Tips For Living In An RV Fulltime

Tips For Living In An RV Fulltime

by Winnie Saunders
(Denver, Colorado, USA)

If you are new to full time living in an RV, here are some tips to help make this a good experience and not a bad one.

When you are getting ready to buy that RV, you should first select the RV for its sturdiness; then how much storage space it has and finally how small it is and its maneuverability. When it comes to sturdiness, you need to check how well the kitchen cabinet drawers are put together; what they are made of such as is it particle board or plywood, how solid the paneling is attached, and if there are lots of storage space.

You should also check to see if the RV runs on gasoline or diesel fuel. Although you may get better miles with diesel fuel, it might be better to choose gasoline because you may get into an area where there is no diesel or there is only one diesel pump and the price is way higher than gasoline. Diesel engines also require more maintenance and you have to change the oil every two thousand five hundred miles.

You also need to make sure that you are self-reliant, as in are you able to change a tire, fix the roof if it starts to leak, fix broken plumbing, etc. Before you start out, make sure that you register your vehicle as an RV, so you do not have to pull into a weigh station every time you pass one. Here are some other tips for first timers living in an RV full time:

• Make sure that you have leveling blocks and wheel chocks with you at all times because you have to be level so your 'fridge to work

• To help keep the odors down in the holding tank, you should flush about a half cup of some Pine-Sol for every ten gallons for the holding tank capacity, each time after you have emptied and rinsed the tank.

• Never use the stove in your RV for heating, as they give out a significant amount of carbon monoxide. For heat, you can use a small space heater, but make sure that it is set where it will not get knocked over.

• You should make sure that you carry a complete set of good tools with you. You should also make sure that you carry spare light bulbs, batteries, fuses, duct tape and silicone rubber.

These are just some of the many useful tips, you can find online to make full time living in an RV a great experience!.

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Sep 22, 2014
Diesel vs Gas
by: Anonymous

Excellent article by Matt the mechanic!! Every word is so true about diesel; Should be kind of obvious which is better for this application of RVing when you compare the $$ between the 2.

Diesel pick-up's run about 8-10K more than gas jobs as well. A note on HorsePower. I had a dump truck in 95. It was an Intl. with a 370N14 Cummins, new. I had the power bumped up to a 400 by way of a deal with the dealer I bought it from. HUGE difference in performance. I routinely ran on site with 30 ton and had good power to run in the mountains.

When considering buying a used rv with borderline power; maybe a 300 or 350hp. you should consider paying the 5-600 bucks to have the engine pushed up a few horses. Just about any dealership that sells diesel powered vehicles will do this.

The numbers off of the engine is what they will want. They then consult the factory and the factory then tells the guy what it can be brought up to. It is really a great way to cheaply repower your rig. Good Luck With It

Oct 30, 2013
Thank You
by: Matt

You are most welcome to Janice. The best way to see if your going to get burnt or not on any RV is to have a authorized and reputable dealer look over your final choice before you buy.

Your investing alot and don't need to fix something unexpected that this inspection could find, costing you trip money for unforeseen repairs.

Oct 27, 2013
Diesel verses Gas
by: Matt

You have some great insight on what it takes to be a full timer. However maintenance on a diesel engine isn't more expensive per say. True a diesel engine requires about twice as much volume in capacity of quarts of oil as a gas engine, but the diesel engine oil change intervals between oil changes are 7,000 to 15,000 mile intervals ; in comparison to 3,000 to 5,000 miles of the gas engine.

Torque to weight ratio is almost twice as much in a diesel in comparison to a gas rig and it takes torque to move that heavy RV done the road.

I've been a mechanic my whole working career, 40 years, and have serviced truck and auto's that whole time. The years of the engines, both gas and diesel being easily worn out are long past. Both gas and diesel engines last longer then ever.

The difference being that gas engines in normal light truck and automotive use last upward of 200,000 miles now, and diesels like Cummings and Caterpillar, and Detroit, tend to last upward of 500,000 to 1,000,000 miles. Yes that’s a million miles.

Incredible as it seems to be that is a true fact of life. In the heavy trucking industries which use the same engines as class A RV, it is very common to see that million mile mark, a diesel engine isn't considered to be broken in till 50,000 miles. A gas engine 10,000 miles.

The main reason a diesel is more expensive then a gas is the quality of construction and materials used to manufacture the engine. Regular maintenance and vigilance will keep your mechanical components running well into those extreme numbers I've given. But neglect will ruin even the most sophisticated engine.

I suggest when looking at engine types and transmissions to check manufacturers data and the forums that deal with them (i.e. diesel forums).
That will give you a good idea of which way to go in choosing gas or diesel.

Both types will serve you well, and in the long run cost about the same to service and operate. But power to the road for carrying the heavy loads of a class A goes to the diesel for its capacity for large torque.

Oct 25, 2012
Full Time RVing
by: Janice

great article. . .I'm sharing your link on my FaceBook page. . .


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