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U of RV Journal #108 - Aug 01, 2011

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"If life had a second edition, how I would correct the proofs."
~John Clare





by Mark Polk






Hi Everybody,

We took the RV to Pennsylvania this week to visit with my mom and our nephew so my editorial is short this week. It is always nice to be able to visit family and it is also nice to be able to park the RV in her driveway.

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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RV Educated? Calculating Propane Usage Did you ever plan an RV trip to a remote area and wonder how long the LP gas in your LP cylinders or LP tank would last? If so there is a way there is a way to roughly calculate propane usage....... Read the article about Calculating Propane Usage







RV Savvy Tips by Mark Polk

In RV’s Carbon Monoxide Gas usually results from:

  • 1.Exhaust leaks from either a vehicle engine or a generator.
  • 2.Improper use of portable gas powered heaters.
  • 3.Someone else’s vehicle or generator when camping in close quarters.
  • 4.Malfunctioning or unvented LP gas appliances

    If your RV doesn’t have a carbon monoxide detector you need to purchase a battery operated carbon monoxide detector designed for use in RV’s. Test the carbon monoxide detector every time you use the RV. Replace the carbon monoxide detector batteries when you change clocks for daylight savings time.



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    At times I'm asked if my paintings are for sale. I do not put prices on my paintings as I just don't feel as tho a Blog is the place for pushing sales. However that said - let me say this: ...........

    FMCA: Polk’s Top 7 Aftermarket Products for Motorhomes
    We all enjoy traveling and camping in our motorhomes, and most of us like to think of ways to enhance our RV experiences even more. It might be adding a product to help improve drivability or address a safety concern, or just a fun accessory to have when you . arrive at your destination........

    Piadina Sandwich and a Flying Flags RV Resort Walking Tour - Buellton, California
    I love it when I can enjoy a day or two of adventure and exploring while not stepping foot in my pickup truck. I'm tickled to tell you that that is what this episode is all about. That and a delicious piadina sandwich that exudes elegance in it's simplicity........

    Bring Plan, Right Equipment For Camping Trip
    Regardless of a family’s preferred method of camping, a successful trip starts with getting the right supplies.......

    State park reservation record more than doubles
    Requests from more than 4,000 people flooded the state park’s reservation systems Tuesday during the first day the services were back online after the state government shutdown began July 1........


    ...with Mark
    Q.Would like your thoughts on pros & cons of towing a trailer behind my F/Wheel because I miss my Harley-Davidson during long winter stays down south! Also do you know of states laws prohibiting this? Thanks in advance for your reply.

    Mark Says:It's quite common for people to tow things like boats and small trailers behind their trailer. Some concerns are the hitch on the back of the trailer, it needs to be capable of supporting the additional weight and the tow vehicle you are towing with needs to have a tow rating capable of towing the total amount of weight. If you were to exceed the vehicles Gross Combined Weight Rating your insurance or vehicle warranty may be voided in the event of an accident or breakdown.
    As far as the legal issue goes, here is a link that shows each states laws for trailer towing. You will notice that one of the criteria is for towing two trailers. The one thing I'm not sure of is, if it's legal to tow two trailers in the state you live in can you tow that configuration across the border of another state and still be legal. You may want to contact the highway patrol and ask that question.

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    Q. Where would I be able to get instructions on using the convention/microwave oven in our motor home. It was put in to replace the original one but the instructions were lost prior to our purchasing the used motor home. So far the oven has not been used at all other than to heat something up.

    Mark Says: Try to identify the manufacturer of the convection oven and go to their web site. Often times they will have the owners manuals available for download.




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