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Old 05-19-2015, 04:43 PM   #1
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Thumbs down Recommended reading for new RVr

Hi,
I am looking to purchase a couple of books for first time RVrs. I am thinking "Good Sam Travel and Savings Guide" and "Guide to Free Campgrounds", and "Idiots Guide to RVing". Any thoughts and tips buying books for a newbee?
Thanks for any advice (in advance).
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Old 05-19-2015, 04:51 PM   #2
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Books are great but between these forums and Youtube I've learned more than I ever could have imagined about RVing.
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Old 05-19-2015, 05:47 PM   #3
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I want to write a book, "RVing, that first year...".

But time, alas- no time.
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Old 05-19-2015, 05:53 PM   #4
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RV systems are not like any other you have come across, except maybe in a large boat. Those unfamiliar with them will have a bit of frustration the first time something breaks. For example in a car the wires on the battery are universally red (+) and black (-) but could be blue, white or brown in an RV. Anything but red and black.

Have no clue why.

Get them a good book on DIY RV repair.
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Books are great but between these forums and Youtube I've learned more than I ever could have imagined about RVing.
I agree completely with the above.
As you have questions, log on to here or youtube and usually a quick search you will find the answer.
There is SOOOOOO MUCHHHHHHH trial and error when you get that first RV, it becomes comical at times of the things you do/did.

If your at a campground and have a question, just walk over to the next rig and ask, EVERYONE wants to help, but don't want to offend you when they see you struggling by walking over and offering.
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Old 05-19-2015, 05:56 PM   #6
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I want to write a book, "RVing, that first year...".

But time, alas- no time.
I would love to see the sequel! Carrying everything and Kitchen Sink for a year on the road, that would be a best seller!
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I agree completely with the above.
As you have questions, log on to here or youtube and usually a quick search you will find the answer.
There is SOOOOOO MUCHHHHHHH trial and error when you get that first RV, it becomes comical at times of the things you do/did.

If your at a campground and have a question, just walk over to the next rig and ask, EVERYONE wants to help, but don't want to offend you when they see you struggling by walking over and offering.
Typically if I notice someone struggling with something, Iíll walk over and ask if they need a hand. Sometimes itís just painful watching someone do something and you just know itís wrong or itís not going to work.

Just last week I had to help a neighbor that was trying to replace a dump valve but the only tools he had were a pair of vice grips and a couple of box wrenches that were obviously not the right size. I came over with a socket set and eventually even had to get out the sawzall to cut off one of the rusty bolts.
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Based on many of the questions asked in this forum and if you are not familiar with 12 volt systems, I would suggest an illustrated beginners guide to 12 volt systems. I bought one when I moved onto a boat many years ago and it was a big help.
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Definitely ask for help when in a campground. You'd be surprised how many people are out there that are willing to pitch in with advice, tools, etc. We had a perfect stranger lay on the floor of our camper and twist the small metal piece on the Slide out with a pair of plyers when we discovered we had no power and no crank (now rectified! for any future issues). Lots of helpers out there! (and in here!)
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"RV'ing Made Easy" by Dana and Lynne Massie. Purchased at an RV supply store. Excellent information on everything about RV's.
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