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U of RV Journal #110 - Aug 15, 2011


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"After you understand all about the sun and the stars and the rotation of the earth, you may still miss the radiance of the sunset."
~Alfred North Whitehead





by Mark Polk






Hi Everybody,

As Labor Day weekend approaches summer seems to have passed in the blink of an eye. We took a few trips with the RV this summer, but not as many as I would like. We are hoping to squeeze one more short trip in over the holiday weekend, even if it's close to home.

Much of the reason for traveling less this summer was working on and producing the "Mark's RV Garage" online series. If you have been following the show be sure to tune in for the season finale. It's just three episodes away, if all goes as planned.

Then I get to take the "Old Yellowstone" on its maiden voyage, when I attend the PA RV and Camping show in September. It will be fun to finally use the trailer after spending so much time building it. Hopefully everything will work okay; if not I really can't make any complaints to the manufacturer!

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 Savvy Tips by Mark Polk

RV refrigerators are much different than the one in your house. They don’t have compressors and they work off the principle of absorption. You should turn the RV refrigerator on several hours before putting food in it. It is best to leave it on overnight and put your food in it just prior to leaving. Always keep a small thermometer in your RV refrigerator so you can monitor the temperature. Food can begin to go bad at about 40 degrees. Some things that will affect the inside temperatures of your RV refrigerator are:

  • Putting warm food in the refrigerator. If at all possible put cold food in the refrigerator and freezer prior to leaving on a trip.
  • Packing the food to close or putting too much in the refrigerator. Air must be able to circulate around the food for the refrigerator to operate properly. Keep a couple of day’s supply of food in the refrigerator and replenish as necessary.
  • Put a small battery operated fan in the refrigerator to assist with air circulation.
  • Continuously opening the refrigerator door and leaving it open for periods of time will affect the efficiency of the refrigerator.
  • The RV refrigerator must be close to level to operate properly.
  • The outside temperature will affect the operation of the refrigerator. In hot temperatures try to park the RV in shaded areas, especially on the side of the RV where the refrigerator is located. You can also install a thermostatically controlled refrigerator vent fan that will move the hot air out from behind the refrigerator and make it operate more efficiently.



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    Always start road trip with inspection
    Preventive maintenance and proper tow hitch help avoid hassles when you take to the highway........

    Starved Rock State Park’s 100th year celebrated in new book
    To celebrate Starved Rock’s 100th year as a state park, historical writer Jim Ridings of Herscher converted most of his 200-picture postcard collection of the park and into the self-published “Greetings from Starved Rock: A Picture Postcard Look at Starved Rock State Park.” ........

    Italian Gourmet at Flying Flags RV Resort - Buellton, CA
    When planning this episode I spoke with Flying Flags RV Resort Manager Dan Baumann regarding bringing in a local celebrity chef for an al fresco luncheon episode. Dan didn't miss a beat...Trattoria Grappolo and the Curti brothers were top of the list. After several selfless visits to Trattoria Grappolo, on behalf of you - dear RV Cooking Show viewer, Dan arranged to have Chef Giorgio Curti come cook with us in a beautiful park model cottage........

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    Check out this week's poll: "How do you adjust tire pressure when traveling by RV?"br> To participate in the poll, look on the left hand column (here at RV University) towards the top


    ...with Mark
    Q. I am at a quandary about my tires. My tires are "245.75R 22.5". Before going on a trip or continuing the following day I might notice that a tire is in need of air. Usually we are about 5 miles from a truck stop or a fuel station that can service my coach. By the time or distance covered to reach the service station the tire or tires needing attention will have heated up, and I think will give a false reading. What to do? I have a small 110V air compressor that I carry. Supposedly the control goes up to 100 psi. but I do not think it can handle my size tires. Another thought is to purchase an air cylinder containing about 2200 psi. and can be carried in my tow vehicle. Can I get your thoughts on this situation?
    Thanking you very much in advance.

    Mark Says: Solving this problem requires an understanding of how portable air compressors are rated. I carry a pancake style air compressor with us in the RV. It's at the other garage right now and I can't think of the brand, but there are models available that will work. It struggles a bit, but it does add air to our 22.5 tires when they need it.

    Here is a link to an article I wrote on the subject that might be helpful in selecting an air compressor that you can take with you to add air to your tires while the tires are cold.


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