Tuesday, November 30, 2021


Beginner’s Guide to RVing Newsletter Volume 2, Issue 53

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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Today’s Tip of the Day: 5 unique uses for elastic hair ties in an RV

RVing Basics

Where is the propane tank located on an RV and how and where do you fill up?

The propane will be in its own compartment accessible from the outside of the RV. On many travel trailers it will be right up front; fifth-wheel trailers will usually have them up-front, but in a compartment. Motorhomes have permanently mounted units, often out of sight, but with a filler connection behind a door. Propane is most readily available at commercial campgrounds and gas stations. Prices vary, but usually it costs less per gallon than gasoline. There is never self-service on propane.

How long will a tank of propane last?

How much propane used varies widely among RVers. Furnaces or LP-fired heaters chew up gas at a famous rate. Water heaters use plenty of LP, so how often do you shower? Perhaps the “smallest” gas user is your refrigerator, but the hotter the weather, the more gas it will use. Many motorhomes have a gauge that will help you determine how much gas is left in the tank. Trailer users don’t usually have that luxury, so when you see the indicator flag on the propane regulator change color, know that it’s time to fill one cylinder.

Quick Tips

It’s best to have two types of smoke detectors in RV
Smoke detectors come in two “flavors.” The most common in RVs is an ionization detector, which quickly picks up on flaring up, flaming fires. The photoelectric type is better to notice smoldering fires. It’s best to have both types in your rig — but check to ensure what you install is “RV approved.”

Pick a small town for General Delivery mail service
Planning a long road trip and want to use the USPS “General Delivery” system to get your mail? Pick a small town for your General Delivery drops — easier to get your rig to than having to figure out which “branch” your mail goes to. Or check out Americas Mailbox for mail forwarding. It has many plans available and is endorsed by RVtravel.com.

Popular RVtravel.com podcast
Listen to our recent talk with Academy Award winning actor Matthew McConaughey, who is an avid RVer. He loves his Airstreams! And more shows are here. Listen as you’re rolling down the highway! You’ll love it!

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: 

“Sit on the toilet to make sure you can easily ‘take care of business.'” —Tommy Molnar

News for RVers #918, Sunday edition3-in-1 NOAA radio, flashlight and charger must-have for RVers
This emergency hand-crank radio is a necessity for RVers. Keep it somewhere safe, you never know when it will come in handy. The 3-in-1 radio is also a bright LED flashlight and a smartphone charger. The radio can be charged via solar charging, hand cranking or a USB plug. You’ll want to buy one here.

Random RV Thought

If you RV a lot, it’s almost certain you will occasionally camp where the noise outside is annoying or even disruptive to a good night’s sleep. In situations where you cannot control the noise, earplugs can come in handy. They will block out most of the sound. Always keep a pair in your RV just in case.

ABC's of RVing

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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 RVtravel.com 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.

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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!

Stupid RVer Tricks! Oh, what some of them do! Watch and [maybe] weep!

RVtravel.com Staff

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Richard Hughes
4 months ago

We have also pulled our bed slide out back in when there is noise. It helps a little bit. It also helped when it was very cold outside.

4 months ago

Re: random RV thoughts
To block noise, I turn the AC/heater fan to On. The consistent white noise is easy to get used to and blocks out most outdoor noise

Re: make sure there’s enough room to sit on the toilet. My toes stick out under the door. I have to open the door after a shower to put on my socks and pants.

I wish the bathroom was 6 inches bigger.

1 year ago

I would add, don’t trust the sensor panel (the one with black-grey-fresh-LP readouts) to tell you how much propane is in your RV tank. Use the gauge on the tank itself. It’ll be closer to true.