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The Complete RV Handbook A Guide to Getting the Most Out of Life on the Road,9780071443395

The Complete RV Handbook A Guide to Getting the Most Out of Life on the Road

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Edition: 1st
Format: Paperback
Pub. Date: 8/17/2005
Publisher(s): International Marine/Ragged Mountain Press
Availability: This title is currently not available.

Summary

The Complete RV Handbookcombines RVing fundamentals with advanced topics and innovative solutions that will appeal to America's 30 million RVers. After living on the road for eight years and interviewing hundreds of other veterans, Jayne Freeman now shows you how to select the most appropriate RV, plan for excursions of varying lengths, and arrange to be away from home for any length of time. Jayne offers tips for dealing with unexpected situations, and help in choosing the best destinations and avoiding the worst.

Author Biography

Jayne Freeman has lived and traveled in her RV for the past eight years. She writes a monthly column on RV travel for Western RV News.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1(3)
Part One: Getting Started
Why RV?
4(7)
Convenience
4(2)
Affordability
6(2)
A Wider Range of Choices
8(1)
The Chance to Travel with Family
9(1)
Flexibility
10(1)
Choosing an RV
11(28)
Truck Campers
13(2)
Motor Homes
15(15)
Towables
30(9)
Choosing the Features and Options You Want
39(15)
The RV Kitchen
39(4)
Bathroom
43(1)
Washer/Dryers
44(2)
Bedrooms
46(2)
Electrical Features
48(2)
Awnings
50(1)
Slideouts
51(1)
Storage Space
52(1)
Diesel vs. Gasoline Engines
53(1)
Buying a New (or Used) RV
54(12)
How Much Is It Worth?
55(3)
Financing
58(1)
Making the Best Deal
58(2)
Taxes, Registration, and Insurance
60(2)
The Walk-Through
62(4)
Part Two: Using Your RV
Driving Basics
66(17)
Driving Forward
66(3)
Turning
69(2)
Highway Driving: Entering, Exiting, and Passing Safely
71(1)
Driving Safely
72(3)
Parking, Backing, and Leveling Your RV
75(8)
Towing and Hitching
83(9)
Towing a Car
83(5)
Hitching and Unhitching a Trailer or Fifth Wheel
88(4)
Understanding and Caring for Your RV, Its Systems, and Its Features
92(32)
The RV Toilet
92(3)
Gray - and Black-Water Drainage
95(4)
Freshwater Supply
99(4)
Stove
103(1)
Refrigerator
104(3)
Washer/Dryer
107(1)
Heating and Cooling
108(3)
Power Supply/Electrical Systems
111(9)
Awnings
120(2)
Roof
122(1)
Floors
123(1)
Engine, Tires, Suspension, Brakes, and Transmission
124(14)
Light Maintenance and Tune Ups
124(7)
Tires
131(3)
Suspension
134(1)
Brakes
134(3)
Transmission
137(1)
Finding Places to Stay
138(10)
County, State, and National Parks
140(2)
Membership Campgrounds
142(3)
Dry Camping
145(3)
Preventing and Responding to Disasters
148(10)
Dealing with Roadside Mishaps
148(3)
Personal Safety
151(1)
Fire Safety
152(2)
Propane Safety
154(1)
Preparing for Medical Emergencies
155(3)
Leaving Your RV
158(4)
Choosing the Right Storage Location
158(1)
Preparing Your RV for Storage
159(3)
Part Three: The Joys of the Open Road
Loading the RV and Preparing to Leave
162(6)
Getting It All In
162(3)
Departure Checklist
165(3)
Arranging to Be Gone
168(10)
Mail Services
168(1)
Getting Cash
169(2)
Internet Banking
171(1)
Cellular Phone Service
171(2)
Medical Care
173(5)
Traveling with Kids and Pets
178(4)
On the Road with Pets
178(2)
RVing with Kids
180(2)
Taking Long Trips
182(3)
The Advantages of a Long Stay
182(1)
Becoming a Snowbird
183(2)
Crossing Borders: Taking Your RV to Canada or Mexico
185(8)
Visiting Canada
186(2)
Adventuring in Mexico
188(5)
Technology for the Traveler
193(16)
Television
193(4)
Audio Entertainment
197(1)
Internet Access
198(8)
Digital Cameras
206(1)
Using GPS: Never Get Lost Again
207(2)
Going Full-Time
209(17)
Getting Started at Full-Timing
211(4)
The Frugal Full-Timer
215(5)
The Full-Timer's Social Life
220(1)
Citizens of Everywhere: Selecting a Domicile
221(4)
Start Your Engines
225(1)
Appendix: Resources for the RVer 226(5)
Index 231

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