Issue 1010 • November 29, 2018
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Best RV for a first-time buyer?
What type of RV is better, a trailer or motorhome? No easy response to this one. Trailer and fifth wheel owners like their rigs because they can be pulled with a truck or van and then plopped into a campsite, leaving the tow vehicle for local trips. Motorhome owners like their vehicles because everything is in one piece, with easy access while rolling down the highway. But when motorhome owners get to a campsite and level up, there is no smaller vehicle for local trips. So many (if not most) tow along a small car (called a dinghy or toad). But that means two vehicles and two engines to maintain. In very general terms, a motorhome may be more appealing to RVers who move around a lot, while a towable may be best for RVers who stay in one place for long times at a stretch — no need to pay for the RV engine that just “sits,” and the tow vehicle can be used for local errands and sightseeing. Also to consider: Motorhomes, with their engines, cost much more than a towable for the same living space. Our advice: Talk to some fulltimers about their RVs, see what they say and then draw your own conclusions.
Cold weather and water lines
While it’s pretty easy to see that camping in below-freezing weather will create issues for the water hose that serves up H2O to your RV, keep the inside in mind, too. When RVing in below-32-degree weather, be sure to leave your cabinet doors open a crack so the water lines inside them don’t freeze.
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MORE QUICK TIPS
Light up those steps!
Quick little safety mod. I add some white reflective strips to the RV’s entrance steps for better visibility at night. With darkness coming earlier and earlier now I thought I’d do a small mod to the RV entrance steps. Our steps are black with brown anti-skid pads on them, therefore they are difficult to see in the darkness, especially if parked on black parking lot pavement. While examining the stairs, I saw the middle of each step has an indentation. I took a strip of white reflective tape and, using a utility knife and a metal ruler, cut thin strips off, just wide enough to mount into the gap. It worked out well. Now the steps are easier to see in the dark, and the strips glow brightly when any light hits them. This is the tape that I use.
—Thanks to Ray Burr at loveyourrv.com.
Selling your RV? Here are the important preps
Wash and wax the exterior; and if you can’t do it, get a local professional to do the job. Wash and polish the tires and tire rims, and put tire black on the tires. Have a professional steam clean the engine compartment, so that it will look as clean and new as possible. Clean all hoses, plastics, and metals inside your engine compartment.
Clean all of the RV windows, inside and out so the potential buyer gets a clear view. Make sure that all of the RV’s lights, both interior and exterior, function properly. Open all of the curtains to let as much light into the RV as possible when you are going to show it. Shampoo the carpet to get all of the stains out. If there is a badly worn area in the carpet, place a small rug over the area. Clean the driver’s seat, passenger seat, chairs and the sofa along with any seat cushions to brighten them up. If the seats are torn or badly worn, go online and order some nice-looking fitted seat covers for them. Remember, no buyer wants to have to purchase new furniture for their new RV.
Clean the stove/range. Make sure it shines and there are absolutely no grease or food stains on it and make sure it turns on and heats properly. Clean the fridge/freezer and be prepared to demonstrate that it works properly. With a 2-way fridge design, turn it on the night before showing it, so it will be nice and cold when you show it to a potential buyer.
Clean the filters in the roof AC units, and clean any dust or stains on your ceiling air ducts. Be prepared to demonstrate that the AC cools properly. It should take only five minutes or so before it starts blowing cold air. Be prepared to demonstrate that the TVs all work properly, using the roof TV antenna or even the satellite antenna system. This is a real selling point for almost every buyer.
If the customer makes a serious offer, then be prepared to take them for a drive, to demonstrate that it runs well and handles properly. But if they want to drive it, make sure your insurance covers them if there is an accident. Remember, many first-time buyers don’t have a clue how to drive or tow an RV.
–From The Ultimate RV Owner’s Reference
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