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Old 02-05-2012
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Default New Bird Owners In Texas!

I just wanted to introduce myself and family: We are the proud owners of the FC35SB formerly known as “Buckeye Bird”. I am a U.S Navy veteran (electronics) and have worked in the oil and gas industry (subsea equipment) for the last 16 years. My wife (Renee) and I have been married for almost 19 years, we have four kids, our daughters are 17, 16 and 15 and our son is 13. As you can imagine, there is never a dull moment at our house….
Renee and I have never owned a motorhome or a travel trailer. But, I am definitely a car guy, we are up to 8 cars in the family including my baby, a C6 Z06 Corvette and my next project car, 88 RX7 Turbo II. My parents bought a new class C motorhome in 1971, and our family spent weeks every summer traveling the country. Those were great times that created great memories.
After purchasing the Bird in early December I made the drive from Columbus, Ohio to Magnolia, Texas (1169 miles) by myself. Based on what I had read here, I knew I didn’t want to drive at night and wanted to limit myself to 500 miles per day. That plan worked out real well. I spent the first night in a Flying J south of Nashville with the generator running, which was ok; the second night was spent in a KOA in Texarkana, which was even better. All in all, it was a good trip with no major issues, great technical support/advice from Dan (the previous owner) and others here.
So after several weeks of seeing the Bird in our driveway every day, we were finally able to get away for a few days between Christmas and New Year. We made reservations at the KOA in Montgomery, Texas, just 20 minutes up the road. It turned out to be a great two night stay, the kids enjoyed it, Renee began planning the next trip in January and I became more familiar with the Bluebird systems (only calling or texting Dan a few times a day – maybe more?).
Our second trip was last weekend, Renee and I went to Huntsville State Park, very nice. We learn more about the systems each time we go. Oh, and it has been really cool having the neighboring campers come by to admire and ask questions.
The next trip is our annual “guy trip” to Florida with my son, for some MLB Spring Training Baseball.
Thanks to all who make this site what it is and for sharing your adventures. Hopefully I will be able to make technical contributions and share our adventures in the future.
Life is good!
Michael Long
Magnolia, Texas
83 FC35 SB
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Old 02-05-2012
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Location: Commerce
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Welcome Michael & Renee,

Thanks for the update, we enjoy following these Birds to the new owners,
Keep us posted about Florida, there is always help along the way.
Bill & Patty
1988 FC, Silver Edition
Commerce, Michigan
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This forum has been a life saver for me during our first your with our Bird. An more enjoyment than anything else... welcome aboard.
Mark & Ginger Lauss
Yuma Arizona
1991 PT 40
Towed 1986 Suzuki Samurai OR 2014 Jeep jk
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Old 02-05-2012
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Location: Tellico Village, near Knoxville, TN
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Atta boy Michael! Let us hear from you.
Rick & Marilyn Davis
Loudon, TN
1997 WB43 Mid-door-Sold
1986 PT36 6V92 "Golden Memories"-Sold
1993 WB40 "freeNeasy"-Sold
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Old 02-05-2012
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Location: Argyle, Texas
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WELCOME ABOARD! If you are in the DFW area call and drop by - we have four 50 amp hookups in the back yard!

Bob & Judy Johannesen
1991 WLWB "Seldom Blue"
1978 FC "Smell The Roses Now" SOLD...Costa Rica
Argyle, Texas

FMCA #72567, WL #1986, Vintage Birds # 345,
IBA #11205
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Location: Weatherford, Tx
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Originally Posted by Bob Johannesen View Post
WELCOME ABOARD! If you are in the DFW area call and drop by - we have four 50 amp hookups in the back yard!

me too
plus a 30 amp
Ernie Ekberg
Prevost Liberty 45 XL
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Location: Waynesboro
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I have a had a bird for about 6 months now and I wanted to say that alot of very valuable information about Blue Birds can be found on this Web Site.
Matthew McCaskey
Waynesboro, MS
1993 PT40 Hummin Bird
Les Collets Rouge
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Old 02-05-2012
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Michael and Renee - Welcome! Cynthia and I live 3 1/2 hours east of you but we also have some property a few miles north of Magnolia on FM 1486. Someday we've be your neighbors. Let's meet for coffee if you have time passing through Lafayette on your FL trip.
Dan & Cindy
2004 M-380
Broussard, Louisiana
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Location: Germantown
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Congratulations and welcome to WOG. Hope your Bird brings your family as much fun as our birds have brought us. Happy trails ahead.
Bruce and Sally

Bruce and Sally Summerlin
Germantown, Tennessee
2000 LXi Millinium
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Old 02-05-2012
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A warm welcome to Michael and Renee.

Many happy travels for you and you family.
Jennifer & Darrell Snell
Palm Harbor, FL
2000 LXi ME
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