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U of RV Journal #56 - March 15, 2010

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“As I travel by RV crisscrossing the manicured highways and byways I contemplate our forefathers rugged journey westward by horse and wagon. They truly were first generation American RVers.”
~ Mark Polk





BY MARK





Hi Everybody,

Our first RV trip of 2010 is less than two weeks away. This coming weekend my plan is to de-winterize the RV (hopefully no more cold weather) and prep it for another season of camping. We have several trips planned this year, and I for one can't wait.

As I was preparing for our first camping trip of the year I discovered that our Emergency Roadside Service Plan had expired. After all the trouble I had locating a spare tire and rim for the RV it would have been crazy to have the spare and no ERS plan to assist in getting the tire changed. It just goes to show how easy it is to overlook some things.

With spring right around the corner I thought it would be appropriate to write this week's feature article on RV travel safety & security. It might help you remember something you overlooked before heading out on your first RV adventure of the year.

Until next week, plan your trip, travel safe and enjoy your RV experiences. Remember, getting there is half the fun!
Mark


RV Travel Safety & Security
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reported that overall traffic fatalities at the end of 2009 reached the lowest level since 1954, declining for the 15th consecutive quarter. The projected data puts the highway death count at 33,963, down 8.9% from 37,261 in 2008.
That’s good news but, one death is too many... ....... Read the article




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BY Mark Polk

Mark's RV Quick Tip #1: When making the water connection at the campground use a 90 degree elbow, available at RV parts stores, at the city water connection on the RV to keep the water hose from kinking.

Mark's RV Quick Tip #2: If you’re traveling with pet’s check with the campgrounds you plan to stay at in advance about kennels or boarding arrangements if you are planning to take day trips or leave the campground for extended periods of time.


...with Mark
Q. Hi, I'm in process of selling my home and living in a fifth wheel. Would appreciate any advice or tips in what to look for when I go purchase a fifth wheel. thanks

Mark Says: Boy, there are lots of things to consider. A lot depends on where you will be staying in the fifth wheel. If it's a cold climate region I would look at what size furnace it has, are there heated holding tanks and if all of the plumbing is in a heated space to prevent potential freezing. An arctic package will offer many of these features plus added insulation.

In a warmer climate I would make sure the AC is sized appropriately to cool the unit. In either case you should get dual pane windows.

You may want to consider an upgraded larger size refrigerator, possibly with an ice maker too. Lots of basement storage for your belongings you don't want to part with and plenty of closet and drawer space inside. A 50 amp electrical system would be preferable over 30 amps and a good battery charging system, possibly an inverter. I would look at the size of the holding tanks, the larger the better. Possibly a satellite system too.

Another big thing is to make sure the vehicle you plan to use is sized to safely and properly tow the fully loaded fifth wheel trailer.

These are just a few quick thoughts that might be helpful


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Plan sought for George Washington National Forest
The U.S. Forest Service plans to revise its management plan and environmental impact statement for the George Washington National Forest. The new plan will provide management direction for the next 10 to 15 years....

Czech con man sentenced to 3 years for failing to return rented RV in Missouri
man from the Czech Republic has been sentenced to three years in prison for failing to return a recreational vehicle he rented in western Missouri ...


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