Top 10 lists aren't just for David Letterman, they are also for RVers. Here is a list of 10 of the best RV tip lists, with example tips from each.
This is a good list for new RVers or people who need to brush up on their campground etiquette. One of the keys to good RV ettiquette is being discrete and careful, especially when arriving to a campground late or hooking up a sewer connection. Another is actually reading and following the park rules you get when you register. But the thing to remember when interacting with your fellow RVers is tip #10:
"Do unto others: When in doubt, follow the golden rule. If you aren’t sure of the proper campground etiquette for something, think about how you would like to be treated. If you are concerned that something might bother your neighbor, your best bet is just to ask them. If you find yourself in a situation where your neighbors or park operators are doing something that you find intolerable, politely address the subject with them. If that doesn’t work, consider moving to another site or another campground. You are in an RV after all."
This list not only tells you how to save money on RVing, it also discusses ways you can actually make money while you're out on the open road. One of the tips may change your mind about stocking up on everything before you start your next RV journey:
"Stop and shop. Forget about stocking up on everything you need for your entire trip by buying in bulk beforehand. Instead, shop often and locally. You'll not only reduce the weight of your RV and get better fuel economy, but also save money by skipping the national chains and shopping for produce, meat, dairy and other items at local discount and dollar stores."
3. Beating the Fuel Pump Bandits Speaking of saving money, as fuel prices keep going up, saving money on gas becomes more important. In addition to telling you the cheapes places to buy gas and showing you how to maintain your RV so it uses less gas, the folks at Gypsy Journal also provide a great list of resources fo keeping track of gas prices:
"RVers have a few tools at their disposal to help save money by filling our tanks at the lowest available price. Several internet websites list the lowest gasoline prices in an area, including www.gasbuddy.com and www.gaspricewatch.com. Diesel fuel prices at major truck stops are listed at www.dieselboss.com. Flying J truck stops update both their gasoline and diesel prices daily on their website at www.flyingj.com. When starting out on a trip, RVers can check fuel prices in their current location and along their route. Many times fuel prices will differ by fifteen to twenty cents a gallon from one state to the next. By checking before you leave, you can avoid overpaying for fuel and then finding it at a reduced price a few miles down the road. "
4. The RVing Page at LifeTips.com is a portal to 229 RV tips. They have many tips about buying, running and maintaining your RV. The nice thing about this page is that readers are allowed to rate the tips. Here is one of the highest rating RV tips from LifeTips.com:
"If you are buying a used RV, know where to find information about used RV prices. NADA (National Automobile Dealers Association) is the largest publisher of value guides in the world and offers appraisal guidelines for vehicles, including RVs. NADA lists prices that reflect the market and consumer information (safety, insurance, FAQ on RVs). So if you want to find out if a used motorhome is considered a used RV of value or priced too high, consult NADA or visit: nadaguides.com for more information
Kelly Blue Book is another resource you can use to determine reasonable used RV prices. The "Official RV Guide - Motor Homes, Campers, Van Conversions (1986-2007)" provides used values plus list prices on new units. Also see the "Official RV Guide - Travel Trailers, Fifth Wheels, Folding Trailers.""
5. RV Tips for Holding Tanks Most free dump sites are being closed due to camper abuse and the addition of chemicals that are bad for septic systems. One of the key points made in this article is that it is absolutely essential that RVers dump only septic-safe chemicals (no fromaldehyde) and that they clean up after themselves. There is, however, one golden rule for RV holding tanks:
"Never dump the black water tank until it is at least two thirds full. You want the tank nearly full so the weight and the gravity will force the contents of the tank to drain properly. Another golden rule is to never leave the black tank valve open at the campground and expect the toilet to drain or flush like the toilet in your home. It won't work."
6. Ten Tips for Dog Owners on the Road in an RV Lots of RVers take their dogs on the road with them. If you are one of them, you will be less likely to get kicked out of the park by following this tip:
"Always carry poop bags (zip lock sandwich plastic bags for smaller breeds and larger plastic bags for bigger breeds). The trick, using the zip lock bags, is to turn the bag inside out, pick up the poop, turning the bag right side again and zip the contents (and smell) closed. Always try to locate the nearest dumpster or trash can instead of bringing it back into your motor home."
For more great tips on RVing with pets, check out the tip list over at Gypsy Journal.
