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RV University This Week 10/19/2009

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U of RV Journal #37- October 19, 2009


""The minute I step foot in the motorhome, I feel at ease. I don't have anything else to think about except taking care of my family."
~ Actress Jennie Garth to Access Hollywood, November, 2007






BY MARK





Hi Everybody,

Well our flying fiasco is over and it's back to work as usual. If you read last week's editorial, we still haven't received my niece's snow globe that we had to order, after airport security confiscated the first one.. Maybe UPS won't deliver it now because of the mysterious liquid inside!

The last couple of weeks we have been discussing some RV winterizing and storing topics. When you talk about storing the RV certain things come to mind like; the water system, batteries, tires, and cleaning the interior & exterior of the RV. But, often times we overlook other things like the awnings on the RV. In this week's feature article I discuss some basic care and maintenance for your RV awnings.

We are planning an RV trip over Thanksgiving, so I plan to wait and see what happens weather-wise. Right now the plan is to keep a few gallons of RV antifreeze on board in case I need to winterize the water system before, during or after our trip.

Until next week happy camping & safe travels
Mark


Extend the Life of your RV Awnings Awnings are a great feature to have on your RV. There are several different types of RV awnings and they serve different purposes....... Read the article





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BY Mark Polk

Tip #1 To assist you with heating your RV during cold weather camping, and to save a significant amount of LP gas that your RV furnace uses, purchase a portable electric ceramic heater. They work extremely well and many models available on the market come equipped with thermostats.

Tip #2 Whenever you return from a trip you need to drain the water from the water heater tank. This not only will prevent stale and musty water, but it will prevent costly damage that could occur if water were left in the tank and it froze, causing it to expand and split the water heater tank. Removing the plastic plug to drain the water heater tank can be difficult and over time the plug corners will round off. A simple solution is to install a petcock, available at your RV dealer, which will make draining the tank much easier.
Caution: Never drain the water heater tank when it is hot or under pressure. Wait until the water has cooled, and with no water source hooked up to the RV and the 12-volt water pump turned off, open a hot water faucet and relieve the pressure before draining.


Reply from a reader regarding Mark's Winter Battery Storage & Maintenance article It is my experience, 10+ years, of storing batteries in our frigid northern winters in Canada....


Winnebago CEO unsure how high business to rebound
The top executive of Winnebago Industries Inc (WGO.N) said on Thursday he is not sure how high motorhome industry production will rebound once the market recovers, but said he is confident the business is nearing a turning point after five years of falling sales....

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Reply from a reader regarding Mark's feature article Are Towing Laws Outdated?:
Dear Dawn and Mark, Of all the e-mails I get, yours are one of the few I read top to bottom. Keep up the good work.

Now, to the subject:
I am amazed, perplexed, mystified, dumbfounded, flummoxed, you name it, at the number of rigs I see towing Dinghys without braking systems. My rig weighs right around 25,000 lbs and I tow a Honda CRV at about 3200 lbs. I towed it twice without braking: When I brought the rig home after purchase, and when I went to get the dinghy braking system installed. My dinghy is about 11% of the GVW when we're all hooked up and I can feel the difference the extra braking adds to stopping power. For me, having braking for the dinghy is a significant safety enhancement. But it is also a matter of adhering to laws regarding vehicles: There are few dinghys under 3000 lbs. There is inconsistency in State requirements for towed/trailer brake systems, but at 3000 lbs, most States require brakes. I see many rigs (Class Cs and "light" Class As, some towing a Chevy Suburban) without dinghy brake systems (some don't even have dinghy lighting,but those are few and far between.), and my amazement stems from those who either don't care or are'nt sufficiently informed to have this significant safety feature.

I just needed to "vent". Thanks for your time.


...with Mark
Q. Maybe you can help me. Why is the awning always wet when we roll it out - even if it hasn't rained in ages? Does this water retention hurt the canvas and is there anything that can be done about it?

Mark Says:
I've experienced this in the past too. I think sometimes when you travel (and sometimes just when it is raining) the water finds its way into the retracted stored awning. It would really depend on the type of fabric you have, but of course water over a long period of time isn't good for any type of fabric. A vinyl fabric would hold up better than acrylic cloth against water, but it can mildew.

Long ago I got into the habit of putting the patio and window awnings out after each trip and air drying them before storing. Short of using a cover or storing under a covered area I don't think there is a lot that can be done about this. I would recommend that periodically you extend the awning and let it dry out. Think of it as a good way to stay refreshed on extending and retracting the awning!


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