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Old 12-30-2017, 01:50 PM   #1
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Just a bit of fluff for the new year...

If you named your rig, what do you call it and why do you call it that?

Bonus points: Was it more- or less- difficult than naming your first born? Then, once you named it, do you actually call it by that name or did you just revert to calling it "the van," "the RV," the "Roadtrek," "the Dodge," etc."?

Did you and your Significant Other have different ideas for names or did one of you just shake your head in bewilderment and say, "I don't care, really; you can name it whatever you want."?

Just wondering if this is a strong tradition, like naming a boat, or if it's only some people who do it. If you named it, does that change the way you feel about it?

Not a heavy fix-it thread for the forum - just a little bit of fun during the holidays.
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Old 12-30-2017, 02:20 PM   #2
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Every Advanced RV gets a name picked by its owner. Advanced RV tracks it that way in its production schedule.

I picked Alvar for the 20th century Finnish architect, Alvar Aalto and it is explained in my Advancing Alvar thread here. My wife conceded to my naming it but she didn't concede to naming our son or suggesting the name for our two grandsons.
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It seemed as though every time I thought of a name I liked , some one else on facebook or youtube was already using the name for their rv, and of course we all want something unique and one of a kind, so it took a while, but after driving it for a while and figuring out all about it, we came up with a name we liked and stuck with it,,
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Ours is called "The Sprinter". Our conversations with ARV ended when they said we would have to pick a name.

Just kidding--ARV is great.

But, the idea of naming a mostly-mass-produced machine has always seemed bizarre to us. The tradition of naming ships started ages ago, when each one was sui generis.
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. Our conversations with ARV ended when they said we would have to pick a name.
Just kidding--ARV is great.

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But, the idea of naming a mostly-mass-produced machine has always seemed bizarre to us. The tradition of naming ships started ages ago, when each one was sui generis.
That is us, also. The only vehicle "names" have been, often derogatory, and by others, for our "eclectic" taste in transportation.
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That is us, also.
You named yours "The Sprinter" as well.
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It seemed as though every time I thought of a name I liked , some one else on facebook or youtube was already using the name for their rv, and of course we all want something unique and one of a kind, so it took a while, but after driving it for a while and figuring out all about it, we came up with a name we liked and stuck with it,,
What is it?
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I apologize in advance 'cause this is a bit long winded.
My wife and I bought our 1999 Xplorer 230 xlwt (Dodge chassis) in august of 2014. Our major reason was a "return" trip to Alaska - we had made the trip in 1990 and thought a 25 year reunion (well, actually 24 years) would be fun.
We left for Alaska about 1 week after taking possession and had never been in a Class B before. We took it to a Dodge dealer and had all service done & everything checked out - it only had 40k miles on it and all systems seemed good after we had new ball joints, tie rod ends, and shocks installed. All systems "go".
The first day (a Friday) the air conditioning quit for about an hour and then it magically came back on. The first night camping I managed to get a doozy of a headache from banging my head on things. The bed was too small and I didn't sleep well at all.
The 2nd day (Saturday) a check engine light came on we finally found an auto parts store that could scan it and found it had to do with the vapor recovery system and was not 'life threatening' to our engine so we kept going. Later that day we ran into severe smoke from forest fires in the area and were quite miserable. That night we noticed the engine was running weird and seemed like something was really wrong. The next morning (after another night of almost no sleep and more banged heads) we decided that the universe was trying to tell us something so we headed home. Got about 150 miles towards home when the steering went weird and the brakes stared pulling severely to the right. We stopped at a rest stop and found that some of the front suspension bolts had worked loose (presumably from the re-build before we left home).
So, here we were about 1000 miles from home..... Monday we crawled into a town and found the only shop was booked up all week and we would have to wait. I went to an auto parts store and bough some very large wrenches to at least tighten the loose bolts even thought the alignment was way off. And we slowly limped home - one of the most miserable drives of our lives, but we made it. The next day I took it back to the shop that did the suspension rebuild and had them re-set the alignment and tighten everything. Our plan was to sell the POS as soon as possible. and that is when we started calling it "The Beast" (there was actually another word in there between the and beast).
We parked it and spent the rest of my vacation in a cabin in Montana - basically just left the van sitting and after a few weeks we decided we needed to 'give it another try'.
I bought a bunch of the soft foam padding that people use to child proof coffee tables and such for infants - I stuck that stuff everywhere, on every thing I thought we could conceivable bump with our heads. Bought a 3" memory foam mattress toper. and tried a weekend near home. It went great and we slowly got used to the small world inside a class B. We now love it and a year later we took our trip north (which was actually the 25 year anniversary of our first trip) and had a great time.
The name, however, stuck and now when we call it 'the beast' it's actually a term of endearment - we are planning to retire in 4 years when I hit 70 and we plan on seeing the USA & Canada in the BEAST.
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That will teach you to try to cheat by a year.

Great story (well, for us). Thanks!
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Pam and I had never owned an RV nor camped so it was a surprise to both of us when we (eventually) concurred that getting an RV would be a good idea. (Thank you, Badlands NP). Imagine that -- Mike and Pam with an RV!? Well, that's the name we chose and we refer to it as either "Imagine" or "The Coach" most of the time.

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