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Old 09-15-2010, 11:55 PM   #1
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Here we go - 2011 390BH

First let me thank everyone that responded both on the forum and privately! Let me warn you all - the dumb questions are just starting!! :-)

Ultimately, we decided on / purchased a 2011 390BH with the optional 350hp DEF motor. If everything works out we should be picking her up next week!

This is our first RV and we are very excited to be part of the family.

More to come...
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Old 09-16-2010, 05:56 AM   #2
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No such thing as dumb questions, everyone is very helpful here.
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Old 09-16-2010, 06:01 AM   #3
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Hopefully we can all be helpful with your new purchase. My wife and I are currently in Gaffney, SC for Camp Freightliner to learn about the care and feeding of our 2011 390bh. We have the "old" engine so there will be some differences but I'll post what I learn. Let me rephrase that....I'll post what I remember and what I can post in under 10000 words. Also, as Mike said, there is no such thing as a dumb question. Only dumb question is the one you don't ask.
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Old 09-16-2010, 08:46 AM   #4
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amarzano,
Congrats on you new coach. I hope you have many fun and trouble free trips with it. As wnytaxman said, the only dumb question is the one you don't ask. There are a number of us who have the 390bh so there is a lot of knowledge available.
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amarzano,

If you get a chance hit Camp Freightliner. For Berkshire owners, it is priceless.
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Old 09-17-2010, 12:23 AM   #6
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I have that on the list and think I saw an Oregon location? Maybe next year..

Were you going to do a write up of your experience? I would love to read it.

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Old 09-17-2010, 12:26 AM   #7
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Ok here is question one.

What was NOT in the RV when you picked it up that you needed right away?

We will pick up the unit and immediately start on a 1200 mile 3 day trip back home. Any suggestions on what I should pack or buy at the dealer?

Thank you..
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Old 09-17-2010, 12:53 AM   #8
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I'd swing by the nearest Wal-mart and pick up:
toilet paper (special rv kind that disolves easily - find it with the other RV stuff)
drain hose for water tanks - cheaper at wal-mart -which carries Rhino brand
water hose for fresh water - the cheap one the dealer "gave" us made the water stink - the water hose from Wal-mart did not.
Groceries for the trip
dishes - plate, cup bowl
cutlery
cooking utensils (spatula, wooden spoon, can opener etc)
cooking pot/pan, baking dish, skillet, spatter screen.
dish detergent (can also use for windshield bugs)
kitchen towel, washcloth, hand towel, bath towel
sheets for the bed (the bed has a "spread" but not sheets) pillows
roll of paper towels,
Get a brush on an extending pole (mine allows you to connect a hose - handy) to scrub the bugs off the windshied. a bucket (I store the non freshwater washing hose in the bucket)
broom or dustmop and dustpan
pull into a Napa auto parts store and get a tire gauge. Look at the tires to see what kind of pressure they should run and get an appropriate gauge (e.g. one that goes to 120psi if your tires should run at 90psi).

Sure you could get by with no sheets, and eating at McDonalds for every meal, but why not try and use all the systems aboard - cooking your meals, etc to get a feel for what you really need to pick up? My kitchen list is probably longer than most folks, but then we make just about everything from scratch - including bread.

Are you flying in to the dealer? Driving? You could bring some of this stuff from home, but IMHO sharing stuff between the house and the RV is a big pain and getting duplicates is a better idea. So I have an RV cheese grater, mixing bowl, muffin pan, bottle of laundry detergent, etc. Some of the containers get refilled from the house supply (e.g. yeast, sugar, flour).

Also think entertainment - books, cd, DVDs etc. You want to give those systems a shake down as well.
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Old 09-17-2010, 04:01 PM   #9
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2Susan -

Now that is a list! :-)

I'm breaking this up into the - stuff to bring with you (or mail to the dealer) and the stuff to pick up later..

Trying to decide if we are going to do a 3 day or 4 day trip out of this. More to come..

I am thinking it is going to look something like this:

Day 1 - Arrive around Noon or 1pm
- Spend most of the afternoon signing papers and getting checked out on the coach.
- Go buy stuff and spend the night locally.

Day 2 - Have dealer fix anything that came up over night.
- Leave for some place 5 hours away.

