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From the Industry Leader in RV Education:
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U of RV Journal #22- June 22, 2009


"The main part of intellectual education is not the acquisition of facts but learning how to make facts live." ~ Oliver Wendell Holmes






BY MARK





Hi Everybody,

I was on a business trip last week, and flying only reinforced why I enjoy RVing so much. In the RV I can choose who I want to sit next to. If I take my shoes off it’s because I want to, not because I have to. If I arrive at my destination a little later than planned who cares, and if I want to stay a little longer than scheduled who cares.

And then there are the hotels and car rentals. No thanks, I’ll stick with the RV. We actually packed up the RV and left on a trip right after I returned from my business trip. This trip is so much better. Not just because we are visiting family, but because there are no airline schedules, no connecting flights, and no deadlines to meet.

If we see something along the way we can stop and check it out. We can travel at our own pace with all of our stuff, right there in the RV. When we get to where we’re going, we have our house with us, and we’re not imposing on anybody.

Tomorrow’s schedule is to float down the creek a couple miles on inner tubes, talk about a lazy river. We’ll figure out the next day’s schedule when it gets here, and when it’s time to leave we’ll roll up the power cord and drinking hose and head back down the highway, seeing what’s in store for us around the next bend. No schedules, no connecting flights and no deadlines. Back to the good life again!

If you plan to stay in a campground or RV park for an extended period of time this camping season, don't miss this week's feature article "Extended-Stay Maintenance Checks".

Happy Camping!
Mark


Extended-Stay Maintenance Checks
Normally when you plan a trip in your RV you conduct some type of pre-trip checks to make sure the RV is properly prepared for travel. When it’s time to leave the campground you perform these checks again for the return trip. But what happens when you find that perfect campground or RV Park and stay put for extended periods of time? Do you conduct routine maintenance checks on the RV to make sure it is in a safe and operable condition while it’s parked? Most likely you do, but if not here are some extended-stay maintenance checks to consider performing. ..... Read the article


Campers get back to nature Clayton Rhodes had a memorable bachelor’s party this month — but not for the reasons you might suspect. They report the unconventional celebration turned out to be a fun — and cheap — alternative......

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RV Education Crossword Puzzle
This play and learn crossword puzzle is "Avoiding RV Insurance Claims by Mark Polk"
Have fun, play and learn.





BY Mark Polk

RV Tip # 1 When you can see both front tires on the vehicle you are passing, in your side view mirror behind the trailer or motor home, it is safe to indicate and change lanes.

RV Tip #2 A quick and easy way to test your RV plumbing system for leaks is to turn the 12-volt water pump on when there is water in the fresh water holding tank. Once it pressurizes the system and shuts off it should not come back on until you open a water faucet. If the pump does come on sporadically, even for short periods of time, water is leaking somewhere.


...with Mark
Q. Can you direct me to a web site that lists cars,(used too), that can be flat towed? We have a 2003 Jeep Wrangler automatic transmission and it does just fine but not so good for a car around the house for chores.

Mark Says:
When you go to this link just click on the model year of vehicles you want to review. Hope this helps Get the link here..


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