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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Wednesday, October 14, 2020
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Do I need an awning for my rig?
If you spend a lot of time in the desert, other hot places, or in rainy climates, then it’s a good idea. An awning also adds a “porch” to your RV, which many RVers enjoy. Awnings are standard equipment on most trailers and larger motorhomes.
Are awnings hard to set up and take down?
No. On many Class A coaches they are fully automatic. On most other RVs it’s a fairly simple routine: release the locking lever and latches, use the awning rod to pull down on the strap and unroll the awning, lock in the rafter arms and then raise the main arms. Taking them down is just the reverse.
Don’t awnings ﬂap in the wind?
They can, but inexpensive “de-ﬂappers” are available to reduce wind noise. You can see what we’re referring to on Amazon.
Don’t buy a portable generator
Use your car’s engine instead. Save money. Save hassle. Learn more at cargenerator.com.
RV boot camps are highly recommended
For “newbies” and those just thinking about the RV lifestyle, find and attend an RV Boot Camp! The Escapees RV Club runs an excellent RVBC, often over a weekend. RVSEF and other groups offer RVBCs too. Mistakes made with RVs are often expensive and sometimes dangerous. The time and money spent attending an RVBC will be a wise investment! RVBC graduates are also smarter RV buyers. Thanks to John Koenig for this great tip!
License plate alert!
“Two thousand miles away from home, somebody stole our back license plate from our truck. We implore our fellow RVers to purchase Torx screws to help frustrate thieves.” —Thanks to AF in Reno!
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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:
“Take your time. Research, research, research! Decide what you want the RV for and what you want in it. Research ad nauseam. Research the brand, the dealer, dealer support, the manufacturer, the manufacturer’s customer service. Don’t be in a hurry.” —Bob and Charlotte Champlin
Random RV Thought
The expectation of acquiring a new possession is often more exciting than the possession itself once you have it. Whether it’s a new chair, video game or newfangled tool, we dream about the item and how it will enhance our life. But once acquired, the product often becomes just another possession.
That’s not true with an RV, which continues to captivate most owners for years and years. Perhaps it’s because an RV is more than a “thing.” It’s a magic carpet that takes us on grand, memorable adventures. RVers who once traveled with their small children in an RV and then have to sell the RV years later can come to tears seeing all the memories drive away. An elderly couple, too old to travel anymore, will likely feel the same. RVs provide an ongoing source of wonder to those who own them. And unlike most of the miscellany in our lives, the passion an owner feels for an RV rarely dims.
Universal lid fits all your pots and pans!
This incredibly handy universal pot and pan lid will fit [almost] every pot and pan in your RV kitchen! Works with fry pans, pots, saucepans, skillets, stockpots, woks, cast iron pans and more! Eliminate kitchen cabinet clutter with this multipurpose, compact lid. Don’t you wish you had known about this sooner? 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:
“On my 2015 Dynamax DX3-37RB, I upgraded from the ‘eye candy’ crap OEM furniture that was not even remotely close to being comfortable, to custom replacements. HUGE improvement in comfort and usability. I did this in the second year of ownership. I’m closing in on six years of ownership and don’t regret paying for that upgrade at all. It IS sad that paying EXTRA for comfortable furniture is more the rule than the exception.” —John Koenig
• 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.
Read previous issues of Beginner’s Guide to RVing newsletters here.
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Publisher: Chuck Woodbury. Editors: Emily Woodbury, Diane McGovern.
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