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From the Industry Leader in RV Education:
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U of RV Journal #95 - March 21, 2011

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“It's all to do with the training: you can do a lot if you're properly trained."
~Elizabeth II, Queen of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (b. 1926). Television documentary, BBC1, 6 Feb. 1992






by Mark Polk






Hi Everybody,

We just released Episode # 4 of "Mark's RV Garage". If you have been following previous episodes you won't believe your eyes when you see the vintage restoration project in the latest episode.. I'm sure Dawn really thinks I'm crazy now!
In this episode:

  • The vintage trailer project is taken apart down to the bare studs.
  • Rescuing Roxie, watch the story of a dog the Polk family rescued last year.
  • Discover an easy installation for your RV that keeps the dirt at the door.
  • Find out what you can do to win a free copy of Microsoft Streets and Trips.
  • Discover what rv4thecause is all about and how you can register for some free information packed webinars.

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

    **REMINDER! Like the RV Education 101 Facebook page. We post helpful RV information often and would also appreciate feedback, tips, RV related photos and comments from you!


    Episode #4 of "Mark's RV Garage"


    RV4TheCause's Mission: To help those living with chronic illness, their caregivers and loved ones by educating professional advisers (CPAs, attorneys, financial planners) and consumers about estate, insurance, tax and financial planning for those living with chronic illness. We provide free educational seminars for professional advisers, planned giving professionals, and consumers, as we travel the country in our Airstream RV.

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    RV4TheCause Webinar Programs:
    These seminars will be presented using gotowebinar by Citrix. Each Webinar will be 30-60 minutes in length and will be a non-technical but practical presentation designed for consumers. PowerPoint presentations will make it easier for attendees to follow along. Recordings of these webinars will be posted HERE.
    Follow the links below to register:
    1. 3:00 pm Friday March 25, 2011 EST “Estate Planning Introduction and Overview” broadcast from the Good Sam RV Park: Cherry Hill Park, 9800 Cherry Hill Road, College Park, MD
    2. 7:00 pm EST March 28, 2011 “Estate Planning when you or a Loved One is Living With Chronic Illness,” broadcast from the Good Sam RV park: Rvacation Campground. 428 Campground Rd., Selma, NC.
    3. 10:30 am EST March 30, 2011 “Powers of Attorney – What they Are and What you Need to Know,” broadcast from the Good Sam RV park: The Campground At James Island County Park 871 Riverland Dr Charleston, SC.
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    5. 9:30 am EST April 7, 2011 “Revocable Living Trusts and Chronic Illness,” broadcast from the Good Sam RV park: Alltoona Landing Campground, 24 Alatoona Landing Rd SE, Cartersville, GA.


    Cartoon by Mark Polk

    RVing with Mark Polk - The Lighter Side, 10 things you should NEVER do with your RV!
    Ten things you NEVER do with your RV. Some of these are just plain old common sense, some you learn the hard way and some… well; you just don’t do it with an RV! ..........



    RVing with Mark Polk - RV Spring Checks, Don’t Forget Safety Stuff
    We recently took our RV out for the first camping trip of the season. I prepped the RV for the trip by making the normal checks I make each spring. During these checks I found some small problems that I was able to correct right away, and I found at least one bigger problem that would require a visit to the dealership when we returned back home. ..........

    RV Safety Features, Tips and Tricks DVD


    RV Education Crossword Puzzle
    This play and learn crossword puzzle is "Extend the Life of your RV Awnings by Mark J. Polk".
    Have fun, play and learn.








    by Mark Polk

    Ball & Ball Mount –
    Hitch balls have three basic measurements, the ball diameter, the shank diameter and the shank length. Ball diameter sizes come in 1 7/8”, 2” and 2 5/16”. The ball size must be the right size for the coupler on the trailer you are towing, and be rated to tow the trailers GVWR. The ball mount is the removable portion of the hitch that slides into the hitch receiver. For Weight Carrying (WC) hitches it may be necessary to find a ball mount with a drop or rise to help level the trailer when its hooked up to the tow vehicle. An adjustable ball mount is used for heavier trailer applications. Adjustable ball mounts allow the ball to be raised, lowered or tilted to compensate for trailer tongue weight and to attain proper height adjustments. Adjustable ball mounts are normally used with Weight Distributing (WD) hitches.

    Generator –
    Commonly used on motorhomes, a generator produces 120-volt AC power. A generator allows you to use 120-volt appliances when you are not plugged into an external electrical source. Generators are rated in kilowatts. For example a 5 KW generator is 5,000 watts.


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