RVs & Campers For Dummies

RVs & Campers For Dummies

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von: Christopher Hodapp, Alice Von Kannon

17,99 €

Verlag: Wiley
Format: PDF
Veröffentl.: 27.05.2021
ISBN/EAN: 9781119790358
Sprache: englisch
Anzahl Seiten: 416

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<p><b>Make yourself at home on the road</b></p> <p>Live down by the beach one week and way up in the mountains the next? It sounds like an impossible dream, but motor-homers do it all the time.  Whatever draws you to the mobile life—adventurous domestic vacations or permanently itchy feet—<i>RVs & Campers For Dummies</i> helps you feel right at home. The book explores the key aspects of glamping-with-wheels.  Discover how it’s possible to bring beauty spots right to your doorstep without sacrificing domestic comforts like a comfy bed, private bathroom, and wholesome, healthy home cooking!</p> <p>In a down-home, friendly style, mobile-living veterans and husband-and-wife team Christopher Hodapp and Alice Von Kannon welcome you inside to discover everything from deciding to rent or buy the vehicle that best suits your needs to planning and prepping your first journey and then setting yourself up wherever you arrive at the perfect spot. Along the way you’ll learn how to adapt your driving skills to pilot your home on the road, as well as how to keep every aspect of it shipshape and ready for action.</p> <ul> <li>Explore your RV and camper options</li> <li>Stock up with the right supplies</li> <li>Get a snapshot of the mobile home lifestyle</li> <li>Troubleshoot common problems</li> </ul> <p>Getting there is half the fun—and this guide shows you how to do it safely and in style. So, buckle up (or relax in the back) … it’s going to be a wild but incredibly comfortable ride!</p> <p> </p>
<p><b>Introduction</b><b> 1</b></p> <p>About This Book 2</p> <p>Foolish Assumptions 3</p> <p>Icons Used in This Book 4</p> <p>Beyond the Book 4</p> <p>Where to Go from Here 5</p> <p><b>Part 1: Getting Started with RVs and Campers</b><b> 7</b></p> <p><b>Chapter 1: Joining the Cavalcade of Rolling Nomads</b><b> 9</b></p> <p>Everybody’s Doing It 10</p> <p>Weekenders and vacationers 11</p> <p>Snowbirds and retirees 12</p> <p>Full-timers 12</p> <p>Workampers 14</p> <p>Road scholars 15</p> <p>Going green and living off the grid 15</p> <p>Glampers 16</p> <p>International tourists 16</p> <p>The Song of the Open Road 18</p> <p>“Intrepid autoists” 18</p> <p>Getting scientific 19</p> <p>President Eisenhower and the Interstate Highway System 20</p> <p>The Road Less Taken 21</p> <p><b>Chapter 2: Surveying the Wide World of RVs and Campers</b><b> 25</b></p> <p>Motorhomes 26</p> <p>Class A motorhomes 29</p> <p>Class B motorhomes 34</p> <p>Class C motorhomes 37</p> <p>Towables 41</p> <p>Toy haulers or sport utility trailers 44</p> <p>Lightweights 45</p> <p>Teardrop trailers 46</p> <p>Off-road trailers 47</p> <p>Pop-up trailers 48</p> <p>Fifth wheels 51</p> <p>Truck Campers 53</p> <p><b>Chapter 3: Decisions, Decisions: Knowing What You Need</b><b> 55</b></p> <p>To Pull or Be Pulled, That Is the Question 56</p> <p>Go big or go home: Opting for a motorhome or fifth wheel 57</p> <p>Space Odyssey: How Much Do You Need? 60</p> <p>Traveling with kids 64</p> <p>Traveling with pets 65</p> <p>Working