Nonfiction, Travel

RVing Basics, by Bill & Jan Moeller


I know that reviewing a book about RVs is quite a departure from the types of books I normally review, but my husband and I just bought a 22-foot mini motor home (it doesn’t feel very mini) and I’m a big believer in “knowledge is power,” so this review and this book might be useful to other RV beginners like us.

After doing a lot of reading and research lately on the many necessary things that an RV owner must learn, I can confidently say that this is a well-written, thorough book. As the economy continues to be in a bad place, it is a good idea to look at alternate vacation options, and owning or renting a motor home, trailer or 5th wheel might be something to look into.

We are starting out as very new beginners, so the idea of valves, pumps, inverters, amps, and terms like “black water” can be a little daunting.  This book takes the mystery away from these and many other terms, plus their locations, uses, and where they fall in the checklists of things to do to get ready for an adventure.

The first 55 pages help you decide which type of RV is right for your needs.  We already have our motor home, even though we haven’t taken it on a trip yet, but I read the section anyway and it helped confirm the fact that our purchase was a good one for us. We bought it the day before I left to visit my family out of state, and my husband is in the process of insuring it.  Rest assured that when we are reunited we plan to take it on its maiden adventure.

Assuming the reader already has their vehicle, the rest of the book is devoted to parts, systems, etiquette, driving, troubleshooting, and a host of other important things. I read it cover to cover, absorbing as much as possible in order to feel less overwhelmed.  I can breathe a sigh of relief now knowing that I have, at least, a rudimentary knowledge of our RV.  This is written by “fulltimers” who live in their 5th wheel trailer year round and hope to impart their experience to the rest of us, including learning from mistakes they have made and observed.

I feel much better about our purchase and excited about our upcoming trips much more after having read this book. It’s an extremely useful resource for the first-time RV buyer.

9.5 out of 10 stars

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