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Loaded up, 8 hours later than planned, first trip out.
« on: July 06, 2012, 09:01:03 PM »
Well, after a comedy of errors, I'm finally loaded up and ready to go on my first trip.  First I thought I broke my fridge, but today when I pulled it out of the driveway, I found all is well.  Not only is this my first trip with my "new to me" Adventurer, but also a "trailer in a bag" motorcycle trailer, total weight 150 lbs.  When I was loading the bike, I didn't realize the trailer lights should not be put on until after the bike is loaded.  So loading my bike, my highway bars smashed the tail lights so I had an opportunity to replace them with LED lights.  I like those better anyway.  Also, after that, I tried again to load the bike and the Condor front wheel chock was set to far forward, so it shot me right back off of the trailer and I got the opportunity to put those highway bars to full use.  The only injury I suffered was to my ego, and a small scratch to my highway bars, otherwise the bike, and my body escaped unscathed.  I've gone through the check list, and took note of anothers' comment to keep a note pad and pen handy to write down all those things I forgot, even with the list.  I'll rest up a little then get rolling, the good news is; I know where the Walmart and Sams Clubs are on my trip.  My plan is to visit a couple of cities, eat at a few seafood restaurants along the way in LA, then back to TX to my farm for a while, then I've got a covered parking space close to my farm to keep the unit until I get my shop built.  All this while learning about my new Adventurer.  Then ride the bike back to the house.   Through it all, I see that I found the right home for me, as this certainly is already turning out to be an Adventure!
1999 Winnebago Adventurer 37G , Ford V-10
2006 Honda VTX 1300S


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Re: Loaded up, 8 hours later than planned, first trip out.
« Reply #1 on: July 06, 2012, 09:16:50 PM »
Well donít beat yourself up too bad over it as we have all been there and learned some things the hard way. Itís just the nature of the beast I guess. You have a nice looking rig and a nice setup with the trailer.
I use the 18í enclosed because I have to haul more than one but sure wish I had something that small sometimes.
If this is your first haul be real careful with your ratchet straps. As the bike gets to rocking it has a tendency to chew on straps and the straps chew on anything they touch (like paint). They will even scuff chrome at times. On the customs I use a soft liner that goes around the strap where it touches the bike, then I double strap in case one shreds.
Looks like youíre ready for anything, have a good time!
2009 Tiffin Allegro Bus 43 QRP
Powerglide Chassis, 425 Cummins, Allison 6 Speed
2010 CRV - Blackhawk 2 - Air Force One
2002 Heritage Classic
Washington State


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Re: Loaded up, 8 hours later than planned, first trip out.
« Reply #2 on: July 06, 2012, 09:23:40 PM »
Have a great trip! My first one was a comedy of errors.
2011 Fleetwood Southwind pulling a 2010 Chevrolet HHR


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Re: Loaded up, 8 hours later than planned, first trip out.
« Reply #3 on: July 06, 2012, 09:46:18 PM »
We picked up our 2001 Adventurer 32V back in February in Florida.
Drove it back to Pa. and we love the Winnebago engineering.
Just a few things to check out:
We put on 6 new "truck" tires for safety reasons.  The tires may have been original.
I had to replace the original rear stabilizer bar bushings with the firmer neoprene.  The originals were totally decomposed.  I expect it to ride a lot more firm now.
Also had to replace the Motoraid heat exchanger/blower ... the fan gage "moved" slightly on the shaft, made contact with the housing and began to blow fuses.  Dealer paid half of the unit cost.  I did the installation.  In this unit, the Motoraid is behind the water heater in a very small compartment...you take it from there. (This is the kind of job that you want to do only once in a lifetime.) 
Also changed the Transmission fluid, engine oil/filter and generator oil/filter.
That should take of the important PM tasks. 

Everything else is in excellent condition...we plan on a local camping trip next week.
I want to be sure all systems function before the winter trip to Florida.

I hope that you enjoy your unit as much as we enjoy ours.
2001 Winnebago Adventurer 32V,
30a Shore Line
Ford F-53 Chassis, V-10
2008 Jeep Grand Cherokee
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