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Monday, October 26, 2020
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DID YOU MISS reading this morning’s RV Daily Tips Newsletter? Good stuff there.
Camping at rest areas
Many rest areas across the country have signs that prohibit overnight camping. Some RVers believe this means they can’t sleep in their RVs. Not true! The signs refer to “camping” as in pitching a tent, sleeping on the ground and/or building a campfire. What do you think all the big rig trucks you see at night in rest areas are doing? They’re sleeping (not camping)! Just don’t pitch a tent or sleep outside your vehicle. And observe any signs that limit the length of a stay. And, if you do stay in a rest area use caution. They are not always the safest places.
Question about RV loans
This was posted on our Facebook group RV Buying Advice: “I just saw a video by a guy who said that unless you own a home, it’s not possible to get an RV loan. I rent and do not want to own a sticks and bricks home. Does anyone have experience on this?”
Answer: The advice is wrong. If you have good credit, you’ll get a loan. The better the credit rating, the more favorable the terms available. It is not necessary to own a home.
Where to camp for free or less than $20. Thick guidebook from Don Wright lists thousands of locations.
Maintain that trailer tongue
The tongue of your camper is a critically important component of your camper, and must be maintained properly. Here are a couple of tips to maximize the life and usefulness of your trailer tongue. Oil the tongue jack mechanism, the tow-ball latch, and the jack foot. Don’t forget to grease the tow ball. This ball receives the full weight of the camper and a lot of friction. From 100 RV Tips and Tricks (Mack’s RV Handbook). Available on Amazon.com.
Fifth-wheelers, beware hitch chucking
Because fifth-wheel hitches are anywhere from 14 to 18 inches above the bed, they can be susceptible to chucking, where the coupler jaws grab the king pin. This is mainly a problem with less expensive setups. If you spend more on a better fifth-wheel hitch that adjusts to keep a tight grip on the king pin, chucking is all but eliminated.
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Today’s RV review…
In today’s column, industry insider Tony Barthel reviews the new Escape 5.0 fifth wheel. As he reports, for those looking for the towability of a fifth wheel who already have a half-ton or even midsize pickup truck, the Escape 5.0 is a very worthy contender. Learn more.
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:
“Researching the structure and function of all systems required to run, maintain and repair an RV and towing car is key to choosing the best RV for one’s abilities, pocketbook and travel plans.” —Barbara Saxon
Temperature gun is “essential equipment” for many RVers
Aim this non-contact IR temperature gun to measure the temperature of your refrigerator, tires, A/C and heater output, or, heck, even your oven (and the list goes on). It turns on and begins reading the temperature in Celsius or Fahrenheit with one press of the trigger. A laser light aids in aiming, and can be turned on or off. Many RVers consider this essential equipment. Learn more or order at a huge discount.
Random RV Thought
Why do many RV parks have sites that are not level? If they go to all the trouble to create a park, then they should make sure the pads are level.
“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 last 2 RVs I have owned I put in an on-demand water heater. I will never have a water heater with a tank again. I love my on-demand water heater – within 2 minutes I have hot water and I never run out. I read about the on-demand water heater for a couple of years and when I bought my truck camper I had one put in it. I now have a travel trailer and I put one in that when I bought it. It cost a bit more than what I wanted to pay but it is worth it.” —Cheryl
• 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.
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Publisher: Chuck Woodbury. Editors: Emily Woodbury, Diane McGovern.
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