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Saturday, June 19, 2021

Beginner’s Guide to RVing Newsletter #125

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

RVing Basics

Important first steps with a new motorhome or tow vehicle
Got a new motorhome or tow vehicle? First rule: Read the manuals! They’ll answer a lot of your questions with what the manufacturer recommends – not necessarily what other guys around the campfire recommend. Next: Take out your camera and take pictures of the engine compartment. Later, if something goes wrong (like a broken belt), you’ll have a guide to help you put it back together. Brand-new rig? Write down what your “normal” operating temperatures are, put them in your owner’s manual, and you’ll have them to refer to a couple of years down the road, which might help you diagnose a problem.

The best way to handle crosswinds while driving your RV
Headed into winds with your RV? You know that tailwinds will give you better fuel economy and headwinds will kill it. But what about side- or crosswinds? These guys can be dangerous. When the winds are strong and steady, our tendency is to “correct” the steering to hold the rig on the road. But let the wind abruptly die, or you drive under an overpass, suddenly your correction becomes an over-correction. If at all possible, if winds are strong enough that you have to “correct” your steering, drop anchor and wait the winds out.

Road FlaresKeep road flares in the RV for emergency
You should always have road flares in your RV in case of an emergency. This pack of three bright, waterproof and shatterproof LED disks are perfect to keep tucked away. These bright lights can be seen from a mile away and can be used for traffic control, as a warning light or as a rescue beacon, and they can also be used for recreational activities such as camping and hiking. Learn more or order here.

Quick Tips

Weights of liquids in an RV
Weighting game: Here’s how much typical RV liquids weigh, per gallon: Fresh water – 8.3 lb. Gasoline – 6.1 lb. Diesel – 7.3 lb. Propane – 4.2 lb.

How to help protect your drive train on steep grades
Climbing steep grades with a motorhome or with a trailer in tow can really cause your drive train to heat up. Automatic transmission users, use your selector to run through the gears, not allowing the transmission the “choice.” When you do this, run your engine at higher RPMs to allow the cooling system to work more efficiently.

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Today’s RV review…

In today’s column, industry insider Tony Barthel reviews the new Tiffin Allegro Bus. As he reports, “Step into one of these buses and there is absolutely no doubt that you’ve suddenly been surrounded by luxury.” Read more.

Did you read Tony’s review yesterday of the Keystone Bullet 265RBI 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: 

“Don’t leave the black water valve open, and make sure you use plenty of water when flushing solid products in the toilet. This will help prevent blockage.” —Larry M.

50 State Book50 States, 5,000 Ideas, the best book for travelers!
This book from the experts at National Geographic showcases the best travel experiences in every state, from the obvious to the unexpected. Sites include national parks, beaches, hotels, battlefields, dude ranches, museums and more. Each entry provides detailed travel information and fascinating facts about each state that will help fuel your wanderlust and ensure the best vacation possible. The book also includes a section on the Canadian provinces and territories. Learn more or order.

Random RV Thought

The term “RV withdrawal” might be applied to pulling one’s RV out of the driveway or storage area. But it might be better applied to the anxious feeling one gets when deprived of RVing for an extended period of time.

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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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5 months ago

In sections of Wyoming you don’t have the option of dropping anchor. It’s always windy! 😉

5 months ago
Reply to  Mario

Agree with this

5 months ago

Cross winds ( true wind) combined with the wind created by the moving vehicle produces an apparent wind. It’s a mathematical equation and involves vectors combined with calculating the wind speed of the vehicle and the speed of the true wind. So matter what the apparent wind angle will always change. A vehicle traveling at 55 mph produces 55 mph wind if you have a 10 mph tail wind theoretical you vehicle will only be producing 45 mph wind speed.

5 months ago

Another issue that crosswinds can create is poor engine cooling since the wind goes across the front of the vehicle and only a minimal amount gets to the radiator. With enough of a crosswind not a lot of air gets into the radiator cooling fins so keep an eye on your temperature gauge.

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