How Can I Learn What I Need To Know About RVing?

by Mark Fernandez
(Costa Mesa, California)

I was left a 26 foot Fleetwood Wilderness trailer, my truck has never had a tow hitch, what would you do?

What book or web site would help teach me how to or what to check for like hooking up to electrical, waste, water, heater , air conditioner, stove, fridge. I have never had to set up a trailer; I am used to camping in a tent.
ANSWER Greetings Mark thanks for submitting your question on our Ask An RV Question Page.

First I hope you can learn a lot by searching our website for the answers you are seeking. Let me give you some recommendations for some quality books and videos that will help get you started.

Here are some books that I highly recommend for the beginning RVer:

The Complete Idiot's Guide to RVing. 2nd Edition: By Brent Peterson. This highly rated easy to read guide walks you through the process of purchasing an RV and how to set it up for camping once you have purchased it.

All the Stuff You Need to Know About RVing By Robert G. Lowe: This comprehensive book goes into topics such as how to drive and tow an RV, how to hookup and unhook utilities from your RV, How to pack for a week or a month, how to maintain and winterize your RV, how to operate onboard systems properly and much, much, more. This one is a must-have for a beginning RVer.

The RVer's Bible: Everything You Need to Know About Choosing, Using, & Enjoying Your RV By Kim and Sunny Baker: Rather then me trying to tell you about this Gem of a book, here is a mini review from Library Journal "The Bakers (Desktop Direct Marketing, McGraw, 1995) have written the recreational vehicle guide they wished they could have read themselves ten years ago. They tackle practical concerns such as choosing the best RV, its mechanics, and things to do in it. The authors' experiences underline the importance of the safety tips they sprinkle throughout, along with occasional illustrations and checklists, loading pointers, and discussions of pests and crossing borders. There is even a section on RV equipment for the physically challenged. Enjoyable and clear enough for armchair travelers; for public libraries with large travel sections.?Alison Hopkins, Queens Borough P.L., Jamaica, N.Y. Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc."

Now for the videos I recommend, all the

videos listed below are by RV Expert Mark Polk and can be instantly downloaded to your computer.

Travel Trailer/5th Wheel 101Topics covered in this DVD include: complete set up procedures, hitch work, leveling, campground setup, LP gas system, water system, electrical system, sewage system, appliances, accessories and safety cautions and warnings. Demonstration is shown on both a travel trailer and 5th wheel where appropriate. Watch RV expert Mark Polk as he gives you a personal travel trailer or 5th wheel orientation. You too will soon be a pro!

Class A Motor Home 101: Topics covered in this video download include: weights, leveling, complete set up procedures, LP gas system, water system, electrical system, sewage system, generator, appliances, accessories, safety cautions and warnings and much more.

Class C Rental / Owner:
Topics covered in this video download include: maintenance checks, driving tips, towing, campground registration and complete set up procedures, LP gas, water, electric, appliances, accessories and safety cautions
and warnings.

Pop Up 101:  Thousands of campers enjoy camping each year in their pop-up campers. Why not be one of them? Let the Pop Up 101 video/DVD help make your camping experience simple, easy and safe. Topics covered in this video include: complete set-up procedures, campground hook-ups, LP gas, water,
electric, appliances, accessories, tips on backing and safety cautions and warnings.

In all we have 15 instant download videos by Mark Polk on all sorts of RVing topics such as Deep Cycle Battery Care & Maintenance, Drive your Motorhome Like a Pro, EZ RV Upgrades, Marks Recommended 10 minute RV Essential Items, RV Awning Use, Care & Accessories, RV Campground Basics, RV Safety Features, Tips & Tricks, RV Care & Maintenance, Trailer Towing, Weights, Hitch Work and Backing,Towing Behind Your Motorhome and Winterizing and Storing your RV. To see all the videos we have a available visit our RV Education Videos From The Experts Page.

If you are interested in seeing all of the RVing books we have available you should visit The Everything About RVing RV Book Store.

Hopefully the above information will be helpful to you. One thing you will not regret is becoming an RVer.

Happy RVing

RVing Al

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