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Beginner’s Guide to RVing Newsletter, Volume 3 Issue 90

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


RVing Basics

I’m a single woman and am a bit worried about traveling by myself. Do you have any suggestions or words of encouragement?

Yes, thousands upon thousands of single, widowed or otherwise solo women are traveling America in RVs. The best source of information on this subject is through the club RVing Women.

I keep hearing RVers talk about the Slabs. What is it?

The Slabs is short for Slab City, an old military installation in the desert alongside the Salton Sea in Southern California, about four miles east of the town of Niland. Camping is free and thousands of RVers in rigs of all shapes, sizes and road-worthiness hole up there every winter (too hot in the summer). They socialize, hold flea markets, and even have their own CB “radio station.” The Slabs, with its hodgepodge crowd, is not for everyone, but it’s worth an overnight stay just to witness this often colorful RV subculture.

I also hear a lot about a place called Quartzsite in Arizona. What’s there?

Quartzsite, Ariz., is just east of the California border along I-10 in what was, until recently, the middle of nowhere. In the winter season, these days, it’s the site of a huge and nearly non-stop flea market and gem show. RVers in all types and sizes of rigs hole up in and around town for free on public lands or in inexpensive RV parks. At peak times, tens of thousands of RVers may be in the area. It’s an amazing sight and a worthwhile destination for any RVer who seeks bargains, free or inexpensive camping, sunshine and clean desert air. A free RV show is held each January in a giant tent and draws huge crowds.


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Quick Tips

Infrared temperature gun in your kit?
Buy a temperature gun. So many handy uses. Great for checking tire temp, brakes temps, how well your AC is working, checking your grill temp, refrigerator temp, freezer temp and oven temp. —From RV Living Full Time: 100+ Amazing Tips, Secrets, Hacks & Resources to Motorhome Living Available on Amazon.

Tie down your microwave turntable
Secure your microwave plate and ring – A simple dish towel wrapped around them will do. Don’t risk breaking your microwave plate or the rotation ring by letting them bounce around inside the microwave while you are towing it. —From 100 RV Tips and Tricks (Mack’s RV Handbook). Available on Amazon.


“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: 

“DO NOT just go to an RV dealer and let them show you what they have on the lot. Know in advance what you are looking for when you go to the dealer, as they may very well push a rig on you that’s a real loser, but it’s something that they don’t want on their lot anymore. Consider buying a used rig versus a new one as oftentimes a used one will have many of the bugs that were in it coming from the factory fixed, and will cost less to purchase.” —Charley Dickson


Random RV Thought

If you travel by motorhome and don’t pull another vehicle for local trips, consider bringing along a bicycle or two. They can be easily stored, either on a rack or in a storage compartment if they fold up.




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Joe
1 month ago

After a good washing I take the microwave turntable out and put it in the middle of the bed.

Herman
1 month ago
Reply to  Joe

We carry an extra large bath towel to place in the microwave while we are on the road. Easy in and easy out when wanting to use the microwave for a quick hot coffee at a roadside stop or remove for an overnight stay.

Judy G
1 month ago

I full-timed for 12 years after retirement and never had a problem. I did have a big dog as my traveling companion. She was a good ‘watcher’ albeit friendly – she quickly figured out which area ‘belonged’ to us and announced any intruder.

Laura
2 years ago

While I am married I have camped by tent and now travel trailer for over 15 years, including 8,231 miles round trip to Denali. Just do it, tho if the trail’s beyond your safety zone go back. Otherwise the more you think about the less likely you are to do it.

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2 years ago
Reply to  Laura

That’s excellent advice, Laura. Thanks! Take care, and stay healthy. 🙂 —Diane at RVtravel.com

Al and May
2 years ago

We usually put one or two loaves of bread in the MW oven so we can say “the bread is fresh from the oven”.

Tony Grigg
2 years ago
Reply to  Al and May

Fantastic idea! Thank you!

Judy G
1 month ago
Reply to  Al and May

Alternatively, a square of the non-slip rubber shelf liner works nicely. It comes in 10 foot rolls and has lots of other uses in your RV.

Rock & Tina
2 years ago

We stuff a couple of throw pillows in the Microwave. Quick and easy and works great.

Dave
2 years ago

My comment on used RVs is, yes you will save purchase costs BUT I disagree that used RVs might have had their problems worked out. RVs never have their problems worked out for very long. RVs have maintenance issues all the time.

Plus, if you have a 4 year old RV, you probably going to need tires soon, almost guaranteed if it still has the factory junk tires. Plus, you will need to soon replace or refresh roof sealant around seams and joints. In fact, you should examine all caulking.

Bob M
1 year ago
Reply to  Dave

I agree, bought my 1st travel trailer used and had issues I had to fix. Used RV’s have no warranty or 30 day warranty. Be especially careful to make sure Fridge works.

Snayte
2 years ago

I secure the microwave turntable with a short piece of pool noodle. Just wedge it between the turntable and the ceiling of the microwave.

Gregg
2 years ago
Reply to  Snayte

I do as well, and it has never moved.

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