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Old 09-01-2015, 01:24 PM   #11
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Originally Posted by schab3ng3l View Post
There is a open beach option for thanksgiving called San Onofre but there is a nuclear station next to it so I'm pretty hesitant to stay there.
Don't let loony babblers like you'll see on the Huffington Post scare you, you're in far more danger from crime in the Valley or on the beach than from SO. Keep Three Mile Island in mind. An almost impossible series of failures and a catastrophic event. And no one was hurt. Go and enjoy the ocean! (But danger does lurk - on the highway!)

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Old 09-02-2015, 07:15 PM   #12
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We also live in the valley, the east valley specifically. We did one of our first shake down trips in Lost Dutchman SP (Apache Junction area) last spring. I think most of the people in there were doing shake down visits that time of year (full hook ups as we ran the A/C that weekend and let the kids watch movies - not our normal "camping" experience). I believe there is another campground near Cave Creek that would do too. We do a lot of camping near Payson and up on the rim, but our first shake down trip I was glad we were closer to home. We needed a totally different weight distributing hitch and we were pretty terrified that first trip out with the amount of sway we were getting! We switched to the Equalizer hitch and have never had any sway since and we have already towed it all over the western US.

FYI... we were able to get reservations for one of the California beaches near Carlsbad for fall break. We had to book the day the dates were available to get them which is 6 months out (booked last spring). I have been trying to get those reservations for years! I actually put it in my Google calendar to remember to make the reservation and even then I got the LAST site available.

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Old 09-03-2015, 08:45 AM   #13
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Like others have said, stay close to home. Where you go is not very important but you don't want to jump into the deep end of the pool before getting your feet wet. Also go with a friend with previous Rv experience. Spend an afternoon at home with your friend to get your unit equipped with the most important basics. You are not trying to completely furnish your RV for this virgin trip.

Obviously you'll need food, clothes, and something to eat with and sleep under. Beyond that just the basics. Remember to take a notebook and record the things that come up on the trip. An adult beverage or 2 [if you partake] is a good thing for sitting around that first campfire. Did you remember to bring a couple camp chairs?

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