Beginner’s Guide to RVing Newsletter #107


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Wednesday, December 2, 2020

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

RVing Basics

Be prepared for an unruly slideout
Find out the exact procedures for emergency manual retraction of your slideouts before you need to use them. Write them out in language that you can understand and keep them where you can find them. You probably will never use them, but Boy Scouts have a good motto: Be Prepared!

Take care of awnings when it rains
RVer Christy has an electrically operated RV awning. She cautiously loosens the handle on one end of the awning to lower an arm to tilt the awning when rain threatens. After that, she sticks a piece of painter’s masking tape over the switch as a reminder not to roll in the awning until she’s readjusted the awning arm. Thanks, Christy!

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Quick Tips

Meter shows moisture in walls, ceilings
Planning on buying a used RV? Water leakage is a sure-fire way to kill a rig. But how can you “see” inside the walls or ceiling of an RV to detect moisture? Here’s a neat device that non-invasively detects and reports on moisture levels under a variety of materials. “Looks” under drywall, paneling, softwood and hardwood. At less than $30 it just might save your bacon. Here’s one on Amazon.

Organize your fridge for safety and ease of use
Clear plastic bins are great for organizing the food in your refrigerator. They not only prevent items from falling out when you open the fridge door after a bumpy trip, but also they’re easy to pull forward to get into stuff in the rear, instead of moving items out of the way individually.

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Today’s RV review…

Safari Condo Alto R1713In today’s column, industry insider Tony Barthel reviews the Safari Condo Alto R1713 Travel Trailer. As he writes, “To say that these are unique would be an understatement as these teardrop-shaped travel trailers are very light and very capable given their exterior dimensions.” Learn more.

Did you read Tony’s review yesterday of the 2021 CrossRoads Zinger ZR259FL Travel Trailer? If you missed it, you can read it here.

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: 

“If you purchase a motor home and you are a full-timer, be aware that if it has to go into the shop for repairs, you have nowhere to live for as long as the motor home is being repaired. Could be weeks or possibly months.” —Alice Miller

Camping with the Corps of Engineers
Many RVers consider Corps of Engineers campgrounds to be the best in the country. This guide is just for RVers — boat-in and tent-only sites are not included. Of all the public lands, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has some of the best parks and campgrounds available. In fact, it’s the largest federal provider of outdoor recreation in the nation. Learn more or order.

Random RV Thought

Here are a few reasons why RVing is a good way to travel: (1) There are no long lines at airport security checkpoints. (2) You do not need to pack and unpack your bags. (3) You can leave home or your destination according to your own schedule. (4) You do not have to use public restrooms.

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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.

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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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Bob Weinfurt
4 months ago

Todays “One thing” comment was something that never came into my mind. It pays to be prepared.