Am still a novice at RV-ing, I have seen some examples of what not to do when RV-ing. Here are ten I learned by watching other people make mistakes:
1: Be careful when flushing out tanks, and if you are not physically present at the gate valves, leave them open. I passed one RV that had black water spraying out the top vent like a geyser.
2: Judge tree height. Air conditioners belong on the top of the RV, not in the road.
3: Use a W/D hitch. I was following someone whose trailer was all over the highway, and when I passed them (from one lane away), they had no W/D mechanism whatsoever.
4: Secure your wheels. At one CG, I asked if one guy had his wheels removed for security... found out the owner wasn't the one who put the RV on blocks.
5: Depressurize your water system before pulling the anode rod. I was wondering why I saw fire hose action out the water heater drain.
6: Depressurize your water system before pushing the check valve on the city water inlet during the winterization process, unless you want to burst that one O-ring which takes major surgery to get to.
7: Don't drop glass beer bottles down the toilet and into the black tank. (This was on a used TT that was completely trashed due to some heavy partying.)
8: Don't use the rear bumper that houses sewer hoses for much weight. It likely will fall off if someone decides to try to attach a generator rack to it. Instead, get a rear hitch receiver which bolts to the frame that can take some weight.
9: Don't leave the deadbolt sticking out when you slam your RV door. It will subsequently jam, and might require being disassembled and oiled to work again.
10: If a generator is spouting flames from the exhaust and the muffler is glowing red, it isn't a candidate of one to purchase.
Sounds like a bunch of garbage. If you really want to be careful about the don't does, then the main issue is to be careful about the height and width of the RV. Yes pay attention to tree limbs and also bridges and narrow passages.
#3: If you have a trailer sway problem, find out why, and FIX IT! A WD hitch may or may not have any inherent anti-sway capability. If it is merely a WD hitch, it will not solve the problem, it probably won't even mask it effectively.
There is always a reason for true trailer sway. Find it, fix it, and THEN, if it makes you feel safer, get the fancy hitches.
#4: Is wheel theft really that common that it needs to be addressed? This is the first I have ever heard on in many years of owning RVs!
#7: Do not put ANYTHING down the toilet except what belongs there. This applies to ANY toilet! Especially the vault or pit toilets in back country campgrounds!
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Seems like a lot of hostility out there this morning. Mlts22 is just making some observations that could help newbies. I've made some of the same mistakes he mention. (#5)
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Hostility, or a quest for ACCURATE and COMPLETE information?
I know which it was in my case.
If I wished to allow some hostility to enter into the equation, I would have simply said "It can all be summed up in one word: THINK!"
"Knowing that this is controversial, here is another and one that has served us well...
Don't finance an RV (or any toy) unless it's your only home."
Ah, yes, financial advice for the foolish masses...
Of course, there is a good chance you will be DEAD before you save up enough to buy the RV, but that's OK, you can die secure in the knowledge that inheritance taxes and medical bills will eat up most of your savings, and there is a pretty fair chance the lawyers will get the rest!
BUT, you didn't go in debt for any toys!
good advice, no doubt, and I have heard (and pretty much ignored )it for many years. I choose to enjoy life the best I can, and if that means financing "toys", I will do so, so that I can enjoy them.
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