When you purchase a new or pre-owned RV, you're one step closer to experiencing the freedom of the open road! But you'll also be weighed down by all of the manuals that accompany your RV. Not only will you receive a manual for the RV itself, but you'll also get one for the refrigerator, microwave, oven, furnace, thermostat, leveling system, TV, and anything else inside your RV that could need maintenance or fixing. You may also want to have the manuals to any toys you'll be hauling if you are traveling with a toy hauler. These manuals that contain information on tire pressure, warranties, operating instructions, troubleshooting, and more are important to keep and have on hand when you need them, but you may be wondering how you'll find room for them inside an already overstuffed RV. Even if you read the manuals when you first purchase your RV, you'll want to refer to them later when maintenance is needed or if you have a question about something. Instead of trying to cram them inside a drawer (because we all know how that goes!), we have a couple suggestions for manual storage that are a little more organized. Check out these simple tips about what to do with RV manuals!
The most efficient way to store your manuals is in a digital version. This will eliminate the space taken up in your RV and still keep them accessible to you. There are a few different ways to do this, and you may want to do them all to ensure you have several versions in case your computer crashes.
The easiest way to digitize your manual is to find the already digital version of it online. Simply type the make and model of your RV on the manufacturer's website followed by the word “manual” and it should take you directly to the page where the manual can be found. In general they will be in a PDF format that is easy to download. We recommend saving the link to the manual in your bookmarks on your mobile device as well as your computer, and then download it too. This will ensure you still have access to it even if you do not have RV Internet access. If you have an iPhone or iPad, you can turn it into an iBook and save it right on your phone as well.
What if you can’t find the digital version of your manual? You can still digitize it, it’s just going to take a bit more work on your part. In order to create a digital file, take pictures of the pages or scan them. If you don't have the capabilities to do this at home, check out Kinkos or Staples, as they typically offer this service.
The Paper Version
Now that you have the digital version of your manual, you can actually throw the paper one away. However it's not a bad idea to keep them just in case you lose the electronic versions. If you want to keep the paper versions but are struggling with how to store them neatly and conveniently, here are a few ideas for you:
- Put sheet protectors in a binder and place a manual in each protector. You can alphabetize them or order them in any fashion that works for you.
- Get a file box and file folders. Place each manual in a folder and label it. These folders can then be organized in the file box in any order you choose.
These organization tips for your RV manuals should help clear your desk tops and drawers of bulky manuals that often get ripped, put in the wrong place, or accidentally thrown out. By having digital versions you should be able to access them anywhere, anytime so you never find yourself at a loss for how to maintain or repair your RV.
Do you store your RV manuals in a different way? Share it with us in the comments!