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U of RV Journal #64 - May 17, 2010

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"Learning is like rowing upstream; not to advance is to drop back"
~ Chinese Proverb





BY MARK







LaVonne Naomi Peterson Weik
15 July 1916 to 10 May 2010

Hi Everybody,

We received some unexpected sad news last week. Dawn's grandmother passed away. She was a wonderful, witty and cheerful woman, who will be missed dearly by everyone whose lives she touched. It's always difficult when those left behind lose a loved one. We have regrets for many different reasons. On the other hand she lived a long healthy, happy life. She would have celebrated her 94th birthday on July the 15th. She knew that she was loved by many, she still lived at home on her own and went to the weekly senior dances, played bingo and sang karaoke! She had some great family members involved in her life. I had the privilege to get to know Dawn's grandmother and her late great-aunt. I was able to visit with them on numerous occasions and will miss them both, but know that they are in a better place and they are back together singing and dancing once again, along with their 3 brothers.

Each week that passes is one week closer to our cross-country RV trip this summer. We will be leaving on the tenth of June, heading to Colorado and from there to Washington state. We are excited to go, but I am by no means prepared as of yet. There are lots of things to do, including getting the RV and tow vehicle ready for a fairly long road trip.

I opted to pull our old Jeep behind the motorhome, rather than the new Jeep. Some of my reasoning is it is several hundred pounds lighter, less wear and tear on our newer Jeep, and for some reason I just prefer towing old faithful. I have a supplemental brake control for the old Jeep, but I need to install it. I also want to put it on the lift and give it a good once over to possibly prevent any unexpected surprises along the way. The motorhome just needs a good pre-trip check-up and it should be ready to go.

As for work, I hope to have our new "Go for the RV Gold" program up and running before we leave on the trip and fortunately we can conduct routine business from the road.

In this week's feature article I compiled some of the recent RV poll results into one article so you can see how other participants responded to the polls.

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


More Interesting RV Poll Results
I find it interesting to review these poll results occasionally, and think many other RVers find the poll results of a targeted RV audience interesting too. Of course the outcome of any poll depends on several factors like what type of poll it is, how the questions are presented, who is asking the questions and of course who does and does not participate in the poll. ..... Read the article




Support Services RV Helps Families of Deployed
While the pace of deployments to meet the demands of war in Iraq and Afghanistan puts a huge strain on San Diego military families, the military is offering mobile support in an RV....

RV makers look up
The more than 400 employees of Suburban Manufacturing in Dayton received news this week that the recreational vehicle industry that it serves is on the path to recovery from the depths of the economic downturn. ......

RV fast facts (provided from article listed above)

  • RV industry employs more than 250,000 Americans, with a combined payroll of around $4.9 billion.
  • Since June 2007, industry layoffs due to the recession total approximately 280,000 — 53 percent of the total work force.
  • Most recreational vehicles are made in the U.S., with more than 60 percent coming from Indiana, and another 15 percent coming from Oregon and California.
  • One in 12 vehicle-owning households owns an RV, around 8.2 million households, and a 58 percent gain since 1980.
  • Hazards from beetle-ravaged trees close 1 Colorado campground, more expected
    A campground northwest of Fort Collins is the first of the season to be shut because of hazards from beetle-killed trees, and more closures are expected to follow....


    ...with Mark
    Q. I am a first-time single female RV buyer interested in purchasing a Class C motorhome. Can you offer any Class C RV buying tips? I would also like to know about gas tank conversion to flex-fuel. Is there a more popular conversion to run an RV on?

    Mark Says: There are lots of things to consider when purchasing your first class C motorhome. You mentioned flex-fuel, so you are probably either interested in environmental concerns or fuel economy. If it's fuel economy the interesting thing is vehicles that burn E 85 actually get lower MPG than using regular gasoline. The average savings on purchasing E 85 over gasoline is about 15%, but it would take nearly a 30% savings to make up for the shortfall in MPG. With that said if you are concerned about fuel economy there are RV manufacturers like Winnebago that build Class C motorhomes averaging 14 to 16 MPG. The Winnebago View is built on a Sprinter chassis and has a Mercedes turbo charged diesel engine. Other manufacturers are following down this path, building more economical RV's. I mentioned a moment ago there are lots of things to consider when purchasing your first RV. It would be difficult to list everything here, but this article I wrote has some helpful considerations when buying an RV.




    BY Mark Polk

    Mark's RV Quick Tip #1: Stay away from the high pressure sales tactics or you might be going home with an RV sooner than you want, bigger than you want and more expensive than you want. It’s hard for some RV buyers to say no and for some it just seems easier to go with the flow. This is never truer than in a high pressure sales situation. You have probably encountered high pressure sales at some automobile dealerships you have visited in the past. If you visit a RV dealership and see any indications of high pressure sales techniques it is time to leave. There are a lot of RV dealerships out there and a lot of RV sales people. Find one you trust and feel comfortable dealing with. If you don’t feel comfortable, more than likely there is something wrong.

    Mark's RV Quick Tip #2: Would it be easier to back a shorter trailer than a longer trailer? You would think so but that’s not the case. If you don’t believe me take a garden tractor with a small trailer attached to it and try backing it up. You can look over your shoulder and see everything you are doing but it is still difficult to back it up. A shorter trailer reacts much quicker to steering movements than a longer trailer. This is because the trailers axles are the pivot point and on a shorter trailer the axles are closer to the hitch ball mount on the tow vehicle. If you’re backing a pop-up or short travel trailer it will require slower reactions and movements in the steering wheel than a longer trailer will..


    Check out this week's poll: "Do you lend your RV out?" To participate in the poll, look on the left hand column (here at RV University) towards the top


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