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U of RV Journal #76 - September 27, 2010

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"Learning never exhausts the mind."
~Leonardo da Vinci





by Mark Polk






Hi Everybody,

For some RVers the month of October equates to a couple of fall camping trips before even thinking about parking the RV for the colder months ahead. Autumn, with the cooler weather and beautiful fall scenery is perhaps my favorite time of the year to go camping. But for other RVers, who live in colder regions, the arrival of fall means it's time to consider putting the RV into storage until next years camping season arrives.

Although it is quite possible to continue using your RV for cold weather camping you still need to prepare and protect it from the elements. This week's feature article (see below) explains exactly what you will need to do to prevent any damage to your RV over the coder winter months, and to ensure it is ready to go again next spring.

** Note: Our new Tow Your Fifth Wheel Like a Pro DVD is being replicated. It will be available in the next few weeks

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


RV Winterizing 101 (Part 1) It’s always sad to come to the realization that another camping season is winding down. Part of this realization is preparing the RV for winter storage, so it will be ready to go camping again next spring. My guess is that most RV owners, especially those in cold climate regions, refer to this winter storage preparation as winterizing your RV. When you hear the term “winterizing” the first thought that comes to mind is to protect the RV water system from potential damage caused by exposure to freezing temperatures ........ Read the article


RV Winterizing 101 (Part 2)


...with Mark Polk

Q. Good Morning!
We purchased a full DVD set from your website, excellent info! (we haven't gone through all of them yet, but getting there!)

We are new RVers, but a ton of stuff that we had on our boat transferred directly to the RV. The power cords from the boat/marine world use different connectors for the 30 and 50 amp plug ends. (Bummer! We had all kinds of adapters, etc.)

One Quick trick that we always did when tying up the boat was to wrap the electrical cord around the post / electrical stanchion one time to prevent the cord from being pulled out or damaged. This keeps kids, and/or adults from pulling out the cord by accident, or in the dark. Works especially well with the RV.

Keep up the great newsletter! I know it's a lot of work, so thanks!

Mark Says:
Thanks for writing and for the tip on electrical cords. I'm glad to hear the DVD's are helpful. I hope you enjoy your RV. I enjoy boats too (small ones). We live on a small to mid-sized lake and I am hoping to find an older classic boat to restore and use on the lake.


...with Mark Polk

Winterize –
The English dictionary definition for winterize is to prepare something, especially a house or an automobile, to withstand cold winter conditions.

What I find interesting about this definition is that your RV is essentially a house and automobile combined. With that said, winterizing your RV would entail more than just preparing the water system for cold winter conditions. We would need to be concerned with preparing the RV’s interior, exterior, chassis, and plumbing from the harsh winter months.


FMCA: Oregon Motorhome Convention A Success
FMCA’s recent convention in Redmond, Oregon, resulted in great times for attendees and reports of sales for exhibitors. Following is a press release that reviews the proceedings and also includes dates for next year’s conventions......

DEP: Not Our Goal To Shut Down Businesses
After an Ohio County Public Service District meeting Wednesday, three Dallas Pike-area business people said the DEP had set deadlines related to sewage service upgrades at their businesses or else face being shuttered.....

Here are a few tips to consider when renting an RV:
Some RV rental contracts may include items that others charge extra for. Ask: Is insurance part of the price? Is there an hourly fee to use the generator? Is propane use included? Do you have to pay extra for drivers younger than 25?.......

MATURE LIVING: Many seniors take to the road for retirement
Tom and Dianne Clark, both in their early 70s, have been on a journey across the county since early June. The Clarks began in Florida and ended up in Fairbanks, Alaska, for a few weeks.......


Check out this week's poll: "Do winter temperatures drop below freezing where you store your RV?"
If you answered yes to question 1 have you ever experienced damage to your RV as a result of freezing temperatures?
To participate in the poll, look on the left hand column (here at RV University) towards the top




by Mark Polk

Mark's RV Quick Tip:
Tip 1: If you have a motorized RV I recommend starting the engine periodically, while in storage, to run any chewing squirrels off that may be making the engine compartment into their winter home.


Tip 2: Do not use a hair dryer or any sharp objects to assist in defrosting the freezer compartment. Heat can cause warping and sharp objects can damage the refrigerator. Time and patience is the best solution!


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An Introduction to RV's
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RV Safety Features, Tips and Tricks
Pop Up 101
Travel Trailer 101
Class A Motor Home 101
Class C Rental / Owner
Winterizing & Storing your RV
EZ RV Add Ons and Must Have RV Products
Trailer Towing, Weights, Hitch Work & Backing
Motorhome Towing
RV Campground Basics
Marks Recommended 10 minute RV Essential Items
Deep Cycle Battery Care & Maintenance for RV's and Boats
RV Care and Maintenance

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