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Old 07-30-2011, 09:14 PM   #11
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Thanks, Mike and GKopecky. It helps to know you are "out there". If you're going to be anywhere near DesMoines around Labor Day let us know. We'd love to meet you.
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Old 02-29-2012, 08:41 AM   #12
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Newleaf, I'm by no means an expert or experienced at it, but I have been FT'ing it since May, when we were foreclosed on, and haven't looked back since. It's just me, my DW and DS and the cat, and we just take it one day at a time. My suggestions: Plenty of beer for the bar-b-que plenty of insect repellent, an extra cooler (for the beer), and alot of patience. Now that we've adjusted to it, we love it. If you have ANY questions, don't be afraid to get on here and give a shout out...this is a great group of people, and they've already helped my get my basket case TT into livable condition. Welcome to the forums!!!
George, I was wondering how the FTing is going? I may be getting laid off in the near future and am kicking around FTing if this happens. Pretty scared tho.
Any words of advice? :hihi:
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Old 02-29-2012, 10:16 AM   #13
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I would also add that campers are some of the most friendly neighbors and are willing to help our neigbors out when in need. I am firm believer in paying it forward. I can't tell you how many times it's come back around for me so I like keeping the points in my favor. Whether it be pulling someone out of ditch or loaning a tool I am happy to extend the favor or advice.

When in doubt ask and if the guy next to you can't provide the answer or remedy I am sure one of your neighbors can. We've all been there and understand your position. There are no stupid questions when it comes to campers.

Being a new unit your covered for the next two years. Make sure you bring a pen and pad or a video camera to record the PDI things you might need some practice on. While there get most if not all the basics you need to start camping. The starter kits aren't worth the box they come in. Just consider that emergency backup stuff. Don't be affraid to deal with them on the stuff either. Your spending a good dime in the new unit.

The other option is to find a close campground with full services and within close proximity to a few stores that you can purchase everything you need to outfit your unit.

Good luck on your adventures and as mentioned take it in stride and with a sense of humor you'll be a pro in no time.
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Old 02-29-2012, 11:21 AM   #14
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Welcome, smile, be kind and ask. We bought our first TT ever last year. This forum was the best thing that could have happened.

The first day we used it I think about 15 people helped us in the CG.

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Welcome, smile, be kind and ask. We bought our first TT ever last year. This forum was the best thing that could have happened.

The first day we used it I think about 15 people helped us in the CG.

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I agree with you, Dave. Camping neighbors are the friendliest people!! I couldn't get the TT unhitched from the TV. I went over to a picnic table where some folks were sitting and asked for some help. In a blink they were over there and helped me get it off the ball and offered advice on how to keep it lubricated.
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The first day we used it I think about 15 people helped us in the CG.

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You don't even have to go over, just put your hood up while still connected. That's the equivalent of hanging a steak in a pack of hungry dogs.

You might even get a beer out of it too...
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George, I was wondering how the FTing is going? I may be getting laid off in the near future and am kicking around FTing if this happens. Pretty scared tho.
Any words of advice? :hihi:
You can see all post by newleaf and read about their trials and tribulations.
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We havn 't heard from New Leaf or G Kopecky in a long time. I wonder how they are doing?
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Thanks for asking. We have been fulltiming (and volunteering in National Parks) since 8/31. Some things have been surprisingly easy to adjust to (the small space, the shower, cooking in the tiny kitchen) and others surprisingly challenging (repeated toilet floods, a couple of parking lot accidents, difficulty maintaining satellite tv signals). But all in all we are happy to be doing what we are doing and looking forward to the Good Sam Rally in PHX in a couple of weeks. Will we see any of you there?
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A month from now we will take possession of our brand new 2012 Eagle 351 RLTS in Iowa. This is totally new for us and we will have nowhere to go back to... it's full time for us from Day 1.

The combination of excitement and being overwhelmed with all there is to learn, from hookups to backups to plumbing, electricity... OMG.

What can you suggest to help us get through the first weeks of total immersion in our new lifestyle? Is there someone out there who would be willing to mentor us through?
If you are in the Des Moines area, I could meet with y'all to give some pointers- We are at Adventureland campground for the summer and spend winter in Az.- We workkamp at Adventureland in the summer so we can be near family- JMHO- DD
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