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Old 07-20-2010, 08:30 AM   #1
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Morning Folks,

We just acquired our first motor home; a 2009 Newmar Ventana with 6k miles. We have a total of .5 miles so far

The turn over from the old owner was pretty quick and after exploring the coach it seems that there is a WHOLE LOT beyond the bag of literature from the factory. Things like how/when to manage/maintain the plumbing system. The same for the electrical systems. Heating and cooling systems, etc. Maybe lots of unexpected Do's and Don'ts that will probably be learned the hard way unless forewarned.

There seems to be a plethora of books/DVD's that tout all sorts of information and I was hoping I might ask the crowd for recommendations for reading/educational material that they have found worthwhile before I plunk down the credit card.

Thank you,

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the way I learned was to visit various websites including this one,,and if my questions werent answered I would pose a question on the appropriate forum,,

and the owner's forum of your coach,,are places to bookmark on your computer

Read past posts,,nearly always someone else has started a thread that will answer your question. You will find a wealth of info covering nearly every possible subject.

Chances are if you just research the on-line forums you wont need to buy any books and the info from online forums is usually much more reliable

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Old 07-20-2010, 11:53 AM   #3
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Any books by DR. Ron Jones are good and full of info. I started buying books a couple years ago since we will be fulltiming (in 6 days) and I am the type that has to know as much as I can before I do anything. I now have a "library" on RV repair, systems, campgrounds, fulltiming, boondocking, etc. Another good book for beginners is RVing for Idiots. Good luck!
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This website will allow you to find answers to almost anything that may ever arise. The people who post here have kept us rolling for years. If you can manage to put your question into words, you can use the Search function to see what has been answered in the past, or ask it as a new question. This is a university dedicated to making the right things happen. Welcome to a great world of people with practical experience who are willing to share with new friends, good luck, HarveyP
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Old 07-21-2010, 06:47 AM   #5
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It seems the web is the place to be. I have followed a few of the links suggested and it is like trying to take a sip out of a fire hose...:-)

All assistance is greatly appreciated.

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Old 07-21-2010, 08:24 AM   #6
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Perhaps you should investigate an RV rally like Good Sam or FMCA. The old Life on Wheels (now defunct after the death of founder Gaylord Maxwell) used to have lots of seminars that were especially good for beginners. They had subjects like RV systems (fresh water, waste water, 120V AC power, 12V DC power, batteries, water heaters, etc.) and subjects like diesel maintenance. We have never been to a GS or FMCA rally, but maybe they have similar topics.
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I have found that my many manuals have most of the answers.

For some it is just easier or quicker or more convenient to ask questions on the web.

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