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The RVer's Bible: Everything You Need to Know About Choosing, Using, & Enjoying Your RV Paperback – April 16, 1997

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From Library Journal

The Bakers (Desktop Direct Marketing, McGraw, 1995) have written the recreational vehicle guide they wished they could have read themselves ten years ago. They tackle practical concerns such as choosing the best RV, its mechanics, and things to do in it. The authors' experiences underline the importance of the safety tips they sprinkle throughout, along with occasional illustrations and checklists, loading pointers, and discussions of pests and crossing borders. There is even a section on RV equipment for the physically challenged. Enjoyable and clear enough for armchair travelers; for public libraries with large travel sections.?Alison Hopkins, Queens Borough P.L., Jamaica, N.Y.
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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In this perky repository of RV (i.e., recreational vehicle) info, precious little is said of such plebeian concerns as fuel efficiency. Rather, the Bakers emphasize enjoying life once you have cast the die for such a gas-and-road hog. Oh, frugality is a concern, but mostly in the chapters on buying your land yacht and keeping it in running trim. Commonsense nuggets appear throughout (e.g., "Ask for discounts on extended stays"), and the Bakers strive to advise on such mundane operating matters as checking air pressure in the inside tire on a "dually," as well as on larger lifestyle issues, such as what the various "classes" of RVs offer in shower space and the all-important walk-room. So doing, they successfully provide a highly readable, comprehensive, and well-organized one-stop resource on practically any concern RVers might have. This could be the classic RVer's sourcebook. Mike Tribby
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Touchstone; UNABRIDGED VERSION edition (April 16, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0684822679
  • ISBN-13: 978-0684822679
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.9 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (89 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #63,394 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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77 of 81 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 12, 2000
Format: Paperback
This book really helped me get an RV that made sense for me; I think that's the best part of the book--the details on how to choose an RV and how to learn to drive one. It's the only book that really shows you how to walk through a used RV to get one in good condition. I enjoyed all the personal notes about things that work and things that don't when you're RVing. You'll get a lot out of it.
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45 of 46 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 11, 2000
Format: Paperback
I can't believe reviews that don't love this book. I've been using it all the time in my travels--and am axiously awaiting another RV book by the Bakers. It does have a good sense of humor--and the humor is based on the realities of RVing. Their information is right on, at least in my experience. Don't let a bad attitude turn you off to this book--it's a winner!
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55 of 58 people found the following review helpful By Stephen Foster VINE VOICE on September 8, 1999
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... my only complaint is that it doesn't go anywhere NEAR far enough. I thoroughly enjoyed it and found lots of good advice, but too many topics are given cursory treatment. It is a long way short of "Everything You Need to Know About Choosing, Using, and Enjoying Your Rv." Perhaps if it was about twice as long, it might start to live up to its title.
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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 24, 1999
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I've thrown out all my other books and stopped looking for new ones on RVing. This book answered all my questions and more. I like the humor.....you have to have a sense of humor when you own an RV.....and I thought the content was much better than the Moeller's book. Anyone with an RV should have a copy on their bookshelf....and in their rv.
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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Karl B. Williams on October 4, 2000
Format: Paperback
I got this book from the public library and couldn't put it down. I found it so valuable that after reading it, I am buying a copy of it to use as a reference book. It has great checklists for the new RVer and gives enough basics for the novice to be comfortable with his rig.
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34 of 36 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 12, 1998
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Once I decided to purchase an RV, I began shopping. I started visiting the different dealers in my area and found myself confused about which type, brand and floorplan to choose. Then I learned about the prices, what a shock! I immediately went to the book store and chose this book. The book is filled with humor and written in plain understandable language for the beginner. The most important piece of information I learned from the book may have saved my family from a potentially deadly accident. The book discusses something called "payload", which no dealer ever mentioned to me while shopping. I am a chronic overpacker and did not realize that this could cause the RV to become overloaded and unstable. I recommend this book to those who are new to RVing and to those 'old timers' who do not understand the initials GVWR & GCWR.
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Iowasocean on August 26, 2004
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We have been RVers for many years, but still learned some very valuable information from this entertaining and informative book. It is slightly more swayed toward motorhomes, than fifth wheels and travel trailers. The chapter on safe weights and loading was worth the price of the book alone. It is not old and dated, having information on computers, etc. I would love to have a book by the authors that was just for travel trailers and one for fifth wheels. There are contact addresses for many helpful resourses.
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57 of 68 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 15, 2003
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While there is certainly some useful information in this book, it is obfuscated by the authors' overly cutesy style. The book could have been shorter by two thirds (and would be dramatically improved for being so) by the removal of extraneous and empty prose. In places, however, the information is downright wrong. The authors apparently don't understand the meaning of the acronyms GVWR and GCWR - the two most important numbers in understanding weight management, possibly the most important topic in RVing. Here their advice is nonsensical at best and dangerous at worst. The problem for beginning RVers is knowing whether the recommendations of the writers relating to any particular matter are reliable or not.
It is interesting to note that the most positive reviews of this book come from the least experienced RVers. Experienced RVers perhaps wouldn't take the time to wade through the superfluous verbiage for such small morsels of wisdom.
This book is a sort of Chinese Dinner - it has a lot of calories and very little meat. Pretty soon you're going to be hungry again - for REAL information this time.
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