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Beginner’s Guide to RVing Newsletter Volume 3, Issue 68

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

I plan to bring a firearm with me on my RV trips. Is this okay?

About 40 percent of RVers tell us they carry a firearm all or part of the time. If you travel with one, here are a few things to keep in mind: Don’t take a weapon into Canada or Mexico unless you have a good reason and have researched the laws. And when crossing a state border, be sure you are not in violation of the gun laws in the state you’re entering: What’s legal in one state may be a felony in another. If you plan to travel extensively with a firearm, be sure to get the annual guide book, “Traveler’s Guide to the Firearm Laws of the 50 States.” Here is the 2022 edition.

In terms of dealing with an emergency on the road, would a CB be worth having along?

A CB is really only helpful when you are in a highly-populated area, or along a busy highway. A cell phone, on the other hand, has infinite range. Still, there are many “black holes” where a cellular phone cannot pick up a signal. If you want to cover all your bases, bring a cell phone and a CB or high-powered walkie-talkie.

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Quick Tips

Don’t close too many furnace vents
On cold nights, some RVers believe that if they cover up or shut the vents except the one in their bedroom they will save propane and be warmer. Bad idea. When you do this, the furnace can overheat, and it will trip the high-limit safety switch. If this happens too often, eventually the limit switch will burn out and the furnace will shut down. The rule of thumb is to always leave no fewer than three vents open at all times.

Keep batwing antenna down in gusty conditions
If the wind is really gusting, don’t put up your TV antenna and satellite dish – they could become damaged or bend in the high winds. The “batwing” antenna is designed to lie on the roof of the RV and not be affected by high winds when driving. Thanks to Ron Jones,

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: 

“Check your insurance to be sure it covers the contents. Many don’t. Ours with a MAJOR company did not, so after the fire the $12,000 (yes) claim had to be filed against our homeowner’s policy with a separate deductible. Don’t just assume it does.” —Joe Schroeder

Random RV Thought

The appeal of RVing must surely be up among travelers as airlines hike fares, charge more for bags and cancel flights in bad weather. There’s no charge for bags or carry-on items on RV trips, no security lines, and (usually) no canceled trips because of bad weather at your destination.

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

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

“I was pondering all the mods I’ve made. Asking my wife, and without hesitation, she says hands down our best mod was installing a separate water system for drinking water. I’ve never felt comfortable drinking from the main tank even after sanitizing. I bought two 5-gallon water jugs that sit in the basement of our 5er: one for in-use and one for backup. I run a water safe hose that sits down into the bottom of one jug. It goes to my new 12v water pump and runs up into the kitchen from the basement. I bought a tap with a toggle handle off eBay for $2.97 and installed it on the counter. Now no jugs in the kitchen. Be sure to add an in-line fuse and on/off switch to the new water pump. We use this tap 20 times a day, for sure, and it is so handy.” —Impavid

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Mike Albert
1 year ago

Re: emergency cell phones.
If a true emergency arrives, a PLB/ EPIRB would be suggested. Most boating stores and even some Bass Pro Shops sell them. The user pushes a switch and a satellite picks up the beacon and transmits your coordinates to emergency personnel. Again, these are for true life saving emergencies.

1 year ago

Cell phone coverage is limited anywhere there are mountains even in the east. Also many rural areas with low population density have limited coverage.

I live in North Carolina and I don’t count on coverage. Even small towns with a cell tower may have problems with anything more than texting due to overloading.

Bob Weinfurt
1 year ago

Besides for emergency use, a CB radio tuned to channel 19 and just listening to the truckers is a great way to find out about any traffic issues that might be coming up.

Roger B
1 year ago
Reply to  Bob Weinfurt

Be cautious using a cb to get help. You don’t know who may be on the other end. But cell service, especially out west can be spotty.

John Koenig
1 year ago

A cell phone, on the other hand, has infinite range”. WRONG!!!!
Virtually every Interstate Highway I’ve been on has “dead spots”. Especially out west, I’ve lost count of areas where I can NOT get a cell signal. Do NOT bet your life or safety on the expectation that a cellphone will ALWAYS be there to “save your bacon”. Even Ham Radios don’t have “universal coverage” (but ARE better in some ways over a cell phone; especially when ham radio repeaters are within range). NOTE: many RVers with have TWO cell phones; preferably on different carriers. If “carrier A” has poor~no cell service, you might be able to get a workable cell signal on “carrier B”. To end on a good note, now that T-Mobile has acquired Sprint, their coverage has improved noticeably. AT&T and Verizon have also “upped their game” re cell phone coverage. In real life, 5G is still a LOOOONG way off to be considered reliable for RVers. 4G service will be the standard for years to come.

Gail Pepin
1 year ago

Another great resource for traveling with firearms is:
Handgun laws change frequently and a published book is only accurate on it’s publication date. I have been using this site for years and find it to be the most accurate, always. It is frequently updated and you can find the date of the most recent update at the top of the page.

Selene Montgomery
1 year ago

RE: “Check your insurance to be sure it covers the contents.” Our fulltime RVer insurance policy did offer $10,000 coverage. After looking around, especially in regard to electronic devices and accessories, tools, and RV items, we increased that to $20,000. The extra coverage was not expensive.

Jim Steelman
1 year ago

Not sure if this is the same as for a house or apartment but I would check if the contents coverage is for full replacement or depreciated value. The extra cost for full replacement is minor.

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