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Beginner’s Guide to RVing Newsletter Volume 2, Issue 104

rv travel logoWelcome 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.

Today’s Tips of the Day:
Your RV’s roof vent and fan are dirty! Here’s how to clean it 
Ask Dave: Why can’t the RV industry conquer the issue of leaks?

Today’s RV Review:
2022 Colorado Teardrops Mount Massive trailer

RVing Basics

Inspector Detector?

Replaced your detectors lately? Pull your smoke, LP, and carbon monoxide detectors down and check their labels. Detectors are “good” within a certain date, and even if they seem to be “working” after the expiration date, don’t risk it – replace them. Here are some combination smoke/CO/LP detectors from Amazon.

Pulling trailers in the mountains

If you plan to pull a trailer through mountainous regions, take caution. A gas engine will lose 3 to 4 percent of its available power for every 1,000 feet above sea level. Ford Motor Company recommends a reduction in gross vehicle weights and gross combined weights of 2 percent for every 1,000 feet above sea level to maintain performance. —From Mark Polk, RV Education 101.

silicon tape to fix leaksTape it to the limit…
Rather than an adhesive, this type of tape fuses to itself. It makes a totally waterproof seal that can be used to repair the insulation on electrical wiring in the field. It has all kinds of other emergency uses advertised, such as a quick fix for a leaking radiator hose, so it certainly deserves a place in your RV toolbox since it’s a multi-tasking piece of equipment that could save your bacon. Learn more or order.

Quick Tips

Leak behind the toilet?
The Number One suspect for a leak behind the toilet is your fresh water valve. These guys often leak if they were not properly winterized. The hardest part of the job? Probably getting the toilet pulled loose from the bathroom! Unless you’re a contortionist, space limitations usually require a remove-fix-reinstall operation.

A better use for dishwater
Reader Thelma T. saw a tip about keeping plenty of water in your black tank. Thelma says: “A tip I saw and have shared often is to place a plastic dish pan in the kitchen sink for washing dishes. When done, dump the dishwater down the toilet. This not only adds water to the black tank, it helps decrease odors and also frees space in the gray tank for showers.” Thanks, Thelma!

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

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

“Pack only the bare necessities. Add or remove as you camp in all locations.” —Suze Southwell

Keep insects and bird nests out of your RV furnace
Wasps, mud daubers, birds and rodents pose a serious threat to the furnace on your RV. They can enter through the furnace vents. Their nests can interfere with air flow and cause serious damage. Camco 42141 (Model FUR 200) Flying Insect RV Furnace Screen fits Duo-therm and Suburban furnace vents. Camco offers several furnace screens so check which one will fit your vent. Learn more or order.

Random RV Thought

When driving or pulling an RV, be careful of low-hanging objects when you pull into a campground or gas station. Low branches can be nasty to RV exteriors and so can roof overhangs. There is, however, an advantage to hitting one of these obstacles: You will end up with an extra source of air conditioning, but probably not the type you would want.

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

Why you should never finance an RV for 20 years! Staff

Publisher: Chuck Woodbury. Editor: Emily Woodbury. Associate editor: Diane McGovern. Senior editors: Russ and Tiña De Maris. Senior writers: Nanci Dixon, Tony Barthel, Mike Gast. Contributors: Mike Sokol, Gail Marsh, Roger Marble, Dave Solberg, Dave Helgeson, Janet Groene, Julianne Crane, Chris Guld, Machelle James, James Raia, Kate Doherty, J.R. Montigel, Clint Norrell, and Chris Epting. Podcast host and producer: Scott Linden. Special projects director: Jessica Sarvis. Moderators: Gary Gilmore, Linda Brady. Financial affairs director: Gail Meyring. IT wrangler: Kim Christiansen.

Honorary CorrespondentsLoyal readers who regularly email us leads about news stories and other information and resources that aid our own news-gathering efforts.
Tom and Lois Speirs • Mike Sherman • George Bliss • Steve Barnes + others who we will add later. 

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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Dr. Michael
26 days ago

“Pack only the bare necessities. Add or remove as you camp in all locations.”

Besides food and clothes, I pack my computer bag, camera, and medical journals.
My wife….well now I have to figure out how to hook up a semi trailer!!!

1 month ago

Is it possible and is it OK when the gray tank is full and the black tank is near empty. Can you simply back flush from the grey tank to the black?

1 month ago

If you need to remove the toilet be sure to get a new flan ge seal before you reinstall it. It’s not a hard job, just takes a little time

Jerry Austin
10 months ago

I am planning to do outdoor camping after this pandemic and thank God I get across your article. At least I could make good preparation of my howqua tents. Please make more articles like this, I will follow your blogs.

10 months ago

Be careful. If you plan to pull a trailer through the mountains you’ll lose all power at 25,000 feet.

10 months ago
Reply to  Impavid

You’ll lose consciousness before then! (Unless your tow vehicle is pressurized)

1 month ago
Reply to  Impavid

Must be a plane RV. Highest road in US is less than15000 feet 🙂

Everest is only 29000. I doubt the highest road anywhere is over 20k… Probably could use some O2 at 20k but you probably would pass out.