Between books, blogs, podcasts, internet sites, and magazines, there is plenty of information for anyone starting out renting or owning a RV. Sometimes, though, this plethora of information can make it more confusing to new RVers. It can become overwhelming to know which is the most helpful source of information when starting the RV lifestyle. To help you find the best resources for starting your journey, we have compiled a list of the 9 best RV books for beginners.
1. See You at the Campground: A Guide to Discovering Community, Connection, and a Happier Family in the Great Outdoors, Stephanie Puglisi and Jeremy Puglisi
This is a great book about RV travel for families who are just getting started. The authors are parents of twins as well as the hosts of the RV Atlas Podcast. They share tips about topics including campground etiquette, camping food, adventures for little kids, traveling in national parks, and much more.
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2. RV Hacks: 400+ Ways to Make Life on the Road Easier, Safer, and More Fun!, Marc Bennett and Julie Bennett
Written by a couple who has been living life on the road as full-time RVers since 2014, this book about RV living is a must-read. It contains solutions for many common problems. Their RV hacks are organized by chapter, including driving, repairs/maintenance, camping/campgrounds/boon-docking, cooking/organization/storage, work/technology, and families/kids/pets.
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3. A Beginner's Guide to Living in an RV: Everything I Wish I Knew Before Full-Time RVing Across America (RV Travel Books), Alyssa Padgett
This book about RV living helps people who want to transition to living full-time on the road in their RV or camper. The author shares information about choosing an RV, how to handle things like mail, insurance, and internet service, and what life on the road is really like.
4. The Complete First Aid Pocket Guide, John First
Although not a book about RV travel specifically, this guide will help you prepare for RV travel. It contains first aid kit lists for you to create a first aid kit for your RV. You can keep this book with you when you travel, particularly if you are going to destinations that may not have reliable internet service. Written by an EMT and first responder, this book helps you be prepared for a variety of different situations.
5. Cast-Iron Camping Cookbook: Easy Skillet Recipes for Outdoor Cooking, Pauline Reynolds-Nuttall
Your RV may come with a fully appointed kitchen, but cooking over a campfire is one of the best parts of a camping trip. This cookbook is great for RV beginners who are looking for easy, one-skillet recipes for breakfast, snacks, lunch, dinner, or even dessert. In addition to providing recipes, the author offers safety tips on cooking over a campfire as well as techniques for caring for a cast iron pan.
6. RV Camping Everything I Wish I Knew Earlier: Practical Trailer Organization Tips and Tricks for Beginners, Sara Bowton
In this book for RV beginners, author Sara Bowton shares mistakes she made as a new RVer and the things she learned from them. Tips include packing for small spaces, organization tips, as well as communication hacks when parking the RV, and how to save propane, along with many other important tips and tricks.
7. Off Grid Solar Power: How to Design and Install a Mobile Solar System for RVs, Vans, Boats and Tiny Homes (DIY Solar Power), Paul Holmes and Sitav Bhadra
This book is helpful for RVers who are new to boondocking. It includes complete designs for off-grid solar power, with step by step details and full illustrations. The authors are Solar Power Engineers who have built hundreds of off-grid solar power systems.
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8. 101+ Must-Have RV Accessories You NEED for the Road, Jolene Donovan
This RV travel book includes suggestions for must-have accessories for everything from emergency supplies to bathroom and kitchen supplies. In addition to things that you need to make life more comfortable, this book teaches the reader about common RV terms, basic maintenance, and the pros and cons of full-time versus part-time RVing.
9. The RV Travel Journal: The Ultimate Road Trip Record Book, Sarah Cribari
This travel journal is perfect for RV beginners because it helps the user plan their trip as well as capture memories along the way. The first section includes helpful planning lists and tips, along with meal planning and packing lists. The second section is designed to be completed while on the road, so you can make notes about what you saw, along with mileage and maintenance logs. The third section is for capturing memories and saving ideas for the next trip.