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U of RV Journal #48 - January 11, 2010

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"Nothing is more terrible than activity without insight.
~ Thomas Calyle, Scottish essayist and historian





BY MARK





Hi Everybody,

It's only the second week into the new year and I already can't wait to take a trip in the RV. What I really would like to do is take the RV to Vancouver & Whistler for the 2010 Winter Olympics but it just wasn't in the cards. I really enjoy both the Summer & Winter Olympics, and even though our schedule prevents us from traveling in mid to late February I will watch as much of the Olympics as I can on television.

Another thing you can do when your RV is parked for a couple of months during the winter is attend some RV shows. It's fun to go to RV shows even if you aren't in the market to buy an RV. You get to see all of the new models coming out and there is lots of great RV information available at shows. To read more about RV shows, and to find out when and where the shows are located check out this week's feature article.

Until next week, Happy Camping
Mark


RV Shows, your Wintertime RV Fix In late November we took our last RV camping trip for 2009. We had a great time and when we returned I cleaned the RV, winterized it, and prepared it for storage. When I closed the garage door behind me the reality sank in that there would be no more RV adventures until sometime this coming spring. It’s always a bit depressing to park the RV with no plans to use it for two or three months. It’s sort of like when football season ends, or your favorite television program ends, and you need to wait several months for the next season to begin..... Read the article



Nationally Recognized Speakers Featured at Boston RV and Camping Expo, January 15-18th
John DiPietro, president of ABC/D Marketing, producer of the social media campaign and seminar program noted; “We wanted to bring in speakers that would relate to the passion and enthusiasm of the RV lifestyle enjoyed by our attendees. We are excited to announce that Silvio DiSalvatore, winner of the Great American Road Trip reality show on NBC earlier this year and Don Barone, award-winning outdoor writer for ESPN.COM and Bass, will be presenting at our Expo next Saturday and Sunday.”.....

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Vancouver RV Parks for 2010 Winter Olympics
350 non-hook up RV sites will be available at Spanish Bank and Jericho Beach Parks from Feb. 10th to March 2nd. There will be potable water available for fill ups, a sewage removal service as well as propane available to purchase . .....

There's an RV show every year in every region of the country!
RV retail shows give you an opportunity to see many makes and models of RVs - at one time and at one place. What better way to comparison-shop for the vehicle that best fits your travel plans and budget? At RV shows, you'll also find dealers and other RV industry experts, who can assist you in finding the right RV. Most attendees currently own an RV..........

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BY Mark Polk

Mark's RV Quick Tip #1: If you are in a motorhome and are towing a vehicle you may want to disconnect the vehicle in the campground registration parking lot before going to your site. Have someone drive the vehicle in front of you to assist in locating your site.

Mark's RV Quick Tip #1: When checking in at a campground and receiving your site: Conduct a site survey. Identify where all campground connections are and where you want the RV located to have access to all connections. Take into consideration where slide outs will be and if there is room to put the awning out. Make sure that there are no low hanging branches or other obstacles that will interfere with the RV.

Mark's RV Quick Tip #3: Batteries should be charged as soon as possible after each period of use or whenever they reach a 70% state of charge or below. The batteries should only be charged in a well ventilated area and keep any sparks and open flames away from a battery being charged. Check the electrolyte levels before and after charging batteries. Warning: For proper charging procedures always follow the battery charger manufacturer instructions. If you are not comfortable performing maintenance on, or working around lead acid batteries, take the RV to an authorized repair center to have battery maintenance done.


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...with Mark
Q. Hello Mark, requesting your opinion on tire pressure. I have a 2006 Freightliner class C with a Gulf Stream Mini Vista Cruiser camper Model 4231. The truck manufacturer specs call for 57 psi on the front and 58 on the rear dual wheels. Spoke to a tire service rep and he recommended I up the pressure to 65 psi on the front and 75 psi on the rear. Recently I noted a spec. sheet hidden inside on of the cupboards and Gulf Stream spec. 80 psi on all the tires. No mention if this is max. or not. Looking at the tires they are Michelin steel belt tires. I just replaced tires because the original were full of side wall cracking. The side wall tire press. indicates max. 80 psi. What tire pressure should I be using. I have tried numerous times to contact Gulf Stream but I never get a response. Is there any contact that you can recommend. I have been also looking for any manuals, electrical manuals but to no avail. The manual that came with the vehicle is a generic book which could include any vehicle but not relevant to this vehicle.

Mark Says: Tire manufacturers publish load & inflation tables that give specific tire pressure for the type and size tires you are running based on how much weight is placed on the tires. The 80 PSI you saw on the tire sidewall is the maximum inflation pressure that should ever be put in the tires.

The only way to know the proper tire pressure is to have the axles and individual wheel positions weighed and compare the weights to the load & inflation table from Michelin.

I am including a link for the load & inflation tables that should be helpful. Locate your tires in the chart and weigh your RV when you get a chance.

Most RV manuals are very generic and that is why we started producing the RV training DVD's. If you are looking for individual component manuals, like for instance a manual on the air conditioner, you can get the brand and model number off of the component and usually find the manual on the Internet.


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Winterizing & Storing your RV
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