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Title: First ever road trip in our first ever coach....
Post by: Alpena Jeff on February 09, 2018, 05:01:54 AM
Begins 2 weeks from today. We are mucho excited but slightly nervous of the unknown.
The journey begins in north Michigan, current temp is 5. Destination south Florida. Our first Florida camping experience will be Topsail. I've seen good reviews from the nice folks on this forum.
I have learned so much from all of you over the last couple years. Hope it stuck!
I'll yell if I need ya? 8)
Jeff & Judy
Title: Re: First ever road trip in our first ever coach....
Post by: wackymac on February 09, 2018, 05:15:34 AM
Good luck on this and future trips.  Keep us posted.  Over the years I have learned a lot from this forum and its many nice members and I'm sure you will too.
Title: Re: First ever road trip in our first ever coach....
Post by: Spring Creek on February 09, 2018, 07:07:10 AM
Most memorable experience from our first trip: The sewer hose was shipped without a gasket for the connection on the RV....tends to spray directly at the person pulling the handle on the black tank.  :P

I said to myself before I pulled the handle "sure seems like that should fit tighter".  Then I thought "it's brand new, can't be wrong"  Bad assumption.
Title: Re: First ever road trip in our first ever coach....
Post by: jackiemac on February 09, 2018, 08:20:43 AM
Oooh exciting!  Let us know how you get on..... ;D
Title: Re: First ever road trip in our first ever coach....
Post by: Arch Hoagland on February 09, 2018, 12:16:17 PM
First long trip is always fun. Thank heavens there are Walmarts everywhere for what you forgot to bring along.

Where are you headed to in Florida?  I assume you have reservations there. 
Title: Re: First ever road trip in our first ever coach....
Post by: Alpena Jeff on February 09, 2018, 03:20:02 PM
First long trip is always fun. Thank heavens there are Walmarts everywhere for what you forgot to bring along.

Where are you headed to in Florida?  I assume you have reservations there.
Actually we have a house rented for the month of March in Cape Coral. This went down before we bought the coach. We have some reservations in April in St. Augustine, savannah and Charleston.
Title: Re: First ever road trip in our first ever coach....
Post by: Dream Chasers on February 09, 2018, 05:43:18 PM
Our first Florida camping experience will be Topsail. I've seen good reviews from the nice folks on this.

We were at Topsail last February. Wonderful park. We will definitely stay there again.

Enjoy and Safe Travels!
Title: Re: First ever road trip in our first ever coach....
Post by: ArdraF on February 09, 2018, 05:50:05 PM
Have a great trip and make some wonderful memories - hopefully all good ones!

ArdraF
Title: Re: First ever road trip in our first ever coach....
Post by: Alpena Jeff on February 09, 2018, 06:26:02 PM
Thanks for the kind thoughts all. Our first big challenge will be getting out of Michigan. 6-7 inches of snow today with another big drop coming Sunday. Let's hope we catch a window!
Title: Re: First ever road trip in our first ever coach....
Post by: HueyPilotVN on February 09, 2018, 06:40:45 PM
It seems like just yesterday that you were trying to decide if you wanted to get an RV.

Good Luck on your first of hopefully many trips.
Title: Re: First ever road trip in our first ever coach....
Post by: Tom and Margi on February 09, 2018, 06:51:07 PM
Our first trip started in Yuma, after we had transferred contents from our little 19 foot trailer and sold the Blazer that pulled it.  It was near dark as we came down Hwy 95 to Quartzsite.  I (Margi) was so nervous.  Tom was not (so he says).  We were welcomed into the loving arms of experienced travelers of the RV Forum.  Great circumstances for a maiden voyage.  :D
Title: Re: First ever road trip in our first ever coach....
Post by: Alpena Jeff on February 09, 2018, 07:16:32 PM
It seems like just yesterday that you were trying to decide if you wanted to get an RV.

Good Luck on your first of hopefully many trips.
Yea, I remember Bill. A few of you guys took the time to chat with me offline. I won't forget that. I expect I'll meet a bunch of you next winter!
Title: Re: First ever road trip in our first ever coach....
Post by: grashley on February 09, 2018, 08:23:14 PM
I'm Jealous! 
We got the camper, but we still have daily baby sitting duties.  I know we will make it in God's good time.

Enjoy and keep us informed, so we can drool, too!
Title: Re: First ever road trip in our first ever coach....
Post by: Alpena Jeff on February 09, 2018, 08:34:28 PM
Your time will come Preacher. Ours will too. Remember...we are still in Michigan! Still have family commitments. All we think about these days is this first trip.
Jeff
Title: Re: First ever road trip in our first ever coach....
Post by: Alpena Jeff on February 10, 2018, 07:32:56 AM
Most memorable experience from our first trip: The sewer hose was shipped without a gasket for the connection on the RV....tends to spray directly at the person pulling the handle on the black tank.  :P

