The Perfect RV Mentor at Your Fingertips
Are you new to RVing? Or have you been on the road for years? Either way, it always helps to get tips from others in the community to find better ways of doing things. You can find a wealth of information online on forums such as iRV2, as well as in the multitude of books that have been published over the years. A cool new resource is a book called “My RV Mentor: For The Newbie and The Experienced” by Jack Hunnicutt.
Book review: My RV Mentor: For The Newbie And The Experienced
The book aims to help new and experienced RVers with everything from the buying process to trip planning. The book is well organized into 7 parts. Each section focuses on a different aspect of RV ownership.
In Part 1, “My RV Mentor” provides an in-depth look at each of the different types of RVs and how to determine what type of RV is right for your specific needs. He details what prospective buyers need to know about the buying process and other considerations such as buying pre-owned RVs and shopping for RVs online. New RVers will want to carefully consider the sections on maintaining a good RV maintenance record, as well as what is GVWR and why it matters.
Once you have purchased the right RV, you’re ready to dive into Part 2.
Learn about campground driving, parking, unhitching, and setting up your campsite.
Part 3 provides a comprehensive guide on RV holding tanks, electrical systems, appliances, tires, and batteries. Everything you need to know about RV electrical systems can be found in this section. This includes shore power (AC), converters, inverters, battery power (DC), solar power, and breakers and fuses. RVers can reference this section when wanting to learn more about their RV stove, oven, furnace, microwave, air conditioner, and more.
The next section focuses on all those mishaps that can (and inevitably will) go wrong while RVing. Part 4 details:
- roadside assistance
- tire failures
- dead batteries
- RV lockouts
- towing safety
- and security.
In Part 5, “My RV Mentor” digs deeper into the journey of RVing. This section covers RV trip planning. It mentions essential tools like RV LIFE Trip Wizard, as well as RV clubs, discount memberships, and subscriptions. This part also provides a closer look at boondocking (RV dry camping) and finding free parking. Useful tips on driving and getting fuel are also included.
By winter, if you’re not full-timing in your RV, you will need to consider how to store it away for the off-season. Part 6 goes into greater detail on RV storage and storage problems such as rodents, pests, protecting the RV batteries, and moisture control. The book also addresses proper campground etiquette and the top 10 items you will want for your new RV.
Finally, the last section details RV defects and other tips on graduating from a newbie to a seasoned RVer. A useful appendix is included at the end with a troubleshooting guide, Q&A, and mentions of other great resources.
Learn more about this RV guide book
The author, Jack Hunnicutt, is a life-long camping and RV enthusiast. His bio shares that he has traveled all over the U.S., coast to coast, in several types of RVs including motorhomes, travel trailers, and fifth wheels.
“When I began my RV adventures many years ago, I relied on friends and fellow RV owners to steer me in the right direction,” He details in the book’s foreword. “And with that, along with a big dose of trial and error, I learned how to operate my RV and to navigate the complex details of traveling with your “home” attached to the back of your vehicle. The learning piece of RV ownership is a never-ending journey.”
My RV Mentor: For the Newbie and the Experienced by Jack Hunnicutt is available now on Amazon for both Kindle and as a paperback. Get your copy today!
There’s nothing about rv’s that is confusing or hard to learn about. If you can screw two things together you’ve mastered much about what it’s like to own and maintain a rig…any make. People are capitalizing on the popularity of rv’s by offering lots of information they claim you must know (and pay for). When we bought our first rv back in ’98 or ’99 I learned as I went along, just like everyone can. Some people like to complicate issues so they can justify charging people for what they provide. Be smart and use common sense. RV’ing is fun and it’s not hard to learn anything about it. Whenever someone needs help at the campground, I offer help (and parts) free. I think that’s part of being a good neighbor and rv’er….being a good ambassador.