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Old 11-25-2006, 12:41 PM   #1
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Hello everyone,
My name is Edward Murray and my wife is Lena. We have homes Kingsport, TN and in Pennington Gap, Va. We've been retired from IBM for about 10 years. In July we purchased a 2006 Montana Mountaineer 344RET and a 2006 GMC 2500 with the Duramax Deisel/Allison transmission combination.

We happened to meet Glenn and Lorraine at a Flying J, back in October, when we were on our way to PA. They came up and introduced themselves and told us about the club. When we got back from that trip, we checked it out and decided to join, so here we are.

Since we took delivery of our rig, in July, we have been on 8 trips of varying lengths. So far, it has been a fantastic adventure and promises to only get better as we gain more experience in the fine art of RVing. I have camped in tents for a number of years and owned a couple of RVs in the past. The Montana is a perfect fit for the two of us. It has quickly become a third home for us and is now the one that we prefer to be in. It sure is nice to have a home, with all of your favorite stuff, that you can take with you, wherever and whenever you go.

We are very fortunate that we live in a area that is rich in scenic beauty has lots of places to explore and we are taking full advantage of the opportunity that we have. In fact, we won't be winterizing our rig, because we'll be using it right through the winter. We have plenty of room at our home in VA, so we'll keep it there (plugged in) when ever we're not on the road.

We are planning a trip to the Northwest, in the spring, and plan to be gone for about 3 months or so. In the meantime, we'll continue to take 7 to 10 day trips, every 2-3 weeks. The only problem we anticipate, right now, is deciding where to go next. That's a tough problem to have, ain't it.

We're happy to be members of the MOC. It's nice to be part of such an experienced and knowledgeable group.
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Old 11-25-2006, 12:52 PM   #2
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Welcome Ed and Lena to the MOC family.
So glad you finally got around to joining and making your first post.
I can't believe you were in that same Flying J when we were returning to Florida. I wanted to check out the Mountaineer we saw sitting in the RV area but were running late to visit friends in Staunton and had to keep moving. I did comment to Lorraine that it would have been too much of a coincidence for a second chance meeting.

We will be heading to The Rally in Redmond Oregon in July so if you're still in the NE area drop us a line.
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Old 11-25-2006, 12:57 PM   #3
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Ed and Lena, that is great and we hope you have many great adventures in the future. Glad you ran into Glenn and Lorraine and joined our Forum. This is a great place.
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Old 11-25-2006, 01:14 PM   #4
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Welcome Ed, If we are still here (Northwest) next Spring, look us up.
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Old 11-25-2006, 01:30 PM   #5
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Welcome. We also have a 2006 344RET that we just purchased in early September. Please stay in touch and keep me informed of issues and improvements you've made to to your rig. The only major problem I had was a wacky propane detector that immediately had to be replaced and a bent rear stabilizer that was replaced, both of these under warranty. I removed the plastic tray on the slideout bumper and replaced it with 1/8" aluminum diamond plate that I installed front bike fork holders to attach our recumbents to.
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Old 11-25-2006, 01:32 PM   #6
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Welcome Ed
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Old 11-25-2006, 02:00 PM   #7
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Welcome. We also have a 2006 344RET that we just purchased in early September. Please stay in touch and keep me informed of issues and improvements you've made to to your rig. The only major problem I had was a wacky propane detector that immediately had to be replaced and a bent rear stabilizer that was replaced, both of these under warranty. I removed the plastic tray on the slideout bumper and replaced it with 1/8" aluminum diamond plate that I installed front bike fork holders to attach our recumbents to.
The only real issue we've had was a leaky propane regulator/automatic switchover valve. I noticed that we were using what I thought was an excessive amount of propane. I also noticed that when I removed the empty tank, propane was escaping, at a steady rate, from the connecting hose, even though the valve was was switched to the other tank. The dealer replaced the regulator/valve under warranty without question. It seems OK now.
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Old 11-25-2006, 08:29 PM   #8
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Hello ED and Lena,

Glad to have the two of you aboard. I have two friends who are also retired IBMers. It seems to have been a great company to be with during their years of employment.

I think the Mountaineer will continue to grow on you. Who knows, one day you may decide to become a nomad or gypsy like those of us who are fulltimers.

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Old 11-26-2006, 12:13 AM   #9
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Welcome aboard Ed & Lena.

I just joined the board last week. It has been interesting reading and learning new things from the members. We live in VA also and got our new camper the 3rd of October. We have made a couple trips with it so far. Will be looking forward to reading about your adventures
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Old 11-26-2006, 01:00 AM   #10
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Welcome Ed & Len to the MOC,
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Old 11-26-2006, 07:48 AM   #11
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Welcome Ed and Lena - Congrats on you new rig and 8 successful adventures!
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Old 11-26-2006, 08:42 AM   #12
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Welcome Ed & Lena Looking forward to meeting you down the road. We also live in the NW(Spokane,WA area). If we can help you in your travel in the NW just let us know.
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Old 11-26-2006, 12:14 PM   #13
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Welcome to the MOC Forum.I'm sure you will enjoy your new 3RD home.I love your part of the country and it would nearly be hard to leave it and go anywhere for me.
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