Beginner’s Guide to RVing Newsletter #69

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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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Friday, October 9, 2020

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


RVing Basics

I’m single. I am concerned that I would get lonely without a companion.
It can be lonely, for sure, but a lot of singles travel by RV and are very happy. To learn more about the single RV lifestyle and meet other single RVers, consider joining Loners On Wheels. Get information from the group’s website LonersOnWheels.com. Many RVers report that having a dog along helps keep the blues away.

I have heard about jobs where you drive motorhomes from the factory to the dealer and get paid. Is this true? Is it easy to get these jobs?
Yes, it’s true. If you think about it, you’ll realize that you never see a motorhome or large fifth-wheel trailer being transported on a big truck like you do cars, vans or other smaller vehicles. Manufacturers and dealers hire drivers — usually regular folks, not professionals — to transport these vehicles. Payment is typically made by the mile and there are some perks, like the potential on one-way trips where you may be paid to fly home, picking up frequent flyer miles in the process.

Beware, however, that if you use your truck to transport a towable RV to its destination, you’ll likely be paid only to the delivery point — and nothing for your return trip. Some “transporters” say it’s a great hobby and a way to see the country, but not something you’ll ever get rich doing. There is actually quite a demand for people to drive RVs. If you like to drive and have a good driving record, you might want to check into it. Look for ads soliciting drivers in RV magazines. The Facebook Group RV Transporters is a good source to monitor for information.


micro-2-762Microwave cover collapses for easy storage
When heating your food you don’t want to spend 10 minutes later cleaning the splatters inside the microwave. Here’s the solution — and perfect for RVers: it pops down flat for easy storage. Lid perforations allow steam to escape to keep food moist. Doubles as a strainer, too! Learn more or order here.


Quick Tips

Cut down on interior condensation
Winter condensation issues driving you out of your RV? You can’t stop breathing, so cut it off somewhere else. Avoid using a non-vented space heater (Blue flame or catalytic) – each gallon of LP burned releases three quarts of water into your interior atmosphere!

Heat pump versus regular furnace
New to RV heat pumps? They work pretty well until temps hit into the 30s. If frost is in the weather forecast, best to use your regular furnace – they usually pump heat to the plumbing system, where the heat pump only warms up the interior of the coach. You don’t want frozen pipes!

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If you could tell someone new to RVing just one thing, what would it be?

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

“Before buying your used RV, go to RV Conventions and:
• Go to every class possible
• Talk to as many RVers as possible
• Make note of vendors (you’ll need to know them and how to install parts when you have to fix things)
• Go in RVs and sit everywhere (usually the TV placement is neck cracking)
• Pretend you’re washing kale in the sink to imagine where all the water will splatter
• Pick up brochures and manuals for all the RVs that appeal (and then look for the one you love on the used RV marketplaces)
• Get in the shower and flail your arms
• Put your upper body into every basement storage area – you’ll have to reach in and haul out stuff
• Look in the water cabinet: How difficult is it for you to pull the tank valves (you aren’t going to like kneeling on the ground to do it – so stand up, reach in and pull)
• Take off your rose-colored glasses. RVing is expensive, takes lots of work, it’s full of pitfalls and can be just the BEST!” —LizW


Random RV Thought

Here is the definition of freedom to an RVer: “A full gas tank, a full propane tank, a full water tank and empty holding tanks.” Add to that fully stocked cupboards, a full refrigerator, a road atlas and lots of free time. At that point, an RVer’s life is approaching a perfect state.


Protect your RV “pigtail”
RV Travel Newsletter Issue 880That 7-way connector on your travel trailer or fifth wheel is a critical component. When not plugged into your tow rig, the thing is susceptible to the onslaught of dirt, rain and even bugs. Here’s a plug cover that slips right over your precious plug and keeps out the crud. One user says, “This works perfectly to keep the plug on my RV clear. I remove it when not in use and place it in my ‘RV emergency tool kit.’ This way, it’s not knocked around when driving.” Learn more or order.


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

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

“The Thetford Waste Extraction system eliminates the need for all these nasty hoses, stands and connectors … our latest accessory.” —Clemson


RESOURCES:
• If you’re a member of Facebook, be sure to sign up for our groups RV Buying Advice, RV Advice and Budget RV Travel. For a list of all our groups and RVtravel.com newsletters, visit here.

• 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.

Why you should never finance an RV for 20 years!


Read previous issues of Beginner’s Guide to RVing newsletters here.


RV Travel staff

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Publisher: Chuck Woodbury. Editors: Emily Woodbury, Diane McGovern.

Everything in this newsletter is true to the best of our knowledge. But we occasionally get something wrong. We’re just human! So don’t go spending $10,000 on something we said was good simply because we said so, or fixing something according to what we suggested (check with your own technician first). Maybe we made a mistake. Tips and/or comments in this newsletter are those of the authors and may not reflect the views of RVtravel.com or this newsletter.

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laura
18 days ago

I’ve spent 4-6 weeks at a time camping alone with my tent from Denali to Texas, Washington to New Brunswick, for 12-13 years and never was lonely and a winter volunteering at a state park where, if I wasn’t “working” I didn’t see or talk to anyone and I loved the quiet, solitude, and freedom. Remember, the pitcher is alway half full.

Gary Swope
18 days ago

Could we get a more detailed explanation of the Thetford Waste Extraction System, please?

Last edited 18 days ago by Gary Swope
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RV Staff (@rvstaff)
18 days ago
Reply to  Gary Swope

Hi, Gary. Here’s a link to Thetford’s website about this system: https://www.thetford.com/sani-con-turbo-the-no-mess-waste-evacuation-system/ Thetford also has videos on YouTube about it. Have a good night, and stay healthy. 🙂 —Diane at RVtravel.com

Gordy
18 days ago

I forgot to mention, you must run under the DOT rules: you must keep a log book, you must STOP at all scales unless otherwise instructed, many states have permits for crossing their state (usually reimbursed). If you fail to get a permit they will issue a ticket. Example: I was crossing the scales from Wyoming to Montana, they gave me a green light. I was unaware of the required Montana permit. I was given the green light at two more scales, BUT, the last scale before Idaho I was pulled around back and ticketed $80.00 for no permit and then charged for permit as well. The companies do not cover tickets.

Gordy
19 days ago

I used to haul RV’s with a diesel pickup. It is much like being an independent trucker, YOU are responsible for ANY damage. Deductibles are usually $2500.00 to $5,000.00. If a deer runs into the side of the unit and damages it YOU will have to pay for it. If the unit is damaged to the point it has to be taken back to the dealer, you have to get it there, you will not be paid ANYTHING. YOU will also be responsible for the deductible. I don’t want to rain on anyone’s parade, but these are facts and risks you will be taking. Also, check with your insurance agent most vehicles towing professionally are not covered by standard auto insurance. You will have to purchase commercial insurance. Premiums may be as high as $5,000.00 per year (depends on vehicle and type of coverage). When you haul towables, you are paid only when towing. From factories in Indiana to dealers are usually flat rate tows. Customer deliveries are pre-determined mileage. This is only part of it. Good Luck!