Many of you are dreaming of, preparing for, or considering making another RV purchase in the future.
There’s nothing worse than buying an RV that doesn’t suit you. With extra planning, you can find an RV that fits who you and feels just right!
Problem is, it takes time, research, and RV walk throughs to learn what’s available and what works for you.
I’ve done all the research and shopped for over a year, visiting private owners and dealerships in many cities. Plus, I’m a full-time RVer, living in my RV selection since November 2015. I like the choice we made and I couldn’t have made the right choice without all the research and visiting RV dealerships–unless someone had given me a list like the one I’m giving you!
I’ll help you get in your own head and determine the RV features that matter most to you.
With my RV Shopping Checklist, you can review it before shopping so you’ll know which features are most important and quickly find an RV you want and need.
Use the RV Shopping Checklist again to help you save money and time, by checking off items on the checklist that are present and working well. I also point out safety features you want to have included with your RV.
You can print out the checklist pages and take them with you while you’re shopping, so you don’t forget important items. There are many things to remember and it’s easier to have a list.
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It’s fun to plan an RV life or how to enjoy RVing more! I’ve taken some items that I enjoy and bought them for my first giveaway.
Whether you hope to RV soon, or are traveling the country in your RV now, you can enter the giveaway free.
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The contest ends soon, so sign up now and good luck! ~Christina Goebel
The first inconvenience this creates is that you have to move your RV to go get water when you needed. This is the fresh water that you use for showers and washing dishes, but also potentially drink.
When we pulled up to the water hose at this campground, it was a hose hanging in the air, that you pulled down to fill your water tank.
The first thing I thought when I saw it was . . . gee, that looks like something someone might try to flush out their black water tank with if it’s not dumping well. It just looked really convenient for that purpose.
When you travel with your own hoses on board, I hope you’re planning to have one for clean water and a Different One, preferably in a Different Color, for the dirty water.
Here was this hose that everyone in the campground was using for their RVs. If they didn’t think anyone was looking, who knows what they did with that hose?
Before you think I’m worrying too much, I’ve seen plenty of people handle their black water hose without using any gloves. That’s handling waste water with some of the worst germs you can touch.
I guess then they get back inside and put their hands on the door, the steering wheel, pat the baby’s head…
So, another tip–handling waste water or dirty hoses should be done with disposable gloves. Many people keep those in the same compartment with their hoses, so they’re right there when they need them.
Now that I’ve taught you how to avoid wiping out your entire family with lethal germs, back to wondering what the previous RVer at this this community water hose did right before filling up their tank with hopefully clean water.
This campground wasn’t in West Yellowstone, where finding a dump site is like playing the lotto. In fact, the dump site at this campground was right down the road from . . . the clean water.
Carrying antibacterial wipes and cleaning hoses can assist a bit with safety concerns over water, but I felt uncomfortable because this water hose was under high use.
So I took a turn at being an evil, generator-using troll, ran all over town looking for someone willing to take our poo, worried if someone else’s poo was going in our clean water tank, but you know what? I paid half price.
Will we do this boondocking thing again? Will we even camp in the middle of nowhere with nothing, anywhere? Probably, but with a little more planning.
Consider the savings. If you are so lucky as to camp somewhere that costs $25 a day and you boondock at half prices without electric or a dump site, that could save a lot over time.
Boondocking at Wal-Mart for free saves people hundreds a year. However, not all Wal-Marts permit boondocking because other RVers convinced them it was a good idea.
If you boondock at Wal-Mart or another public parking lot that permits it, observe boondocking ettiquette. Don’t pull out the slides, roll out your outdoor carpet, chairs, and the grill, hang your laundry out to dry, and expect their employees to pick up your trash. Try not to draw attention to the free campsite you’re getting, and thank them by buying something at their store.
Here’s a Wal-Mart locator link to determine if the location you want to camp at permits RV overnight parking.
RVing presents challenges. Adventures aren’t easy and that’s why they’re memorable. If you have a rough time, just think: one day I will laugh over this–or learn from it. And you will have an adventure, no matter what!