Issue 1 • November 16, 2018
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By Chuck Woodbury
Welcome to the first issue of the monthly newsletter Beginner’s Guide to RVing from the editors at RVtravel.com.
It’s taken us a while to get this newsletter underway, and in that time I suspect many of you have already purchased your RV, and others have put enough time on the road to know the basics. If either case is you and you do not wish to receive an email alert for new monthly issues, then simply return to the email alert you received announcing this issue, scroll to the bottom and click unsubscribe.
For those of you who stick around, we’ll provide a lot of great information to help you buy intelligently (many RVers don’t and regret their mistakes later), and use your new RV properly — and even more important — safely!
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What it means to finance an RV for 20 years
We posted this article a couple of months ago on RVtravel.com, but it’s probably even more important that we share it with new RVers, especially those who have not yet made their purchase. Please read this if you have not already signed on the dotted line. And if you have already purchased, please read so you can share what you learn with your friends who plan to buy an RV.
Pack your cabinets so contents don’t escape
“How do you store stuff in your cupboards?” asks a new RVer. Fearful that the shifting and bumping of the road would cause grief (and broken crockery), the question becomes, “How do you store your stuff safely?” Our contributing editor Russ De Maris has advice.
Safety tips for new RVers
Before you hit the road for the first time, it is recommended that you purchase and understand how to use the following: (A) Any state- or provincial-mandated safety equipment that you are required by law to carry. (B) Two to four orange traffic cones (these collapse for easy storage) — they are handy to have. (C) Emergency flares. (D) A 6-volt flashlight or any rechargeable light.
—Thanks to Ron Jones, AboutRVing.com.
Effortlessly get water off your slideout
In wet conditions, before retracting your slides, raise or lower the front end of your trailer and almost all the water will run off the slide before it comes in. Thanks to George Bliss, Casey Piton, and others who mentioned they do this when their slide doesn’t automatically tilt when being retracted.
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ATTENTION PROSPECTIVE RV BUYERS:
Join our new Facebook group, RV Advice, where prospective RV buyers can ask veteran RVers what they think of an RV they’re considering buying. Click here.
Links to helpful articles:
- Study reveals habits and desires of new RVers
- Storing RV batteries during a harsh winter
- Tips for RVing comfortably in the cold and snow
- Concerns of soon-to-be new RVers
- Your new RV: Where will you store it?
- New RVer asks: Should I use holding tank treatments?
- What do all these campsite utility designations mean?
- Buying a new RV? Be sure to check the tires!
- Think differently when buying a new RV
- Family sours on RVing over new RV’s problems
Our favorite products for RVers
We’ve put together a collection of our favorite products for RVers at Amazon.com. You’ll find great gifts for your favorite RVer, and great gizmos, gadgets and other handy items for you to make your RVing more enjoyable. And there’s a long list of books we recommend too. Click here to visit and stock up!
VIDEO OF THE MONTH
Never, never, never buy an RV without doing this!
RVtravel.com editor Chuck Woodbury has some advice you must heed before buying your next RV. This is such a critical step, yet thousands of RVers every year forget to do it, and then must live with a constant hassle that they could have easily avoided. Click the image to play.
SURVEYS OF INTEREST TO NEW RVers
•Do you usually make campground reservations or take it day by day?
•Where do you stay most often with your RV?
•On any RV you’ve purchased did you check the toilet’s plumbing design beforehand?
•Which cell phone service do you use?
•How important to you is socializing with other RVers at campgrounds or RV parks?
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UPCOMING RV SHOWS
It’s always wise to attend a few RV shows before you buy — a chance to compare many RVs in one place, talk to salespeople and even factory representatives, and maybe even pick up a bargain (but not always, which is another story…). Here’s a comprehensive list of upcoming shows.
Beginner’s Guide to RVing Staff
Publisher: Chuck Woodbury. Editor: Emily Woodbury (Emily-at-rvtravel.com). Managing editor: Diane McGovern. Contributing writers: Russ De Maris, Bob Difley, Gary Bunzer, Roger Marble, Mike Sokol, Greg Illes, J.M. Montigel and Andrew Robinson. Advertising coordinator: Gail Meyring. Marketing director: Jessica Sarvis. IT wrangler: Kim Christiansen.
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