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Old 03-20-2019, 08:45 AM   #1
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I am New the RVing world am and getting my feet wet. I purchased a 2017 DRV TX500 and am getting acquainted with it and iRV2. Just introduceing myself and am curious. Is it just me, or does it seem like you need to become an expert on every little thing when dealing with these things? Such as, water heaters. Like when you need to change anode rods and does the water heater need to be throughly cleaned at the anode rod change? And the list goes on, generators, water tank cleaning and waxing the paint. I read the threads and get lots of good info thru them. I was just wondering if I’m the only one who feels that I need to know as much as possible to maintain these things.
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Old 03-20-2019, 08:56 AM   #2
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Nope. RVs are or can be a money pit. They need a lot of work to keep them working correctly. Most of the things your RV will need can be easily learned by the average DIYer, so dont let it overwhelm you. After nearly 30 years RVing I still learn stuff.
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Old 03-20-2019, 09:28 AM   #3
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We are glad you joined us. Congratulations on the purchase of your 2017 DRV TX500. There is a wealth of RV information available to you here just by asking. Browse the forums that interest you and don't be afraid to ask questions as our members like to help when they can. Post often and share your new RV adventures with us. Enjoy the forums.

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Old 03-20-2019, 09:49 AM   #4
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No, it's not just you. Unless you want to be heading to the dealer every time something needs routine maintenance or repair, you'll want to have a pretty good idea of how to keep the systems on your RV working. RVing is as much a hobby as a mode of transportation. Luckily, there are forums like this one as well as dozens of YouTube vids that have all the info you need to take care of business. Enjoy!
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Old 03-20-2019, 11:27 AM   #5
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Originally Posted by B.Kimbrough View Post
I was just wondering if I’m the only one who feels that I need to know as much as possible to maintain these things.
Yes and no. I personally KNOW a lot, but am not mechanically inclined to be able to DO a lot.

But, I'm a book learner and like to dive into whatever my fancy is at the time. I enjoy engrossing myself in a subject and learning all that I can.

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I think it's only natural to end up learning about what intrigues you. You don't need to know it all. Time and experience are excellent teachers.
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Old 03-20-2019, 03:52 PM   #6
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Old 03-20-2019, 07:53 PM   #7
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It is not you but every newbie. There is a lot but just a basic understanding will give you enough info to ask for appropriate help and that is what we are here for. You are joining a good group of folks with great info to share.

Read the various threads here and ask questions as they come up

Good luck and enjoy the adventure.
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Old 03-26-2019, 01:11 AM   #8
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Welcome aboard!

I lurked and browsed for years while renting and shopping to buy. Excellent resources and people available on this site.

You will find enthusiasts for every variant of the RV lifestyle and every price point.

How much to know is up to you:
- Are you interested?
- Are you “handy” ( a do-it-yourself sort)?
- Do you enjoy tinkering?
- Do you have a full set of tools?
- Do you prefer to pay someone else for their knowledge, skill, time, and equipment (hoping that they truly possess the knowledge, skill, and equipment, and take the appropriate time)?
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Old 03-26-2019, 05:09 AM   #9
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Welcome to the forum! Yes, it helps to know a lot about your RV and you'll save a lot of $$ by handling small repairs. Also, by knowing about the RV's systems (plumbing, heating, lighting, etc.), you stand of chance of diagnosing a problem and fixing it so you don't get stuck somewhere or lose use of your rig while it sits at a repair facility. With the help of videos and other online resources, a lot of things are easily learned and folks on the forum are really good at providing answers when you need help.

Good luck and enjoy the new rig!
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