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U of RV Journal #46 - December 21st, 2009

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"Creative thinking may mean simply the realization that there's no particular virtue in doing things the way they have always been done.” ~Rudolph Flesch

"With each day comes new strengths and new thoughts"- Eleanor Roosevelt





BY MARK





Hi Everybody,

Today is the first official day of winter and there are only four shopping days left until Christmas. I guess I better get out and do some shopping soon! We have family coming to spend Christmas with us and I am looking forward to taking a few days off and basically doing nothing except enjoying the time of year.

Soon it will be 2010 and time to get busy again. We have big plans for next year, but for the next week and a half I just want to relax and watch 2009 become the past.

This week's feature article discusses an important topic for RVers and in general, clean drinking water. Be sure to read the article and watch the video to see what you can do to improve the quality and taste of your water.

Until next week, Merry Christmas & safe travels over the holiday season
Mark


Why Filter your RV Drinking Water? Over the years I have written numerous articles about water filtration, water quality and sanitizing your RV water system. There are lots of reasons to be concerned about the water we drink, especially when it comes to RV’s. When you travel in your RV and stop at different destinations on a regular basis you don’t know anything about the quality of the water you are using or drinking. It seems like every day you hear more and more about what is in the water we drink and how it can impact our health. I have always been an advocate for filtering the water in our RV and I am always on the lookout for the best possible method for filtering water. Read the article




...with Mark
This week features a readers e-mail:

I'm sure you get tons of e-mail and I appreciate how you always answer mine in a timely manner. Granted most of my messages probably are of questionable value but then I don't charge for them either.

Since your RV is parked for the next couple of months, I thought I would tell you a story about winter travel. A couple of winters ago, my wife and I decided to take the 5th wheel to Lubbock, TX to spend Christmas with one of our sons and his family. They lived in the country at the time so we thought it would be handy to just camp in their driveway rather than drive back and forth to a motel in town.

On the trip down it had snowed just before we left home but the roads were clear and dry so away we went. North of Amarillo there is a place where the nice wide four lane with a nice wide median passes very close to a grain elevator on the west side of the road. A little food for thought, a grain elevator makes a great big shadow which leaves a great big sheet of ice for a few hundred feet on the south bound side.

We were traveling about 70 mph with the cruise set. Yeah, I know, a little fast. When I saw the ice it was too late to do much of anything and I sure didn't want to do anything stupid, so I just shut off the cruise control and steered very straight. There may have been some discussion with the Big Guy upstairs also.

Well, we slithered across the ice and stayed pretty well straight and made it to dry pavement again. It just so happened I had a bottle of soda in my right hand during the whole ordeal. As soon as it appeared we would survive my wife reached over and grabbed the bottle from me and said, "You need both hands on the wheel." I didn't feel it was a good time to argue the point, if you get my drift.

The rest of the trip went well, maybe a little slower and we had a nice Christmas with the kids.

Merry Christmas to You and Yours

Mark Says: Great story and I'm glad everything turned out okay. It's happened to me several times in a car over the years, but never towing a trailer or in the motorhome, thank-goodness!

Merry Christmas to you and your family too!
Mark


NASCAR partners with RV resort for themed camping
NASCAR, Morgan RV Resorts and Silver Companies have announced a license to create NASCAR RV Resorts, a new branded concept to bring the sights, sounds and thrills of NASCAR to family camping locations across the country......

Thor Repurchases Stock From The Estate of Wade F. B. Thompson
Thor Industries, Inc. (Thor) announced today that it purchased shares of its common stock from the Estate of Wade F. B. Thompson (the "Estate") in a private transaction.....

RMNP nears 3 million visitor mark for year
Visitation at Colorado's most popular national park is up by more than 2.5 percent over 2008. So far this year, more than 2.93 million people have passed through Rocky Mountain National Park's gates.........


BY Mark Polk

Mark's RV Quick Tip #1: The lead and plastic used to construct batteries can be recycled. More than 97% of all battery lead is recycled. Be sure and recycle your old batteries

Mark's RV Quick Tip #2: LP gas can be measured in weight or in gallons. You may have heard somebody say that the gas cylinders on their travel trailer are 30 lb. cylinders, or they may say their cylinders hold 7 gallons apiece. One gallon of LP gas weighs 4.26 pounds. The typical BBQ grill uses a 20 lb. cylinder, and at 80% full it would hold 3.75 gallons of LP gas.


Check out this week's poll: Have you ever camped in a National or State park in your RV?To participate in the poll, look on the left hand column (here at RV University) towards the top


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