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Old 10-10-2017, 11:12 AM   #11
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.They tell you to re-torque the wheels after 50 or 100 miles so consider that.
Don't just "consider"! Do it! Do it like your van depends on it.
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Old 10-10-2017, 11:49 AM   #12
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Congrats and have fun. Pack light and take all the advice above. I'd buy everything needed as needed and outfit the rest when you get home. The AAA card and availablilty of grocery, Camping World and Walmart will get you home. We always start making lists as soon as we get a new rig (too often) but have it mostly down to a science now since I keep the lists.

Keep us posted! Nothing as fun as a recovery mission.

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Old 10-10-2017, 12:29 PM   #13
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Thanks for all the tips! Given the recent headlines, we may also need to pack our asbestos pajamas, or maybe pick a different route home.

Hopefully, I'll have some pics or trip reports soon.
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Old 10-10-2017, 12:56 PM   #14
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I wouldn't go to Yosemite if I were you(which I know I'm not-but) Too much of a tourist trap. I would go straight east of where you are to Kings Canyon and(especially)Sequoia National Park. Giant Redwoods
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Old 10-10-2017, 02:09 PM   #15
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Fresno Dome is a couple of hours away. There is a campground (on the map at least) but we've always found dispersed camping. Scramble (or climb?) on a granite dome without the crowds.
https://goo.gl/maps/7Ny3wbKgFEu
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Old 10-11-2017, 09:31 AM   #16
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You didn't mention the actual process that SMB West goes through with a need vehicle. They cover a lot of information during the process. Some new owners video tape the process but that can make it more difficult to concentrate on what they are explaining unless one person tapes and the other person listens.


Try out each item yourself. It is easy to watch someone else pop the top, but two days later, you have forgotten to open a window first.
Drive it out in the street in front of the shop and put it in and out of 4WD, just so that you are comfortable with the shifting.

On our first trip (4 days after picking up our van), we were trying to fill the on-board water tank at a FS campground. Everything was hooked up but it just wasn't filling the tank. Out came the book and....whops...forgot to turn off the pump and open the valve first.


Fortunately, will internet access, you can always ask!
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Old 10-14-2017, 07:07 PM   #17
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This would be my advice as well. I was new to RV's when I picked mine up so I wish I would have filmed the walk through. I did bring a GoPro but was too busy watching to film anything.


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