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U of RV Journal #39 - November 02, 2009


"One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things.”
~Henry Miller





BY MARK





Hi Everybody,

With Halloween behind us it's time to start planning our Thanksgiving RV trip. There's really not much planning involved, we are going from NC to PA to spend Thanksgiving with family. I do like to try and plan at least one fun stop along the way for the kids. I think this time we'll stop at the Cabela's in Hamburg Pa. It's not too far out of the way and they are a really neat place to visit. If you have never been to a Cabela's before you should try to plan a stop at one in the future. They are RV friendly with RV parking and dump stations, they have a restaurant and the inside of the stores are fascinating. It's a great place to take a break along the way.

Every year, about this time, I like to remind RVers about the dangers of carbon monoxide poisoning. I have written about this topic before, but I feel that it is extremely important. This week's feature article discusses what carbon monoxide is, how to avoid exposure, and what carbon monoxide poisoning symptoms are. Take a minute to refresh yourself with this information, it could save a life.

Until next week happy camping & safe travels
Mark


Carbon Monoxide Reminder Every year, around this time, I like to remind people about the dangers of carbon monoxide gas. Whether in your home or your RV, when you fire up the furnace and bring out the portable heaters to help stay warm, there is the threat of carbon monoxide poisoning. Carbon monoxide gas is invisible, odorless, and deadly! It is produced by the partial combustion of solid, liquid and gaseous fuels. This includes gasoline, propane, natural gas, oil, wood, & coal. It is extremely serious when combustion by-products are not vented outside. Carbon Monoxide is the number one cause of poisoning deaths each year........ Read the article





...with Mark
Q. Hi Mark, I have read and hear the normal life span for RV tires is 5 to 6 years. I understand this is partially because they aren't used that much. I use mine probably 10 to 12 time a years for camping trips. Not a full timer but we do spend a lot of time out there. With this in mind how long should it take before thinking of changing tires and/or how do I check them out for damage? Thank you

Mark Says:
It is true that tires can age quicker from sitting idle. There are many reasons for this. Mainly the compounds put into tires to help prevent cracking and other damage can't come out unless the tire is flexing and being used. In addition to sitting still sun damage is probably the biggest contributor for damage to tires with little use. Keeping tires covered when not in use is extremely helpful. You need to be concerned when you see small cracks in the sidewalls that are deeper than 1/32 of an inch. Here is an article I wrote a while back that might be helpful.


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BY Mark Polk

Tip #1 Know what the overall height of your RV is and constantly be aware of road clearances, gas stations, bridges, under passes and low hanging obstacles like overhead wires and tree branches. Post the height of your RV where it is easy to see to serve as a reminder when you are driving.

Tip #2 For increased ventilation add a Maxx Air Turbo Fan over one of your pre-existing roof vents. You can use it in the intake mode to circulate fresh air through your RV or in the exhaust mode to remove stale and musty odors or cooking odors from the RV. It operates off of 12-volts and is the perfect accessory for those times when you can’t run the roof air conditioner. It allows you to leave the roof vent open in the rain or when you’re traveling, and works in conjunction with other Maxx Air vent covers to provide constant ventilation throughout the RV. Learn how to install your own Maxx Air Turbo Fan with our EZ RV Upgrades video.


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