from the road 67</p> <p>Honestly Assessing Amenities 68</p> <p>Fireplace 68</p> <p>Washer and dryer 68</p> <p>Dishwasher 70</p> <p><b>Part 2: Buying Your RV</b><b> 73</b></p> <p><b>Chapter 4: Fitting an RV into Your Budget</b><b> 75</b></p> <p>New or Used: The Wide World of RVs 75</p> <p>Buying used 76</p> <p>Buying new 77</p> <p>Taking Out a Loan 78</p> <p>Expecting the Unexpected 80</p> <p>The tax man cometh 80</p> <p>Insurance 81</p> <p>Storage 82</p> <p><b>Chapter 5: Doing Your Homework</b><b> 85</b></p> <p>Working on Your Short List 85</p> <p>Getting to know the major players 86</p> <p>Considering smaller RV makers 86</p> <p>Zeroing in on the RVs you’re interested in 90</p> <p>Finding Resources You Can Trust 90</p> <p>The Internet 92</p> <p>Books and magazines 94</p> <p>RV shows 96</p> <p>Campgrounds 96</p> <p>Factory tours 97</p> <p><b>Chapter 6: Dealing with Dealers</b> <b>99</b></p> <p>Getting the Lay of the Land 99</p> <p>Choosing an RV Dealer: Giant and Nationwide or Small and Local 101</p> <p>Following the Rules of the Road: Tips for Working with RV Dealers 104</p> <p>Worrying Over Warranties 106</p> <p><b>Chapter 7: Adding a Tow Vehicle to Your Trailer </b><b>111</b></p> <p>Choosing Wisely 112</p> <p>Finding Your Vehicle’s Tow Ratings 114</p> <p>Shopping for a Tow Vehicle 116</p> <p>Understanding truck sizes 117</p> <p>Cab and bed configurations 121</p> <p>Considering optional features 123</p> <p><b>Chapter 8: Getting Hitched and the Alchemy of Weight</b> <b>127</b></p> <p>Getting to Know Your Trailer Hitch 128</p> <p>The hitch receiver 129</p> <p>What’s what on the trailer hitch 130</p> <p>Trailer hitch sizes 132</p> <p>Weight-carrying and weight-distributing hitches 133</p> <p>Weighing Your RV 134</p> <p><b>Part 3: Taking Your First Camping Trip </b><b>139</b></p> <p><b>Chapter 9: Stocking Up on Accessories: What Your RV Didn’t Come With</b><b> 141</b></p> <p>The Bare Necessities 143</p> <p>Wheel chocks 143</p> <p>Leveling blocks 143</p> <p>Water hoses 144</p> <p>Sewer drain hoses and accessories 145</p> <p>Electrical cables and accessories 146</p> <p>Gozintas, gozontas, and dog bones 149</p> <p>Basic tools 151</p> <p>Expendables 154</p> <p>Fun Extras 156</p> <p><b>Chapter 10: Packing for the Road</b><b> 159</b></p> <p>Following Some Basic Packing Tips 160</p> <p>Packing a First-Aid Kit 161</p> <p>Finding Fun Storage Hacks 162</p> <p>Plastic storage totes 162</p> <p>Hooks and Command strips 163</p> <p>Shelf and drawer caddies 164</p> <p>Tension bars 165</p> <p>Stackable cabinet organizers 165</p> <p>Packing Your Tuxedo 166</p> <p>Kitchen Aid: Packing Food and Utensils 168</p> <p>King of the roast 169</p> <p>Food safety and storage 170</p> <p><b>Chapter 11: Driving, Parking, and the Dread of Backing Up</b> <b>173</b></p> <p>Preparing to Pilot Your Own Private Battleship 174</p> <p>Drafting a copilot 174</p> <p>Practicing until you can’t practice any more 176</p> <p>What’s Your Clearance, Clarence? Knowing How Big You Are Before You Hit the Road 179</p> <p>Backup Plan: Backing Up Like a Pro 181</p> <p>Getting from Point A to Point B Stress-Free 182</p> <p>Paying attention to your speed 182</p> <p>Keeping your distance 185</p> <p>Steering you right 185</p> <p>Coming to a stop: “Trailer brakes first!” 