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How NOT to RV; The Rvers Guide to RVing in the Absurd (The How NOT To Guides) [Kindle Edition]

Jennifer Flower
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (179 customer reviews)

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Book Description

How NOT to RV is a fast-rising bestseller. Here's what some have said:

- "I had a great time reading (and laughing out loud)"
- "hard to put down, easy to pick up"
- "funniest bumpy ride ever ... stand-up comics take note"
- "Hilarious mishaps and thought-provoking reflections"
- "I was fascinated from beginning to end"

RVs, RVing, and how (NOT) to RV by a recovering New York psychoanalyst on a trip to nowhere in particular. Whether you're a woman traveling alone, a family looking for budget travel, or a retiree seeking adventure in retirement, here you'll find travel tips, camping advice, trip planning, how to buy an RV, and how to screw up on all of it, still have a great time, and maybe even change your life.

These are the bloopers that most RVers won't tell you. If you're planning a road trip in a motor home, a travel trailer, or modified hearse these cautionary but inspirational tales will help you avoid the most common RVing mistakes.

So you've waited until now to hit the road. That's OK, because here, finally, are the missing, very specific instructions on how NOT to do it but how to get out there anyway, how to have a great adventure, conquering fear one failure at a time.

Product Details

  • File Size: 592 KB
  • Print Length: 87 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Bumpity Bump Publishing (October 11, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005V1GITK
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #29,387 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun on the road with Dr. Jennifer -- a real hoot! November 10, 2011
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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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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
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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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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Cute November 20, 2012
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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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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Funniest bumpy ride ever. October 12, 2011
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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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent March 17, 2012
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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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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You have done a great thing. December 3, 2011
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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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely loved it!
Absolutely loved it!!! Being new to the RV lifestyle I can sympathize. I couldn't stop laughing as I've done some of these very things. Read more
Published 5 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars I wish that I had done this.
This was a cute book about a "middle-aged" professional lady takes off in a RV. I envy the author's willingness to just get rid of everything in her life and just go. Read more
Published 20 days ago by Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars a fun and enlightening book!
This writer takes you along with her as she drives her vintage RV across the USA teaching you all the things that could go wrong and how she handled them. Read more
Published 25 days ago by mylinka
4.0 out of 5 stars Great book for me since I'm an absolute newbie
Great book for me since I'm an absolute newbie. I'm sure even seasoned RVers would find it humorous and probably would find some helpful tips. Even one tip is worth the price.
Published 1 month ago by Bill Belanger
5.0 out of 5 stars delightful!
I can't help it. I am in love with being a vagabond, a blip on the screen, a wanderer who cares nothing if she is lost. Read more
Published 1 month ago by PAMA
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Lots of fun.
Published 1 month ago by Myrna H. P. Hall
4.0 out of 5 stars It's good to be able to laugh at yourself
This book is enjoyable to read, with a lot of humorous tales about things-gone-wrong (but thankfully not fatal) for an RVing novice. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Thomas Bowes
1.0 out of 5 stars Didn't enjoy the book.
Not what I was looking for. Not sure who would enjoy this. I am a camper/rv person. Sorry, I just don't understand who this book would appeal to.
Published 1 month ago by kkl
5.0 out of 5 stars Good
Very helpful it your thinking of buying an RV
Published 1 month ago by Suzi B
5.0 out of 5 stars Never ending laughs
Such a wonderful manual to help create the picture of what may be hurdles out on the open road in your newly acquired tin can.
Published 2 months ago by Starla Jones
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More About the Author

Jennifer Flower is a recovering psychologist and psychoanalyst. Soon after the attacks of September 11, 2001, she finally realized that life is short and decided to close her office in New York City and get on the road with no destination in mind.

Up until that shining moment, she had spent 20 years working with patients in one way or another, writing in secret, and trying to quell her entrepreneurial and artistic inclinations. So by the time September 11th rolled around, it was just a matter of getting off her rear end and turning her life upside down.

After a somewhat less than exemplary road trip in an old Airstream motor home - remarked in her book of instructional cautionary tales, How NOT to RV - she found herself in Mendocino CA, where she met the man who would soon be her husband, Joe Flower. This was a very good thing and so is he.

Since that time they have been collaborating on The Change Project, a growing movement to make healthcare better, sooner, and cheaper for everyone. Although this takes 25 hours a day, they still find time to swab the decks on their outrageously heavy converted military tugboat where they welcome friends, people interested in change, and anyone with a paintbrush or a tool kit who knows about naval vessels.

Finding, over her many years of helping people almost as fallible as herself, that fear is the single biggest obstacle to anything good in life, Dr. Flower created the How NOT to Guides - "Conquering Fear One Failure at a Time" - of which How NOT to RV is the first.

Just think: There is no shortage of opportunities to fail in life and there is an equal number (minus one) of opportunities to try again. If you have a How-NOT-To story in you, contact Dr. Flower at

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