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U of RV Journal #52 - February 8, 2010

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“For many years my passion for camping was roughing it in tents; my passion for camping remains, but the tents have evolved into RV’s.”
~ Mark Polk


Hi Everybody,

Well football season is officially over. It's a good thing I didn't bet any money on the Super Bowl because I took the Colts over the Saints. I learned my lesson about betting on football games many years ago. Needless to say it was one of those expensive lessons that you learn the hard way.

That brings me to another lesson that pertains to RV's. Would you take a cross country RV trip without a spare tire for the RV? Why don't some RV's come with spare tires? If your RV does have a spare tire should you attempt to change a tire by yourself? Be sure to read this week's feature article to learn a lesson about RV's and spare tires.

Until next week, plan your trip, travel safe and enjoy your RV experiences. Remember, getting there is half the fun!

Where’s the Spare? Why don’t some RV manufacturers include a spare tire with a new RV? Is it a liability issue or a cost issue? I have heard both sides of the story ....... Read the article

...with Mark

Q. Temperature wise, what are the drawbacks of leaving a TV in my RV over the summer and winter?

Mark Says: I wouldn't worry too much. There are literally millions of RV's stored in every imaginable temperature range and I personally don't know anybody that physically removes the built in televisions that are commonly found in many RV's. I think what is important is to see if your TV manual lists an operating range as far as temperatures go. I know some plasma TV manufacturers list an operating range say for example of 32 degrees to 104 degrees. In this situation I would just make sure the temperature is within that range before attempting to use it. Otherwise I don't see a problem.


On last weeks topic, this is a good article from our friend and RV Living in the 21st Century author: Peggi McDonald: The Joys Of Winter Camping

Check out this week's poll: "Did your RV come with a spare tire?" To participate in the poll, look on the left hand column (here at RV University) towards the top

Share your thoughts & experiences with other RVers and Campers

RV Buying Frequently Asked Questions .....

BY Mark Polk

Mark's RV Quick Tip #1:
Emergency Roadside Assistance
Don’t get an extended service plan confused with an emergency roadside assistance plan. Some service plans do offer additional coverage and protection like a towing service or tire repair service, but most don’t. Many RV manufacturers include an emergency roadside plan for a certain time period when you purchase a new RV. If the RV you buy does not come with one, I recommend you look into and purchase a good roadside assistance plan. It can be the difference between a good vacation and a ruined vacation. This is something else you will want to shop around and compare prices on before you buy. RV clubs offer discounted rates to members and there are many plans to choose from.

Mark's RV Quick Tip #2:
Personal Injury Protection (PIP) is also known as “No-Fault Coverage” and can be a first or third party coverage. This is a statutory coverage that is only available in some states and provides protection for injuries sustained in an accident regardless of fault. In a true no-fault state your insurer pays for your injuries, and the other party’s insurer pays for their injuries regardless of who is at-fault. PIP benefits are state mandated and can include medical expenses, lost wages, funeral expenses and substitute services. If you live in a PIP state, you should consult your insurance agent or the department of insurance for more information on the PIP options and rules that pertain to your state.

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Come Camp & Care With Us Weekend 2010
See the list of all of the KOA Kampgrounds throughout North America that are participating in the May 14 and 15 ”Come Kamp & Care With Us Weekend.“.....

Heartland RV Acquires Fleetwood Brands
Elkhart-based Heartland Recreational Vehicles LLC says it has acquired the last active towable brand trademarks from Fleetwood Enterprises Inc. The deal includes some of the industry's notable brands activity including Prowler, Pioneer and Wilderness. ....

State park parking areas considered 'target-rich' for vehicle prowlers
law enforcement professionals urge park and trail participants to either leave valuables at home or to lock them in the trunk which is less susceptible to being prowled....

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