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Beginner’s Guide to RVing Newsletter #120

Welcome to the Beginner’s Guide to RVing from 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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Monday, December 21, 2020

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 Breaking News 

Thor Industries buys Tiffin Motorhomes for $300 million.

Read all about it.

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

RVing Basics

Safe/courteous/legal driving on narrow roads
Some two-lane roads have special “turn-out” areas. You may pull into these areas and allow vehicles behind you to pass. Some two-lane roads have a passing lane. Stay in the right lane so faster vehicles may pass you in the passing lane. When you drive a slow-moving vehicle on a two-lane highway or road where passing is unsafe, and five or more vehicles are following you, pull to the side of the road wherever you can safely do so to let the vehicles pass. Try to stay to the right of the lane so the vehicles behind you can see ahead. Remember to pull off the road when it is safe and allow the faster vehicles to pass. From California DMV [Note: States have different laws regarding impeding traffic. Check this list of Move Over Laws in the Digest of Motor Laws compiled by AAA.]

Be extra careful when driving at night
Night driving can be especially hazardous since the body naturally wants to sleep at night. Most drivers are less alert at night, particularly after midnight. If you are sleepy, the only safe cure is to get off the road and get some sleep. If you don’t, you are risking your life and the lives of others.

Quick Tips

Keep insects out of outside LP feeds
One of our readers dropped this hint to us but, unfortunately, didn’t pass along their name. “This solution works for bees as well as spiders relating to invading the LP feeds to your water heater and oven. We put two to three moth balls in a small plastic container. Put several holes, like a paper hole punch, in the top and place them in the outside access for both. Apparently those bugs don’t like the smell and thus will not build nests or webs in the LP feeds. I also place one in the BBQ and under the LP cover. Remember to remove them before use.” Thanks, Anon.!

Water too hot?
Full-timer Chris N. passes this along: “If your water is too hot it may not be a defective water heater or thermostat but just a loose thermostat. If you have an Atwood water heater that uses the button thermostats held against the hot water tank with a foam sticky pad, and your water is more than 140 degrees Fahrenheit, the button thermostat may just be loose. Turn off the water heater and let it cool and then press on the sticky foam around the button to force the button thermostat back up against the tank. Although this may fix the problem, you may want to replace the ECO/T-STAT foam (clean the area well before sticking on the new one) to reduce the chances of it reoccurring.” Thanks, Chris!

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Coachmen Freedom Express Ultra Lite 252RBSToday’s RV review…

In today’s column, industry insider Tony Barthel reviews the new 2021 Coachmen Freedom Express Ultra Lite 252RBS Travel Trailer. As he reports, “This brand-new floor plan is a well-thought-out design for couples. It certainly checks a lot of features on my own list. Not that I have new-RV fever or anything…” Learn more.

Tony’s reviews from this weekend you may have missed:
• ARI Legacy Sleepers
• 2021 Grand Design Reflection 150 Series 240RL Fifth Wheel

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: 

“RVing is like real life, not fantasy. You WILL have problems (with the RV, the truck, the directions, the weather, finding campsites, even your health, etc.). If you can’t think on your feet, adapt, laugh at yourself, problem-solve, keep a relatively positive attitude, and aren’t confident, don’t do it. If you can’t stand being passed, going up steep hills slow and steep downhills even slower, don’t do it. Feeling pressured to drive a certain way can hurt you or damage your vehicle. It’s all about doing what you love, being in nature and meeting people from all over. But it’s also work. Think about it.” —Darlene K. 

Wow! So handy for your RV!

This will come in handy in any RV. Just plug it into one 110 outlet and instantly you’ll have a surge protector, six-outlet extenders and 3 USB charging ports. The plug rotates so will fit in most situations. Learn more or order.

Random RV Thought

It’s a lot easier to drive a motorhome than many aspiring RVers think. More and more, people choose to travel with their RV rather than stay in hotels and motels (especially in 2020!). One reason is they know that their RV bed won’t have bedbugs, which can be a problem in other lodging these days.

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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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9 months ago

Strongly agree with Darlene’s advice above to new RV’ers.

I do not recommend driving an RV or towing at night. Try not be in such a tight schedule that you have to drive at night. Arriving at campgrounds in the dark is NOT fun.

9 months ago
Reply to  Dave

I’m curious what you disagree with in Darlene’s advice. They’re all very valid points IMO

9 months ago

This might be helpful as well: Wasp spray is good for wasps and yellow jackets but completely ineffective on Honey bees (although hopefully you’d be less inclined to use it on them).

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