Friday, September 17, 2021
Friday, September 17, 2021

Beginner’s Guide to RVing Newsletter Volume 2, Issue 90

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

Today’s Tips of the Day:
Skip the repair shop – Do it yourself with a “how-to” notebook
Ask Dave: Can we stabilize the steps so the trailer doesn’t rock?

RVing Basics

I’m a single woman and am a bit worried about traveling by myself. Do you have any suggestions or words of encouragement?

Yes, thousands upon thousands of single, widowed or otherwise solo women are traveling America in RVs. The best source of information on this subject is through the club RVing Women.

I keep hearing RVers talk about the Slabs. What is it?

The Slabs is short for Slab City, an old military installation in the desert alongside the Salton Sea in Southern California, about four miles east of the town of Niland. Camping is free and thousands of RVers in rigs of all shapes, sizes and road-worthiness hole up there every winter (too hot in the summer). They socialize, hold flea markets, and even have their own CB “radio station.” The Slabs, with its hodgepodge crowd, is not for everyone, but it’s worth an overnight stay just to witness this often colorful RV subculture.

I also hear a lot about a place called Quartzsite in Arizona. What’s there?

Quartzsite, Ariz., is just east of the California border along I-10 in what was, until recently, the middle of nowhere. In the winter season, these days, it’s the site of a huge and nearly non-stop flea market and gem show. RVers in all types and sizes of rigs hole up in and around town for free on public lands or in inexpensive RV parks. At peak times, tens of thousands of RVers may be in the area. It’s an amazing sight and a worthwhile destination for any RVer who seeks bargains, free or inexpensive camping, sunshine and clean desert air. A free RV show is held each January in a giant tent and draws huge crowds.

Protect your RV parts from rust and corrosion
T-9 is the RV technician’s choice for attacking corrosion, loosening rusty parts & flushing out old lubricants. It permeates metal crevices & seeps deep inside assembled components to leave a durable protective coating, lubricating without dismantling equipment. It won’t wash off in rain or mud. T-9 will not harm paint, plastic, rubber, fiberglass or vinyl. It can be used on engines, wiring, belts & is safe on electronics. Boeshield T-9 was developed by Boeing for lubrication and protection of aircraft components. Learn more or order.

Quick Tips

Infrared temperature gun in your kit?
Buy a temperature gun. So many handy uses. Great for checking tire temp, brakes temps, how well your AC is working, checking your grill temp, refrigerator temp, freezer temp and oven temp. —From RV Living Full Time: 100+ Amazing Tips, Secrets, Hacks & Resources to Motorhome Living Available on Amazon.

Tie down your microwave turntable
Secure your microwave plate and ring – A simple dish towel wrapped around them will do. Don’t risk breaking your microwave plate or the rotation ring by letting them bounce around inside the microwave while you are towing it. —From 100 RV Tips and Tricks (Mack’s RV Handbook). Available on Amazon.

“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: 

“DO NOT just go to an RV dealer and let them show you what they have on the lot. Know in advance what you are looking for when you go to the dealer, as they may very well push a rig on you that’s a real loser, but it’s something that they don’t want on their lot anymore. Consider buying a used rig versus a new one as oftentimes a used one will have many of the bugs that were in it coming from the factory fixed, and will cost less to purchase.” —Charley Dickson

Random RV Thought

If you travel by motorhome and don’t pull another vehicle for local trips, consider bringing along a bicycle or two. They can be easily stored, either on a rack or in a storage compartment if they fold up.

According to one of our polls, 39 percent of you already carry a bicycle with you on your RV travels. If you, a family member or a friend is part of that percentage, the unbreakable handlebar phone holder for bicycles and motorcycles is the perfect gift! Learn more here.

• If you’re a member of Facebook, be sure to sign up for our groups RV Buying Advice, RV Advice and Budget RV Travel. For a list of all our groups and newsletters, visit here.

• 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, J.R. Montigel, Clint Norrell, Darian Armer 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 + 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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10 months ago

While I am married I have camped by tent and now travel trailer for over 15 years, including 8,231 miles round trip to Denali. Just do it, tho if the trail’s beyond your safety zone go back. Otherwise the more you think about the less likely you are to do it.

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10 months ago
Reply to  Laura

That’s excellent advice, Laura. Thanks! Take care, and stay healthy. 🙂 —Diane at

Al and May
10 months ago

We usually put one or two loaves of bread in the MW oven so we can say “the bread is fresh from the oven”.

Tony Grigg
10 months ago
Reply to  Al and May

Fantastic idea! Thank you!

Rock & Tina
10 months ago

We stuff a couple of throw pillows in the Microwave. Quick and easy and works great.

10 months ago

My comment on used RVs is, yes you will save purchase costs BUT I disagree that used RVs might have had their problems worked out. RVs never have their problems worked out for very long. RVs have maintenance issues all the time.

Plus, if you have a 4 year old RV, you probably going to need tires soon, almost guaranteed if it still has the factory junk tires. Plus, you will need to soon replace or refresh roof sealant around seams and joints. In fact, you should examine all caulking.

Bob M
14 days ago
Reply to  Dave

I agree, bought my 1st travel trailer used and had issues I had to fix. Used RV’s have no warranty or 30 day warranty. Be especially careful to make sure Fridge works.

10 months ago

I secure the microwave turntable with a short piece of pool noodle. Just wedge it between the turntable and the ceiling of the microwave.

10 months ago
Reply to  Snayte

I do as well, and it has never moved.