Beginner’s Guide to RVing Newsletter #105


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Monday, November 30, 2020

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DID YOU MISS reading this morning’s RV Daily Tips Newsletter? Good stuff there.

RVing Basics

Fire pits in campgrounds
QUESTION: We are newbies, so please excuse the silly question. Does a campsite usually have a fire pit, and where do you get the wood for it? I have seen lots of places along the road that sell it, so am thinking that is usual.

ANSWER: Public campgrounds most often have a fire pit. That includes those in national and state parks, national forests and other areas operated by government agencies. Some public campgrounds will have wood available. Perhaps half of commercial RV parks have them, and firewood is for sale (good profit). It’s fine to buy wood from along the road near the campground, but sometimes it will be green and burn poorly. Many supermarkets sell wood – perhaps a little pricey, but usually dry and good quality. Do not carry wood with you that you bought from a different area. That is illegal in many places because the wood can transport bugs/beetles that are harmful to forests. And always check that there are no local fire restrictions and be fire safe!

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Quick Tips

Wear gloves while dumping
Most RVers wear gloves when dumping their holding tanks. But many do not. Keep in mind if you do not wear gloves and have even a tiny cut on your hand, you could pick up a very nasty bacteria, which could lead to serious medical issues later. Inexpensive disposable gloves are best and can be purchased at most RV parts stores, RV parks and Amazon.

Tip about choosing a campsite
Here are a few things to remember when picking a campsite you may not have thought about. Before leveling up, be sure there is room around your RV for your slide out (or slide outs) to fully extend. If you plan to extend your awning be sure there is room for that, too. And if tree branches, no matter how small, are touching your RV, consider moving slightly to avoid them. If the wind comes up, the noise of them rubbing against your rig could be annoying, and branches could scratch the RV. And always look up: if there are tree limbs with pine cones or fruit that squirrels might like to munch on, it could be very jarring when the rodents finish dining on them and drop them on your roof (“bombs away!”).

We welcome your Quick Tips. Submit them here. Thanks!

Little Guy MaxToday’s RV review…

In today’s column, industry insider Tony Barthel reviews the new 2021 Little Guy Max Travel Trailer. As he reports, “I like these Little Guy Max trailers. I think the build quality is high, they are very towable and quite pleasant inside. For one or two people they’re a good balance and, heck, you even get a choice of exterior color.” Learn more.

Tony’s reviews from this weekend you may have missed:
Marathon Coach – The multi-million dollar motorhome
2021 inTech Flyer Discover Mini Toy Hauler

For previous RV reviewsclick here.

“If you could tell someone new to RVing just one thing, what would it be?”

From the editors: We asked our readers this question recently. Here is one response: 

“Are you a ‘camper’ or a ‘traveler’? The answer can help separate your ‘needs’ from your ‘wants.'” —Steve

Random RV Thought

Do not throw away your favorite old shirt, even if your spouse orders you to. Instead, put it in the closet of your RV. It will be perfect for wearing around a campground or by the campfire. And you will be happy wearing it again.

Travel off the beaten path…
Off the Beaten Path spotlights more than 1,000 of the United States’ most overlooked must-see destinations. In a state-by-state A-to-Z format, this budget-friendly planner reveals the best-kept secret spots so that no matter where you live, you can plan an unforgettable local vacation. Revel in nature, science, art and culture, and encounter the unexpected as you explore undiscovered gems. Learn more or order.

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• If you buy a defective RV and are unable to get it fixed or its warranty honored, here is where to turn for help.

• If you need an RV Lemon Law Lawyer, Ron Burdge is your man.

Why you should never finance an RV for 20 years!

Read previous issues of Beginner’s Guide to RVing newsletters here.

RV Travel staff

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Publisher: Chuck Woodbury. Editors: Emily Woodbury, Diane McGovern.

Everything in this newsletter is true to the best of our knowledge. But we occasionally get something wrong. We’re just human! So don’t go spending $10,000 on something we said was good simply because we said so, or fixing something according to what we suggested (check with your own technician first). Maybe we made a mistake. Tips and/or comments in this newsletter are those of the authors and may not reflect the views of or this newsletter. is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to As an Amazon Associate we earn from qualifying purchases. Regardless of this potential revenue, unless stated otherwise, we only recommend products or services we believe provide value to our readers.

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4 months ago

I use gloves made for food service workers. They are usually strong enough that they won’t tear and are easy to get off. I find them at restaurant stores and they usually cost about $8.00 for 100 pair however with COVID it has pushed the price to about $10.00 but it’s worth the cost. Also in my business bay I keep hand soap, paper towels and hand sanitizer.