Two RVing Tips

There are two things lately that I have really come to understand when it comes to RVing, and these aren’t things the dealer tells you when you’re making the purchase. Keep these two things in mind, and it’ll make all aspects of your RV ownership easier.

Keep all of your manuals , guides, and checklists in one place. There is a lot to remember about the workings of your RV. More than you’ll probably be able to remember off the top of your head. If you purchase one new you’ll get a lot of manuals with it. Likely one big one for the RV itself, and then all the manuals for the various appliances. If you aren’t getting one new, I would have reservations about any RV that didn’t still have all of these manuals.

My Casita still has all of them, and they have proven vital to me for figuring out how things work. Hooking up to shore power and water, dumping the tanks, proper use of the stove, all were covered within. Just today I realized that my A/C filter needed cleaning and I didn’t know how to get the cover off – those manuals came to the rescue again.

Yes, a lot of this information you can find online these days, but expect to sift through a lot of non-relevant stuff, or uneducated opinions before you find what you’re looking for. If you find you have lost a manual for something important, getting the model number off of the part and including that in your search is usually the most accurate way to locate what you need to know online. The more specific you can be, the better.

The previous owner of my RV put all of the manuals in plastic sleeves in a three-ring binder. This setup works great because they’re protected by a hard cover, all in one spot, and it’s easy to add to it.

For example I also have a printout of other local Casita owners in mine and printed pages of advice from one of the Casita forums that covers a topic the main manual isn’t so clear on. Things like packing checklists, maintenance schedules and the like can also go in it as well and be all handily in one spot when you need them.

It will never be perfect. My Casita is the only ‘home’ I’ve ever owned. Every place I have lived before has been rented, not mine. I am very proud of my trailer and when I bought it, I wanted everything to be perfect. Perfectly clean, all repairs done, and looking new.

Perfect is impossible with RVs. There will always be something new that needs touching up, or a new modification that would make it that much better. Trying to keep your RV in perfect condition is a recipe for misery. You’ll feel much better if you can accept that it won’t be perfect, and just enjoy it for what it is.

Do minor repairs and mods as you have time, but don’t spend all of your time and energy on them. At that point you’re missing the point of RVing; to travel and see things.

I liked making these two points because they were very broad things that are helpful no matter what kind of RV a person has, or is expecting to get. Have any questions, or insight of your own you’d like to add? You know what to do.

Image courtesy of Joel Olives

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  1. Cindy Thomas @ RV cover on June 25, 2012 at 4:38 pm

    I just stumbled across your blog, I love your point of view! RVing is about enjoying the adventures while on the road and creating memories.

  2. LenSatic on June 20, 2012 at 8:26 pm

    Most of the manuals are available in .PDF form and, if you have and e-book like a Kindle, you can carry them in a very small space. Ain’t much room in a Casita. 😉 I even have the Tahoe manual on mine.


    • Becky on June 21, 2012 at 3:12 pm

      Ahh, clever idea Pat. I love my Kindle.

  3. Becky on June 19, 2012 at 5:32 pm

    You’re welcome Marvin, glad you’re enjoying it. 🙂

    I finally finally got the replacement piece for the Reese hitch in so I actually can tow it safely now. The truck and trailer look so much better together without that dip in the middle.

  4. Marvin on June 19, 2012 at 10:00 am

    Becky ,

    You are wise beyond your years and I enjoy your blog . Thank you for taking the time .

    Dave has a good idea about a day use picnic , and it will also give you some additional towing experience for the future .

    Be Safe and Make Each Day a Memory

  5. Dave on June 19, 2012 at 9:16 am

    Have you thought about hooking up the trailer and taking it someplace, even if just for the weekend or a day trip? Day-camping can be fun. You can picnic in style at any random park which does not allow overnight camping, then skedaddle before sundown.

    • Becky on June 19, 2012 at 5:28 pm

      I’ve been wanting to go for the weekend to Hunting Island, I love that park to pieces and leaving the Bluffton area without staying there in the trailer seems like a crime to me. The issue is Julie and I both live in the trailer and we never get the same days off, I can’t just haul the Casita off on my weekend (which usually happens during the week) because then she’d have no place to stay. I’m planning to ask for for a Saturday and Sunday off from work before August though so we can do it though, looking forward to my first real ‘trip’ in it. 🙂