Beginner’s Guide to RVing Newsletter #95


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Monday, November 16, 2020

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

RVing Basics

What about shopping on the road? Isn’t it hard getting into parking lots?
For Class A coaches, motorhomes towing a dinghy or anyone pulling a trailer, parking lots can be challenging. Experienced RVers scope out problematic lots before entering to make sure there’s an easy exit and that there is likely to be enough space for the rig. Most of the time you will need to take at least two parking slots, end-to-end, or up to six or more if you have to park crosswise, so don’t hog prime spots for shoppers.

You’ll find more room to park farther away from the main entrance and you’re less likely to upset other shoppers. Use Google Earth or Google Maps for aerial and street views of where you are headed.

Overnight RV Parking, with more than 14,000 locations listed, is the largest and best resource for locating free and inexpensive places to spend a night in an RV. For membership information and a demo of the site, click here. A modest membership fee required, but try the free demo. Watch a video about

Quick Tips

No-bonk awning arms 
Pity those of us who aren’t always aware of our surroundings, or walk about in the dark. Smack into a deployed awning arm, it can really bruise you. Make “bumpers” for your awning arms by slitting a large “swim noodle” lengthwise and fitting it over the arm. Or try large foam pipe insulation – it’s already slit.

Better RV reefer organization
Confounded RV refrigerators are soooo small! That dozen eggs not wanting to fit? Cut the egg carton in half and stack one on top of the other!

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Oliver Legacy Elite IIToday’s RV review…

In today’s column, industry insider Tony Barthel reviews the new 2021 Oliver Legacy Elite II Travel Trailer. As he reports, “While these aren’t trailers everyone is going to like, there are people for whom the uniqueness or build quality or even nautical feel is just the ticket.” Learn more.

Tony’s reviews from this weekend you may have missed:
• 2021 Leisure Travel Vans Wonder RL
• 2021 Forest River Wildwood X-Lite 28VBXL Travel Trailer

For previous RV reviewsclick here.

“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: 

“Know your weight limits!” —Richard Hulkenberg

See in tight spaces in your RV
This amazing Digital Inspection Endoscope makes discovering problems with your RV fun! This small two-camera endoscope with a viewing monitor allows you to see into tight, small, dark spaces to locate where problems might occur. Have mice? See where they’re coming in. Have a wire that has come loose? Peek at it and see where it needs to be tightened. Have a water leak? Find the source! Read more about this amazing device here. Every RVer needs one!

Random RV Thought

The time you wish you had less wood paneling in your RV is when a mosquito is loose at night. It can drive you crazy trying to find the tiny creature on a dark surface. This is the time when you wish all your walls were white.

• 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 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 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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