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Beginner’s Guide to RVing Newsletter Volume 2, Issue 110

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

Today’s Tips of the Day:
RV Mods: An access door for your cat or dog
Ask Dave: Why does my roof AC unit have a rotten egg smell?

Today’s RV Review:
2022 Jayco Terrain, Class B van

RVing Basics

Much ado about holding tank poo

“We’ve tried all kinds of different ‘holding tank sensor’ cleaning products and none of them seems to be able to ‘clean’ the sensors. None work – to any satisfactory degree. We even tried some stuff a guy was hawking at an RV rally two years ago where he claimed that his ‘struvites’ would gobble up all the nasties in our black tank and bring our sensors back to life. There IS no ‘back to life’ because they never HAVE worked. We have just learned to estimate (with great precision, I might add) when we need to find a dump site.” Our thanks to Tommy Molnar. Oh, and don’t feed that stuff from the RV rally to your dog. Struvites are bad news for bow-wows!

Holding tank treatments

If you do go with holding tank treatments, when buying them check how many treatments are in the bottle. Treatment doses range from two ounces to eight ounces. Don’t be fooled by big jugs that may have fewer treatments than you think. —From Motorhomes Made Easy

Stay free on private property across America
Boondockers Welcome is a great alternative to expensive, crowded RV parks or even Walmart parking lots. With a membership, you can stay for free at more than 2,800 private property locations across America. And, wow, will you meet some great people! Learn more or sign up.

Quick Tips

Easily keep track of your toad car steering wheel movement
If your toad car steering wheel gets stuck and isn’t freely turning, it can really cause damage. Wrap a lint roller sheet around the top of the steering wheel, then occasionally take a peek with your rear-mounted camera. If you can see the steering wheel moving, it’s not locked up.

What to do with a noisy dryer exhaust flap
If you have a washer/dryer on your rig, as do John and Darla Pereria, you may have an annoying problem along with it: a wind-blown dryer exhaust flap that makes constant noise. Say the Pererias: “Naturally this happens most often when you are trying to get to sleep. The sound is just annoying. To solve the problem, we found a large washer in my bag of bolts, and glued the washer to the outside of the flap. It is just enough weight to stop the wind from causing the noise, yet does not interfere with the operation of the dryer.”

“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: 

“Decide on the RV you want and buy a truck that will pull more than that or buy the truck you want and make sure the RV you buy falls well below the tow capability. Take an RV course so you know the way to calculate the different weight requirements. Don’t ask either the RV or truck salesperson if your vehicle will tow xxx. Figure it out yourself.” —Vanessa Simmons

This book is a must-have for state park campers!
“50 States: 500 State Parks, is a must-have book for all state park campers and explorers. The beautiful book takes you on a journey through America’s best state parks. Whether you’re looking for stunning vistas, rare wildlife, a dose of history or an enjoyable hike, state parks offer an array of experiences. Learn more or order.

Random RV Thought

It’s a cruel punishment to be eating a breakfast of cold cereal when the RVer next door is cooking bacon and eggs and the wind is blowing the aroma your way.

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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!

The tire air compressor RVtravel.com uses
Publisher Chuck Woodbury chose the 12-volt VIAIR 450P as his onboard compressor. The device will inflate tire sizes up to 275/80/22.5 to a max of 150PSI with ease. The highly-rated units are intended for RV use but can be used for virtually any tire. It’s pricey, but it’s dependable and can save the day in an emergency. Learn more.

RVtravel.com 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 • Tom Hart + 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 RVtravel.com or this newsletter.

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1 year ago

I use a length of white velcro on my toads steering wheel

Tom B
1 year ago

Referencing your random thought…. I’m the guy cooking BACON AND EGGS! Bwahahahahahaaaaa

Brian Jensen
1 year ago

Give up on the tank sensors in your RV. For less than $100 you can get a SeeLevel system that has external tank sensors that will tell you the percentage that your tank is full. Relatively easy to install using your current wiring.

Ted C
1 year ago
Reply to  Brian Jensen

Hi Brian,
Where can I buy the SeeLevel system? Thanks.

RV Staff(@rvstaff)
1 year ago
Reply to  Ted C

Hi, Ted. Brian can answer you, also, but I just looked it up on Amazon: https://amzn.to/33OZcpq (No surprise there, right? 😉 ) Have a good night. 🙂 —Diane at RVtravel.com

10 months ago
Reply to  Brian Jensen

Brian, Where did you buy it for less than $200?

James Foucault
10 months ago
Reply to  Brian Jensen

James F.

The See Level is the way to go. It is as accurate as you can calibrate it. Be advised, it may cost MORE to have it installed than it costs! ( they are currently over $200) I have done a few installs and if your RV belly is enclosed and insulated it can be VERY difficult.

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