5 RV Lessons We Learned the Hard Way – Bears, Propane, Warranties, Dump, and Tires



We share 5 RV lessons we learned the hard way to keep you from wasting money, making messes, and getting into danger!

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We’ve learned some RV lessons the hard way which include bears, propane, RV warranty, sewer dump messes, and trailer tires. Hopefully us sharing our experiences and tips keeps you from making the same RVing and camping mistakes we did!

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37 thoughts on “5 RV Lessons We Learned the Hard Way – Bears, Propane, Warranties, Dump, and Tires

  • April 23, 2020 at 1:44 am
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    Thank you, and when you fill your propane tank you get a full 20pounds, and only 15pounds when you exchange them

  • April 23, 2020 at 1:44 am
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    Thanks guys. My wife is also called Jenny and we also have a Rottweiler 😁 just starting out RVing . Thanks for the great tips guys

  • April 23, 2020 at 1:44 am
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    Note on the propane: you also get more in the tank when refilling. They are only filled to 3/4 when exchanging!! 15 lbs instead of 20lb capacity

  • April 23, 2020 at 1:44 am
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    Get a hard tono cover. Mine is made of metal. Bear proof.

  • April 23, 2020 at 1:44 am
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    Another great video. You guys are good. Thanks for the great info.

  • April 23, 2020 at 1:44 am
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    Warranties, I can say that the dealership matters. My dealership was awesome and even repaired parts on my trucks brake controller for free. They wanted my lifelong business and believed in customer service, my window broke on the highway and they ordered it without even seeing it, and replaced it on warranty. So not all warranties/dealers are bad. The #1 hard lesson, use your cell phones and remain calm when baking up your RV. Everyone loves that couple that is "the show" who yell at each other as they can't figure out how to back into the campsite. Don't be that couple. We were that couple once, after 2 hard days of travel, we were exhausted and our phones were out of juice, my wife just YELLED and YELLED and eventually I had to ask her to walk away and I did it myself. But for the next few hours she was mad at me. I wish we would have just let our phones charge a little and taken a 30 minute break to REST before trying to set up camp.

  • April 23, 2020 at 1:44 am
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    Ha warranty pays about .6-.7 time units for the flat rate techs too. luckily cars aren't as bad as RVs to get work done as a consumer. Great advice in this Vid

  • April 23, 2020 at 1:44 am
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    Right on about the cost of propane…. over $4/gal when exchanged vs $2 when refilled.

  • April 23, 2020 at 1:44 am
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    Propane exchanges also do not give you 20lbs. They are typically filled to 15lbs.

  • April 23, 2020 at 1:44 am
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    Hard lesson I learned this past year was to make sure your trailer cable is secure and no chance of dragging. Mine were dragged probably by the time I left the house and did not know until an hour after sunset in the middle of nowhere. I crippled into town 35 miles and got a motel and repaired it the next day.

  • April 23, 2020 at 1:44 am
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    Thank you so much,,!! I am a plumber and did not know this but surely am receiving cold water and hate it!!! Plus this shut off valve makes the pump works and make a lot of noise, I was wondering for what model to change it! Thanks for being in the shower instead of the female representation 😊👍🏻.

  • April 23, 2020 at 1:44 am
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    To fill 20 lb propane tank here in Canada it costs about $20, To exchange tanks $50??? Cheaper for us to get them filled. (Costco is the cheapest) If your still camping today in 2020, You should maybe look into getting 30 lb tanks at a Costco, they will fit perfectly where your old tanks are now and less fill-ups for you, and that extra 20 lbs of propane is like having 3 tanks divided by 2 tanks, a lot of my camping friends have done this and they love it. They have also put a gauge on each tank to let them know how much propane they have left, no more surprises when the tank just empties on you with no warning, Costco has the gauges.

  • April 23, 2020 at 1:44 am
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    Wind generator 5k watt. Wall Mart. Great investment and when in nv. There's alllways a breeze.

  • April 23, 2020 at 1:44 am
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    This poor girl sounds like she's sucking helium when she speaks. Her husband on the other hand is pure pleasure to listen to.

  • April 23, 2020 at 1:44 am
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    I don’t have an RV, but I do enjoy watching your informational videos. Who knows…..maybe one day I might buy one. Thanks for the tips.

  • April 23, 2020 at 1:44 am
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    It's pleasant to hear you talk. Thanks, folks. Happy Thanksgiving.

  • April 23, 2020 at 1:44 am
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    Thanks for help about the bears, Jennie! I knew about the propane exchange

  • April 23, 2020 at 1:44 am
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    I live in Canada. To fill 20 gallon is 25 and to exchange one is 50-60bucks. These are Cdn dollars.

  • April 23, 2020 at 1:44 am
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    About the propane tanks. If you read the exchange tank labels, you may find it to be only 75% full. For about twice the price! Almost always fill them. Only exchange the tank when it gets some age.

  • April 23, 2020 at 1:44 am
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    Before putting truck tires on your camper research the difference. I ALMOST did that myself. The trailer tire has a much thicker wall that helps prevent sway and roll as well as other reasons there are truck tires and trailer tires. Trailer tires often use a polyester cord instead of steal which could have prevented the front tires from blowing out the rear if he had the poly core. I recommend everyone does their own research and decide if this is the right tire for your needs.

  • April 23, 2020 at 1:44 am
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    I don't think that's a very good piece of advice telling people to put light truck or 10 ply tires on their trailer if you want to put 10 ply tires on their great make sure you use trailer tires otherwise you will be the guy that loses control of his trailer because it whips and sways because of soft side walls.
    In 10 million miles of driving truck I've seen a lot of bumper pull camper trailers involved in bad accidents from just that very scenario

  • April 23, 2020 at 1:44 am
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    Do you leave the water turned on to the camper or cut it off?

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