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From the Industry Leader in RV Education:
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U of RV Journal #63 - May 10, 2010

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Only the curious will learn and only the resolute overcome the obstacles to learning. The quest quotient has always excited me more than the intelligence quotient.
~ Eugene S. Wilson





BY MARK





Hi Everybody,

I hope everybody had a wonderful Mothers Day. I think Dawn enjoyed her day with a well deserved lunch at one of her favorite restaurants and a relaxing afternoon spent with family. I promised her I would complete one indoor/outdoor project of her choice, so I am waiting to hear what that might be!

We missed last week's newsletter because I was working feverishly on our new 'Go for the RV Gold' 12 week self-paced online training program. It is quite the undertaking, but I am confident it will be worth all of the hard work in the end. It is a great program designed to help educate RV owners on nearly every aspect of owning, operating and caring for your RV. I will continue to keep you posted as we get closer to the official launch of the program.

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


Getting a Towable RV Road Ready
Okay, your pop-up, travel trailer or 5th wheel trailer has been sitting in storage for most of the winter, and now it’s time to start camping again......... Read the article




...with Mark
Q. Mark, we have had a problem in the past with the plastic plugs that are put in the hot water tank for draining. It seems that they do not take the heat well and when we drain the tank after an extended trip, the plug will twist off in the thread. Is it alright to use a brass plug in the place of the plastic ones???
Thanks for your help!

Mark Says: If it is an Atwood WH it has a glass lined aluminum tank. If it is a Suburban WH it has a steel tank with an anode rod and the rod needs to stay in the drain to help fight corrosion in the steel tank.

In an Atwood WH it's okay to use a brass plug, but do not use a galvanized plug. Some folks install a brass reducer plug and then put a petcock in it(like in an auto radiator) for ease of draining, but it will take longer to drain the tank. The brass plug will work, but you may want to check with the WH owner's manual about any warranty issues.


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BY Mark Polk

Mark's RV Quick Tip #1: Every RVer should own a portable weather radio receiver. Receivers are available at most retail stores that sell electronic equipment. Prices can range anywhere from $25 to $200 depending on the quality of the receiver and its features. I personally own two weather radio receivers. One radio works off of AC power or four AA batteries when the power is out. It has an alert feature that alarms when the National Weather Service issues severe weather announcements or emergency information. I also have a portable handheld radio that is a 40 channel CB, with a 10-weather channel receiver. It works off six AA rechargeable batteries or any 12-volt receptacle. It is well worth the investment to know what type of weather to expect when traveling or camping in your RV. When we are at home, we use the weather radio receiver in the house.

Mark's RV Quick Tip #2: Never operate your vehicle with tires inflated to less pressure than required for the load.
Never operate your vehicle with tires inflated to less pressure than specified on the vehicle placard, no matter what the load.
Never inflate your tires above the maximum pressure shown on the tire sidewalls.



Sean O'Hair Remembers
O'Hair remembers piloting the 40-foot, three-slide Fleetwood Discovery his grandparents bought him and his wife, Jackie, when they were driving golf's backroads to mini-tour events, sometimes parking in Wal-Mart lots to spend the night. ......

Sell the house to buy an RV? Are my parents nuts?
My parents, who are retired, sold their house. They’re putting some of the money in the bank, and buying an RV with the rest. It’s been their life-long dream ....

RV Rollover
One of the vehicle's tires blew out near mile marker 108, about 20 miles north of Truth or Consequences, just after noon Sunday, causing the RV and a Jeep it was towing to roll over onto its roof.....


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