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Road trip! Everything you've always wanted to know about RVs, from buying advice to taking the perfect vacation, with all the important details, such as plumbing and electricity, in between.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780028641713
  • Publisher: Alpha Books
  • Publication date: 10/1/2001
  • Series: Complete Idiot's Guide Series
  • Pages: 432
  • Product dimensions: 7.34 (w) x 9.06 (h) x 0.97 (d)

Table of Contents

Part 1 To RV or Not To RV?
1 Why RV? 3
The ABCs of RVs 4
Different Strokes, Different Folks 5
Motorized RVs 6
Towable RVs 9
What's in It for Me? 11
What Can I Expect? 17
2 Who RVs? 19
Who's Doin' It? 20
All Aboard 20
Types of Travel 27
Restrictions 29
3 Where to Stay? 31
Campgrounds 32
Hooking Up 34
Length of Stay 38
'Tis the Season 38
Accessibility 38
What's to Do, What to Do? 39
Active Endeavors 40
Facilities 41
You've Been Served 42
Okay, How Much? 43
No-No's 45
Types of Campgrounds 46
Government Campgrounds 48
Boondocking 53
Conventional Lodging 55
Part 2 Choosing Your RV
4 The World of Motorized RVs 59
More Than a Motor 60
Motor Woes 62
Class A Motorhomes 64
Class B Motorhomes 71
Class C Motorhomes 75
Truck Camper 80
5 The World of Towables 87
Tow: The Way to Go 88
Towing Woes 91
Types 93
Fifth-Wheel Trailers 94
Travel Trailers 99
Lightweight Travel Trailers 104
Fold-Down Campers 108
6 Narrowing Down Your Choices 115
Talking the Talk 116
Even More to Think About 118
Slide-Outs or Not? 119
Gas or Diesel? 122
Builder's Choice 123
Raising the Roof 125
What's Their Rep? 127
Wide-Body Designs 127
Walking the Walk 128
Read All About It 132
New or Used? 133
New 135
Part 3 Buying Your First RV
7 What to Buy? 139
Livability Tests 140
The Inspection 147
Exterior Inspection 150
Don't Get Hoodwinked 152
Gentlemen, Start Your Engines 152
Warning Signs 153
8 The Art of the Deal 157
The Hard Sell 158
Private Sellers 158
Dealer's Choice 159
Common Buying Pitfalls 163
Wheelin' and Dealin' 165
Extras, Extras 167
Tradin' Time 170
Warranties 171
Check, Please 172
How Do They Rate? 173
9 After the Sale 175
Taking Delivery 176
Final Walk-Thru 176
Follow-Up Meeting 178
Shakedown Street 178
A Little Insurance 179
Roadside Assistance 182
Lemon Aid 184
Part 4 What's What Onboard?
10 Electrical Systems 189
Straight to the Source 190
Engine Power 190
Coach Power 191
Monitor Panels 198
Electricity: The Long and the Short(age) 199
Running Out of Juice 201
Blackout! 202
Important Add-Ons 203
11 LP Systems 205
LP: It's a Gas 205
The Heat Is On 207
Home on the Range 208
Water Heater 209
LP Containers 210
Container Types 210
Safety First 213
12 Plumbing Systems 215
Water World 216
Fresh Water System 216
Pumping Up 219
Avoiding the Cold Shoulder 221
Bathroom Talk 221
Wastewater Systems 222
Runnin' on Empty 223
Down in the Dumps 225
Mr. Clean 227
Part 5 Your First Trip
13 Towin' the Line 231
How Much Can My Vehicle Tow? 232
The Big Three 232
Matchmaker, Matchmaker 233
The Hitching Post 234
Conventional Trailers 236
Fifth Wheels 241
The Big Tow 242
Final Steps 243
Accessorizing 244
Towing Behind a Motorhome 245
What Can My Motorhome Tow? 245
Towed Vehicles Come in Threes 246
14 Drive Time 253
The Only Thing to Fear 254
Start Your Engines 254
The Seven Deadly Driving Sins 259
Practice, Practice, Practice 263
A Class Act 263
Fuel 263
Dealing With 264
Must-Have Gear 265
15 How Much Does Your RV Weigh? 267
Weighty Concerns 268
Is My RV Fat? 268
Packing 271
What Weighs What? 272
The Leader of the Pack 274
Common Pitfalls 277
The Loading Zone 279
16 Choosing a Campground 281
Where to, Bub? 282
Finding Mr. Right 284
Setting Up Camp 288
Checking In 288
A Site for Sore Eyes 289
Hookups 291
What's Next? 295
Rules and Etiquette 295
Breaking Camp 297
17 Roughin' It 301
Why Oh Why? 302
The Path of Most Resistance 304
Ready for Action 306
Conservative Thinking 307
Cold-Weather Camping 309
One Cool Customer 310
Winterizing Hookups 312
Part 6 Life on the Road
18 Travel Planning 317
Kids and Families and Babies, Oh My 318
Heavy Petting 321
The Group Mentality 323
Border Patrol 325
The Full-Timing Life 327
19 Staying in Touch 333
Phone Home 334
E-Mail 337
Pagers 339
CB Radio 339
Mail Call 340
20 Playin' It Safe 343
Weather or Not (Here I Come) 344
The Accidental Tourist 346
Motion Sickness 348
Camping Calamities 350
21 Basic Care 361
Storage 362
Winterizing 363
Spring Shakedown 367
Clean Machine 370
A Resources 373
B Glossary 381
Index 389
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 7, 2001

    Highly, highly recommended!!!

    Author really hits all points in a comprehensive and witty fashion. Went into this book knowing nothing, left with an extremely workable understanding of everything from buying to living to traveling by way of recreational vehicle. I couldn't recommend this title more. Grea

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