Issue 4, 11/15/2005

Changin' Gears - Trading City Lights for the RV Lifestyle

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1) RV Moisture Control
2) States With No Income Tax
3) Introduction to RV Types
4) RV Inspection Checklist
5) Glossary of RV Terms

1) RV Moisture Control 
Living in an RV requires attending to certain tasks that 
permanent foundation houses do not require.  One such task is to 
keep the air moisture level low enough to avoid condensation.  
Moisture control is easily accomplished with roof vents and a 
dehumidifier, and just as easily forgotten.  

Read the entire article here:

2) States With No Income Tax 
If you are a snowbird or fulltimer, you may be considering 
changing residency to a more favorable state of the union.  For 
many, taxation is a major reason for wanting to part ways with 
their current state.  

To assist in this venture, we have compiled two lists: one of 
states without personal income tax and another of states with 
limited personal income tax.  

See this new page here:

3) Introduction to RV Types 
To help newcomers and those switching to a less familiar RV type, 
we have complied concise introduction pages for the major 
recreational vehicle types.  Each page defines the type, provides 
a list of pros and cons, and links to more detailed information 
relevant to each type.  

Visit each page at the following addresses:

Class A Motor Home:  http://tinyurl.com/8k97d

Class B Motor Home:  http://tinyurl.com/cc9f9

Class C Motor Home:  http://tinyurl.com/9gqcq

Fifth Wheel:  http://tinyurl.com/7dgz3

Folding Trailer:  http://tinyurl.com/agkkn

Travel Trailer:  http://tinyurl.com/ax7x8

Truck Camper:  http://tinyurl.com/apohd

4) RV Inspection Checklist 
Our most recent checklist is the RV Inspection Checklist.  It is 
intended as a guide for inspecting new and used RV's.  We have 
included as many details as reasonable, covering typical items 
found on motor homes and towables.  

The checklist is available for printing directly from our web 
site; we are working on a downloadable version to be available 

RV Inspection Checklist:

5) Glossary of RV Terms
A selection of RV terms from the Changin' Gears glossary:

Dry Weight: Dry Weight is the actual weight of a vehicle or 
trailer containing standard equipment without fuel, fluids, 
cargo, passengers, or optional equipment.  

Exhaust Temperature Gauge: Gauge indicating engine exhaust gas 
temperature as measured by a probe inserted into the gas flow.  
Temperature is generally measured directly after the exhaust 
manifold or after the turbo.  Useful in preventing engine 
overheating.  Also called "pyro".  

Toy Hauler: The term "toy hauler" is applied to both fifth wheels 
and travel trailers, and it describes an RV designed to carry 
toys--small cars, dune buggies, four wheelers, motorcycles, etc.  
Distinguishing features of a toy hauler is the large door in the 
back which opens down to create a ramp, dedicated garage area or 
fold-away furniture in the main living compartment, and often a 
third axle to support the heavy toys.  

UVW (Unloaded Vehicle Weight): Unloaded Vehicle Weight (UVW) is 
the weight of a vehicle as manufactured at the factory.  It 
includes full engine and generator fuel tanks and fluids, if 
applicable.  It does not include cargo, water, propane, or 
dealer-installed accessories.  It may or may not include factory 
installed options.  Be aware that some manufacturers weigh each 
unit to determine UVW, while others provide only the average or 
estimated weight for each model.  

Complete Glossary of RV Terms:

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