187</p> <p>Handling hills 190</p> <p><b>Chapter 12: The Shakedown: Your Maiden Voyage</b> <b>193</b></p> <p>Taking Your Shakedown Cruise 194</p> <p>Whither do we wander? Deciding where to go 194</p> <p>Getting set to set up camp 195</p> <p>Knowing what to check 196</p> <p>Finding a Campground 201</p> <p>Knowing your options 202</p> <p>Making reservations 206</p> <p>Checking in 207</p> <p><b>Chapter 13: Setting Up Your Campsite</b> <b>209</b></p> <p>Pulling into the Campground and Finding Your Campsite 209</p> <p>On the Level: Leveling Your RV 211</p> <p>Leveling side to side 212</p> <p>Unhitching your trailer from your tow vehicle 212</p> <p>Leveling front to back 214</p> <p>Connecting Your Utilities 215</p> <p>Electricity 215</p> <p>Water 217</p> <p>Sewer 218</p> <p>Propane 218</p> <p>Making Life Comfortable 219</p> <p>Opening your slides 219</p> <p>Getting TV service 219</p> <p>Communicating with the outside world 221</p> <p><b>Part 4: Understanding How Your RV Works</b><b> 227</b></p> <p><b>Chapter 14: Electrical Systems</b><b> 229</b></p> <p>One RV, Two Kinds of Power 230</p> <p>What Runs What 232</p> <p>Engine or chassis system 232</p> <p>The 12VDC house power system 233</p> <p>Shore power 235</p> <p>Convertible Electricity 238</p> <p>The Fuse Panel 239</p> <p>12V fuses 239</p> <p>120V circuit breakers 240</p> <p>Generators 241</p> <p>Power output 242</p> <p>Weight 243</p> <p>Fuel 243</p> <p>Noise 243</p> <p>Maintenance 244</p> <p>Security 245</p> <p><b>Chapter 15: Water World: The Wonders of Plumbing</b> <b>247</b></p> <p>Understanding How Water Works in an RV 248</p> <p>Using the Freshwater System 250</p> <p>Getting fresh water 250</p> <p>Getting to know your water heater 257</p> <p>Dealing with the Wastewater System 260</p> <p>Getting down and dirty with your RV toilet 260</p> <p>Checking your holding tank monitor 262</p> <p>Emptying your wastewater tanks 263</p> <p>Washing out your blackwater tank 272</p> <p>Caring for and feeding your blackwater tank 276</p> <p><b>Chapter 16: The Propane Gas System</b><b> 279</b></p> <p>Understanding the Basics of Propane 280</p> <p>Knowing what it runs 281</p> <p>Getting to know your propane tank 286</p> <p>Keeping Your Tanks Full 293</p> <p>Determining how much propane you have left 293</p> <p>Filling up your propane tanks 294</p> <p>Locating Leaks 297</p> <p><b>Chapter 17: Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning</b> <b>301</b></p> <p>Starting with the Basics 302</p> <p>Awnings 302</p> <p>Rooftop fans 303</p> <p>Depending on Your HVAC System 304</p> <p>Air conditioners and heat pumps 304</p> <p>Propane furnace 307</p> <p>Hydronic heating 309</p> <p>Trying Alternative Heating Methods 309</p> <p>Electric space heaters 310</p> <p>Propane space heaters 311</p> <p><b>Part 5: Tackling Some Advanced RV Topics </b><b>313</b></p> <p><b>Chapter 18: Storage and Old Man Winter</b><b> 315</b></p> <p>Winterizing and Storing Your RV 316</p> <p>Step 1: Housecleaning and more 318</p> <p>Step 2: Away goes trouble down the drains 321</p> <p>Step 3: Dealing with the water heater 322</p> <p>Step 4: Dumping your wastewater tanks 322</p> <p>Step 5: Evicting the last of the water 322</p> <p>Step 6: Dosing your drains 324</p> <p>Step 7: Beware the phantom menace 324</p> <p>Step 8: Taking care of odds and ends 326</p> <p>Pulling Your RV out of Storage 327</p> <p>Wintertime RVing 