Beginner’s Guide to RVing Newsletter #96


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Tuesday, November 17, 2020

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

RVing Basics

I want to take my large family on an RV trip, and am interested in renting a large Class A motorhome rather than a Class C, which seems to be the standard rental unit. Can you recommend a good place?
Try El Monte RV or Cruise America, both of which have locations around the states. They rent both Class C and Class A motorhomes. Get info on the web at or As an alternative, you can rent an RV from private owners through a referral agency, too. Try or

Isn’t there an awful lot to learn and remember about RVing?
It can seem daunting at first. Many RVers put together checklists to help them remember everything. It also helps to follow routines. Do things in the same order each time and try to avoid distractions. For example, don’t stop to chat while you are hitching up your trailer or toad. Finish the job, then tell your neighbor farewell.

Afraid of water damage in your RV? You need this!RV Travel Newsletter Issue 865
This essential water damage tool helps home and RV owners measure moisture content in wood, concrete drywall and subflooring. Use the pin sensors to find the moisture content in your home. The easy-to-read LCD display will help you know if you need to dry the existing materials or replace with brand-new ones, and can be used as a water leak detector after flood damage. You’ll want to buy this here. 

Quick Tips

Check your campsite if you must get online
If you depend on a reliable Internet connection when you camp, be sure to check a potential campsite before setting up. It could be in a dead zone in the campground, where the Wi-Fi, cell phone or hot spot won’t work. Even campsites a few spaces apart may make a difference.

“Pirate” (pilot) light stealing your precious gas?
“Unless you are using your oven a lot, leave the pilot light turned off when you are not cooking. It uses a surprising amount of propane.” From “Motorhomes Made Easy”

We welcome your Quick Tips. Submit them here. Thanks!

Rockwood Mini Lite 2414sToday’s RV review…

In today’s column, industry insider Tony Barthel reviews the new 2021 Rockwood Mini Lite 2514s Travel Trailer. Tony writes, “While the usability and features of this trailer are what might sell it for some, I think the build quality is the real reason to look at these.” Learn more.

Did you read Tony’s review yesterday of the 2021 Oliver Legacy Elite II Travel Trailer? If you missed it, you can read it here.

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: 

“I would tell a new RVer to slow down and take your time. Don’t do 400-mile days with all one-night stops. Explore an area. Relax. Don’t drive interstates. Take state highways and scenic byways. It’s the journey, not the destination!” —Chris

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Random RV Thought

On those occasions when you’re traveling by car and not with an RV, and you pull into a rest area, you can get a little bit depressed. It happens when see happy RVers walking in and out of their RVs, or maybe you see them sitting inside having a snack. You stare at them and realize that all you have is a car, which is totally boring compared to an RV.

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• 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.

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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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3 months ago

Regarding The random thought.
If you see people in an RV at a rest stop smiling and all you can think is you’re in a car, then you’re in the wrong car. The right car can put an ear to ear smile on my face on a road trip.

3 months ago

IMHO, regarding “If you could tell someone new to RVing just one thing, what would it be?” and the statement: “Don’t drive interstates. Take state highways and scenic byways.” I agree to a point. Our personal findings are that once you get off the interstates, the roads, for a large part, pound the bejesus out of our rig. At times we were surprised on entering our fifth wheel trailer to find the cupboards still hanging on the walls and not smashed on the floor.

2 months ago
Reply to  Impavid

I also agree to a point.
once you are off the interstate, you will have low (low to an RV) branches, wires, and bridges.

3 months ago

Price does not dictate quality, but quality does dictate price.

3 months ago
Reply to  Ken

Not necessarily. Our brand new Grand Design Solitude costs as much as a nice house in many states. But it is falling apart from workmanship, not by parts that they put in.