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Old 12-28-2021, 07:11 PM   #1
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Ultimate Newbie

I am the new owner of a 2018 Coachmen Mirada Select. When I say Ultimate Newbie, I mean that I have never had any kind of a RV before. I decided to take the plunge and, as you can imagine, there have been some hiccups and I'm still learning a lot as each day passes.

I am a full-timer. I sold my house to one of my kids to use as rental property. I'm set up in a long-term campground a little south of St. Augustine (where my other daughter lives).

Trust me I have a lot of questions. But I also know that I don't know enough yet to know all the questions to ask.

Looking forward to the Community.





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Old 12-28-2021, 07:15 PM   #2
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Welcome to the forum and the world of RVing. Post your questions under the TT thread for coachmen as a lot of knowledgeable folks there to help with your questions. Enjoy and Later RJD
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Old 12-28-2021, 07:29 PM   #3
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Wow!
That is one beautiful rig.
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Old 12-28-2021, 07:58 PM   #4
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Thanks to both for the quick replies.

Hey Dan, I have 2017 DH Chieftain. I'm working on plans for towing. Right now I'm thinking that an older F-150 with a 5 speed and adding a Rampage Power Lift so that I can tow both at the same time is a good direction to go.





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Old 12-28-2021, 08:16 PM   #5
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Thanks to both for the quick replies.

Hey Dan, I have 2017 DH Chieftain. I'm working on plans for towing. Right now I'm thinking that an older F-150 with a 5 speed and adding a Rampage Power Lift so that I can tow both at the same time is a good direction to go.





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That would work.
My girlfriend and I bought a 8.5 x 14 box trailer to haul my Roadmaster and her Scout, the bicycles, the paddleboards, and all the associated gear/clothing.
We figured that we will have to plan properly because if the weather is bad at camp, we are in the bus until it's good enough to ride.
Are you going to IRIP in May? The campground at Indian Point is beautiful. I've stayed there the past two years.

Since you're in St Augustine, you could just head down I-10, meet up with us and we could convoy to Branson, MO. There may be a few others from this area in tow with us as well.
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Old 12-28-2021, 10:52 PM   #6
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That would work.
My girlfriend and I bought a 8.5 x 14 box trailer to haul my Roadmaster and her Scout, the bicycles, the paddleboards, and all the associated gear/clothing.
We figured that we will have to plan properly because if the weather is bad at camp, we are in the bus until it's good enough to ride.
Are you going to IRIP in May? The campground at Indian Point is beautiful. I've stayed there the past two years.

Since you're in St Augustine, you could just head down I-10, meet up with us and we could convoy to Branson, MO. There may be a few others from this area in tow with us as well.
Just getting set up actually. I've found a potential truck in Clearwater, but I haven't even had a a chance t ride down and look at it. It's a 1999 with about 250K in a V-6 with a 5 speed. But it's an XLT, so it's got some creature comforts.

I'm back in NC through the First, so if it's still available when I get back, I'll take a look at it.

I have not done any traveling yet, so making a trip with someone that I have connection with would be an advantage. Where are you in FL?





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Old 12-28-2021, 11:00 PM   #7
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Welcome to the forum and the world of RVing. Post your questions under the TT thread for coachman as a lot of knowledgeable folks there to help with your questions. Enjoy and Later RJD
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Just getting set up actually. I've found a potential truck in Clearwater, but I haven't even had a a chance t ride down and look at it. It's a 1999 with about 250K in a V-6 with a 5 speed. But it's an XLT, so it's got some creature comforts.

I'm back in NC through the First, so if it's still available when I get back, I'll take a look at it.

I have not done any traveling yet, so making a trip with someone that I have connection with would be an advantage. Where are you in FL?
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Old 12-30-2021, 11:28 AM   #10
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Congratulations on your purchase and welcome to the forum!
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Old 12-30-2021, 11:34 AM   #11
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Thanks to both for the quick replies.

Hey Dan, I have 2017 DH Chieftain. I'm working on plans for towing. Right now I'm thinking that an older F-150 with a 5 speed and adding a Rampage Power Lift so that I can tow both at the same time is a good direction to go.





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Big Dawg……

Welcome aboard.
Your first,post mentioned you’re a newbie.

1. Isn’t a Coachmen Miranda Select a gas motorhome built on the Ford F53 with the V10 Triton gas engine platform?
2. Are you planning/hoping to carry your Chieftain on the rear of the motorhome AND tow a vehicle such as a Ford F-150 at the same time?

You are seriously outside your vehicle limits if I’m reading things properly.

We REALLY need to discuss further.
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Old 12-31-2021, 12:05 PM   #12
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Big Dawg……

Welcome aboard.
Your first,post mentioned you’re a newbie.

1. Isn’t a Coachmen Miranda Select a gas motorhome built on the Ford F53 with the V10 Triton gas engine platform?
2. Are you planning/hoping to carry your Chieftain on the rear of the motorhome AND tow a vehicle such as a Ford F-150 at the same time?

You are seriously outside your vehicle limits if I’m reading things properly.

We REALLY need to discuss further.
Thank you for the response.

1. Yes, the Coach is gas powered with the V-10.

2. No, I am not planning to add anything to mount the Chieftain to the rear of the MH. My plan is to load the bike into the bed of the truck and tow the combination (on four wheels) behind the MH.

Are you saying that this combination is outside the specs for my vehicle?





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Old 12-31-2021, 01:10 PM   #13
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I owned a 35’ Georgetown for 10 years, so it’s very close to your rig for consideration. I also owned a number of bikes in my time, including all 5 generations of Goldwing motorcycles…..so big bikes. I’m not that familiar with the Indian line of bikes, but they’re typically pretty big….size and weight.

I’ll bet your Coachmen chassis is the same as mine was, and the hitch is rated for 5000lbs towing MAXIMUM.

If your towing combination is close to that 5000lbs, that means you have to consider the weight within the motorhome also…..and NOT allowed your max in that at the same time.

Also…..are you ABSOLUTELY certain you can flat tow this Ford F-150? Different motors, different transmissions, different years all determine if you can.
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Old 12-31-2021, 06:38 PM   #14
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I owned a 35’ Georgetown for 10 years, so it’s very close to your rig for consideration. I also owned a number of bikes in my time, including all 5 generations of Goldwing motorcycles…..so big bikes. I’m not that familiar with the Indian line of bikes, but they’re typically pretty big….size and weight.

I’ll bet your Coachmen chassis is the same as mine was, and the hitch is rated for 5000lbs towing MAXIMUM.

If your towing combination is close to that 5000lbs, that means you have to consider the weight within the motorhome also…..and NOT allowed your max in that at the same time.

Also…..are you ABSOLUTELY certain you can flat tow this Ford F-150? Different motors, different transmissions, different years all determine if you can.
My Indian is a little over 700 lbs. Not quite the size a Wing, but not too far off.

I am only looking at F-150s with 5 speeds. All that I have seen online so far are short beds from 1999-2007. All, so far, have had a V-6. And all, so far, have been standard cabs.

I will take your advice and see if I can look up that model's vehicle weight. I'm not at "home" right now, so I will look up the towing limits on the Coachmen when I get back to Fla. next week.

Thank you so much for your insight.





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