Wednesday, December 8, 2021


Beginner’s Guide to RVing Newsletter Volume 2, Issue 127

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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Tuesday, October 26, 2021

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

Today’s Tips of the Day:
5 easy ways to make your own campfire starter
Ask Dave: Does trailer length matter when choosing a TPMS?

Today’s RV Review:
2022 Keystone Cougar 24RDS

Howdy! Please note that this is the last issue of this newsletter... for now. By this point, you should have learned a significant amount about RVing and you should feel good about getting started. We will resume this newsletter again in six months. 

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Thank you for joining us these past six months. It has been a pleasure having you in our passenger seat. Stay safe, happy travels, and please don’t drink and drive! 

RVing Basics

When, how and why to use a dehumidifier

By Bob (BoondockBob) Difley
Retained moisture in small spaces, such as are common in a boat or RV, should be taken seriously. If not attended to it can result in dry rot, mold and mildew – which not only can play havoc with your rig but can also produce bad smells and respiratory problems, especially for those with allergies.

Two remedies are maintaining adequate air circulation and using a dehumidifier. In fact, both would be advisable. Check after rainy periods and long road trips for water leaks – especially in those areas that are not easily visible and where pipes or hoses may have worked loose – and correct immediately. If moisture is detected, this is where you would put your small-space dehumidifier.

As long as you have an electrical hookup, keep the dehumidifier running in these hidden locations and check the collection tank periodically for water extracted from the air. Leave a window(s) open slightly and cabinets ajar when conditions permit to supply circulation of fresh air.

Rules for RV happiness

By Jim Twamley
On the road I’ve met all kinds of RVers, and one couple I met are out having the time of their lives. David shared his philosophy of RVing, which he calls “Six Rules for RV Happiness.”

1. Any driving day must be limited to 250 miles or five hours.
2. Regardless of rule 1, you must stop in time to set up completely in daylight.
3. You must set up for at least 48 hours.
4. Because of the size limitations of their fifth wheel, they limit occupancy as follows: Drinks for six, dinner for four, sleeps two. The sleeper cab of their tow rig acts as the “condo” for overnight guests.
5. The driver does not start the engine until the “navigoddess” knows where they are going and how they are going to get there.
6. If in snow, you’re doing it wrong!

These “rules” might not be “one size fits all,” but they’re certainly worth pondering.

Quick Tips

One way to keep your RV bay warm
When cold weather threatens, Don C. says he ensures his RV bays stay warm by carefully installing 60- or 75-watt incandescent light bulbs. Carefully, meaning they won’t bump up against anything and cause damage or a fire hazard. Yes, the government has increased energy efficiency bulb standards, but Don says you can still find incandescent bulbs at big box stores like Lowe’s. Thanks to Don for his tip.

Boondocking solar light tip
In order to save our batteries, we use solar lights which you find in lawn and garden centers. We have a couple of pots of petunias outside with a solar light and we bring them in at night and put one in each room. The flowers make our camper smell so nice! A couple of solar lights without the stake can be placed on the table to play cards by or you can put one in the bathroom and one wherever you need a night light. From Ray Burr at Love Your RV.

ABC's of RVingBy RV Travel publisher Chuck Woodbury
Book for newbie RVers a must-have!

If you are planning to buy your first RV or are just getting started with your first rig, this book by publisher Chuck Woodbury should be a must-read. The ABCs of RVing answers important questions that newbie RVers don’t even know enough to ask! Read this, and you’ll save countless hours of research and avoid making costly rookie mistakes. It’s available in both a Kindle version and printed edition.

“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 your patience.” —Eric Ramey

For more of these, scroll down and read the comments on this post here. There are 252 comments here with a ton of great advice.

Random RV Thought

It’s nice to introduce yourself to your neighbors at the campground. You never know who you’ll meet, and you might really cheer someone up, or you may even become lifelong friends.

• 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! 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, Chris Epting and Karel Carnohan, DVM. 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 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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Richard Hughes
1 month ago

I have appreciated the newsletter. I gave a donation to keep the other one going, but now, ten months later, I don’t receive it anymore. The advertisement version started showing up on another email address.

Jessica Sarvis(@jessica)
1 month ago
Reply to  Richard Hughes

Please email me at and specify what email you would like to use and what email you want to get rid of and I’ll make sure to clear that up for you.

Donald N Wright
1 month ago

keeping it warm…for those of us who do not have indoor storage, can “heat tape” be used to keep water heater and water tanks warm for outdoor storage?

Kerry Park
1 month ago

Thank you for a very informative newsletter!

1 month ago

Good rules. #6 should add “high wind”

1 month ago

As for “Rules for RV happiness”, my rule as a snowbird is 450 to 500 miles per day to get my butt out of the frozen north. Once I get to a warmer place where I can add water to my trailer I take it easier. That’s usually 3 or 4 days.

11 months ago

I love rule #5 – so true to have peace on the road!

Donald N Wright
11 months ago

I hope you enjoy your six months off.

11 months ago

PLEASE be careful using incandescent lights, even 60w ones, in a closed, unattended compartment. Heat rises, so be sure there’s nothing above that’s going to be affected by the rising heat column from the lamp.

Mike Albert
11 months ago

Thanks for the six months of this news letter. Sorry to see it go. I have absorbed a lot of information because of it. Looking forward to 2021 and the ability to travel more and enjoy more.
Happy New Year, stay safe and wear a mask!

RV Staff(@rvstaff)
11 months ago
Reply to  Mike Albert

Thanks, Mike. The Beginner’s Guide to RVing newsletters will be back (recycled, with updates) in a few months, for a new batch of “newbies.” It’s just going on hiatus for a bit. Take care. 🙂 —Diane at

Rock & Tina
11 months ago

We follow the 2 – 2 – 2 rule. When traveling we try to limit our driving day to about 200 miles, we try to arrive by 2pm and we try to stay at least two nights.

Diane Fox
11 months ago

Navigoddess! I love it!