Friday, December 21

Is It "Complete Idiot's Guide To RVing" Time?

It seems hard to believe, but more than 30 million people in the US alone are living what could be called an RV-based lifestyle. And in addition to those who are already doing it, many more are thinking about doing it and wondering how to pull it off. If you are one of these folks, then The Complete Idiot’s Guide to RVing is a book you should have and keep.

Of course you needn’t be a total idiot on the subject to get something out of it, but it is designed to be useful to RV beginners and veterans alike, no matter what image the title conjures up. And I love the ambiguity of the title too - is is a guide for the complete idiot, or a complete guide for every variety of idiot that might be living in an RV or entertaining the idea? Either way, this book gets the job done. It certainly looks like the author, Brent Peterson, has covered just about everything that might be of interest. We are full time rvers and, also, we are proud to call ourselves idiots sometimes...if it makes you feel better!

The first subject he tackles is a basic one - which RV is right for you? If you don’t know a Class A diesel pusher from a pop-up camper, this is where you should start. Learn about all the variety of RVs available, then you can start thinking about the machines from the bottom to the top. Next, all the features of an RV are covered, from the roof air conditioners to the tires, and you’ll get a great basic education on all of the ins and outs of how to determine your needs and find an RV to match. You’ll learn about the electrical, water and gas systems and much more that you’ll need out on the road.


A clear discussion of the process and problems of towing and driving RVs is next. Peterson covers the idea of weight and the limitations on your rigs, how connections are made and vehicles and trailers can be pulled safely, and many other pertinent topics. Such basics as choosing your camping locations, keeping up on and dealing with bad weather, and using modern navigation tools are covered too.And if you have fears of mechanical details such as hooking up hitches, adjusting stabilizing jacks, and leveling your RV, he’ll help to calm them.


One of the best features of the The Complete Idiot's Guide to RVing, 3e guide series is the use of humor, and small text modules for hints, tips, stories and tricks. The combination of personal light-hearted experience and the hard-earned knowledge gained with an easy to read format makes this book a winner. Try it and you won’t stay an idiot for long.

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