Day 3 - Leave for some place 5 hours away.

Day 4 - Leave for home - 5 hours away..

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I'd swing by the nearest Wal-mart and pick up:toilet paper (special rv kind that disolves easily - find it with the other RV stuff)
drain hose for water tanks - cheaper at wal-mart -which carries Rhino brand
water hose for fresh water - the cheap one the dealer "gave" us made the water stink - the water hose from Wal-mart did not.
Groceries for the trip
dishes - plate, cup bowl
cutlery
cooking utensils (spatula, wooden spoon, can opener etc)
cooking pot/pan, baking dish, skillet, spatter screen.
dish detergent (can also use for windshield bugs)
kitchen towel, washcloth, hand towel, bath towel
sheets for the bed (the bed has a "spread" but not sheets) pillows
roll of paper towels,
Get a brush on an extending pole (mine allows you to connect a hose - handy) to scrub the bugs off the windshied. a bucket (I store the non freshwater washing hose in the bucket)
broom or dustmop and dustpan
pull into a Napa auto parts store and get a tire gauge. Look at the tires to see what kind of pressure they should run and get an appropriate gauge (e.g. one that goes to 120psi if your tires should run at 90psi).

Sure you could get by with no sheets, and eating at McDonalds for every meal, but why not try and use all the systems aboard - cooking your meals, etc to get a feel for what you really need to pick up? My kitchen list is probably longer than most folks, but then we make just about everything from scratch - including bread.

Are you flying in to the dealer? Driving? You could bring some of this stuff from home, but IMHO sharing stuff between the house and the RV is a big pain and getting duplicates is a better idea. So I have an RV cheese grater, mixing bowl, muffin pan, bottle of laundry detergent, etc. Some of the containers get refilled from the house supply (e.g. yeast, sugar, flour).

Also think entertainment - books, cd, DVDs etc. You want to give those systems a shake down as well.
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Next question - Driver entertainment!

What does the radio in this coach include?

Does it have satellite radio (XM / Sirus)?
Can I connect my Ipod / Iphone to it?
Bluetooth for the phone?

I have been told the backup cameras are color - but think I saw here that they were B&W - whats the latest?

Thank you,

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Actually I've made a check list on the computer which I printed out and use prior to each trip. Helps too when more than one person is packing - so we know where each other left off. We still forget things but there is that golden rule: They have stores where you are going. The nice thing about Wal-mart / Costco / Sam's Club is they have large parking lots (unless it's the middle of the day on Saturday) where you can find a place to park fairly easily.

I wouldn't ship anything really - I'd go shopping after you get the unit.
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Unless they changed it, the radio has am/fm/weather band/CD player/backup-sideview monitor(b&W). You need to have a satellite receiver that you hook up to the radio to receive satellite. In my coach, there is not bluetoooth. You can connect your ipod but you need rca cables to hook into the aux jacks which you can get to by taking the access cover in the dash off.
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I'd like to tag on to the previous reply and ask a queston. I just purchased a 2011 390BH with the Jensen radio that I thought was "Sirius ready" I went to activate it and found that it wasn't as ready as I hoped. What type of receiver is required and where does it mount?
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I guess you would get it from Sirius. I have XM and got a XM receiver from them. You would then plug the output of the receiver into the AUX RC plugs on the rear of the radio. When you want to listen to the satellite, you turn on the satellite receiver and tune to AUX on the radio. I had XM for about 12 months but found it was not used for 9 months out of the year and sat unused the rest of the time so I cancelled the satellite and I bought an IPOD and use that instead.
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I'd like to tag on to the previous reply and ask a queston. I just purchased a 2011 390BH with the Jensen radio that I thought was "Sirius ready" I went to activate it and found that it wasn't as ready as I hoped. What type of receiver is required and where does it mount?
There is one part that you need to add to activate Sirius. We looked for the part and found that our radio wouldn't work with the part, so I took my portable unit and hooked it up with RCA cables and then use the AUX setting on your radio. It works like a charm. We just set the antenna on the front of the dash and it works fine. No problems at all.
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We are close behind you, closing on our home in Oct. picking up Rv and hitting the road soon in our Berkshire! Excited to get going!
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