Monday, December 4, 2023


Beginner’s Guide to RVing Newsletter Volume 3, Issue 81

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

Name three things I can do to help my RV live longer

Change the engine oil regularly, make sure the coach is not overloaded and that the tires are properly inflated, and have the roof inspected at least once a year for potential leaks.

Can I use an RV in the winter?

Absolutely. Take it to the Southwest deserts, Florida, or the Texas Hill Country (or even Baja), where you will be among thousands of other RVers seeking the sun. Or take it skiing, in which case you’ll need to take special precautions against freezing the water system. This may mean modifying your use of onboard water, including not using the freshwater tank at all.

In fact, here’s everything about winterizing for newbies (or anyone).

Protect your RV parts from rust and corrosion
T-9 is the RV technician’s choice for attacking corrosion, loosening rusty parts & flushing out old lubricants. It permeates metal crevices & seeps deep inside assembled components to leave a durable protective coating, lubricating without dismantling equipment. It won’t wash off in rain or mud. T-9 will not harm paint, plastic, rubber, fiberglass or vinyl. It can be used on engines, wiring and belts & is safe on electronics. Boeshield T-9 was developed by Boeing for lubrication and protection of aircraft components. Learn more or order.

Quick Tips

Storing your “stinky slinky”
For that menace, the “stinky slinky” [sewer dump hose], I recommend getting a plastic tote with a sealable gasket for the lid. Trust me on this, the stinky slinky … well, it stinks. Hence, the name! I have stored it in a normal tote to find that wherever I have stored the tote, the area smells like poop. Yes, the bumpers in RVs have a place to slide and store the stinky slinky, but I have found that this location makes my bumper and the rear of the RV stink. You can wash out the tote, or throw it away if it becomes unusable down the line. You can’t do that with your RV bumper. From The Simple Life Guide To RV Living: The Road to Freedom and the Mobile Lifestyle Revolution.

Route planning tips
Plan your route ahead of time. We discovered that we could get free maps from state Tourist Boards and good advice from local Chambers of Commerce. From the latter you can learn about local, free attractions as well as the best sites within their borders; they may also send you coupons for everything from restaurants to museums. They’re a good source for info on free festivals and fairs that may tickle your fancy. From RV Living: An Essential Guide to Full-time RVing and Motorhome Living.

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: 

“Please talk to an experienced RV traveler who can tell you about the possible mechanical, electrical, etc., problems. There are so many things that may not be for you – like dumping the tanks, finding water and dumps, places to camp or boondock and ones to avoid, being w/a partner 24/7…. It is a wonderful fantasy but it’s not for everyone. So save yourself some dollars and talk ideally to a couple who have the experience of many years.” —Suzanne

Random RV Thought

Some motorhomes sleep five or even six people – that’s what the RV makers say. But, really, unless some of those people are kids, you’ll be packing along a heap of weight if that many people cram into a single RV with all their stuff. Too much weight is a very bad thing and sometimes even very dangerous.

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

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

“Several changes!
1. A flip-up stand-up workstation for my wife who needs to stand up to work due to back problems
2. Victron battery monitor
3. Slide-out table with my gas grill
4. Replaced the center-post table with two Lagun swiveling arm mounts
5. Permanent power for my VIAIR compressor
6. Cellular booster
7. Amateur radio
8. Storage bay lights” —Phil

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Why you should never finance an RV for 20 years!

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Editor: Emily Woodbury

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Impavid (@guest_204038)
1 year ago

As Bob Weinfurt mentioned below, he has a motorhome. It’s often easier to visualize what’s taking place if the writer clarifies whether he/she has a motorhome, travel trailer or fifth wheel.

Ted (@guest_139553)
2 years ago

I changed out the factory theatre reclining seats with powered RecPro recliners. 2017 Jayco Precept 31UL.

Joe (@guest_139457)
2 years ago

I store my stinky slinky’s in a plastic tote however I connect the two ends together to keep any leftover liquid inside and seal in the fumes. Just that easy!

Judy G (@guest_204029)
1 year ago
Reply to  Joe


steve (@guest_204037)
1 year ago
Reply to  Joe

Me three, never have had an odor problem.

Irv (@guest_139431)
2 years ago

If his stinky-slinky stinks so bad, he must not be dumping his black tank first, then the gray. And then capping both ends. If the bumper somehow did end up stinking, it’s easy enough to wash it out when washing the RV.

bjensen6 (@guest_139411)
2 years ago

I installed a Camco Torpedo black tank rinser in my Class C. When I have water available I dump my tanks and then rinse my tank (and hose) for 3 or 4 minutes. I have never noticed my hose being smelly because it is clean when I put it away. And the hose dries out in my bumper. I can imagine how stinky it would be in a sealed container.

Wayne Jorgensen (@guest_100433)
3 years ago

Can we get some details on the “permanent power for my VIAIR compressor? Sounds interesting.

Robert Champlin (@guest_204032)
1 year ago

Yes, interested!

robert (@guest_100423)
3 years ago

Storing the sewer hose became a lot better when I added a plastic fence post with caps on both ends under the coach. Easy to store and easy to wash out.

Bob Weinfurt (@guest_100421)
3 years ago

Definitely don’t pack your RV with people to its sleeping capacity. Besides added weight and other safety factors, being packed in like sardines in a can does not make for a pleasurable experience. Our 22′ motorhome is designed to sleep six but it wouldn’t be comfortable for more than the two of us during awake times.

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