7. Living Together 24/7 in an RV - How Do You Do It? Lots of RVers also take their spouses on the road with them, but living together 24/7 in 240 square feet of space can take some getting used to. A must-read for couples living on the road together for gems such as the following marriage saver:
"Whoever watches TV alone should use headphones. Listening to music should be the same unless both people want to listen. The fact that one partner has on headphones gives both a sense of privacy. I call headphones 'marriage savers!'"
8. David's RV Tips is a whole blog full of RV tips dedicated to making the RV experience more enjoyable. The posts in this blog are arranged by topic. Since the tips on this blog are comprehensive how-tos on a variety of topics, it was impossible for me to choose a tip to quote here, but this blog is definitely worth look if you haven't been there before.
9. On the RV Questions & Tips page at RVretired.com, RVers help make life easier for others by sharing the tricks they came up with on the road. One of the most popular tricks is a way to repel flies by using a plastic bag, pennies and water:
"We went with some out of town friends to Sweety Pies on Sunday for breakfast, and we sat in the enclosed patio section beside the house. We happened to notice a couple of zip lock baggies pinned to a post and a wall. The bags were half filled with water, each contained 4 pennies, and they were zipped shut. Naturally we were curious! Ms Sweety told us that these baggies kept the flies away! So naturally we were even more curious! We actually watched some flies come in the open window, stand around on the window sill, and then fly out again. And there were no flies in the eating area! This morning I checked this out on Goggle. Below are comments on this fly control idea. I'm now a believer! More comments not included here were about pet dogs and fly problems."
10. Keeping your Camper Cool this Summer - Last but not least, since summer heat was at it's height last week, these tips from RV in BC are particularly timely. This is the time of year when air conditioning is essential, so here's a way to improve the efficiency of your air conditioner:
"Strategically park your RV to take advantage of any shade that is available, especially on the side where the refrigerator vent is located. Don’t be afraid to ask for a shady site when you check in at the campground. This will not only help cool the RV down, but your refrigerator and roof A/C will work much more efficiently."
Do you agree with these tips? Did I leave anything out? Be sure to comment and share some top RV tips of your own. If there are enough comments, I will use them in another blog post, giving credit to each commenter.
Here's a video preview that the Daily App Show did on our iPhone app "RV Parks". We think this video of our app gives a much better preview (than the standard screenshots) of how to move around on the different tabs (search, nearby, browse & tell a friend) and what information you can find on each tab. You can find our app listed under the travel category in the iTunes store or on our site here and of course it's FREE. We'd love to hear your thoughts on our app or things you'd like to see us add in the future. Just comment below with any feedback.
Calling all Park/Campground Owners! This post was written especially for you. We now give you the option to claim your park listing on our site. There's no cost involved (it's Free) and the whole process will only take a few moments of your time. After you claim your listing with us you'll be able to update your park details, respond to reviews of your listing, add photos, and most importantly stay in touch with what visitors are saying about your site.
Questions? Just comment below for answers stat.
Step 1 - Go to our site and search for the name of your park (recommended) or the city that your park is in.
Step 2 - Click on the name of your park (blue font) in the search results.
Step 3 - On your park listing page, under the "Park Info" portion there is a "Claim it" link next to the words "Do you own this park?". Click on the "Claim it" link.
Step 4 - Link your user account with your park listing. There are 2 ways to do this.
Option 1 - Create an owner account with us (stay on the 1st tab). Do this if you don't have a user profile with us or you want to use a certain email address for managing your listing.
Option 2 - Sign into your already existing user account with us (stay on the 2nd "log-in" tab).
Step 5 - Voila! You're done. Here's a little preview of what your new owner account will look like. Pretty nice, right?
RVParking.com is still just a pup. We know we've got a few rough patches here and there and we've been working on smoothing things out. We have much bigger plans for the Search functionality for example and we've got scores of gerbils working furiously in the back room to improve our site search.
In the meantime, we've been listening to some user feedback and have been tweaking things here and there. One of the early requests was to list the website for the RV parks themselves when they have a site. We've now enabled that. When you look at a given RV park now, you'll see a link to their website under their address and phone number. If you don't see a link, that means the RV park either doesn't have a website or we weren't able to find it when we were doing our data collection.
If you happen to know that the RV park has a website, please feel free to add it in. Just click on "Submit changes for this park." This will let you update any information we have on that park: website, number of sites, etc. Our editors will review the change and publish it right after they feed the gerbils.
In the meantime, let us know if there are other features you'd like to see. Just leave a comment below!