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The RVs of RVtravel.com readers and how they use them
Issue 58; Posted July 9, 2016
From Donald and Carol Crabill, Red Bud, Illinois
We bought our first RV, a 1992 Newmar Country Star motorhome, in August 2015. I had a good friend go with me when we bought it to help me check it out. I replaced the original refrigerator with a new residential model, and serviced the RV oil, etc., and also the front bearings. I used to work on, and drive, trucks for 27 years.
My wife and I had used the RV on some short trips to Louisville, Ky., before we drove to Seattle. We towed a 2016 Fusion 4,549 miles on that trip from Red Bud, Ill., to Seattle and back. For a 1992, the RV was in great shape other than tires and some plumbing that I replaced, but we had the alternator go out the first day. I found a new one at Sturdevant’s Auto Parts in Sioux Falls, S.D. Also, the tie-down strap on the dolly broke. Otherwise it was a great trip.
The motorhome does drive a lot different than a semi. Steering is a lot more sensitive. Love the air brakes. It has a 250 horse Cummins engine. It could have more power but does a good job for its size.
We loved the trip to Seattle, but it was lots of miles in two weeks. We just wish we had more time to sightsee a lot more. Hope to make the trip again and will take lots more time. When Carol retires we will be able to spend more time on the road.
From Ken and Marie Lailer, Whitman, Massachusetts
We purchased our very first travel trailer, a new 2016 Keystone Passport Ultralite GT 2510RB, in December 2015. After our purchase, we stored the RV at the dealership until April 2016, when we picked it up and got a brief orientation. Neither of us ever owning nor towing a camper before, it was a challenge. We tow with a 2015 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 pickup truck.
My wife and I went on our very first, short camping trip, staying locally, on the first weekend in June. We surprised ourselves from what we were taught versus what we remembered of some two months prior. We’re looking forward to our next four or five local weekend campsite visits. Our real test will be our trip to Maine for a week in July and a stay at Red Apple Campground, Kennebunkport, so as to get a better idea of camping and RV travel. Of course, we will experience this with our two dogs. I am sure we will have many more stories to tell.
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