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Beginner’s Guide to RVing Newsletter Volume 3, Issue 66

Welcome to the Beginner’s Guide to RVing from RVtravel.com. 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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Monday, September 5, 2022

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


RVing Basics

I’d like to travel and earn some money along the way. How can I learn more about this?

Workamper News (workamper.com) is the best source of information about jobs for RVers – and there are plenty of them out there. Visit its website to learn more.

What’s a camp host? How can I become one?

Camp hosts are usually volunteer campers, frequently retired couples, who stay for a month or more (usually a few months) in their RV at both public campgrounds and commercial RV parks to keep an eye on things and do minimal odd jobs. In return, they will generally receive a free campsite, most often with hookups even if other sites don’t have them. On some occasions, they may even receive money, but not much, although the pay is better now than a few years ago. We met a work camping couple recently who were camped for the summer at a National Forest campground in northwest Washington. As is often the case nowadays, the campground was managed by a private company rather than the Forest Service. This couple received a free campsite plus $700 a month. Workamper News is a good source for locating these positions, which are available across the United States, mostly at public campgrounds. You can also check the websites of individual U.S. National Forests or state parks. In the summer vacation season, all but small or remote campgrounds have hosts.



Quick Tips

Be sure to fill LP tanks with propane – not butane
Soon we’ll be thinking about preparing trailers and motorhomes for cold weather or storage. Perhaps it may be a good idea to remind folks to fill their LP tanks with PROPANE GAS as opposed to BUTANE. The burning characteristics are very similar but the distinct difference is in the vapor point. Butane will not evaporate below about +32 degrees while propane will work down to -40 degrees. If the RV is used in cold weather, at all, the difference will be readily apparent … you’ll freeze, too. Thanks to Fred Campbell!

Include tire and load info in your RV log
Having a log is a good idea. Another bit of info to record is the DOT serial number of each tire. That way if there is a recall you will have the info at your fingertips. It’s much easier to locate and record the serial number at your leisure when the weather is nice. Recording the actual individual tire loads as well as total for each axle will make it easier to do an annual quick check at a CAT (truck) scale to be sure there have been no significant changes that would require an adjustment of cold inflation level. Thanks, Roger Marble!


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: 

“Never buy new. You’ve just lost thousands of dollars as soon as you drove it off the lot.” —Jim


Random RV Thought

When you’re traveling in rural areas and want to use your cell phone or AirCard from your campsite, be sure to visit the actual campsite where you want to stay to test the signal – not just in the campground near the office. Service may be spotty. The same goes for using a park’s Wi-Fi.


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

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

“Our most significant and best upgrade we have made to our Class C, was to replace the Dometic ‘Low Profile’ AC unit with a super quiet Atwood AC unit! The Dometic unit was so loud that you had to physically exit the RV to take a phone call because you couldn’t hear the person you were talking to. This RV was new 2 years ago and even though it was nowhere near the time to replace it, we did anyway. We also have had the fully automatic ‘Fantastic Fan’ remote-controlled vent system installed in our 5th wheel bathroom. Both improvements have made a huge difference for us.” —Ed D.


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• 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.

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Millicent Butterworth
1 month ago

Workers on Wheels has many paying jobs as well as volunteer jobs. Doesn’t cost you anything to subscribe. The newsletter comes out every Saturday. Google it!

Judy G
1 month ago

I recommend purchasing a compact tire inflation device. It plugs into power outlet in your vehicle with a cord long enough to reach tires on RV and tow vehicle. Great if you’re on the road or in an isolated campground. Have loaned mine to fellow campers on several occasions.

Cindy
1 month ago
Reply to  Judy G

I am with you, Judy! I have the Viair 88P air compressor. I had a flat on my trailer in upper Michigan in early winter. It was about 28 degrees out. The hose stayed flexible, and was long enough to reach the rear tire. The tire went from 0 psi to 60 psi in 7 minutes. It gets a lot of use every where I take it. It has pumped up more than it’s share of inflatable kayaks…

Bob M
1 year ago

Dometic A/C units are too loud. I’d never buy another RV that has a Dometic A/C.

Lance Craig
1 year ago
Reply to  Bob M

The whine from a Coleman Mach makes the Dometic seem quiet. I try to avoid a site that has one of those next to mw.

Drew
1 year ago

It’s confusing about butane. I’ve never seen it dispensed, much less asked for.

James Starling
1 year ago
Reply to  Drew

Sometimes mixed with propane in certain areas.