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Beginner’s Guide to RVing Newsletter Volume 2, Issue 123

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:
You can do way more with leaf blowers than you think! Here are 6 other ways to use them
Ask Dave: Why does the electric tongue jack only work intermittently?

Today’s RV Review:
AT Overland Aterra XL


RVing Basics

Loading your RV. Some tips. Be careful!

Most RVs these days come with a lot of storage space. But as Walter Cannon of the RV Safety & Education Foundation explains, you must be careful how much you load to avoid a dangerous situation. “You have to remember, an RV is not only a house, but it is on wheels,” he says. In this short video he offers some do’s and don’ts about loading an RV.

Important, easy, electric safety tip

Switch off the circuit breaker at the shore power before plugging in! When leaving, switch the circuit breaker off before unplugging. Just for fun, note the times that you pull into a campsite and the breaker is still on. That tells you that the previous occupant really didn’t know what they were doing, was living dangerously, and had not read this tip! Thanks to Ron Jones, AboutRVing.com.


Forget buying a portable generator!
Use your car or RV engine to generate clean 110 power with a CarGenerator. It’s cheaper, more reliable, and so light even a child can lift it. Use to power your RV accessories, and recharge batteries for continued use of CPAP machines, etc. Perfect supplement to solar on cloudy days. At home, use for backup power when the power grid goes down. Learn more.


Quick Tips

Check your battery shutoff switch
“If you have a battery shutoff switch, as I do, make sure that switch is ON. More than once I have started the troubleshooting process only to find that switch in the OFF position. Inadvertent operation of that switch when looking for the compartment lights or curious children/grandchildren could leave you in the dark.” Thanks to Joe Brignolo

Driving your RV on dirt or unpaved roads
Many times the only road into the campground is a dirt or gravel road. Consult a campground directory to see if a certain road is suitable for your vehicle. Pay close attention to the signs posted and believe them. If a sign prohibits trailers, don’t use that road. There may be a hazard such as rocks, low trees, or washed-out sections of the road ahead that only a four-wheel drive vehicle can handle safely. From California DMV


“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: 

“Don’t make your plans so precise that there is no time to have fun. Years ago my wife’s sister and her husband’s family, with a total of three motorhomes, stopped in the town we were living in and they sent a schedule of the three months’ trip so detailed that it included every day’s activities with a time schedule listing every minute of every day. Leave time for side trips and things to do that are not planned. Planning ahead three months where you stop and eat makes it worse than punching in at a time clock.” —Terry


This little tool does so much!
This multifunctional tool is seven in one! This heavy-duty pen tool features a handy tablet or smartphone stylus, a sturdy screwdriver, a bubble level, a universal inch/cm ruler and a handy Phillips screwdriver flathead bit, and it’s only the size of a pen! Perfect for any weekend project, and it even makes a great gift. Learn more or order.


Random RV Thought

Some rest areas are simply parking lots with a restroom. Others are elaborate with a full-blown restaurant, store and gas station. Rest areas in national forests and along rural highways are often in beautiful settings with trails to walk for exercise, where the smell of the air can be as captivating as the scenery (sagebrush in the desert or pine in the mountains). Of course, some rest areas are noisy and smell of diesel exhaust, which is further evidence that in life we win some and we lose some.


RESOURCES:

• 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!



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, Randall Brink, 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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Bob
1 month ago

We once camped at privately owned park near Stroudsburg, PA ?The road to the campground was about 1 1/2 lanes wide with steep drop offs on both sides. It had a 25mph speed limit but the locals did anything but 25. There were quite a few close calls. Even Google maps won’t show this. Looked like a nice road on the map! A real nail biter.

Donald N Wright
1 month ago

My long range plans are like my grocery list, usually forgotten at home.

Mitzi Agnew Giles and Ed Giles
11 months ago

My DH is one of those wanting to know every minute is preplanned. I am not, and I found it exhausting to plan joint vacations (which were rare) even before the purchase of our RV. To be frank, I had so much concern about not upsetting him with too loose a schedule that I rarely enjoyed a joint vacation and could hardly wait for my next solo.

I think he may’ve been somewhat cured by discovering his passport was missing when we only 2 days shy of reaching the Canada/US border. It involved almost 2 weeks of sending him home and back via Amtrak and using a passport reissue service company.

Steve
11 months ago

I agree with the tip regarding checking the battery disconnect is “on” but I wanted to add. Be sure you know which position has the current flowing. On our Montana the disconnect says “DISCONNECT ON” which I think actually means the power is disconnected. It’s backwards to my thinking, but as long as I know which way it works, I am good. Actually a good thing to test and check so you know!

Irv
11 months ago

Live and let live–let others plan any way they want. Some people like to plan and some don’t.

Certain situations, especially group travel, require more planning. The plans may have been negotiated in advance among the three groups–which is better than arguments and indecision along the way.

I’ve been on group tours (10 off-road jeeps) with a lot of unhappy people because of different understandings of the probably itinerary, disagreements over stop-start times, etc.

Then again, as Helmuth von Moltke famously said.
“No battle plan survives contact with the enemy.”