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Beginner’s Guide to RVing Newsletter, Volume 3, Issue 125

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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RVing Basics

Important first steps with a new motorhome or tow vehicle

Got a new motorhome or tow vehicle? First rule: Read the manuals! They’ll answer a lot of your questions with what the manufacturer recommends – not necessarily what other guys around the campfire recommend. Next: Take out your camera and take pictures of the engine compartment. Later, if something goes wrong (like a broken belt), you’ll have a guide to help you put it back together. Brand-new rig? Write down what your “normal” operating temperatures are, put them in your owner’s manual, and you’ll have them to refer to a couple of years down the road, which might help you diagnose a problem.

The best way to handle crosswinds while driving your RV

Headed into winds with your RV? You know that tailwinds will give you better fuel economy and headwinds will kill it. But what about side- or crosswinds? These guys can be dangerous. When the winds are strong and steady, our tendency is to “correct” the steering to hold the rig on the road. But let the wind abruptly die, or you drive under an overpass, suddenly your correction becomes an over-correction. If at all possible, if winds are strong enough that you have to “correct” your steering, drop anchor and wait the winds out.

Read more tips on how to get ahead of the wind.

A toaster fit for an RV!
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Quick Tips

Weights of liquids in an RV
Weighting game: Here’s how much typical RV liquids weigh, per gallon: Fresh water – 8.3 lbs.; Gasoline – 6.1 lbs.; Diesel – 7.3 lbs.; Propane – 4.2 lbs.

How to help protect your drive train on steep grades
Climbing steep grades with a motorhome or with a trailer in tow can really cause your drive train to heat up. Automatic transmission users, use your selector to run through the gears, not allowing the transmission the “choice.” When you do this, run your engine at higher RPMs to allow the cooling system to work more efficiently.

“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: 

“Don’t leave the black water valve open, and make sure you use plenty of water when flushing solid products in the toilet. This will help prevent blockage.” —Larry M.

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Random RV Thought

The term “RV withdrawal” might be applied to pulling one’s RV out of the driveway or storage area. But it might be better applied to the anxious feeling one gets when deprived of RVing for an extended period of time.

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Gordon den Otter
2 months ago

Slightly contrarian advice on crosswinds: for moderate crosswinds (less than about 25mph), learn to drive in them. There are lots of places (e.g. southern Alberta, including going to Banff from Calgary) where wind gusts are common.

If you are towing a trailer, the wind will push your trailer, which will automatically push the nose of your tow vehicle into the wind, which corrects your steering. You will get the same effect if a semi passes you. Yes, you will feel like Piglet with a balloon, but you will get used to it.

For higher winds that are blowing the semis around, pull off the road and wait it out.

Last edited 2 months ago by Gordon den Otter
Rock & Tina
1 year ago

How to help protect your drive train on steep grades – If you have the TOW/HAUL function, it’s engineered to handle this situation so you should use it instead of manually selecting the gear.

1 year ago

Going through open areas of Kansas this week and it was blowing a hard cross wind. A semi went to pass and the sudden stop of cross wind caught me off guard and really got my attention. Always be aware around you

2 years ago

In sections of Wyoming you don’t have the option of dropping anchor. It’s always windy! 😉

2 years ago
Reply to  Mario

Agree with this

2 years ago

Cross winds ( true wind) combined with the wind created by the moving vehicle produces an apparent wind. It’s a mathematical equation and involves vectors combined with calculating the wind speed of the vehicle and the speed of the true wind. So matter what the apparent wind angle will always change. A vehicle traveling at 55 mph produces 55 mph wind if you have a 10 mph tail wind theoretical you vehicle will only be producing 45 mph wind speed.

2 years ago

Another issue that crosswinds can create is poor engine cooling since the wind goes across the front of the vehicle and only a minimal amount gets to the radiator. With enough of a crosswind not a lot of air gets into the radiator cooling fins so keep an eye on your temperature gauge.

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