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Old 01-16-2016, 03:38 AM   #1
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Roadtrippin' in a 2015 Axis 25.1

Hello everyone!

I'm Sara - not retired, but taking this year off from my regular job to tour the Lower 48 (hitting the 42 RV-friendly National Parks for the Centennial) in an Axis 25.1. Keeping to the backroads as much as possible, and hitting up as many interesting stops as I can between the parks!

I've been thinking about doing a big roadtrip for decades, and started exploring the idea of driving to all the parks when I realised it was the 99th Birthday of the NPS last August. Quickly came to the conclusion that if I kept it to the Lower 48, and eliminated the non-RV-friendly parks (making for a total of 42), it was easily doable in a year. But that would only put me in 23 states, and, after a little more map-doodling, I decided that it was still possible if I added the other 25 continental states. So...I spent the next 3 months trying to talk myself out of it! The tipping point was when I remembered that 2016 is a leap year - bonus day

I had a rather specific wishlist for an RV, and the Axis 25.1 was about the only one that hit them all. Picked mine up in the middle of December and did a shakedown run over Christmas. That revealed a bit of a leak at the rear of the slide. Took it in for the warranty work-up, and it turns out the slide has been installed incorrectly and needs major work. Still waiting on the dealer to get the approval to go ahead, so I've been biding my time. Luckily I'm in Florida. Did my first National Park run down to the Everglades. Love the RV! Drives well in crazy Christmas shopping traffic & on the dirt road "scenic loops" of the parks. Now, if I can just get the slide out fixed, my "48 in 366" can still be completed, even if it is a little Florida-heavy at the beginning!

Looking forward to getting a ton of advice on the forums! I've been RVing for a while. First in Cruise America rentals, then in a 1975 26' Argosy, now in a new Axis. Getting used to all the nifty gadgets and features, and enjoying the dash air! Love the Argosy, but definitely reaching new levels of comfort in a 2015 model!

Thanks for having this awesome resource!

Sara
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Old 01-16-2016, 06:05 AM   #2
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Welcome Sara.
Your year of adventuring sounds awesome!
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Old 01-16-2016, 07:16 PM   #3
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Welcome to the forum!
How cool, to be taking a year off to see the USA!
While other forums are good for general RVing info, this is a great place for questions specific to the Axis and Vegas.
Please bless us with occasional updates. Many of us would like to live your travels vicariously through your comments!
PS. Stay assertive with the dealer about the warranty work. Be a squeaky wheel. If the service dept won't timely perform, go to the manager, and then to Thor directly!
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Old 01-16-2016, 07:25 PM   #4
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Welcome Sara- Have a wonderful year! Make sure to check out this thread on Favorite Campgrounds.
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Old 01-16-2016, 07:50 PM   #5
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Sara -- welcome and your adventure sounds intreging. I saw you driving down Martin Luther King Blvd in Tampa by the Bucs stadium a few evenings ago. Posted my sighting here on the forum. Saw your sign on the back of the RV and included your website address in my posting. We were right behind you in our Subaru Forester. My wife was really envious of your adventure, so I really want to thank you for putting ideas in her head. We:ll be following you on your website. Good luck and happy trails.

What dealership is working on your slide -- CW of Tampa or General RV?
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Old 01-17-2016, 01:13 PM   #6
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Welcome, what an awesome trip, cant wait to hear all about it. If you need any assistance in the NY area please contact me. Are you traveling alone or sharing this with someone? Please feel free to reach out on this forum because there are many people who are happy to help.
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Old 01-23-2016, 05:30 PM   #7
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Welcome to the forum. We are new to this space, too, though not to Thor. Have enjoyed a Chateau 28z for a while but decided to make a change recently. We take possession of our Axis 25.1 in a couple of weeks. Looking forward to it. Safe travels and enjoy your adventures!
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