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Old 05-19-2015, 03:43 PM   #1
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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, 03:51 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, 04:47 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, 04:53 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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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, I’ll walk over and ask if they need a hand. Sometimes it’s just painful watching someone do something and you just know it’s wrong or it’s 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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You will find that campers will go out of their way to help out those new to RVing, with the only thing holding them back from offering advice is a fear of appearing pushy. Don't be afraid to ask for advice.
This forum and Utube have also proven invaluable.
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We are also new to the RV world. We purchased our first travel trailer in February and have only made one trip so far (next one this weekend). I bought several books trying to learn as much as possible. I bought that Good Sam Book and was not impressed with it. I wish I had not spent the money on it because we are just going to camp close to home at first and it is really not going to be needed for awhile. I was thinking it had more information in it than just a list of campgrounds.

This book has been the most helpful to us so far. The RV Handbook: Essential How-To Guide for the RV Owner (Trailer Life): Dave Solberg: 9780982489420: Amazon.com: Books

I agree that I have learned more from just looking through all of the good information on this forum than I have from any of the books I bought. When looking at campgrounds I research www.campgroundreviews.com and www.CampsitePhotos.com



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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.
Or you can read thru the 12 Volt Side of Life parts I and II website.
Should be required reading for newbies.
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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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To my knowledge, I have not run across any reference book that would cover the essentials you need to make RVing as painful as possible that is specific enough to be worth the buy. I would concentrate on pre-reading the manuels you received with your unit, along with reading up on batteries, the do and don't, which have been discussed at length in this forum. Also, read up on plumbing forum posts as well. Those are two areas you might be tested on earlier in your career as an RVer.
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To my knowledge, I have not run across any reference book that would cover the essentials you need to make RVing as painful as possible that is specific enough to be worth the buy.
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Opps should be painless. Sorry.
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"Travel Tales ... an Old Retiree, His RV, His Dog, and His Woman (not necessarily in order of preference)" is a very fun and entertaining read for any RV'er. Pick it up on Amazon - paperback about $13.00 - Kindle $4.99. Great read.
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"Travel Tales ... an Old Retiree, His RV, His Dog, and His Woman (not necessarily in order of preference)" is a very fun and entertaining read for any RV'er. Pick it up on Amazon - paperback about $13.00 - Kindle $4.99. Great read.
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I might be missing something, but what exactly are you looking for a book to tell you?
You Tube videos are a great source of information. Not only do you get to see and hear, but there are often multiple suggestions on the same topic.
Are you wanting general knowledge, technical knowledge, camping knowledge?
We are here to help.
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