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... just the book for a prospective owner, a new owner and a veteran RVer. -- Brent Peterson, Highways Magazine, December 2004

About the Author

BRENT PETERSON is former editor of RV View, a magazine devoted to the technical aspects of owning an RV, and is editor-at-large for Woodall's Publishing, home to seven consumer titles about RV travel. Brent is a frequent contributor to Coast to Coast and Roads to Adventure magazines, and his weekly "RV Guy" column, detailing his unique take on RVing, appears in 35 online newspaper Web sites.

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Product Details

  • Series: The Complete Idiot's Guide
  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Alpha Books; 1st edition (2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 002864171X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0028641713
  • Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 1 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #131,845 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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205 of 213 people found the following review helpful By JUDY STEELE on October 18, 2001
Format: Paperback
The Complete Idiot's Guide to RVing
By Brent Peterson
"Complete" is the key word here. (The "Idiot's Guides" are what I always search for at bookstores when I need help with anything from computer programs to minor auto repairs.) I cannot think of one subject relating to RVing that has been left out of this book. Our very own Brent Peterson's new book covers ever so many topics regarding the RV lifestyle. Jody Schaeffer has illustrated The Complete Idiot's Guide to RVing with photographs being provided by Gary Bunzer. Peterson was generous in giving credit to those that double-checked and edited his information.
Though Peterson had been taken on camping trips in his young years, he hadn't really been a true RVer until after he had been working for some time as a RV editor. This book has been written with humor and honesty, including many of the mistakes he made along the way, and how and what he learned from those mistakes.

The Complete Idiot's Guide to RVing opens with basic information regarding exactly what advantages RVing can offer you, such as freedom and choices during your trip, and what you can expect from RVing. With nearly 10 million RVs on the roads, it is not just older retirees enjoying the freedom a RV offers, but all types of travelers of all ages are enjoying even weekend getaways. There is an extremely useful pre-trip reference checklist at the beginning of the book that tells you what to check for, step by step, with the engine, exterior, interior, cockpit, towed vehicles and what to check for as you leave..

First you will learn of the various types of RVs and towables that are available and how to zero in on what will fit you and your expectations of a RV.
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74 of 77 people found the following review helpful By Bruce Peterson on October 17, 2001
Format: Paperback
I hate to say it but the "Idiots" guide was perfect for me. I've had some experience with RV's, but found this book didn't talk down to me. It had the perfect mix of technical information coupled with ideas for "Life on the Road".
I just got a used RV and found this book answered all my questions (even the ones I was afraid to ask the dealer) AND was quite enjoyable to read.
Brent Peterson has quite the sense of humor and is well versed in this subject. Obviously he's spend many miles on the road.
If you are going to get one book to go with your new rig...this is the one!
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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful By McKaren on July 12, 2004
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We bought this book before we purchased our first new to us RV. Because we were new to the RV world, this book was perfect for us. The first half of the book explained types of RV, the second half the different systems in the RV. I found the book easy reading and informative and now that we have had our RV for a year, we still refer to this book from time to time. I think it's well written and worth buying and I highly recommend it!
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Greylin on January 26, 2004
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In anticipation of our first ever RV purchase we bought this guide and the "Dummies" one. This guide is humorously written and easy to follow. The "for Dummies" guide barely skimmed the surface of what's-what and left me with more questions than answers. This guide, however, answered all of my questions regarding disposal, electricity, etc.. Because of the author's wit and wisdom, I found it a thouroughly enjoyable read and would highly recommend it to anyone considering a first time RV purchase.
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85 of 99 people found the following review helpful By R. Harris on June 18, 2003
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Unfortunately this book spends more time about shopping for an RV than the actual RV and it's systems. The Woodall's guide is both elementary and detailed and assumes you've already purchased the RV.
In short, if you want tips on buying an RV and a cursory glance at the water, LP, and other systems, this is a passable book. But if you want to REALLY understand how things work, I'm afraid you'll have to look elsewhere.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Anne Mabie Peterson on February 6, 2004
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As a new RVer, I found the book extremely accessable and easy to understand. It has plain explanations on all systems, which is helpful for a non-techie like me. My first few times out I kept it at hand while trying to get a handle on the dump stations, and it made the experience a lot less stressful.
Not only is it informative, but it also is a good read, unlike many of the other books that are dry and boring. I only wish I had gotten it before I bought my RV, so I could have benifited from his advice on selecting and buying motorhomes.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 22, 2001
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Really terrific. A comprehensive guide to all things RVing. Great for novices of veterans alike, no matter if you're taking weekend trips or full-time RVing across the country. Couldn't recommend it more highly.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By J. P. DVM on September 6, 2005
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I made a spur of the moment purchase of a very old camper trailer, then started to buy some books to figure out how the thing works. This is the book I have kept. It told me what was what, and what to do and what not to do. It has probably already saved me several times the purchase price just in keeping me from messing with something before I knew what I was doing. It is well written and informative for the newbie. This is the book you will keep in your RV the whole time you own it.
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