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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
on March 17, 2012
At one point in this hilarious but deep little volume, Jenny turns to her dear reader and reflects that most RVers will tell you all kinds of stories except for the ones that make them look silly. That's not just true of RVers, of course -- it's how most of us act, writers in particular, and especially writers attempting to don the mantle of The Expert You Should Respect. Jenny does exactly the opposite, and the result is a book that left me feeling better prepared for hopping into an RV for a cross-country drive-a-palooza than a stack of traditional how-to guides ever could. That's especially true, by the way, because I'm actually rather anti-RV. She makes the idea inviting by not only getting under the hood of the rig itself and the confusing array of gear that it carries, but deep under the hood of the *you*, the person who is trying to figure out why they signed up for this ride. No, don't worry, that doesn't mean she tries to connect the reason you're on the road to the way you were treated as a child. (At least, not for more than a couple lines.) No, the unique insight that she conveys, through one knee-slapping anecdote after another, is exactly HOW to treat the many foibles of life on the road as an opportunity to discover new resourcefulness that you never knew you had. I read the whole thing in a couple hours and was laughing all the way... often at her, sometimes at myself, and often at the amusing nature of life as a hairless ape surrounded by too many gadgets.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on November 20, 2012
On the plus side the stories are cute and personable - it's a quick read. However, the actual usefulness of the book to a first time RV'er (like myself) was less applicable. The chapters that actually have practical information are confusing due to the double-negatives that are often used. I often found myself asking, "Is the author telling me I should or shouldn't be doing this?"

I understand that this is not to be a step-by-step guide to RV'ing, however, there is a way to write the chapters that doesn't leave you questioning the point. Not to be completely unfair to the author, I did find some of the content useful, just not a lot.

Having just completed my first 2400 mile RV adventure in an older Motorhome I applaud the author's journey and subsequent courage to leave the life she knew behind and take a risk with the hope of discovering something new. I can relate to the feelings of joy one gets during the journey and the people you meet along the way despite the 'risks' you take operating an older RV and doing something that others view as crazy.

If you're in the mood for a light-hearted, quick read about the RV'ing experience while sitting at your campfire, then you might find some of the stories amusing as I did. But for practical use I'd recommend book's like "The Complete Idiot's Guide to RV'ing."
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on November 10, 2011
I had a great time reading (and laughing out loud) about how NOT to RV. I'm already an RVer and the book actually made me feel like winging it a little more on the road than we do, we're always so careful. It was lots of fun reading of Dr. Flower's exploits on a road certainly much less traveled out of New York City! It made me wonder if there might be a sequel.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on October 12, 2011
How NOT to RV, chapter after chapter, is the most entertaining "guide" a road warrior could hope for. And if you're not a road warrior, you'll either want to be or thank yourself for your good judgment after reading Jennifer Flower's hilariously astute account of her journey. Stand-up comics, take note. I hope she goes on another trip soon -- I want more of her stories.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on March 14, 2012
I laughed and chuckled my way through. It is a dream of mine to buy an RV and hit the open road. It is also my version of a mid-life crisis I suppose - is there anything that feels more freeing than to sell your brick and mortar home and buy an adventure on wheels?

So glad I picked this up, because it highlights the kind of things you cannot even imagine if you have never owned and traveled in an RV before. I hope someday in the very near future I am a fellow RVer and I cross paths with Jennifer!

This book definitely shows what it takes to be an RVer. To some, it might sound like a nightmare, but to me, I think: Now THAT is LIVING!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on December 3, 2011
Jenny starts with a life changing decision, a moment of enlightenment, that opens her up to an adventure of a life time. With hilarious mishaps and thought provoking reflections she concludes the launch phase with, "let the evening air cascade onto your bare skin. Listen to the murmuring of the other campers around their campfire and the dog sniffling in the garbage. Sleep well my little hero, you have done a great thing." Indeed! As the adventure progresses, and as Jenny takes us through motorhome anatomy, a metamorphosis takes place. The Airstream "motyho" becomes an extension of Jenny's body, and its shiny, albeit somewhat weathered, metallic skin becomes her own. Eventually, this trip, and what a trip it is, takes her to the doorstep of the adventure she had been looking for all along - but that will be in the next book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on March 17, 2012
Excellent book . I think that anybody would enjoy reading this book not only campers but anybody who likes to read about the adventures or misadventure of other people. Have to admire her guts to do what she did. Great read great book worth the price.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on May 23, 2015
I decided this book might be a fun diversion. I was right.

This book is all the things you should not and should do while RVing. It is a laugh out loud funny look at things that can and will go wrong.

Read this book so you are prepared for what will go wrong when you are just starting out. Read this book so you can decide before it is too late to walk away from the RV lot. Read this book so you are laughing too hard to drive and make your spouse read this book.

This is the Long, Long Trailer in book form. (What? You haven't seen that? Go rent it before you buy an RV.)

Thumbs up for this great adventure of tips and hints.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on May 31, 2015
I bought this e reader because I liked the cover and, boy, did I fall right into the old saying: "never judge a book by it's cover". The author's opposite-speak writing style was annoying by the end of the first chapter, and I finally got so aggravated by her writing style that I could not make myself finish it. I am sure the author had some good points to make, but the writing style was just too annoying.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on April 12, 2012
Good morning - I am so loving this book. I finished the one I was reading about the kooky Mormon sect in Mexico and started this one this morning. I am laughing so hard my eyes are leaking. It is wonderful! Thank you indeed for a happy start to my day.

We are also the owners of a vintage motor home - a 1976 GMC Motorhome, so we have shared many of the same experiences. I highly recommend this book.
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