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August 24, 2016
8:27 pm
Captn Sharpie
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We bought our 2014 Retro 177 last Sunday.  This coming Sunday is my birthday so we are traveling to southern Indiana, heading for O”Bannon State Park on the Ohio River.  I am finding that not only was it great fun researching campers and spending weekends driving around to look at used models, but also now I have a whole new reasons to buy specialized tools and accessories.  We bought a number of items at Menards as much of their boating and and RV supplies were marked down 25-40%.  Our course Walmart seems to be a stable supplier of common items at reasonable prices.  Another store called Rural King seemed to have a wider selection of camping, fishing, hunting and RV supplies at prices somewhat lower than Walmart or Meiers.  I will try to attach some photos.

My tow vehicle is a 2005 Chevy Avalanche with about 133,000 miles.  It came with a tow package.  For the past 9 months or so it had been experiencing a periodic malfunctioning of the Stabilitrac system.  So I just disabled it with the button on the dash.  I also had a faulty vent solenoid at the fuel tank which caused me to spend 15-20 minutes filling its 29 gallon tank, a few slow spurts at a time.  Since we were going to be towing, I decided that I had better stop ignoring these problems and get them repaired.  When I got the bill from my mechanic, I remembered why I had been putting this off – $1200….ouch!!

August 25, 2016
8:49 am
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Captn Sharpie,


Congrats on the new White Water Retro 177 camper, make sure to post some pictures of it here.  Your Avalanche is going to tow your camper with no problems there are people on this forum pulling it with small SUV’s.  Paying $1200 to get that part fixed on your vehicle is a pretty big hit but spending 20 minutes filling up your fuel tank would drive me crazy so I would of paid to fix it as well. Can’t wait to hear about your upcoming camping experience. 

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