I said to myself before I pulled the handle "sure seems like that should fit tighter".  Then I thought "it's brand new, can't be wrong"  Bad assumption.
Kurt, so what you're saying is send the wife out?
Title: Re: First ever road trip in our first ever coach....
Post by: Alpena Jeff on February 10, 2018, 07:36:49 AM
Our first trip started in Yuma, after we had transferred contents from our little 19 foot trailer and sold the Blazer that pulled it.  It was near dark as we came down Hwy 95 to Quartzsite.  I (Margi) was so nervous.  Tom was not (so he says).  We were welcomed into the loving arms of experienced travelers of the RV Forum.  Great circumstances for a maiden voyage.  :D
Excellent first trip Margi. It would be nice to have all that experience around you if needed.
Title: Re: First ever road trip in our first ever coach....
Post by: dverstra on February 10, 2018, 08:19:38 AM
Jeff and Judy
Have a BLAST on your Maiden Voyage.
 Safe Travels
Title: Re: First ever road trip in our first ever coach....
Post by: Robert K on February 10, 2018, 02:32:42 PM
We leave Western NY Wed morning for Fl. The forecast is sunny and 44. Been pretty cold and snowy here ,hope our luck for a good day reaches you guys.
Safe travels
Bob
Title: Re: First ever road trip in our first ever coach....
Post by: Alpena Jeff on February 10, 2018, 03:09:44 PM
Thanks Bob. We hope so as well.
Safe travels to you too.
Title: Re: First ever road trip in our first ever coach....
Post by: KandT on February 10, 2018, 04:03:46 PM
We were just at TopSail.   I highly recommend seeing the Naval Aviation Museum!!  In my humble opinion, it is better than the Smithsonian's Air Museum. 
The blue Angels might be practicing too. 

Also, in Mobile Alabama there is a WW2 sub and battleship.

We also saw our very first Alligator in the "wild".  Wild means the State knew (I assume) people were going to alligator watch there but there was nothing between us and the 'gators.  I gave them plenty of respect and we agreed to go our separate ways!

Very cool trip. 

You will have an awesome time!!  Tons to do.
Title: Re: First ever road trip in our first ever coach....
Post by: firewall on February 10, 2018, 05:59:56 PM
Sooooo jealous. Have a great time, first thing to do when you get to warm weather.....clean that nasty salt off!
Title: Re: First ever road trip in our first ever coach....
Post by: RedandSilver on February 10, 2018, 07:11:37 PM
The best advice I can give you for getting out of MI is go SLOW like 55mph max even if the roads look good.  Much slower if they don't.
This IMO this includes when you get to the warmer states.  Reaching GA or FL doesn't mean you go 70+ because there is no snow.
When I came down I averaged 55-58mph all the way.  Again this is MO (my opinion) but you want to arrive without any issues
and the slower you go - within reason - the better your chances to arrive happy even if it takes a few hours longer.

Right now FL (central area) is running about 10 above normal temps - Finally as I experienced freezing temps in Jan.
and only have motorcycles to get around on.  Running the furnace was not what I was expecting to do.

However since your coming down late in the season they shoudn't have any freezing temps for you which I know you'll love.

I'll PM you my phone # and you can call me and if your going to be on I75 I could meet you at a rest area etc if your interested.


Title: Re: First ever road trip in our first ever coach....
Post by: halfwright on February 10, 2018, 08:10:13 PM
I remember our first trip. It started seven years ago in Lakewood CO. We have not found where we are going yet.
Title: Re: First ever road trip in our first ever coach....
Post by: wijames2002 on February 11, 2018, 08:00:09 AM
Actually we have a house rented for the month of March in Cape Coral. This went down before we bought the coach. We have some reservations in April in St. Augustine, savannah and Charleston.

March and April are beautiful down here if you like warm weather. It should be in the mid to upper 80's. Enjoy!
Title: Re: First ever road trip in our first ever coach....
Post by: SargeW on February 11, 2018, 10:47:29 AM
Congrats Jeff! The first trip is the most exciting. The sense of freedom is wonderful!
Title: Re: First ever road trip in our first ever coach....
Post by: JudyJB on February 11, 2018, 03:49:38 PM
Pick a dry day, get up and on the road early, and head south as fast as you can before it snows!  (I am from Michigan, also.) 

You may have problems finding open campgrounds until you get to southern TN, so take a half tank of fresh water with you in case you have to boondock and need to do things like flushing the toilet.  Campgrounds in the north that usually have water and sewer hookups often close those even if the campground itself is open during the winter. 
Title: Re: First ever road trip in our first ever coach....
Post by: Alpena Jeff on February 11, 2018, 04:06:37 PM
Pick a dry day, get up and on the road early, and head south as fast as you can before it snows!  (I am from Michigan, also.) 

You may have problems finding open campgrounds until you get to southern TN, so take a half tank of fresh water with you in case you have to boondock and need to do things like flushing the toilet.  Campgrounds in the north that usually have water and sewer hookups often close those even if the campground itself is open during the winter.
I hear ya JudyJB. Our coach is in storage at my brothers place in Richmond MI. It is fully winterized so I plan on leaving it that way until our second night on the road, likely TN somewhere. 1st night I expect will be a hotel just north of Cincinnati. We have a commitment on Thursday the 22nd so we will leave on Friday.
We're kinda stuck and at the mercy of the weather.
Next year when we head west the plan is to depart right after Christmas. Subject to change but we hope not!