Friday, February 3, 2023


What RV advice NOT to ask for on a forum

By Ray Burr,

cat fightWhile reading many RV forums over the last few years I’ve watched as a few topics always seem to blow up into extensive threads with many replies and comments. Unfortunately, many times these forum threads degrade into outright arguments and bad feelings, or they are just a big long rehash of previously answered questions.

My advice is, if you’re new to an RV forum and want to ask for RV advice, use the search feature first and see if anyone has already answered the question.

Here are examples of what will happen with certain questions

  • Is a diesel motor better than gas?
    A no-win argument will ensue with folks siding with usually what they own.
  • What is the best brand of tires?
    This is one of the most contentious topics in any RV forum. You’ll see a plethora of detailed specs, ratings and weights, and hear anecdotal stories of tire mayhem. Brands will be touted and an argument between the merits of LT versus STR tire types will develop.
  • What portable generator should I buy?
    Owners of more expensive, quieter brands will argue against the cheaper, noisier type. Apples-to-oranges-to-bananas debates will take place and again, like tires, many specs will be cited.
  • Should I carry a gun in the RV?
    An almost-mirror reflection of the U.S. national debate will take place. The debate will flow in circles and go on for pages. If you’re a Canadian, best to just stay out of it.
  • I hear you can camp at Walmart — is that true?
    It’s true, sort of, sometimes. A constant stream of opinions and “you should’ve seen what these RVers did” stories will erupt. Misinformation will be offered and a side debate about how Walmart dry camping isn’t real “boondocking” inevitably will surface.
  • What’s the best truck to tow with?
    Dodge is better than Chevy is better than Ford is better than Chevy is better than Dodge is better than Ford is better than Toyota Tundra!
  • What’s better: Class A or fifth wheel RVs?
    Impossible to answer as it’s a personal choice based on each unique circumstance. So the thread will grow out of control as each person relates their own story of “why.”
  • Why are dog owners so inconsiderate?
    People are very passionate regarding their furry children. Don’t open this can of worms.

If you must ask one of these RV forum questions, then:

  • Be prepared to read and reply to many comments. People who disappear after asking a question are most annoying.
  • Try to be as specific as you can when framing the question. This will limit answers you’re not interested in.
  • Don’t be surprised if by page two of the thread the conversation has little to do with your initial question.



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Jim Barry
2 years ago

Anything that starts with, “What should I…”. or “What’s the best…” or propane on or off when traveling, and the never ending,”What kind of toilet paper should I use?”

Last edited 2 years ago by Jim Barry
Donald N Wright
2 years ago

I do not have a gray or black water tank on my Aliner. However, my friends with an Airstream taught me to best way to empty them and to recharge the system. With this knowledge, I was able to help other newbies who asked for help.

Ron Cook
2 years ago

I like the one you see fairly often: I/we have just booked a site in Campground X in State YY. What is there to do there? What sites can we look at? Etc.

2 years ago
Reply to  Ron Cook

How about “I’m looking for a seasonal “…in the Camp the East group. A state would help.

2 years ago

If you don’t know the answer to what being asked don’t say anything

2 years ago

Great examples! It’s frustrating, but despite it all, I have learned a lot of good thing in forums and Facebook groups that might otherwise have been hard to know. I find manufacturer and even model specific Facebook groups filter out a lot of what you don’t want or need to wade through to find that pearl.

2 years ago

Hate to say it, but that’s reality for forums. Know you’re gonna hear more than you asked for. Take information you need and move on.

Once in a while, you find something helpful in the extra comments.

Marie Dalzell
2 years ago

Good list plus what others already said. We’re brand new to this and many questions turn into a cluster.

One thing I hate is when someone asks a specific question such as “I’m looking for a travel trailer no longer than 25’ as that’s all the room we have to store, must have bunks for my three kids” and people post a 32’ with no bunks. People have to scroll through all the comments in hopes of finding an answer pertinent to their question.

2 years ago

One other important thing. If you are asking advice about your RV such as “my furnace doesn’t work,” then please state what year,make, and model RV you have.

2 years ago
Reply to  Firefly

More important is the Make and Model of the “furnace”.

Robert T
2 years ago

Left out a big one. The refrigerator on or off traveling. I have seen some nasty threads on that.

Lisa Adcox
2 years ago

I always keep in mind that I was new to RVing one time also. If I see a crazy question that really is crazy, I just pass it up. No one makes us read or respond.

2 years ago

The big point here is that nearly all of the responses in a public forum, especially where one can be anonymous, are simply opinions. I have learned quite a bit by reading the comments sections of these articles. Wouldn’t the world be a better place if people just accepted the fact that MY opinion is correct one. Heh, heh.

Tommy Molnar
2 years ago
Reply to  Dan

A man after my own heart! {grin . . .}

James Beirlein
2 years ago

Oh, and don’t forget the weight police.
“You’ll need a 1 ton diesel dually to pull that pop up.” or “I can tow me three axel toy hauler with my F150 just fine.”

John D Goldsmith
2 years ago
Reply to  James Beirlein

I wish I had a dollar for every time some variation of this question has appeared on one forum or another. Then I could actually afford to buy that 1 ton dually 🙂

John Goodell
2 years ago

Also worth mentioning that these examples usually end with ….
Beevis: That’s because you’re stupid!
Butthead: No you’re stupid!
Beevis: No you’re stupid!

And on and on!

Rock & Tina
2 years ago

Add to this list, “How do I keep mice out of my RV?”

STEPHEN P Malochleb
2 years ago
Reply to  Rock & Tina

12 gauge, but then the fly’s get in. Another challenge!!!:):)

Mike Albert
2 years ago

Doesn’t lighter fluid in all the corners and a match work as good????

2 years ago

Use #8 shot for flies. 😊

2 years ago

Unless it is a SAFETY related issue, I Don’t even bother commenting anymore!
It has come to a point in my RVing Knowledge and Experience that it just isn’t worth the time to try to help people anymore.

We live in a world these days of VERY Ungrateful and downright mean people! So, what is the point of trying to help someone or anyone for that matter!

Have a Good Day!

2 years ago
Reply to  Notfunny

That someone could someday be you. Stay safe everyone!

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