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From the Industry Leader in RV Education:
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U of RV Journal #44 - December 7th, 2009

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"I find that a great part of the information I have was acquired by looking up something and finding something else on the way.”
~Franklin P. Adams


Hi Everybody,

Well the RV is tucked away for a couple of months of storage. It's all cleaned up, the batteries are fully charged and the fuel system is protected with a fuel stabilizer. The only thing left to do is winterize the water system. The temperature is expected to dip below freezing for the first time this year (in this part of the country) later this week, so I will winterize the water system in the next day or two. It's not very often where the temperature here drops below freezing and stays there for extended periods of time, but it can happen.

This week's feature article is about inspecting your RV for water leaks and water damage. If you store your RV outside it's important that you perform these inspections on a routine basis and especially prior to storage. Water can do lots of damage to your RV and it can be expensive to repair. It's like Benjamin Franklin said, "An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure."

Until next week happy camping & safe travels

Inspecting your RV for Water Damage I received a question from a concerned RVer the other day that went something like this; “My neighbor just paid an expensive repair bill for water damage on his RV and I would like to know what I can do to prevent this same thing from happening to me?”. Read the article

Check out this week's poll: On RV maintenanceTo 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:
Cleaning an Acrylic Awning Fabric To prevent dirt from imbedding into the woven fabric you should simply hose the fabric off on a monthly basis. If you ever store the fabric when it’s wet, unroll it as soon as possible and allow it to thoroughly dry before storing it again. This is especially true for vinyl fabrics, to help prevent mildew.
Eventually the awning fabric will require a thorough cleaning. For more difficult stains, mildew, or cleaning I use a commercial RV awning cleaner. If it’s an acrylic fabric, spray the cleaner thoroughly on the awning fabric, roll it up and let it sit for several minutes. This helps to distribute the cleaner over the entire surface of the awning fabric and allows the cleaner time to work. Open the awning and thoroughly rinse both sides of the fabric. Avoid scrubbing acrylic awning fabric. Scrubbing can remove the water retardant finish. For stubborn stains blot the cleaner on the fabric with a sponge or soft cloth.

Mark's RV Quick Tip #2:
Cleaning a Vinyl Awning Fabric Vinyl awning fabric is mildew resistant, but not necessarily mildew proof. Mildew can form on the dirt and dust that collects on the fabric. It will be worse in high temperatures, humidity and if the fabric is stored when it is wet. Apply the awning cleaner in the same fashion, roll it up and let it sit for several minutes. Open the awning and thoroughly rinse both sides of the fabric. To clean mildew or stains it may be necessary to scrub a vinyl fabric with a soft bristle brush before rinsing.

Note: Never use oil based or abrasive cleaners on awning fabrics. Clean and thoroughly rinse both sides of the awning fabric. Carefully follow all awning and cleaner manufacturer directions for the type of fabric you have.

The Fleetwood RV Legacy Rolls On at the RVIA Industry Show in Louisville, Kentucky
Fleetwood will be unveiling its brand-new 2010 Encounter crossover motor home, which features the sleeping capacity and value of a Class C motor home along with the space and storage capacity of a Class A motor home.....

Juveniles under investigation at local RV park
Apparently the teenagers had accompanied the grandparents to the resort. However, the grandparents were apparently unaware of their grandsons’ actions.... ....

Forest Service to eliminate Senior and Disabled camping discounts
The U.S. Forest Service has announced it plans to eliminate the 50% discount at National Forest campgrounds that has traditionally been available to holders of lifetime Senior and Access (permanent disability) passes.......

Jayco in fuel cell alliance for recreational vehicles
SFC Smart Fuel Cell in Germany has established a joint research and market development alliance with US-based recreational vehicles maker Jayco, to study the feasibility of the utilization of EFOY fuel cell technology in RVs in North America....

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Q. We have a 34 ft A Class gas motorhome. I'm letting my brother and sister-in-law use it for a few months. They are staying in it full time at one campground from this past Oct. until next June. Is there anything I need to do to keep it in good working order? Can I just let it sit or do I need to find times to operate the slide out, jacks and drive it a few miles to keep it working? I know normally you need to do this each month but you said in your latest article that you were going to put your RV up for a couple months and I was wondering if you were going to do anything with it during that time. Any information you could share would be greatly appreciated.

Mark Says:

I wrote an article on this subject

It will give you a good idea of what to do while it sits in one place for an extended period of time.

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