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From the Industry Leader in RV Education:
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U of RV Journal #41 - November 16, 2009

RVing with Mark Polk on Youtube. Over 27 free RV Video tips plus product sample clips

"I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel's sake. The great affair is to move.”
~Robert Louis Stevenson


Hi Everybody,

Have you ever gone out to purchase a portable air compressor for inflating tires and other light household duties, but were confused about which one to buy? I think it happens to lots of folks. When we purchased our new motorhome a couple of years ago I noticed that my small portable compressor had a difficult time inflating the new larger tires. I wanted a portable compressor small enough to take with us on trips, but powerful enough to do the job.

I went out and bought another portable air compressor, with higher ratings, only to be disappointed again. It struggled to add a few pounds of pressure to the RV tires. At this point I decided to look into the confusing ratings found on typical air compressors. Read this week's feature (below) to see what I discovered.

Last week I talked about the installation of the TANDEM supplemental braking system on our towed vehicle. It really was a simple, straightforward installation, but the real test would be in how it performed. I just got back from a test drive using the TANDEM brake and I was extremely pleased with its overall performance. It is a breeze to connect and disconnect and it lived up to everything it advertised.

I actually rode in the towed vehicle for a portion of the road test, to observe the braking as it occurred, and I drove the towing vehicle for part of the road test. I made a couple of panic stops as well as normal braking and could easily tell the Jeep helped lessen the stopping distance required. After the road test the brake rotors on the Jeep were barely warm to the touch. I have used two different supplemental braking systems previous to this and without question would choose the TANDEM based on its performance and ease of use. It really is simple, safe and reliable, and you have piece of mind that the added braking will be there when you need it..

Until next week happy camping & safe travels

RV Product Savvy with Mark Polk Free short videos

Debunking Portable Air Compressors I think most RVers understand the importance of maintaining proper tire inflation pressure. The problem is if you wait until you’re on the road to check tire pressure the tires are too hot for correct evaluation. Checking the inflation pressure when you stop to refuel doesn’t make sense; you will get higher pressure readings and if you let air out the tires they are underinflated when they are cold. Another problem is when you are at the campground, and you want to check the tire pressure, there is no available air support to do it.... Read the article

Keystone Announces FUZION Toyhauler:
With automotive exterior lines and innovative interior patio door the New Fuzion is "More Than A Garage".... ....

Thor co-founder loses 14 year battle with cancer.
Wade Thompson always said that his major business legacy was not only helping build Thor into the leading manufacturer of recreation vehicles and buses, but Thor’s record of never losing money which is believed to be unique in these two industries. Even during fiscal 2009, a year of world-wide recession and a depression in the RV industry, Thor made money. .....

Dates Announced for National Tire Safety Week
As initiative of Be Tire Smart - Play Your PART program, ninth annual National Tire Safety Week will be held June 6-12, 2010 in order to educate motorists about proper tire care and maintenance.....

Check out this week's poll: "RV Fire Extinguishers"To participate in the poll, look on the left hand column (here at RV University) towards the top

BY Mark Polk

Mark's RV Quick Tip #1: Fire extinguishers are given an alpha -numeric classification for the type and size of fire it can extinguish. Ratings will be 1 thru 40 for A type extinguishers and 1 thru 640 for B type extinguishers. The number basically indicates the extinguishers size or fire fighting effectiveness. The higher the number the larger the fire it can extinguish. For A type extinguishers the number preceding the A multiplied by 1.25 gives the equivalent extinguishing capability in gallons of water. So a 2 - A rating means it has the extinguishing capability of two and a half gallons of water. For B type extinguishers the number indicates the area in square feet you should be able to extinguish. So a 10 - BC rating equals a 10 square foot area. Extinguishers that can be used for multiple type fires will have combined ratings. For example, 2A-10BC. There is no additional rating for class C extinguishers. Class C only indicates that the extinguishing agent will not conduct electricity. A fire extinguisher will never have a rating of just C.

Mark's RV Quick Tip #2: Remember the word PASS. This is an easy way to remember how to use a fire extinguisher, especially during an emergency. PASS stands for Pull, Aim, Squeeze and Sweep.

P- Pull the pin located at the top of the fire extinguisher.
A- Aim the nozzle at the base of the fire, not at the flames.
S- Squeeze the handle or trigger, standing approximately 8 feet away from the fire. Release the handle if you want it to stop.
S- Sweep the nozzle side to side at the base of the fire until it is out. Observe the fire to make sure it does not re-ignite.

*Note: Check the individual fire extinguisher for the distance you should stand from the fire. Different extinguishing agents require different distances. Never get too close to the fire.

...with Mark
Q. I saw in your trailer towing video that you should have a weight distributing hitch and tongue weight/trailer rating as close as possible without going over the rating of the hitch to get the best performance. How close is close? My tow vehicle hitch rating is 7500 lb. and 12,000 with a WD hitch. My travel trailer GVW is 7560 lb.. I have a chance to buy a 10,000 lb. WD hitch at a good price. Is this not close enough or should I look for an 8,000 lb.. WD hitch?

Mark Says:
When determining the proper size WDH you need to know the tongue weight of the trailer (how much weight is actually resting on the hitch). The WD bars are rated for the amount of tongue weight. For example: if your trailers tongue weight is 650 pounds you would use a WDH rated for 750. Basically one size up from the actual weight. If the tongue weight is 850 you would go to 1,000 pound WD bars. But you need to be careful that the bars aren't oversized. If your tongue weight is 650 and you use 1,000 pound WD bars the system can be ineffective.

Installation of the TANDEM supplemental braking system:

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