood we have now, which also had a few issues. Considering the 1000s of TTs sold each year, there will be some with serious issues, both quality and service issues. They are not the norm.
Just read up. Ask questions, and maybe take a few short trips with your rving friends and have mini lessons on the setup, take down and systems. But most of all enjoy it!
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Old 02-10-2014, 06:51 PM   #35
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you can do it

No sugar coating here...
They all will have problems of some kind, hopefully small ones.
If you dont want any problems dont buy one.
So expect some and work threw it like a LOT of us have.

QC in RV is like no other industry I have been a custom with.
I tend to take good care of my toys and with rv's that means monitoring them like a hawk. Thus I find things that need to be tweaked. Most I can do myself.
Would I buy a rv again...YES I would and I think most of us would!!!!
Now my Chevy truck ... solid as a ROCK!!!!

I wish you the best of luck and welcome to rv ownership!

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Old 02-10-2014, 07:16 PM   #36
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relax enjoy and have lots of fun we bought our 30f Cherokee new in 2006 and had only a couple very minor problems which the dealer promptly took care of at our campsite near the dealer we have spent several hundred days in our camper and still love it
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Old 02-10-2014, 07:41 PM   #37
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My Surveyor's maiden trip was me moving from Amarillo to Weatherford, because of a job change. I didn't have time to check anything out. Guess what? Everything worked. I lived in it for 7 weeks. I have had very few even minor problems in the 2.5 years I've owned it. I'd say the sink broke, but in fact, I broke it... I let the pump freeze, along with the outdoor shower... These problems were my fault. If you're the least bit handy, you can fix just about any problem you're going to have.

Remember, stay close for the first couple of trips and make yourself proficient at everything concerning the trailer. Be SURE you do everything right when winterizing... I'm in Texas and still had stuff freeze. Silly me... and I'm a licensed aircraft mechanic... and should have known better.

All that stuff about being closer with your kids and all... is true. My sons are going with me next week for 5 days of fly fishing. The youngest is 33. Enjoy, and welcome to the forums.

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Old 02-11-2014, 12:16 PM   #38
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I do not know the number for sure but there were over 300,000 rvs manufactured in the last year. How many bad reports have you read versus that number. We have had just a few minor problems with our rig and are very happy
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Old 02-11-2014, 10:31 PM   #39
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Nice choice for a newbie to the Rv world. Wildwood Heritage Glen 300BH looks like an awesome RV for a family with young ones.

We've had an expandable, bumper hitch pull, and now moving on to our 3rd fifth wheel. The only regrets I have ever had was not waiting one more year for the right one that came along. It continues to happen, darn it!

At least you are starting out right, knowing where you will be the most and that is the outdoors with an outdoor kitchen. I still want one, but can't find it on a fifth wheel I like. It will probably come out next year!

As long as you do not take the little things to seriously everything will work out and you will find a lot more happiness owning an RV than not owning one at all.

Like others have stated, most problems occur by our own makings not the Manufactures.

I have found it's silly but works well. Make a to-do check off list for all the things you must do before hooking up and pulling off, like: Check your tire pressure and do as the manufacture states, check the lug nuts on the new wheels to make sure they are tight, make sure the TV antenna is rolled down each time, make sure you rolled up and put away your electrical cord, water houses and all fittings, disconnected the cable TV line (where they have one), packed up the sewer hose, raised all leveler mechanisms and stabilizer jacks to the correct height, spare tire has air, all compartment doors are locked and secured and you will be ok ever time out!

Oh and one last thing "clancythecamper" is absolutely correct regarding the spouse! If you want to stay married to the same one, it's best you know know which one you have before backing!
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Old 02-12-2014, 12:20 AM   #40
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Something to keep in mind, I you DO have problems, lots of people here can help you, or at least point you in the right direction. I've also discovered YouTube has a lot of great instructional videos (for example, we kept forgetting how to put out the manual awning).
There's bound to be little stuff, most of which is easy to fix.

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