328</p> <p>Keeping you and your RV warm 328</p> <p>Keeping water from freezing 330</p> <p>Using helpful cold weather accessories 331</p> <p><b>Chapter 19: Tow, Tow, Tow Your Toad: Towing Your Car Behind Your Motorhome</b> <b>333</b></p> <p>Considering Your Towing Options 334</p> <p>Flat towing 334</p> <p>Tow dolly 338</p> <p>Car trailer 338</p> <p>Considering the Vehicle You’re Towing 339</p> <p><b>Chapter 20: Boondocking and Living off the Grid</b> <b>343</b></p> <p>This Land Is Your Land, This Land Is My Land:</p> <p>Finding a Place to Boondock 344</p> <p>Attending to the Necessities of Life 349</p> <p>Power me up 350</p> <p>Water: Finding it, storing it, conserving it, dumping it 352</p> <p><b>Part 6: The Part of Tens</b><b> 357</b></p> <p><b>Chapter 21: Ten Potential RV Catastrophes and How to Avoid Them</b><b> 359</b></p> <p>Destroying Your Jack 359</p> <p>Watching Your Rig Roll Away 360</p> <p>Tangling with Wildlife 360</p> <p>Running on Empty 361</p> <p>Causing Your Own Power Failure 361</p> <p>Dancing on an Uninsured Ledge 362</p> <p>Losing Your Own Trailer 363</p> <p>Flooding Your Rig 363</p> <p>Swarming Nightmares 364</p> <p>Losing It All 365</p> <p><b>Chapter 22: Ten Smartphone Apps You Can’t Live Without</b><b> 369</b></p> <p>Google Maps 369</p> <p>CoPilot GPS 370</p> <p>Roadtrippers 370</p> <p>GasBuddy 371</p> <p>Allstays Camp and RV 371</p> <p>RA Camping 372</p> <p>SkySafari 372</p> <p>AccuWeather 373</p> <p>RV Pocket Reference 374</p> <p>Ultimate RV Checklist 374</p> <p><b>Chapter 23: Ten Great Attractions Just off the Highway </b><b>375</b></p> <p>National Route 66 Museum 375</p> <p>Custer Battlefield Museum 376</p> <p>The Thing 377</p> <p>Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site 378</p> <p>Meteor Crater 378</p> <p>Wisconsin Dells 379</p> <p>Pedro’s South of the Border 380</p> <p>Wall Drug 380</p> <p>Solvang, California 381</p> <p>Star Trek Original Series Set Tour 382</p> <p>Index 383</p>
<p><b>Christopher Hodapp</b> and <b>Alice Von Kannon</b> are a husband-and-wife team who’ve had a lifelong love affair with the RV lifestyle. Alice grew up with travel trailers, and Chris traveled and worked out of a motorhome for many years as a commercial filmmaker. Veteran RVers, they’ve explored 44 of the 50 U.S. states so far, staying in literally hundreds of campgrounds and parks.</p>
<p><b>Take the comforts of home anywhere you want to go!</b></p><p>There’s no better way to explore the world than in an RV, be it a motorhome, fifth wheel, or trailer. The best parts of home — like a comfy bed and a bathroom — go with you. Plus you’ll have the freedom to go almost anywhere! But buying an RV is a major investment, so it’s wise to learn all you can about choosing and maintaining one. This book has you covered. Select the vehicle that suits your needs, learn how to care for it, and hit the road with confidence!</p><p><b>Inside...</b></p><ul><li><b>Get to know the types of RVs and campers available</b></li><li><b>Select the vehicle that fits your needs</b></li><li><b>Decide whether to rent or buy</b></li><li><b>Evaluate and upgrade your tow vehicle</b></li><li><b>Learn to drive that land yacht</b></li><li><b>Prepare for your first trip</b></li><li><b>Understand your RV’s systems</b></li></ul>

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