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Old 06-03-2010
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Hi All,

Mary and I finalized the purchase of our first BB, a 1990 WLWB, earlier today. Thanks to all of you who have answered so many questions, helped us overcome so many fears, provided us with words of encouragement, and made us feel so at home.

We hope to pick her up late next week and are plannng to tip-toe to a tire dealer right away, where eight new Bridgestones will be waiting for us (with good date codes). We'll then take her home to Cincinnati, where we have an appointment with the local DD/ Allison shop to do a complete chassis health check (Randy, the two compressor hoses are at the top of the list).

From there, we are planning on counting our remaining pennies (if there are any) and see what we can do on the house side. The list is already started.

We have about a dozen names we are tossing around. Hopefully, we'll have one nailed down by RATS.

Safe travels, and thanks again for everything.

MnM
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Mike and Mary it sounds like you have heard all the advice and done your homework. Well done and congratulations on joining the BB community
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Mike and Mary,

It must be a beauty, you left no stone unturned in your research.
Congratulations and best of times in your new Bird.

On another note, we sill be passing through Cincinatti in mid July (exact date unconfirmed), perhaps we can get a tour?
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MnM Congrats! Another Ohio Bird....... Are you for sure going to RATS? Still trying to figure out if we'll be able to go Would make a nice caravan from oh to ga
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Rob,

Mary and I both fell for this coach. From reading through this forum, we know there will be surprises along the way. It is a little (very) scary, but we don't want to be ruled by those fears.

Gardner,

Thanks!!! It would be great to see the two of you again. Just drop us a line.

Mike,

Caravan.....hmmm....sounds like a plan. We reserved site 185 at RATS.


This is the biggest coach we have ever driven. Hope none of you are stuck behind us during the steep learning curve. Wish us, and all those poor mailboxes, luck.

MnM
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Welcome to the Zoo and congrats on the new coach.

Sounds like you have the right attitude and enjoy the ride.
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Hello Mike and Mary,

Congratulations. Nice talking with you on the phone today. We’re looking forward to meeting you. We should be at East Fork State Park for at least the next couple of weeks so bring that new Bird over and we can have a 2 coach Mini Rally.

John & Nancy
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Way to go Mike and Mary!! Congrats.
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MnM,

It is getting exciting,, This is going to be great fun,, you did the homework & research, we wish you the Best.
Keep us posted
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...This is the biggest coach we have ever driven. Hope none of you are stuck behind us during the steep learning curve. Wish us, and all those poor mailboxes, luck.
You can say that again! But Shane "forced me" in that driver's seat on I-95 in northern VA, on an off-ramp no less, and I had to quickly learn to merge into rush hour traffic, manuever under a narrow tunnel, etc. I've only driven mine about 8-10 hours so far, but have already driven in heavy traffic, rain, and at night. Scary for sure, but you get the hang of it, just take your time and let em pass you by. Now that was a weird feeling - having semi's go zipping by you at night in the left lane. I haven't hit any mailboxes yet that I know of (at least Shane didn't tell me I damaged his!), and am trying to get the hang of corners, especially right turns.

You'll get there, practice makes perfect, right?! Best of luck with your new coach.
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