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Old 07-28-2011, 05:36 PM   #1
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About to Plunge -- Help Needed Please

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?
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Old 07-28-2011, 07:22 PM   #2
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I`m nowhere`s near a fulltimer but I`m sure we can all help you get through the learning curve, one question at a time! Just ask and we`ll do our best. There are some full timers here on the forum who can help with that aspect. But many technical and basic RVing questions can be answered by the part timers as well. Enjoy your new lifestyle.
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Old 07-28-2011, 08:51 PM   #3
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First be a complete sponge on your walk-thru.

If you have a close friend who is an experienced RV person, camp nearby several days and try and get them to camp the first weekend with you and maybe stop by after work a couple times after that.

A lot of the stuff, you just have to learn by OJT. There is no simple 30 day plan; you just have to do it. And remember, RV people in general are cream of the crop. As you travel along, ask them and most will help you.
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Old 07-28-2011, 11:14 PM   #4
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We are not full timers we are long timers. We live in our trailer about 8-9 months every year. As mentioned, camp with a friend for a few nights, camp close to the dealer so you can call for advice if needed. Sit back and enjoy your new adventure.
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Old 07-28-2011, 11:42 PM   #5
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A month from now we will take possession of our brand new 2012 Eagle 351 RLTS in Iowa. Is there someone out there who would be willing to mentor us through?

LOL, just about any member that posts here!!!!!

BTW, do you know about the PDI and have you downloaded it yet?
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Find a full-hook-up campground close to your hometown and RV dealership. Make reservations for at least two weeks so that you can test every feature of the FW like running the slides in/out a couple of times, furnace, A/C, check frig temp, etc.. There are always some bugs to work out in any new RV, so being in a familiar area and reasonably close to your RV dealer that sold you the FW would minimize "the what do I do now" cloud that so often can set in.

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Be sure to remember to laugh and take it all in stride! Sounds like a great adventure coming up...you'll learn as you go!
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Old 07-29-2011, 07:25 PM   #8
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Thanks, Everybody!

We don't have any friends with RVs and the dealer is hundreds of miles from the apartment we are about to move out of. That's why I'm saying we have to know what we are doing from Day 1... there will be nowhere to go back to. Thanks for all the words of encouragement... we'll let you know how it goes.
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I'm a new "fulltimer" (dare I even call myself that after a mere eleven days into it?) and I think you're truly going to enjoy it. It is far different from living in an apartment but at least you will have something to show for your payments where as with an apartment it's practically throwing money down a drain. I wish I had more helpful information to give you but being new to this myself I can only offer that you post here and read here as often as possible. I've been doing so and am learning quickly.

My first precautionary measure after setting everything up (and I'd strongly recommend this depending on where you live) was spraying insecticide around my concrete slab. I noticed scorpions, fire ants, and large brown spiders nearby and don't plan on giving them any avenue of entrance.

Good luck in your purchase and adventure!
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Old 07-30-2011, 08:04 PM   #10
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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!!!
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