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Beginner’s Guide to RVing Newsletter Volume 2, Issue 67

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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Today’s Tip of the Day: 17 unusual uses for dryer sheets in your RV

RVing Basics

I have a business that I’d like to take on the road, but I wonder about working space in my RV…

A lot of RVers operate a business from a motorhome or other RV, and seem to find the space to do it. Some large RVs come equipped with computer desks, which are helpful. But most RVers do quite well using their dinettes as office desks. It’s relatively easy these days for many people to work from the road. Cell phones, laptop computers and easy access to the Internet enables many RVers to work from wherever they are.

Do I need special vehicle insurance if I’m operating a business from my RV?

You may. Check with your insurance agent. Even monetizing videos you post to YouTube may be viewed by an insurance company as a business. Be very careful about getting this right if you plan to work from your RV on the road.

Quick Tips

Cold weather camping tip
With Mark Polk, RV EDUCATION 101®
The first thing I do before a cold-weather RV trip is, make sure the LP gas cylinders or LP gas tank is full, and the battery(s) is/are serviced and fully charged. The RV furnace will consume more LP gas and deplete the battery quicker than other appliances, so these simple preventive maintenance checks are essential.

Quick, disconnect the water
Remember to use a “quick disconnect” for your potable water hose connections at the coach to make this task easier to perform. It’s worth investing in a good-quality brass fixture. Thanks to Ron Jones,

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: 

“Rent before buying.” —Michael Starks

Random RV Thought

When you do something really stupid with your RV, like banging it into a tree branch and making a dent or even a hole, don’t fret. Such misfortunes happen to all RVers sooner or later. Just get the damage repaired and get on with your life. Stuff happens.

RV Travel Newsletter Issue 922Motion-sensor light ideal for drawers, closets and bedside tables
These small, motion-sensor portable LED lights are perfect to stick in your RV’s drawers, cabinets, bedside tables or closets. The rechargeable light automatically turns on when a drawer, cabinet or door is opened, lighting up the space you need to get into. They’re incredibly handy in an RV, where small places can be dim. Learn more or order this 2-pack.

“What’s the best modification you’ve made to your RV?”

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

“Taking a nice warm shower was one of my best mods, but while boondocking you want to save water, so you shut off the showerhead while you soap up! Now turn the showerhead back on (OMG) the water is cold and you have to wait till it warms up again, so now you’ve wasted a lot of water.
“So I installed an Aqua View Showermiser. It’s awesome as it recirculates the warm water while you soap up (no wasted water). I did make a modification by adding a temperature gauge to it. This addition completely eliminates any water loss as it recirculates till you see the temperature you want – around 100 degrees!” —Dave Telenko
Editor: Here’s a link to Aqua View’s website.

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Publisher: Chuck Woodbury. Editor: Emily Woodbury. Managing editor: Mike Gast. Associate editor: Diane McGovern. Senior editors: Russ and Tiña De Maris. Senior writers: Nanci Dixon, Tony Barthel. Contributors: Mike Sokol, Gail Marsh, Roger Marble, Dave Helgeson, Janet Groene, Julianne Crane, Chris Guld, Machelle James, James Raia, Kate Doherty, J.R. Montigel, Clint Norrell, Randall Brink 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.

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1 year ago

Have you ever measured the amount of water that is “wasted” while you wait for the hot water to get to the shower? It’s pretty small. Plus it’s really easy to capture (something as simple as a clean milk jug) and use for other purposes

1 year ago
Reply to  Tom

Mine takes about a gallon. I put it into the toilet since the black tank always needs more water.

5 months ago
Reply to  snayte


If we’re traveling, we put it in a gallon “milk-jug” and use it to flush. Since COVID, we don’t use gas station or rest-stop toilets–except on the final leg home after dumping and rinsing.