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From the Industry Leader in RV Education:
RV Education 101
U of RV Journal #15- May 4, 2009

"“It is only when we forget all our learning that we begin to know.”
~ Henry David Thoreau


Hi Everybody,

For several years we towed our old 1981 Jeep CJ 7 behind our motorhome so we would have some economical transportation when we arrived at our destination. After towing it on a trip, back in 2007, I realized that it was in need of some work and would have to be parked until I could get around to it. In the mean time we purchased a new 4-door Jeep Wrangler and have been towing it behind the motorhome. There is absolutely nothing wrong with the new Jeep, but over time I began to miss our old CJ 7. So in between my other projects I worked on the old Jeep in hopes of restoring it to its old glory.

After several months of on-again/off-again work we pulled the new-old Jeep out of the garage last weekend and took it on a long Sunday afternoon drive to check everything out. The test drive was successful and now we have the option of towing and driving the old Jeep or the new one. It's hard to explain but even on a sweltering hot day, with no air conditioning and a rougher ride, I still choose the old Jeep over the new one. I would think twice about it though, if the drive we were taking was going to be over 100 miles or more.

Lots of people write me with questions about towing a vehicle behind their motorhomes. One of the most common questions goes something like this, "How do I know what vehicles can be towed with all four wheels on the ground?" I thought it would be a good idea to discuss some tips on how to determine if a vehicle can be towed with all four wheels on the ground in this week's feature article and video clip.

If you want to learn even more about motorhome towing our "Towing Behind your Motorhome " DVD will be on sale this week. For you trailer owners, our Trailer Towing & Backing DVD will be on sale also.

Happy Camping

Tips for Towing with 4-Wheels on the Ground
You basically have three options when it comes to towing a vehicle behind your motorhome. You can tow the vehicle with all four-wheels up using a car trailer, with two-wheels up using a tow dolly, or with all four-wheels down, which is what we will be discussing in this article..... Read the article

RV Education Crossword Puzzle
This play and learn crossword puzzle is "Dinghy Towing "
Have fun, play and learn.

BY Mark Polk

LP Gas Tip: When you change a gas bottle there is a possibility you will get air in the gas lines. A good habit to get into is to light the range burners first. What this does is help evacuate any air out of the system to make it easier to light the other appliances.

Pop-Up Note: Some pop-ups have an LP gas range that can be used inside and outside. You simply turn the main gas supply off at the range inside, disconnect the quick disconnect, and hook it up to the external gas supply provided to use it outside. Other pop-ups give you two separate ranges, one for inside and one for outside.

Heritage Exchange celebrates national parks
upcoming PBS documentary,
"The National Parks: America's Best Idea,"...

Roving RVers pitch in with Habitat home
A caravan of recreational vehicle enthusiasts pulled into Staunton this weekend, and they've committed the next three weeks to helping build a somewhat more substantial home with the local chapter of Habitat for Humanity....

...with Mark
Q. I have a class "A" Motor Home. I was wondering what tire pressure I should carry in my tires. On the drivers door it says 70 PSI and on the tire sidewall it says cold to carry 80 PSI..

Mark Says:
The 80 PSI on the tire sidewall is the maximum amount of pressure they can be inflated to, and would only be required if the maximum weight the tires can support is placed on the tires.

Go with what is on the door. That is the tire manufacturers recommendation for those tires (if they are the original tires that came on the RV) If they aren't the original tires look up the inflation chart for the type and size tire they are and you can get the correct tire pressure.

It's also important that you weigh the individual wheel positions to make sure the tires aren't overloaded..

Mark's RV Garage

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: "Towing with 4 wheels down "

Let RV Education 101 help you save money in 2009
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