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Beginner’s Guide to RVing Newsletter, Volume 3, Issue 93


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

Sometimes my water pump goes on, then right off. Is that normal?

No, and it’s not good. It likely means there is a water leak in your system. If so, find and stop the leak immediately or risk costly water damage later.

I’ve heard some RVers call their large motorhomes “buses.” Are their RVs bus conversions?

Sometimes. But more likely they are the owners of the biggest and most expensive motorhomes, called motor coaches, built on a bus chassis. The cost of these “palaces on wheels” is usually $300,000 and up – some more than a million dollars.

Do RV parks have special rates for full-timers?

Many parks offer weekly, monthly and seasonal rates, which will provide significant savings over the day rate. Some will allow you to stay year-round, but you’re essentially living in a “trailer park” then.

Quick Tips

Roof vent raising a stink?
If nasty holding tank odors are invading your space, pop up on the roof and check out your roof vents. Yes, they need to be free of debris, but underneath the vent cap is where the real problem could be. If there’s a gap between the actual vent pipe and the roof itself, holding tank gases can sneak right back into the coach. Stuff the space between the pipe and roof sheeting with fiberglass insulation, then seal over the top of the insulation with no-sagging roof sealant.

Adjust your hitch ball height
“Towing with the tongue high (or low) can overload one of your trailer axles.  Set your ball height to level the trailer when attached to the tow vehicle. “ —From Trailers & Fifth Wheels Made Easy

“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: 

“If you truly want to travel then be prepared to dry camp/boondock. Campgrounds are filling up and in popular locations require reservations months in advance. If your idea of RVing is to snag long-term reservations in the south in winter and north in summer you’ll be fine. But if you want to move about, then pay attention to tank sizes when you buy and outfit your RV with solar, sufficient batteries, inverter and possibly a generator.” —Shannon

Refrigerator bars ensure nothing moves while driving
RV Travel Newsletter Issue 857It’s happened to most RVers – you open the fridge (even slowly) after a day of driving and a heavy jar falls on your toe – “Ouch!” Never have that happen again with these easy-to-install spring-loaded refrigerator bars. They’re also useful in cupboards and closets. Order for a good price.

Random RV Thought

At home when you run out of something that you need for dinner, you make a fast trip to the supermarket. But when you are camping far from a store, there is nowhere to go. And thus begins a process of going through the cupboards or fridge to try to find what can be used as a substitute. More often than not, something is found and the meal is a success. Actually, this process can be very creative and adds a bit of a challenge to getting by while on the road.

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1 month ago

Bus conversions are mostly not permitted into RV parks for whatever reason.

1 year ago

Bad advice on the roof vent for the tank. If you have a gap between the roof and the cover, you have more than an odor issue. You have a major source of a water leak. If there is enough room for vapors to enter the living area, there is more than enough room for water to enter as well. Someone with more knowledge needs to review these “tidbits” of advice and determine if they are accurate and correct. This is not the first time that it appears that there is a lot of “copy and paste” going on that simply repeats bad advice.

2 years ago

A water pump cutting in doesn’t always mean there’s a leak into the trailer. The water pump has an anti-reverse flow valve and if this sticks open water will flow from the plumbing back into the fresh water tank causing a loss of pressure in the water pump thus causing it to cut in again and again. Also, this valve can stick closed and when the pump runs it fails to push water into the RV plumbing. To correct either issue, several light taps with a small hammer (remember this is plastic you’re dealing with) on the pump head where the “out” hose exits the pump can reset the valve or you may need replacement parts or a new pump.

Last edited 2 years ago by Impavid
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2 years ago
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Great tip, Impavid. Thanks! 🙂 —Diane at