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U of RV Journal #103 - June 13, 2011

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"Mark's RV Garage" Internet TV Series
by RV Education 101 wins the 2011 Telly Award!

The Telly Awards honor the very best local, regional,
and cable television commercials and programs,
as well as the finest video and film productions,
and work created for the Web.




by Mark Polk






Hi Everybody,

The other day we received notification that "Mark's RV Garage" is the recipient of a 2011 Telly Award. The Telly Awards is a prestigious award that honors outstanding local, regional, and cable TV commercials and programs, the finest video and film productions, and Internet videos and films.

Our show won in the online video category. We are extremely proud to be a winner in the 32nd annual Telly Awards. It makes all of the effort that goes into producing the show well worth it.

Enjoy Episode #10 of Mark's RV Garage and this week's condensed newsletter.

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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This episode of Mark's RV Garage is sponsored by:
Explorer RV Insurance, KOA Campgrounds , Camping World, Progressive Dynamics and RV Education 101

In addition to the show airing on our RV Videos on Demand website, it is also available for viewing on YouTube. You may embed the YouTube video (or the video player from RV Videos on Demand) on your blog, Facebook or website….help us spread the word!)

See Highlights of Episode 10 Below:


RV Product Spotlight:
Tire Pressure Monitoring System
I am a huge advocate for consumer education on tire care and maintenance.
I think there is more educational material available now on
RV tire care and maintenance than ever before. That’s great news,
but with all the care and maintenance in the world it is impossible
to know what kind of damage may have already occurred to the inside of a tire,
that you are unaware of, and have no way of knowing when the tire might fail.

The good news is there is a way to monitor your tires while you are traveling.
It’s called a Tire Pressure Monitoring System available at Camping World.

Don’t leave home without it. ~ Mark Polk

Buy NOW



Boeshield T-9®
Developed by the Boeing Company for lubrication and protection
of aircraft components, Boeshield T-9 is a combination of solvents,
lubricants and waxes designed for penetration, moisture displacement, lubrication
and corrosion protection. Dries to a thin waxy film that clings to metal for months.
Loosens rusty and corroded parts. Safe on paint, plastic and vinyl.
12 oz. aerosol.

Available at Camping World.
Don’t leave home without it. ~ Mark Polk



RV Buzz Quick Tip: When you are working on an RV electrical system grounding is extremely important. Grounding all of the electrical equipment is necessary to provide a low resistance path to ground in the event of a fault current or short circuit. This way if a person is exposed to a fault current there is a lower path of resistance to ground for the current to follow. To do this we ground the distribution panel to the trailer chassis and for the 12 volt side we ground all the circuits to a grounding bar that will be grounded to the trailer chassis as well.


Trivia question about Mark:

How many copies of Mark's book "The RV Book" have been sold since publishing it in 2006.
a) less than 10,000
b) 25,000
c) over 40,000

Answer:
Over 40,000 copies of "The RV Book" have been sold since first publishing in 2006.
c) over 40,000


BY Mark Polk
Tip#1: If you look at the RV’s power distribution panel you will see circuit breakers like you have in your house for the 120-volt AC side, and automotive style blade fuses for the 12-volt DC side. If you trip a breaker, turn the appliance off and check the power distribution box. The breakers and fuses are labeled. Try to determine why the breaker tripped and correct the problem. Turn the appliance off, reset the breaker and turn the appliance back on. If an overhead light quits working, check the bulb first, if the bulb is good check the fuse. You should keep some spare fuses and bulbs in a drawer.

Tip 2 If you’re not plugged into an external power source you can still use the 12-volt DC system if you have a 12-volt deep cycle battery or batteries on your unit. As long as the battery or batteries are charged you can use everything in the RV except the microwave, roof air conditioner, the refrigerator in the electric mode and the electrical outlets. You can check the condition of the battery at the monitor panel. To get an accurate reading of the battery check it when the RV is not plugged into electricity, and turn a couple overhead lights on to put a small load on the battery.


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Thanks for joining me today in my RV garage. Travel safe and have fun in your RV and remember when it comes to learning about RV’s we’ve got you covered. Be sure to take a minute and visit www.rvconsumer.com and we’ll see you right back here next on our next episode of marks RV garage.
Mark Polk

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