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Old 02-18-2019, 06:00 PM   #1
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New member-family in Colorado

First post.. we (family of four with a boy, 9, and girl, 7) just purchased a 2005 RB50 6.0, picked it up Friday and got it home. Not registered yet so, no driving until I get that squared away. Spent this weekend doing a deep cleaning on the interior while getting familiarized with the systems one by one. Cold here this weekend so we did test the furnace but I did not fill the onboard water yet to learn pump/heater operations (didn't want to get into winterizing on my first day).

I know, for sure, that priorities include replacing the house battery, adding 4-point seat belts for the rear bench, watching for deals on tires, and working down a lengthy (and growing) punch-list of tests, checks, and upgrades.

Primary experience with off-road, back-country travel comes from the Toyota/Landcruiser world and various versions of ground and roof-top tent setups. Have been interested in the van/SMB platform for a long time; excited to finally get a chance to live the dream

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Old 02-18-2019, 06:03 PM   #2
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Congrats on buying a rig, and welcome to the forum.

You might as well post some pics soon, otherwise you will be relentlessly hounded until you do.

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Old 02-18-2019, 06:22 PM   #3
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Thanks Herb.. image test. Annnnd fail.

Does this forum have a minimum number of posts before you can link images?
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Old 02-18-2019, 07:06 PM   #4
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You can link images from the get go. I have found them much easier to post from my phone using the tapatalk app. That way you don't have to host them elsewhere.
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Old 02-18-2019, 07:21 PM   #5
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You already sound like a proud owner - you already have upgrades in mind. Use caution when surfing this Forum for info, so many knowledgeable members with great ideas that you'll be broke before you even get started.
Congrats on your new acquisition.
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Old 02-18-2019, 09:08 PM   #6
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It’s great you’re making a commitment to get out with your kids at this age, many fine memories ahead. Ok fine you wanted a cool van and the kids thing is a nice all seriousness congrats. Do your homework and make sure that 6.0 is prepped and taken care of. If so it can make you happy. If not, well you’ll still make memories.
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Old 02-18-2019, 09:11 PM   #7
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Congrats on the van
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Old 02-19-2019, 09:25 AM   #8
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Congrats and welcome. Wish you much enjoyment.
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Old 02-19-2019, 10:06 AM   #9
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Living in CO too, I would hold off on filling and testing your water system until you know how to blow it out and get it set for cold weather. There are some other threads on this forum on best practices for that. In the winter, we just use jugs of water into a dish pan and dump the water outside rather than down the sink. If you use the sink, you will have to pour RV antifreeze down the drain to keep the P trap from cracking and the grey water tank from getting iced up and possibly cracking the drain pipe.

You can come over to Durango and deep clean mine if you need something to do. It's only got a couple of feet of snow on it now from this latest storm.
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Old 02-19-2019, 01:29 PM   #10
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Congrats on the van! What part of Colorado are you in?
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