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U of RV Journal #35- September 28, 2009


“ That one is learned who has reduced his learning to practice."
~ Proverb






BY MARK





Hi Everybody,

Next week at this time we will be on a plane heading to Las Vegas for the 2009 RV Dealers International Convention/Expo. There are some great workshops to attend and it gives us an opportunity to meet many different RV dealers from all over the U.S.and Canada.

We thought about taking the motorhome, rather than flying, but I am involved with several other projects and need to get back as soon as possible. I would much rather take the RV, but it just didn't work out this time.

When we do take the RV, on any trip, I always make my pre-departure checks before leaving. When I hear pre-departure checks two things come to mind, safety checks and maintenance checks. In this week's feature article I wanted to concentrate on some of the pre-departure maintenance checks you should make before leaving on a trip. These are common sense maintenance checks that can help prevent untimely break-downs and costly repairs. Depending on the type of RV you have, you can take away from or add to these checks to tailor them to your specific needs.

Until next week happy camping & safe travels
Mark


Pre-Departure Maintenance Checks When you head out on a trip in your RV you look forward to the sights and scenery along the way, and to the fun you will have when you arrive at your final destination. Nothing will ruin all of the fun and adventure quicker than an unexpected breakdown. ........ Read the article





BY Mark Polk

Tip #1 If you put your RV in storage it's a good idea to remove the batteries and put them in storage too. This is quite simple to do. When you're removing the batteries always remember to remove the negative terminal first. Label all battery cables so you will remember how to reconnect them next spring. Clean the batteries with a 50/50 mixture of baking soda and water if necessary. Store the batteries in a cool dry place but not where they could freeze. Batteries in storage will loose their charge. Check the state of charge every month and charge batteries that are at or below 80% state of charge. Fully charged batteries are much less likely to freeze.

Tip #2 While an RV is in storage, if you don't plan on starting the unit, or won't be able to start it, buy some fogging oil from a marine supply store to protect the cylinder walls. When the unit is parked where it will be stored, spray the fogging oil into the engine intake downstream from the air filter with the engine at an idle. Complete the same steps on the generator. Follow the manufacturer's directions. Caution: Do not use this product in a diesel engine.


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Panel says spend more on national parks
Spending on national parks should be increased by at least $700 million over the next seven years, an independent panel urged Congress on Thursday.

RVTV to re-launch in 2010: *UPDATE
Due to the unexpected recent announcement that DirecTV would no longer be carrying VERSUS, the producers of RVTV have decided to terminate the agreement to air RVTV on VERSUS in 2010. As a great majority of our viewers watch RVTV on DirecTV, we cannot exclude them from receiving RVTV because ComCast (owners of VERSUS) and DirecTV cannot come to terms on a carriage agreement.

RVTV wishes to apologize to their viewers and sponsors for any inconvenience, however this development was unforeseen by all of us at RVTV.

RVTV is in active talks with another network that is available on the basic tier of both DISH and DirecTV. As soon as we have reached an agreement we will post it here. Stand by for more updates.


Reply from a reader regarding Mark's feature article Winterizing & Storing last week:
I just wanted to mention a product I use to insulate my windows against heat and cold. It is Reflectix® Products Double Reflective Insulation and can be found at places like Home Depot. You can even wrap pipes and insulate basements and closets.It is like two layers of bubble wrap with foil on both sides. You can cut it with scissors and I found it stays behind my curtains without any tape just tucked into the window corners. In really cold weather you may want to use their special tape to keep out any cold. This stuff is even Energy Star Qualified for Residential Applications. I have no affiliation with this company I am just really impressed with the product and how easy it is to use.


...with Mark
Q. Thank you for all the excellent info you've been passing on. We have a 1998 Winnebago Adventurer that we've used very little, but I understand some have a battery cut out to disconnect the batteries when in storage. I have searched but find none. I would assume it would be located under the steps where the three batteries are but I see nothing there. Should I search somewhere else, and to install one would the battery compartment be the correct place?

Mark Says:
Battery disconnect switches can be located just about anywhere, but most manufacturers put them close to the entry door area where they are easily accessible. Normally there are two and are labeled something like: "Chassis" & "Coach" or "Chassis" & "Auxiliary".

They shouldn't be too hard to find or be hidden. Some motorhomes don't have battery disconnects, but most do. You might want to contact Winnebago to see if they were used on the Adventurer in 1998.

Follow up from Winnebago:

Here's the answer I got back from Winnebago. I'm sending this on for your information in case you need it in the future to help anyone else. Many regards,

The 1998 Adventurer came equipped with a battery disconnect switch. This switch will allow you to disconnect the house batteries when placing the vehicle in storage. Along with the switch, a battery disconnect relay is used. We are providing the front installation drawing which identifies the solenoid.


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Winterizing & Storing your RV
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