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From the Industry Leader in RV Education:
RV Education 101
U of RV Journal #36- October 12, 2009

"Education isn’t just school. Let your kids do stuff and go places and see things. My father put us in a camper, I was about 12 years old, and we were all in a camper and we drove cross-country."
~ Will Smith, Actor- on The Late Show with David Letterman December 18, 2008


Hi Everybody,

In an earlier chapter of my life airplanes played a major role as a mode of transportation. It seemed like every time I turned around I was flying one place or another. After retiring from the military and especially after 9/11, I made a personal vow to use the RV for traveling, unless it just wasn't practical.

Last week Dawn & I attended the RVDA Convention/Expo in Las Vegas ( about 2000 miles one way). It would have been a fun trip in the RV, but due to other commitments it just wasn't possible. So we flew to Vegas! This only reinforced my earlier vow, not to fly if we can take the RV. Now don't get me wrong, I agree that a certain measure of security is required for in-flight safety, but come on! What does it matter if my shampoo bottle or toothpaste is in a 3 ounce container or a 10 ounce container? And because of one idiot, now 1,000,000 air travelers a day must take their shoes off, so they can be X-Rayed. Can't they come up with a design for the metal detector you walk through to detect something in your shoe?

It doesn't end there, why do you have to remove your laptop from the case? Why do you have to take your belt and jacket off? Why can't you take a bottle of water (that you just purchased from an airport store) through security; but you can buy another (over priced) bottle from an airport store after you go through security and take it on the plane? Why does the flight always arrive a few minutes behind schedule, and your connecting flight is at a gate on the opposite end of the airport? Why does everybody take an oversized carry-on bag and try to shove it in an overhead compartment that it won't fit in? Why do 2 pieces of lukewarm pizza and 2 bottled water cost over $20.00? Why does it cost almost as much to check bags as the plane ticket itself cost?

I could go on and on, but what put the icing on the cake was when we were at the airport, leaving Las Vegas. My 10-year old niece collects snow globes and Dawn found the perfect one for Julia's collection at the Mirage Casino. When our bags went through the X-Ray machine, airport security informed us they would have to confiscate the snow globe. The reason: they could not verify what the liquid was inside the snow globe. To say the least I was a bit irate. It should be written somewhere that you can't take snow globes, purchased from a gift shop, on the airplane. We didn't have time to go back out, mail it, and then go back through security. The other option given was to put it with our checked baggage. It was a little late for that, and what's the difference if it's in the luggage area of the plane or in an overhead compartment? Dawn called the casino gift shop and had them mail another snow globe to us. I wonder if it will be delivered by ground or by air!

Dawn was upset about having to kennel our 2 dogs, Buck & Gracie. They weren't too happy either!

Oh well, that's flying in 2009.

In spite of the flying headaches, the RVDA Convention was a great success!
We caught up with old friends and made lots of new ones.

But I wish we had made the trip in our RV.

Until next week happy camping & safe travels

Winter Battery Storage & Maintenance I was recently asked a question and felt like the answer could be useful to lots of RVers, so I am using the question as the topic for this article....... Read the article

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BY Mark Polk

Tip #1 To keep the refrigerator operating efficiently in the LP gas mode there is some routine maintenance you can perform. Remove the outside lower vent cover to access the back of the refrigerator. With the refrigerator turned off ensure all connections are clean and tight. Turn the refrigerator on in the LP gas mode and a look at the flame. If the flame is burning poorly, a yellow colored flame, or if the refrigerator isn't operating properly in the gas mode it's possible that the baffle inside the flue is covered with soot. Soot, rust and other debris can fall down and obstruct the burner assembly. When this happens it will be necessary to clean the flue and the burner assembly. Turn the refrigerator off again and locate the burner. Directly above the burner is the flue. The baffle is inside the flue. Wear a pair of safety glasses and use an air compressor to blow air up into the flue. After the flue is clean use the compressed air to remove any debris from the outside refrigerator compartment. Now, turn the refrigerator on in the LP gas mode to make sure it is working properly. Look for the bright blue flame. For a thorough cleaning of the flue and baffle it will be necessary to have your RV dealer do it for you. While it's there have them to do an LP gas pressure test too.

Tip #2 The onboard generator makes your RV fully self-contained. It allows you access to 120- volts when there is no shore power available, but keep in mind that carbon monoxide is deadly! Test the carbon monoxide detector every time you use the RV. Know what the symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning are:

  • 1) Dizziness
  • 2) Vomiting
  • 3) Nausea
  • 4) Muscular twitching
  • 5) Intense headache
  • 6) Throbbing in the temples
  • 7) Weakness and sleepiness
  • 8) Inability to think coherently If you or anyone else experiences any of these symptoms get to fresh air immediately. If the symptoms persist seek medical attention. Shut the generator down and do not operate it until it has been inspected and repaired by a professional.

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