RVer’s Most Frequently Asked Questions

On this page you’ll find some of the most frequently asked questions by new RVers about RVs, RVing and the RV lifestyle. If you don’t find your answer below you can use the link at the bottom to email us.

Q: Do most RV parks & campgrounds have showers/sanitary facilities?

A: Yes but midnight potty trips while camping are a bummer. On the up-side, many RVers avoid the sites near the bathhouse, so these spots are often available.

Q: Do most RV parks offer reduced rates for longer stays; i.e. weekly or monthly rates?

A: Most RV parks and Campground offer reduced rate for longer stays and often off-season rates are even lower. Government operated parks are an exception. They usually only have daily rates and often limit you to two weeks stays.

Q: Are pets generally accepted at RV parks?

A: Generally, yes, especially small pets. But it’s always a good idea to check before you arrive or make reservations.

Q: Are RV parks reasonably immune from the crime?

A: Yes. At the very least RV parks and Campgrounds are as safe as the average neighborhood. Usually they are much safer. Public campgrounds sometimes have a problem with thefts while snowbird RV parks almost never do. It depends on the park though so use good judgment. It’s always a good idea to lock your vehicle and RV and put expensive things away whenever you leave your site.

Q: How does one deal with laundry on the road?

A: Most commercial parks, have coin laundries. Campground guides will usually tell you if there is laundry. There is almost always a coin laundry in a nearby town. Some RVers have washer/dryers in their motorhomes, fifth wheels and travel trailers.

Q: How do you get mail while RVing?

A: If you will be traveling for just a few weeks you may be able to have a relative, friend or neighbor forward your mail to you. Whoever you get will probably burn out quickly so don’t ask them to do it more than three to six weeks depending on how often you will have it forwarded to you.

If you plan to be on the road longer or full time make arrangements with a mail forwarding service.

Some RV parks will accept your mail but many will not. It’s a good idea to have it sent General Deliver to a nearby town. Keep in mind the General Delivery mail goes to the main post office in a town with more than one. Choosing a small town with one Post Office will make getting your mail easier. Ask the campground manager what post office to use.

Q:What is a battery isolator and why do I need one?

A: A battery isolator is an electronic device that allows your motorhome’s alternator or converter to charge both the engine battery and the coach battery, but keeps the two systems separate or isolated so the engine battery won’t be drawn down by the coach electrical system ensuring it will always start the vehicle,

Some motorhomes have a switch, usually a push button on the dash, that will bypass the isolator allowing the coach battery to temporarily be used to start the engine should the engine battery fail.

Q: How do you know if your roof sewer vents are clogged?

(1)Very bad odors. (first clean the tank)
(2)Very slow draining out of the tank. (first clean the tank)
(3)Water belching as it drains into the tank.(sinks,shower,or toilet).

How do you clean out roof vents?
(1)Small hand crank sewer snake.
(2)Garden hose down the vent.
(3)Small 11/2in. water-bag down the vent to blow it out.

Remember, RV roof vents can slide to far down into the tank and clog
themselves. To fix that, they must be re-positioned.

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Q: We have winterized our Class C , but still plan to camp a few times this fall/winter.

Is there a way to still use the stool using portable water. Would having waste in the black holding tank ruin the tank in freezing weather.

A: We take about 10 1-gallon jugs of water and use the water down the sinks and toilet. We heat up water when we need it on the stove. Store the jugs of water in the tub or shower.

It won’t hurt the black or gray tank to use them. Just remember to top-off your black
tank before you dump.

When your put the RV back in storage remember to use a little RV antifreeze in all the p-traps, toilet, and shower.

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