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Billy from Shelby, OH
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December 29, 2016
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I’m a soon-to-be 56 year old widower (July 2015) with three biological children and two stepchildren – all grown and on their own. Being alone I have few ties to the part of the world I currently occupy. My sister and brother-in-law embarked on their RV retirement two years ago and absolutely LOVE the lifestyle so I figured I would give it a shot.

I put a down payment on a 2017 199FKS with Hatfield RV in Sunbury, OH. They had it in stock but asked if they could use it for the Columbus RV Show in mid-February and I obliged them. I’ll be on vacation in Florida at that time so leaves a March date to take delivery. Besides, I’ll get an extension on the warranty until closer to camping season in the frozen north.

I camped with my parents as a teenager and they retired to full-time RV living so I’ve been around camping most of my life. I have more than a few friends with campers and look forward to getting to know my first RV as an owner this summer and to becoming a snow bird next fall.

I’m looking forward to reading all your posts to pick up on some advice and knowledge.

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Kristopher
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Welcome to the forums! 

 

I must say that is a fine looking retro! Congrats on your purchase and thank you for sharing the photo. That color is amazing!! I’m sure living in Ohio there isn’t much camping in the cold winter so waiting tell March won’t be to bad. We look forward to having you around the forums. 

December 30, 2016
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Beautiful rig.  Welcome aboard.  May The Good Lord give you many fun and safe trips.12

January 5, 2017
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Turns out I will be taking delivery of my 199FKS sometime during the week if 1/15. Who knew there were two winter RV shows in Columbus? Anyway, I’m excited to get it home and to start outfitting it. Come on spring!

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Congrats! Thats good news!

January 8, 2017
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What a beautiful 199FKS Retro that is. Congrats on your purchase!

January 8, 2017
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Welcome to the forums!

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Got her home. Sitting inside in my driveway reading manuals and drinking some Miller High Life. Love it!

Need to do some fine tuning on the hitch to level

it out a little but it tows really nice. 

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Glad you got her home.  Now, let the good times roll and roll to safe adventure.

January 21, 2017
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Wow great looking setup! That’s a head turner!

January 28, 2017
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That is my favorite color in these campers.  Looks beautiful…..enjoy!

February 2, 2017
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That is a beautiful rig!! Post some pics of their inside if yuou get a chance. We are your neighbors to the north in MI and are currently waiting on our 199FKS as well. 

Those campers do have as very heavy tongue weight. When I used to have a large Coleman Pop up, I would fill up the water tank, which was rear of the axle, to offset the tongue weight. The 199 has tanks right under the kitchen, so no go there.

We can’t wait to go the camper show in MI next weekend. Hopefully see some retro campers there.

February 28, 2017
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Got mine in October and have taken it out 3X.  No problems except the design flaw that the door hits the awning arm when open.  Make sure your door is closed before retracting awning!  Apparently at least one person has wrecked his awning by attempting to retract the awning.

I’m a solo camper too but 65 year old female.  Have been camping by myself or friends for years since hubby lost interest.

Here is my red 199fks in my hometown of Flagstaff AZ.

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Another great looking setup AZRAP! Thanks for sharing!

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