No-Hassle RVing

July 15, 2003
Filed under Trailer Gear

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Here are 10 easy steps for novice RVers, thanks to RVIA and RV.net:

1. Surf the Web. Check out http://GoRVing.com, http://www.rvia.org, http://RV.net, http://trailerlife.com and http://motorhomemagazine.com. They are all excellent sources of information.

2. Order a free video or CD-ROM. Call (888) GoRVing.

3. Rent an RV. Check the Yellow Pages in your neighborhood or go to http://rvra.org to order The RVRA Rental Directory.

4. Read RV magazines, buyers guides and books. For magazines, go to http://www.rv.net/magazines; for RV buyers guides and books: http://www.tldirectory.com/shop.

5. Visit an RV dealer. Check the Yellow Pages under “Recreation Vehicle-Sales” or go to http://GoRVing.com and click on Buying and Renting. Another option is http://RVSearch.com.

6. Look for the RVIA seal. Before buying an RV, be sure to check for the oval-shaped RVIA seal. The seal shows that the RV manufacturer is a member of the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association and means that the manufacturer self-certifies that the vehicle complies with applicable national safety specifications.

7. Attend an RV show. A wide range of RVs appealing to every taste and budget are on display at retail shows around the country. For a calendar of shows in your area, go to http://rv.net/calendars.

8. Do the math. RV travel is affordable. A family of four traveling by RV can spend up to 70 percent less than when traveling by car, plane or cruise ship. Campground fees average about $22 per night, well below average hotel/motel room rates.

9. Take your pick of RV parks and campgrounds. Get information about the most comprehensive campground directories available: http://rv.net/campgrounds

10. Get going. The RV-driving experience is different, not difficult. With a little practice and proper attention to differences in size, height and weight, RVs are fun and easy to drive.

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