Beginner’s Guide to RVing Newsletter #98


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Thursday, November 19, 2020

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RVing Basics

The Seven C’s of Camping

  1. Care – We will care how we camp by being considerate of others.
  2. Caution – We will use caution in the use of camping equipment both on the road and at the campsite. We will handle fire and flammable fuels so as not to endanger others or ourselves. We will improve our camping skills, knowing the right way is the safest way.
  3. Courtesy – We will practice politeness because it enhances the camping experience. We will respect the privacy of others, control our children and leash our dogs.
  4. Cleanliness – We will be clean in our camping habits and teach our children the importance of cleanliness. We will pick up litter no matter who left it and be proud of the campsites we leave behind.
  5. Cooperation – We will observe the letter and spirit of camping regulations and rules established to protect our enjoyment of the outdoors. We will work cooperatively with others to make it better for everyone.
  6. Conservation – We will protect the environment in which we enjoy camping and help those whose job it is to guard and wisely manage our country’s natural resources. We will endeavor to leave a better outdoors for those who follow us.
  7. Common Sense – We will apply common sense to every situation, knowing that reason, understanding and humor make camping better for ourselves and others.

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Quick Tips

No oven in your rig? Here’s an alternative
“Since our RV does not have an oven we find a toaster oven, a medium-sized one, does a great job baking and cooking foods that otherwise you would have to use a stove or microwave for. I don’t microwave food unless in a hurry.” Another hot tip, thanks to Jillie.

Another battery fill solution for close quarters
“The standard battery service bottle doesn’t work in my Bounder 38N battery compartment – too tall. I use a squirt bottle with a nozzle, attaching a length of 1/4-inch vinyl tubing to the spray port. I add the distilled water by placing the tube in the service opening and pumping the spray nozzle. I use a flashlight and mirror to check the level. Thanks to Phil Atterbery for yet another solution to one of RVing’s sticky situations.

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Starcraft Autumn Ridge 182RBToday’s RV review…

In today’s column, industry insider Tony Barthel reviews the new 2021 Starcraft Autumn Ridge 182RB Travel Trailer. As he reports, “For couples looking to get into RVing, this might be a good place to start your search. Or, it’s a good choice even for experienced couples who want a very usable but compact design that allows you to camp in places off-limits to larger RVs.” Learn more.

Did you read Tony’s review yesterday of the 2021 Imagine XLS 24MPR Toy Hauler? 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: 

“Get a good solar panel. We park in Forest Service campgrounds and our solar runs everything but the microwave and AC. Never run out of power!” —Jeri Lessley

Two of the best black tank dumpin’ gadgets
Camco sewer hose wrenchTony Barthel writes: “Dealing with the black tank is one of the least enjoyable parts of the RV lifestyle. When a product comes along that makes the process even a little bit friendlier, I’m in. As such, two Camco products have really made my black tank dealings less miserable and have taken some of the frustration out of parts of this process.” Read more about these two helpful products here.

Random RV Thought

Whenever you can, get off the Interstates and drive the back roads. You’ll battle fewer big rig trucks and get up close and personal with scenery and the local population. Pause often along the main streets of small towns, have lunch, or maybe just a milkshake. Drop by the general store and buy the local paper. It’s 10 times more fun taking a back road than speeding along a boring Interstate.

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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.

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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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Donald N Wright
3 months ago

How can I print the “seven C’s” ?

3 months ago

Highlight the list with your mouse, right click and “copy”, open a blank WORD doc and right click and “paste”, then “save” or “print”.

3 months ago

I use the EZ battery check and fill system. It makes it very easy to fill the battery without overfilling and spilling water and acid all over the place. However the indicators seem to stick so you need to remove the caps and reinsert them for an accurate level.

Tom B
3 months ago

The ‘Random RV thought’ is spot on! we were on a trip to New Hampshire, and passed through Wilmington, Vermont. The rest of the trip we were saying ‘we should have stopped…’

Next spring, when we go back up, we will.

3 months ago

Great article on the 7 C’s of camping.