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U of RV Journal #62 - April 26, 2010

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~ Abigail Adams (1744 - 1818), 1780





BY MARK





Hi Everybody,

The weather is warming up, the trees and flowers are in bloom and it's time for another great season of camping. Each year about this time I like to talk about prepping your RV for another season. When your RV sits for months at a time it's not a good idea to just head out on an RV adventure without checking it out first. This week's feature article is basically a checklist that you can use to give your RV a good spring check-up.

In other news, we have been working on an in-depth online RV training program, called 'Go for the RV Gold'. It is a 12 week RV training program. Each week the training is delivered directly to your e-mail address where you can learn in the comfort of your home or RV. Members start in the Bronze RV training module for 4 weeks, advance to the Silver RV module for 4 weeks and finish in the RV Gold module for 4 weeks.

The program is loaded with videos, articles, tips, crossword puzzles, quizzes, member discounts and much more. This is the only online RV training program that will teach you everything you need to know about your RV at such a reasonable cost. If you pass the final exam at the end of the 12 weeks, you will receive a Go for the RV Gold training certificate that you that you can proudly display in your home or RV. We are hoping to launch this new program in June. This new program will compliment our current line of training DVDs and books. I will keep you posted.

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


Time to go Camping, but First…
It’s time again for my annual RV spring preparation checklist. If your RV has been sitting idle all winter you need to whip it back into shape for another season of camping. At first glance this checklist looks like it would take two days to complete, but it’s actually something you can do on a Saturday when there’s nothing else to do. Following a checklist helps make sure nothing is overlooked........ ....... Read the article




...with Mark
Q. Last year we bought a motorhome and have enjoyed using it over this last year. We are very new to RV'ing and have had it in several times for small warranty issues. We recently picked it up to travel to Sedona, AZ and the Grand Canyon. In Sedona, we hooked up to the 50 amp service and all appeared well. Late that evening, the furnace stopped working as there was no power in the batteries.

That seemed strange to me as we were plugged in. In the morning we started the engine and charged things up and the electrical panel all seemed to be working. Over the next two nights it appears we were not getting electricity from outside the coach.

The problem continued at the Grand Canyon. I do not know what is wrong. Upon returning home, it also appears that now the inverter is not working. We push the button to turn it on and nothing happens.

Mark Says:

It's difficult to say without seeing it. It could be a problem with switching between AC sources. Did the system work okay with the generator running? There are several methods for switching between shore power cord and the generator. Some units require you plug the cord into an outlet in a compartment, some use a manual transfer switch and some use an automatic transfer switch. If this switching mechanism is not working you may not be getting power inside the RV. Another thought is the RV converter. If there is a problem with the converter you are running the 12 volt devices off of the battery(s). When the battery(s) lose its charge things aren't working inside. There are different types of converters and there is always the possibility of electrical shock when working on or around the converter, so I recommend taking it back to the dealership to have it looked at.

Followup:
Thanks for your response...it is more than I received from my dealer!

I finally had to bring the RV over to them and ask...they said it is probably the converter as you mentioned. Since it is still under warranty, they will be repairing it, whatever they find!

Thanks again. I do appreciate it and your website.


Identifying and preventing mold in recreational vehicle
Reducing the indoor humidity and identifying potential leaks or places where moisture collects will keep your RV or trailer from smelling musty and damp and improve the air quality inside. Here are some maintenance items to identify the source and prevent further moisture issues. .....

State looks to crack down on RV tax evasion
Local owners using Montana plates to avoid luxury tax ....

How Campers Can Help Camping & RV Parks Rebound from the Tough Year Behind
The impact of the recession on campgrounds has been bitter-sweet. On one hand some folks that once stayed in hotels for family vacations are saving money by camping, while other occasional campers are staying at home due to rising fuel prices, being out of work or just deciding the recreational cost is too much in the current economy.....




BY Mark Polk

Mark's RV Quick Tip #1: Always wear gloves when working around the RV waste water system.
Disposable gloves work well.

Mark's RV Quick Tip #2: Never let the gray or black water drain on the ground.


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