RVer’s Most Frequently Asked Questions

Q. I’ve never owned a motorhome before but am now looking at 1977 GMC which is reasonably priced.

However, I’ve just learned that commercial parks sometimes won’t let people in old RV’s park there. Is this a common problem?

A. Older RVs, of any type, may be excluded from some high-end RV resorts that cater to the folks who own high priced motor coaches. But these types of Resorts are few. On rare occasions a park owner or manager may use the ‘your RV’s too old’ rule to exclude some really beaten-up, ill-maintained RV but again this is rare.

The vast majority of RV parks and campgrounds do not have any such restrictions and in any case if your RV is well maintained and has a reasonably good appearance (not new… just clean and presentable) you will not have any trouble.

In the off-chance you do get turned away there’s always another park down the road. So, don’t let it bother you. Just enjoy your new-to-you RV!

Q. When making camp site reservations, there is often a choice of back-in or pull-in spots.

Is there a standard side the campsite will be on, if you back in will the campsite be on the passenger side of the rv?

A. I can’t think of a time when a campsite didn’t have the ‘open space’ on the passenger side of the RV regardless of drive-in, back-in or pull-thru. I’d be willing to say that 99.9% of campsites are set up this way. If the one I was assigned wasn’t I would ask for another site unless there was a special reason… close to the beach… had a great view etc.

RV resorts that cater to motorhomes often have drive-in sites because the biggest window in motorhome is the windshield so to get the best view or whatever they drive into the site. But, the open spaces assigned to the site should still be on the passenger side. That said, I’ve seen motorhomes drive into a site that was set up to be a back-in just to get a better view out the windshield. In these cases the open space could wind up on the driver’s side of the motorhome depending on the site.

Q. Is an Extended Warrantee or ‘Breakdown Insurance’ an good idea?

A. Full Time RVer, Lew Mann Answers: I’ve been an insurance agent since 1975 so I know how to read insurance contracts.

After reviewing several forms of breakdown type plans 5 years ago I decided to purchase the Good Sam CSP* on my gas coach. The CSP was designed differently that other "extended warranty" plans I reviewed. However, when I traded up to my diesel coach the CSP became too expensive ($1,200+ per year) for the benefit received. Most items covered would cost less to replace than the deductible!

In my humble opinion, unless you have little cash resources, you should self-insure. That is to say, be prepared to pay for any repairs you may eventually need.

*Good Sam CSP is a mechanical breakdown plan that covers every part of your RV, Travel Trailer, and Tow Vehicle! For a FREE Quote Click Here

Q: I have two propane cylinders on my travel trailer. These are bigger than the ones I use on my gas grill which I take in and swap out when emptied. What’s the procedure for filling the larger cylinders?

A: I’ve not head of service that will swap the larger cylinders. Besides I know MY cylinders and what goes in them. And they’re not beat up like so many cylinders you get when exchanging.

Typical places to get propane cylinders filled include:

  • Propane dealers… usually the best price.
  • RV dealers & repair centers.
  • Campgrounds… usually the highest price, but you’re paying for convenience.
  • Gas stations… look for a large propane tank somewhere on the lot. Can be expensive.

You may want to read:
Propane Safety Tips for RVers and Recreational Vehicles
There are also two videos you may want to watch:
All about RV propane cylinders

Q: Professional Inspection of an RV Prior to Purchase

I know there are people who will inspect an RV before you buy it. I know you have to pay them for their service, but where do you look for these people?

A. Local RV repair shops and mobile RV repair techs should provide that service.

You will want to make sure they work from a comprehensive checklist and provide a detailed written report of any problems found. It would be nice if they also gave repair estimates.

A good survey takes time and expert knowledge, expect to pay between a $100 and $350 depending on the type of RV. A small travel trailer will cost lest than a large expensive motorhome.

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