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U of RV Journal #94 - March 14, 2011

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by Mark Polk






Hi Everybody,

I can't believe it's already the middle of March. The good news is soon we will be using the RV more. We have a couple trips planned and I can't wait. My goal is to not work at all when we take the RV on a camping excursion, just relax and have fun doing what we enjoy most.

A few months ago I got frustrated at how cluttered my garage at the house was getting, so I started looking for a DIY storage building project. I ran across a company called Versatube Building Systems. Versatube designs and sells well engineered steel frame structures like carports, storage buildings, garages and RV shelters that are easy to assemble and build.

Versatube helped me design a storage building suited for my needs and I worked on the building project on the weekends. We produced a video of the construction process. If you enjoy DIY projects and need more storage space like me, or a garage or RV shelter take a minute to watch the video posted below in this newsletter. The people at Versatube are great to work with and I am really pleased with how the building turned out.

Stay tuned next week for Episode 4 of Mark's RV Garage. You won't believe your eyes when you see what the vintage trailer project looks like. Dawn thinks I lhave ost my mind!!

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

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Dead RV Batteries
The topic of RV batteries seems to come up a lot among RVers, and there is good reason for it. Did you know the average life for RV batteries with limited battery care and maintenance is only 2 to 3 years, and that 85% of all 12-volt batteries manufactured die before they should? Read More Here





Brushy Lake State Park to close Aug. 15
A lazy summer day at a near-by state park may be a thing of the past when the Oklahoma Tourism and Recreation Department (OTRD) closes Brushy Lake State Park. But legislators and local officials are scrambling to keep the popular park open.....

Folks staying at Pismo Coast RV Park evacuated
Pismo Coast RV Park in Pismo Beach was one of those areas under an advised evacuation for the tsunami warning last Thursday morning.....

Cummins Chairman and CEO Tim Solso expected to be appointed to Presidential advisory board
COLUMBUS, IN - Cummins Inc. (NYSE: CMI) announced that Chairman and CEO Tim Solso is one of 10 business leaders expected to be appointed by President Barack Obama to the President''s Management Advisory Board (PMAB). The PMAB was established in April 2010 to provide advice on how to implement best business practices to improve management and operation of the federal government......


Cartoon by Mark Polk

RVing with Mark Polk - 5 Easy Steps to help keep dump station open
There is a real concern about what the future holds for RV dump stations..........

RVers Guide to Dump Stations


Check out this week's poll: " After winter RV storage, how do you prepare your RV for travel and camping?"
To participate in the poll, look on the left hand column (here at RV University) towards the top


DIY PROJECT-
Mark demonstrates how to construct your own Versatube Steel frame building. The building can be finished with metal siding or it can be finished in your personal choice of an alternate exterior finish like vinyl siding, wood siding, hardy plank,or stucco.

Versatube offers buildings in all sizes, from small storage buildings to large clear span buildings. Whether you are looking for extra storage space, a carport, a one or two car garage or a building to store your RV in Versatube has a building for you.


RV Education Crossword Puzzle
This play and learn crossword puzzle is "Avoiding RV Insurance Claims ".
Have fun, play and learn.








by Mark Polk

How an RV Refrigerator Works:
The refrigerator in your RV will work off of LP gas or electricity. It’s not like the refrigerator in your house. An RV refrigerator doesn’t have a compressor, or any moving parts for that matter. It works off of the principle of absorption. Instead of applying cold directly, the heat is drawn out, or absorbed. The theory is, when there is an absence of heat there is cold. Basically your RV refrigerator uses heat, either from an electric heating element or LP gas flame. The heat starts a chemical reaction and then through evaporation and condensation causes it to cool. It also works off of gravity, freezing the freezer compartment first and then dropping down to the refrigerator compartment.


...with Mark Polk

Q. Hey, Mark! What do you know about nitrous in tires and how it relates to RV tires as far as care and maintenance? I've heard multiple things as far as having nitrous in regular vehicle tires; how it extends the life of the tire, smoother rolling when driving, etc, but I'm curious as to how it relates to RV tires, more specifically 5th wheels, travel trailers, etc.
Thanks!

Mark Says:
When I was at the National RV Trade show in Louisville this past year I noticed lots of manufacturers advertising nitrogen in the tires of their new RVs.

I would say the biggest feature and benefit nitrogen offers is that the tire won't lose pressure over time. Tires can lose from 1-2 psi per month. Nitrogen molecules are larger than oxygen molecules and won't work out through the tires as quickly. Along with proper tire pressure (that won't decrease over time) you benefit from improved fuel economy and better, longer tire wear.

If you did need to add pressure to the tires I think you need to find a place that has nitrogen, but I guess lots of folks feel the benefits of nitrogen outweigh the cons.


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