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U of RV Journal #49 - January 18, 2010

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" The wisest mind has something yet to learn."
~ George Santayana (1863 - 1952)


Hi Everybody,

We had some unusually cold weather for this area in the last week and a half. Temperatures in the teens at night and not getting above freezing during the daytime. I spent most of last week repairing some plumbing problems at a rental house of ours. It was cold and wet and miserable, not only trying to locate the leak but to fix it too. It turned out it was leaking under the deck, requiring a large portion of the deck to be removed and the ground below dug up. I repaired the leak and finished replacing the torn up deck on Saturday. Now that it's all done the temperatures have been in the mid-sixties during the day.

Even though the water leak was not a result of a frozen water line I couldn't help but think how glad I was that I winterized the RV plumbing system before the cold weather hit. There have been winters here where it never got cold enough for water lines to freeze, but I always winterize the RV just in case. I think it really paid off this year! What's that old quote from Ben Franklin? An ounce of prevention is better than a pound of cure!

Over the last several months we have conducted numerous RV related polls in our weekly newsletter. I thought it would be interesting to recap the results of those polls to see how the participants responded. Be sure and check out this week's feature article to see the RV poll results.

Until next week, Happy Camping

Some Interesting RV Poll Results The outcome of any poll depends on several factors like; what type of poll it is, how the questions are worded, who is asking the questions and of course who does and does not participate in the poll...... Read the article

BY Mark Polk

Mark's RV Quick Tip #1:
Use of Credit Most insurance companies use credit scores in their insurance pricing. Insurance companies have data that supports the use of credit, and actually believe one’s credit score is the best predictor of their future losses. Credit usage is not allowed in all states, so it varies from state-to-state and carrier-by-carrier. Your credit score can heavily impact your insurance rates, so improving your credit score may improve the premium you pay. There is much debate about using a person’s credit rating to help determine insurance pricing.

Mark's RV Quick Tip #2: LP gas is portable, safe when handled properly and it's very efficient, so it only makes sense that it is used in RVs. LP gas is compressed in a liquid state and stored in containers. Because of the amount of pressure involved the containers are manufactured under very stringent codes. There are two basic types of containers, Department of Transportation (DOT), and American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME). The DOT containers, more commonly called cylinders are the upright type that you see on Pop Up's, travel trailers, or your BBQ grill. The ASME cylinders are referred to as tanks and are mounted horizontally like the type you would see on a motor home.

Regardless of the type, all LP gas containers are only filled to 80% of their capacity to allow for expansion when the temperature around the container rises. LP gas cylinders are equipped with Overfill Protection Devices or OPD valves to prevent them from being overfilled.

Check out this week's poll: Have you ever spent a night in your RV while in a Wal-mart parking lot? To participate in the poll, look on the left hand column (here at RV University) towards the top

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Q. We have a 1999 Starcraft Venture popup which we purchased a year and a half ago. Most of our trips are to the NC coast and as such we have weathered a few storms. On our last trip before retiring the camper for the winter we were at an RV Park in Stella, NC and experienced a fairly wet night and in the morning noticed a lot of water on the inside of the tent material. With this unit being 10 years old, does this mean that the tenting needs to be replaced or might a water repellant treatment do the trick? Thanks

Mark Says: Most pop up fabric is treated with a water repellent when the fabric is made. Over the years, as it is exposed to the elements, the degree of protection decreases. Normally you can retreat the fabric with a water repellent. The important thing is to get a treatment designed for the type of fabric on the pop up. If you have the original owners manuals it will say what the fabric is made of and may offer products that are suitable to use. If you don't have the manuals I would suggest contacting Starcraft to get it straight from the horses mouth.

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