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Beginner’s Guide to RVing Newsletter, Volume 3, Issue 124


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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Thursday, November 24, 2022

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

RVing Basics

22 tips for choosing the best campsite

Here are some tips from publisher Chuck Woodbury about choosing a campsite based on years of experience.

  1. First, the obvious: Be sure the site is level or close to it, and long enough so your RV (and tow or towed vehicle) doesn’t stick out in the road (so no bumps in the night).
  2. Pay careful attention before pulling into a campsite to be sure you can clear tree branches above and beside your RV. Scratches (or worse) are not your friend. Continue reading.

Help prevent LP gas leaks in cold weather

Storing your rig in below-freezing weather? LP gas regulators have been known to freeze up and crack. Shut off the valve(s) on your LP storage containers so if a break does happen, you won’t have gas running away.

Quick Tips

Water regulator tip
Use a water regulator at the campground hookup to prevent too high of pressure from damaging your rig’s pumping. I use one that keeps pressure at 50-55 PSI. Thanks to Ray Burr at Love Your RV.

Check your safety chains to prevent fires!
Pay particular attention to the length of the safety chains connected to a towed trailer or vehicle. They must be long enough to allow a full turn without binding, but short enough to not hit the ground. Wild fires along the highway have been traced to dangling safety chains causing sparks and igniting dry grass and tinder. Thanks to Fred C. for the hot tip.

“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: 

“Like going to a casino, when going to buy an RV, take as much money with you as you can afford to lose.” —George

Random RV Thought

Noises that can wake you up while you are sleeping in your RV include birds walking on the roof, the guy in the diesel truck next door warming up his engine before leaving his campsite (and spewing exhaust in your bedroom window), pine cones falling on your roof, branches scraping against your rig in a windstorm, and garbage trucks showing up at daybreak to empty dumpsters.

Tire ToolAffordable tire tool will save you tons of trouble
What gives when you think your tires are “good to go” but down on air again the next day? Your valve stem valve probably isn’t tight enough. A loose, leaking valve stem can cause a tire failure due to low pressure under load at highway speeds. So do yourself and your vehicles a favor – pick up one of these very inexpensive tools and make sure your valve cores are snugly seated in the valve stem. Click here to order.

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15 days ago

In the last 6 years of rving only been able to pick my site once, and then after I did the manager told I had to move because that one was reserved. The campgrounds pick the site for you.

14 days ago
Reply to  robert

Yup, I agree. However, our travel day normally ends early, so when we get to our site and would like a ‘better’ one, I will return to the office to ask if it was possible to move to my preferred site. Almost all the time the answer has been “Yes.”

Wallace Wood
15 days ago

The comment about the guy idling his diesel engine to “warm it up” is the one thing that really gripes me.
An idling diesel engine produces very little heat so you aren’t warming up anything, and the fuel is not being burned completely and that is very bad for the engine.
Do not idle a diesel engine.

15 days ago
Reply to  Wallace Wood

I beg to differ. My diesel engine does indeed warm up everything. Just wondering if you own a diesel or not. Modern day diesels are more efficient than even a gasoline generator that people use at their sites… more stringent emission controls. Newer diesels have less wasted fuel than gasoline cars.

15 days ago
Reply to  Dennis

Wallace is correct. A diesel doesn’t really warm up on idle. Unless you get it up to operating temperature, which happens once you’re driving down the highway, your pistons and rings don’t seal against the cylinder walls and you get diesel fuel into the crankcase oil. Yes, I own a diesel. Actually on my third one. Best thing to do is read your Owners Manual or ask the service advisor at your dealership.

Bill Bamber; Edmonton Alberta
15 days ago

I do understand the reason for “Tell Someone New To RVing” about RV Dealer’s, RV Sale’s People& RV Mfr’s. as All Do Try to Stiff the Consumer. Their Customers!!
As they All forgot the Basic Principles of Good Business > Q1 is Job 1, Create New Sale’s Opportunities, Create Repeat Business. Most of all K.I.S.S.!!

As they All have seemed to have forgot that Customer’s do Talk!!…….
Just Sayin’….

Brian Burry
1 year ago

Our Class A has dual pane windows and good insulation- we rarely hear anyone or any noises that bother us. Perhaps this fellow should consider it is time for him to upgrade?

Tony Grigg
1 year ago

Random RV Thought Guy sounds like a fun date. Geez, just go with the flow and laugh at the surprises. Chill! Not one of those issues should spoil a single thing about your trip.

1 year ago
Reply to  Tony Grigg

And tell him that trucks are not the only offenders. I about choked to death from the Class A diesel that was sending his exhaust right to me at a dump station. All he had to do was turn it off.

15 days ago
Reply to  steve

But then they have to think of someone other than themselves.

Gumbo Bob
15 days ago
Reply to  Bob

Biggest problem with people today Sir. Everyone seems to think they are the only person that matters.