Beginner’s Guide to RVing Newsletter #113

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Welcome to the Beginner’s Guide to RVing from RVtravel.com. The information we present here every Monday through Friday is for brand-new RVers – those in the market to buy their first RV and those who just purchased theirs. If you are an experienced RVer, this material may be too basic for you.

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Thursday, December 10, 2020

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


RVing Basics

Handy leveling tools
Got levels? Having bubble levels on the side and front or rear of your rig make it easier to level up when you’re setting up. Or use a small “torpedo” level. With your rig known to be level, see if your storage bay trim or windows are also level. If they are, you can use a torpedo level lined up on the trim anywhere it’s convenient.

Heat pump versus regular furnace
New to RV heat pumps? They work pretty well until temps hit into the 30s. If frost is in the weather forecast, best to use your regular furnace – they usually pump heat to the plumbing system, where the heat pump only warms up the interior of the coach. You don’t want frozen pipes!

Quick Tips

Furnace troubleshooting tips
Leigh read a tip on furnace troubleshooting. This alert reader adds, watch out for flow from the tank. “If the valve at the tank is opened too quickly it can trip the limit switch: a safety feature designed to limit the flow if the line is cut or burned allowing a surge in gas. Simply closing and reopening slowly for the first quarter turn may solve the problem by allowing adequate flow. One can also check the flame on a stove burner. If the flame is weak, there won’t be enough gas for the furnace.” Thanks for the pointers, Leigh.

Place step ladder by the fire escape window
Our RV comes equipped with a special fire escape window in the bedroom. If for some reason we are unable to escape a fire through the regular door we would have to shimmy our way out the window. It is designed to open up fully but then we would be faced with about an 8-foot drop to the ground. Because of this I always place a small step ladder under the window to aid us if we ever need to evacuate the rig. Thanks to Ray Burr at loveyourrv.com.

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


R-Pod Travel TrailerToday’s RV review…

In today’s column, industry insider Tony Barthel reviews the new 2021 rpod RP-202 Travel Trailer. As he reports, “This trailer is a 25’ long, 96” wide trailer that features a rear kitchen with a slide out, fireplace and even a walk-around queen.” Learn more.

Did you read Tony’s review yesterday of the 2021 Outdoors RV Timber Ridge 26KVS MS 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: 

“Not to discourage them, but I would make them aware that as my friend said, ‘Owning an RV is a giggle a minute.’ There will rarely be a time when everything will be working as it should. If you are a perfectionist or can’t handle inconveniences, then purchasing an RV is not for you.” —Jerome Friedman


RV SlippersA cozy gift for your favorite RVer! 
These adorable trailer-themed slippers are just what your favorite RVer needs to get them through the winter months. They’re ultra-soft, warm, and comfortable and have nonslip soles so you won’t slip and slide across your RV’s floors. They come in two sizes, S/M and L/XL, so every foot will be happy! Check ’em out here.


Random RV Thought

Pay attention to the wind when making a campfire. If it’s blowing toward your RV you could end up breathing its smoke later when you go to bed. And be considerate of your neighbors if they are close by: It’s not nice to “smoke ’em”!


RESOURCES:
• If you’re a member of Facebook, be sure to sign up for our groups RV Buying Advice, RV Advice and Budget RV Travel. For a list of all our groups and RVtravel.com newsletters, visit here.

• 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 RVtravel.com or this newsletter.

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Irv
1 month ago

re: furnace troubleshooting tip

Does this only happen when all of the following are true?

  • the propane has been shut off (e.g., changing a tank or switching tanks)
  • the thermostat is calling for furnace or hot water heat
  • the propane is turned back on

I don’t understand what triggers this sudden flow of gas as the tank is opened.
(Maybe the safety-limit switch in the tank is bad–as in: too sensitive.)

Brenda G
1 month ago

I, too, have thought about “what if” I need to exit out the bed area escape window in case of a fire. I recall reading somewhere to place a folded blanket over the bottom edge of the window to protect your body as you slide out on your stomach (feet first) through the window. Supposedly, once you’re dangling along the outside of RV, your feet should be within a reasonable distance to the ground. I hope I never have to find out whether or not this is factual.

Bobkat
1 month ago
Reply to  Brenda G

Our situation was the same as the article. We replaced the large rear window with a slider that lets us just step out onto the roof ladder. The company builds custom RV, boat, car etc. windows to your dimensions. The company is Motion Windows in Vancouver, Washington. We love our new window.

Pablo Flaifel
1 month ago

I would like to thank Leigh for his tip on furnace tripping. Since I purchased my RV, my furnace tripped every time, I had given up on it and purchased some space heaters. Tried his tip and bingo, it’s working as it should.
What a great place for the RV community is rvtravel.com. I’ve been reading both the beginners and daily articles and benefiting from them, but never decided to subscribe, a mistake I will reverse today. Many thanks to Leigh and everyone contributing to this site

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RV Staff (@rvstaff)
1 month ago
Reply to  Pablo Flaifel

Wow! Thanks, Pablo! We’re glad the tip helped you solve the problem, and we’re glad you’re going to subscribe. We appreciate that, and we sincerely appreciate you! Take care and happy RVing! 🙂 —Diane at RVtravel.com

Pablo Flaifel
1 month ago
Reply to  RV Staff

Diane, my pleasure, by subscribe, I actually meant donate, I am already subscribed to your weekly, daily and beginners magazine. Well deserved donation also done, should have done it sooner, this magazine is well worth it, and your time dedicated to serving the RV community deserves more than just praise. Again thanks for the service to the communikty.

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RV Staff (@rvstaff)
1 month ago
Reply to  Pablo Flaifel

Thank you, Pablo. You’re very kind, and generous! Happy and Healthy Holidays to you and yours. 🙂 —Diane at RVtravel.com

steve
1 month ago

Furnace Troubleshooting Tips – Should clarify that you are referring to the propane tank valve. Not clear to a new user