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Old 01-28-2018, 01:16 PM   #1
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Hi all

Just picked up our new hurricane. Excited to hit the road. New to class A traveling but not rving so any tips, I’m all ears

Thanks in advance

See ya on the road!!
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Old 01-28-2018, 01:38 PM   #2
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Welcome to our corner of the Universe!

What were you RVing in before?
Have you got your "Shakedown Cruise" planned-out yet?
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Old 01-28-2018, 01:52 PM   #3
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Welcome to our corner of the Universe!

What were you RVing in before?
Have you got your "Shakedown Cruise" planned-out yet?
Thanks bob
Had a Wilderness TT before.

Shakedown cruise? What the heck is that? Now I have mor research ;-)
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Old 01-28-2018, 02:13 PM   #4
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Thanks bob
Had a Wilderness TT before.

Shakedown cruise? What the heck is that? Now I have mor research ;-)
Scotty, it's sort of like we used to call a functional check flight in the Air Force when a new aircraft was delivered. You know you are going to have some issues, so take it out for a couple of days, preferably not too far from home base, and run every system to make sure it works right and you know how to use it. Write up, in detail, everything that doesn't work correctly or that you don't fully understand. Then take it home and work with your dealer to get the bugs worked out. When my wife and I did this, we found as many issues with our understanding and learning how to use things as we did issues with the coach. Solving some of the puzzles can be almost as much fun (sometimes frustrating, too) as the actual camping. Don't hesitate to ask questions of the experienced Class A owners on here. I've learned tons from these guys. Happy RVing!!
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Old 01-28-2018, 04:42 PM   #5
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Congrats and enjoy your new RV. Welcome to the forum. Lots of good, knowledgeable folks here who will be glad to help with any questions you might have. And as you probably already know from your TT days, some really good campgrounds in and around GA.
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Old 01-28-2018, 04:53 PM   #6
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Congrats and welcome to the forum!!
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Old 01-28-2018, 05:10 PM   #7
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Scotty, it's sort of like we used to call a functional check flight in the Air Force when a new aircraft was delivered. You know you are going to have some issues, so take it out for a couple of days, preferably not too far from home base, and run every system to make sure it works right and you know how to use it. Write up, in detail, everything that doesn't work correctly or that you don't fully understand. Then take it home and work with your dealer to get the bugs worked out. When my wife and I did this, we found as many issues with our understanding and learning how to use things as we did issues with the coach. Solving some of the puzzles can be almost as much fun (sometimes frustrating, too) as the actual camping. Don't hesitate to ask questions of the experienced Class A owners on here. I've learned tons from these guys. Happy RVing!!
Great explanation!
But "Shakedown Cruise" just sounds cooler...
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Old 01-28-2018, 05:19 PM   #8
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Awesome. And then yes, we have a Nashville trip planned in a few weeks. Right now just enjoying some local driving to get used to it

Take care!!
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Old 01-28-2018, 05:20 PM   #9
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Most definitely larry

Thanks for the welcome

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Old 01-28-2018, 05:21 PM   #10
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Old 01-28-2018, 05:25 PM   #11
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Great explanation!
But "Shakedown Cruise" just sounds cooler...
True

thanks to you both
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Old 01-28-2018, 06:51 PM   #12
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Congratulations on your new coach and welcome to the forum!!! You don’t say which model you have. If you go to this section it covers over 120 pages of mods and tips for Hurricanes and Windsports, primarily the 29M.

Jerry's Hurricane mods

Hope you have lots of FUN!!!
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Old 01-28-2018, 07:33 PM   #13
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Thanks for this

We have a 35M

So excited to start hitting the road
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Old 01-28-2018, 10:13 PM   #14
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Welcome fellow Georgian. I believe most of your questions will be answered on this forum. Happy RVing.
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Old 01-29-2018, 12:07 AM   #15
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Awesome. And then yes, we have a Nashville trip planned in a few weeks. Right now just enjoying some local driving to get used to it

Take care!!
Check out the Grand Ole RV resort in Nashville.
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Old 01-29-2018, 11:31 PM   #16
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Old 01-30-2018, 12:50 AM   #17
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Welcome! Best tip for any traveler is "checklists". One for pre-trip, another for leaving a campsite. (Antenna down, steps up, etc.) Another for winterizing. Checklists are a lifesaver for me, and routine for anyone with a military background.

The other thing I would mention is tail swing. You leave the gas pump and turn right, and the tail goes left, right into that big concrete filled pipe. (A friend did this and ripped the back cap open!)

Enjoy that new rig!
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Old 01-30-2018, 01:45 PM   #18
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As a pilot I learned to rely on checklists and at least once I can say for sure I would have missed something important if I didnít use the checklist for my preflight. That said, I have to admit that I donít use them in my RV. Should though. He secret to a good checklist is to keep it simple and focused. Slides, jacks, shore lines, compartment doors, steps and awnings....
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I use checklists as well. If you have an Android phone or tablet there is a good program called RV Checklist. It is free and has some checklists already in it. You can modify them and create some of you own. I use it all the time.
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