Wednesday, June 16, 2021
Wednesday, June 16, 2021

Beginner’s Guide to RVing Newsletter #72

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

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

Quick Tips

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!RV Travel Newsletter Issue 922
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

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• 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 or this newsletter. is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to As an Amazon Associate we earn from qualifying purchases. Regardless of this potential revenue, unless stated otherwise, we only recommend products or services we believe provide value to our readers.

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8 months ago

Pertaining to the license plate being stolen, torx driver can be found anywhere. Plus, he can be removed with a small straight blade screwdriver. I use security torx screws. They have a pin in the center that will only allow them to be removed with the proper bit. They can only be removed with a security torx bit.

Benjiman Schooley IV
8 months ago

Concerning the ad for Clear Rear. I ordered three units, one for my RV and two for my home. None of the units fit my RV nor my home toilets. After speaking to customer service the company charged me 20% to send them back. They say the units do not work in RV’s. Why is this add allowed on this site. Buyer beware, and be sure to read the fine print on returns.

RV Staff (@rvstaff)
8 months ago

We’re sorry you had a problem with a product which appeared in one of our newsletters. That’s not one of our usual advertisers. Some of the ads you see are automatically delivered by Google, which generally delivers them based on what a reader has looked at online previously. It is impossible for us to see all those ads ourselves. They “cycle through” and can even be directed to different audiences throughout the U.S. But for anyone else who sees that ad and your comment, that will be a good heads-up for them. Thanks for reporting it! —Diane at

8 months ago

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.”

Not true with my 2019 Jeep Wrangler either. This is my most favorite vehicle of any I have ever owned. Only down side is that it cannot pull our travel trailer.

Michael A. B
8 months ago
Reply to  snayte

Mine is a 1968 Toyota Landcruiser FJ40. Been behind the wheel of her for 40 years. A lot of memories.

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