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Beginner’s Guide to RVing Newsletter Volume 2, Issue 72

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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RVing Basics

Do I need an awning for my rig?

If you spend a lot of time in the desert, other hot places, or in rainy climates, then it’s a good idea. An awning also adds a “porch” to your RV, which many RVers enjoy. Awnings are standard equipment on most trailers and larger motorhomes.

Are awnings hard to set up and take down?

No. On many Class A coaches they are fully automatic. On most other RVs it’s a fairly simple routine: release the locking lever and latches, use the awning rod to pull down on the strap and unroll the awning, lock in the rafter arms and then raise the main arms. Taking them down is just the reverse.

Don’t awnings flap in the wind?

They can, but inexpensive “de-flappers” are available to reduce wind noise. You can see what we’re referring to on Amazon.

Hey, speaking of awnings… Check out today’s tip of the day: Everything you need to know about cleaning your RV awning

Quick Tips

RV boot camps are highly recommended
For “newbies” and those just thinking about the RV lifestyle, find and attend an RV Boot Camp! The Escapees RV Club runs an excellent RVBC, often over a weekend. RVSEF and other groups offer RVBCs too. Mistakes made with RVs are often expensive and sometimes dangerous. The time and money spent attending an RVBC will be a wise investment! RVBC graduates are also smarter RV buyers. Thanks to John Koenig for this great tip!

License plate alert!
“Two thousand miles away from home, somebody stole our back license plate from our truck. We implore our fellow RVers to purchase Torx screws to help frustrate thieves.” —Thanks to AF in Reno!

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: 

“Take your time. Research, research, research! Decide what you want the RV for and what you want in it. Research ad nauseam. Research the brand, the dealer, dealer support, the manufacturer, the manufacturer’s customer service. Don’t be in a hurry.” —Bob and Charlotte Champlin

Random RV Thought

The expectation of acquiring a new possession is often more exciting than the possession itself once you have it. Whether it’s a new chair, video game or newfangled tool, we dream about the item and how it will enhance our life. But once acquired, the product often becomes just another possession.

That’s not true with an RV, which continues to captivate most owners for years and years. Perhaps it’s because an RV is more than a “thing.” It’s a magic carpet that takes us on grand, memorable adventures. RVers who once traveled with their small children in an RV and then have to sell the RV years later can come to tears seeing all the memories drive away. An elderly couple, too old to travel anymore, will likely feel the same. RVs provide an ongoing source of wonder to those who own them. And unlike most of the miscellany in our lives, the passion an owner feels for an RV rarely dims.

Universal lid fits all your pots and pans!RV Travel Newsletter Issue 922
This incredibly handy universal pot and pan lid will fit [almost] every pot and pan in your RV kitchen! Works with fry pans, pots, saucepans, skillets, stockpots, woks, cast iron pans and more! Eliminate kitchen cabinet clutter with this multipurpose, compact lid. Don’t you wish you had known about this sooner? Learn more or order.

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

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

“On my 2015 Dynamax DX3-37RB, I upgraded from the ‘eye candy’ crap OEM furniture that was not even remotely close to being comfortable, to custom replacements. HUGE improvement in comfort and usability. I did this in the second year of ownership. I’m closing in on six years of ownership and don’t regret paying for that upgrade at all. It IS sad that paying EXTRA for comfortable furniture is more the rule than the exception.” —John Koenig

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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! 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 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 month ago

re: Don’t awnings flap in the wind?
If the wind is strong enough to flap the awning, it should be brought in–before a gust tears it off the RV. Most RVers bring in their awnings when they leave the campground and overnight.

11 months ago

Pertaining to the license plate being stolen, torx driver can be found anywhere. Plus, he can be removed with a small straight blade screwdriver. I use security torx screws. They have a pin in the center that will only allow them to be removed with the proper bit. They can only be removed with a security torx bit.

1 month ago
Reply to  Bob

I have security torx on all my vehicle plates. Even though you can buy the proper bit in most hardware stores, not many spur of the moment thieves have them.
Now that PA has stopped issuing the stickers showing expiration date for the license plates, the problem has diminished somewhat.

Benjiman Schooley IV
11 months ago

Concerning the ad for Clear Rear. I ordered three units, one for my RV and two for my home. None of the units fit my RV nor my home toilets. After speaking to customer service the company charged me 20% to send them back. They say the units do not work in RV’s. Why is this add allowed on this site. Buyer beware, and be sure to read the fine print on returns.

RV Staff (@rvstaff)
11 months ago

We’re sorry you had a problem with a product which appeared in one of our newsletters. That’s not one of our usual advertisers. Some of the ads you see are automatically delivered by Google, which generally delivers them based on what a reader has looked at online previously. It is impossible for us to see all those ads ourselves. They “cycle through” and can even be directed to different audiences throughout the U.S. But for anyone else who sees that ad and your comment, that will be a good heads-up for them. Thanks for reporting it! —Diane at

11 months ago

The expectation of acquiring a new possession is often more exciting than the possession itself once you have it. Whether it’s a new chair, video game or newfangled tool, we dream about the item and how it will enhance our life. But once acquired, the product often becomes just another possession.”

Not true with my 2019 Jeep Wrangler either. This is my most favorite vehicle of any I have ever owned. Only down side is that it cannot pull our travel trailer.

Michael A. B
11 months ago
Reply to  snayte

Mine is a 1968 Toyota Landcruiser FJ40. Been behind the wheel of her for 40 years. A lot of memories.