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From the Industry Leader in RV Education:
RV Education 101
U of RV Journal #12- April 13, 2009

"All the world is a laboratory to the inquiring mind."
~Martin H. Fischer


Hi Everybody,
I hope everybody had a wonderful Easter holiday.

We packed up the RV and headed to the beach for a few days. I spent the better part of my days sitting under our awning in a rocking chair watching the sunlight dance off the river. We're at the mouth of the Cape Fear River where it empties into the Atlantic Ocean. I must admit it was difficult at first, to just sit around and relax, but now I'm kind of liking it.

And for anybody who would have you believe that RVing is in trouble during the recession I would have to wholeheartedly disagree. EVERY space in the campground we are at is full, including the overflow area. We took a space in the overflow just to get in, and have been jockeying for a full hook-up spot since, but I must admit the view is great from where we are, and with almost 100 gallons of fresh water onboard who needs a water hookup anyway.

On Easter Sunday the campground had an Easter egg hunt for the little ones.

The Easter Bunny himself made an appearance.

All in all it was a great first trip to a new camping season, but as always too short.

Before we left on our trip I made my usual checks on the RV. As I was going through the items I wondered if other RVers remember to check the safety items on their RV, especially after being in storage all winter. I thought that would be a good topic for "This Week's Feature Article", so be sure and check it out.

For those of you who would like to brush up on RV safety topics our RV Safety Features, Tips & Tricks DVD will be discounted this week.

Travel Safe & Happy Camping

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.... Read the article

RV Industry Ready to Signal a Turn
"People aren't giving their RVs up right now, but they're not upgrading,"
says Mark Polk, owner of RV Education 101,
an education program that
publishes how-to books and videos for newcomers to the RV lifestyle....

RV Education Crossword Puzzle
This play and learn crossword puzzle is "LP Gas 101".
Have fun, play and learn.

BY Mark Polk

Campground Electricity Safety

I have always been an advocate of monitoring the AC line voltage coming into your RV. Campground electricity can fluctuate a great deal. If you don’t know what the voltage is coming into your RV, you risk damaging thousands of dollars worth of electrical appliances and electronic equipment.

Every RVer should invest in some type of digital voltmeter that plugs directly into a 120-volt outlet in your RV. There are several types available and they are inexpensive compared to the repair costs for damaged electrical equipment and appliances. I recommend one that can test campground polarity, measure AC line voltage and if you have a generator measure AC frequency.

You should always test the campground wiring for improperly wired circuits before you plug your RV in. Before you plug your RV power cord into the electrical supply make sure any breakers are turned off. Plug the RV in and turn the breaker on.

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Some of our RV Video Tips are designed to provide basic RV information for new RVers and some of the future RV Video Tips will cover more advanced topics. If you have any ideas for future topics you can email me at Mark@rveducation101.com

This RV video tip is: "Carbon Monoxide Safety"

...with Mark
Q. Could you explain whether or not I need a weight distributing hitch. I pull a 7500 lb. ,31 ft (35 to the coupler) trailer with 750 lbs tongue weight with a Ford F-350. When hooked up the rear of the truck drops 3/4 inch and the front rises 1/4 inch or less. I've gotten conflicting opinions , so please clarify this for me. thanks

Mark Says:
According to the weights you gave me the tongue weight is within the recommended 10 to 15% for the trailer, but I personally would still recommend a WDH. When set up properly it is designed to distribute the weight evenly to the axles on the trailer and the axles on the truck.

Over time that amount of tongue weight would add a lot of unnecessary wear and tear to the truck without a WDH.

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