Saturday, December 2, 2023


Beginner’s Guide to RVing Newsletter, Volume 3, Issue 122

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, November 22, 2022

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

RVing Basics

Don’t assume there’s a dump station where you’re headed

Do not assume that a public campground where you are headed has a dump station based on what you read in a directory or other literature. Sometimes you will find it has been closed for repairs or even for good. If you show up with full holding tanks, expecting to dump on arrival, you have a problem. It’s always a good idea to seek out a location to dump before you arrive … just in case.

Use “Truck Entrance” when fueling at truck stop

When approaching a truck stop, look for the “Truck Entrance” sign. Don’t go in the “car” side if you want the truck pumps. You typically cannot drive from one side to the other without exiting the property. You may find “RV Lanes” and these usually have both gas and diesel tanks. Larger rigs may have trouble in these RV Lanes. Truck lanes may not take credit or debit cards. You usually have to pay inside. Thanks to Ron Jones at

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Quick Tips

It’s important to know your campground location
Always know the name and location of your campground including your site number (and GPS coordinates if possible). If it’s a public campground with no street address, then know which highway it’s along and the direction of the closest city. In an emergency you may have to call for help. If you don’t know where you are, you may have a serious problem.

Reader Pat Mitchell suggests if you’re concerned about being involved in an emergency situation while away from your rig, you could do what he does. “I usually just pick up a park brochure from the campground office to leave in our truck. It’s always handy and if we are in an accident, the location of our camper and other details are right there with us.” Thanks, Pat!

“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: 

“First two nights, stay close to the dealership where you bought the RV.” —Antoine Berthiaume

A cozy gift for your favorite RVer! 

These adorable trailer-themed slippers are just what your favorite RVer needs to get them through the winter months. They’re ultra-soft, warm, and comfortable and have nonslip soles so you won’t slip and slide across your RV’s floors. They come in two sizes, S/M and L/XL, so every foot will be happy! Check ’em out here.

Random RV Thought

A flashlight is like magic – a beam of light from your hand. There are plenty of neat devices in this world but, really, how cool is it that you can hold a small cylinder in your hand and with the flip of a switch or the push of a button, it will light up the night? If you were lost in a dark forest, what would you rather have, $1,000 in your wallet or a flashlight in your hand?

• 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!

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Joe (@guest_211830)
1 year ago

Truck Entrance” when fueling at truck stop. Our rig is a diesel pusher and the best thing I ever did was enroll with TSD Logistics for the discount fuel program. Just got fuel for my home tractor and cost was $1.24 off the advertised price at our local Speedway truck lanes!

Richard Hughes (@guest_148202)
2 years ago

I think I would take the thousand dollars. When the sun comes up, the thousand dollars would buy a flashlight, breakfast and gas to get home.

Bob (@guest_107417)
2 years ago

A lot of the truck lanes have gas. Check the station website.

Rock & Tina (@guest_107412)
2 years ago

Use “Truck Entrance” – Doesn’t help when you have a 38 foot “Gasser.”

Tony Grigg (@guest_107415)
2 years ago
Reply to  Rock & Tina

You are right. Truck entrances generally lead to diesel pumps and those of us using gasoline need to access gas pumps.

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