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From the Industry Leader in RV Education:
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U of RV Journal #53 - February 14, 2010

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“To me RVing represents spirit, excitement, a sense of adventure, exploration and discovery; but doing it all in comfort.”
~ Mark Polk


Hi Everybody,

I hope everybody had a good Valentines Day!

With a short break in the weather last week we stayed busy filming and trying to get caught up on some video projects. Then on Friday night we had our first snow of the season. We had about 5 inches of accumulation which doesn't compare to other parts of the country, but was significant for this area. It was fun to see kids everywhere making snowmen, having snowball fights and searching for the smallest of hills to sled and slide down. Needless to say it didn't last long, by Sunday afternoon most of it was gone, except for the well built snowmen.

A couple of weeks ago I wrote an article on driving motorhomes, and the need for the co-pilot to feel comfortable and confident with driving too. I received a great deal of responses to the article, so I decided to follow up with an article offering some tips to help improve your driving skills. These tips are from our driving DVD, and I would like to thank Lorrin Walsh, co-host and author of Drive your Motorhome like a Pro, for his contributions.

For those of you who tow trailers we included a couple of articles on dealing with trailer sway in this weeks newsletter.

Enjoy the Winter Olympics

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

Polk’s Top 7 Tips for Improving Your Motorhome Driving Skills
I always thought I was a good driver, but even old dogs can learn new tricks. I enlisted the help from a professional driver and book author Lorrin Walsh....... Read the article

Trailer Sway, What it is & How to Control it
An important factor in controlling sway is the amount of tongue weight applied to the hitch ball, and how that weight is distributed to the tires on the tow vehicle. .......
Read the article Part 1

Read the article Part 2

Check out this week's poll: "RV Campground Reservations" 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:
Tires and load range designations on tires have changed over the years. It used to be a 6-ply or 8-ply tire, and you knew the higher the number the stronger the tire. Now they use a letter to designate load range and tire strength. To help simplify this you can take the letter for the load range on the tire, determine what number it represents in the alphabet, and multiply that by two, to determine the strength of the tire. It sounds much more difficult than it is. If your tire is a load range “D” that is the 4th letter in the alphabet. 4 X 2 equals 8 so a load range “D” tire is equivalent to an 8-ply tire in strength.

Mark's RV Quick Tip #2:
After you unhitch your trailer at the campground, remove the hitch head or trailer ball mount from the receiver and secure it if it doesn’t have a locking mechanism. Not everyone at the campground is honest. It will also protect your shins and children from getting hurt when playing around it.

Aged Tires: A Driving Hazard?
Please watch this very important video. It may save a life....ABC News went undercover and found retailers selling aged tires as brand new. .....

Statistical Surveys, Inc. Recognizes Fleetwood RV as Top-Selling Class A Motor Home Manufacturer in 2009
Fleetwood has been recognized as the number one Class A motor home brand for 22 of the past 23 years. ....

...with Mark

Q. Hi Mark I purchased the maintenance DVD. Where is the coach battery usually located?

Mark Says: That's a good question. RV manufacturers basically put them anywhere there is room. A lot of times they are located under the entry step as you enter the coach. Sometimes they dedicate one of the outside storage compartments for the auxiliary batteries. I have seen them placed under the coach (very difficult to work on) and I have seen them inside the RV. If it is inside, it must be in a compartment that is vented outside.


Q. We have an Itasca Latitude and wish to sanitize the fresh water tank when I de-winterize in a couple weeks. I have watched your short video on this procedure, but am unsure of how to get the diluted bleach solution into my fresh water tank. I do not have an opening that I can stick a water hose into to add the mixture as shown in your video. Do I put the diluted bleach solution into my fresh water filter canister (with filter element removed) and then flush it into the fresh water tank in this manner?? I would certainly appreciate your response.

Mark Says: I am guessing that you fill the fresh water holding tank by connecting to the city water and then use some type of diverter system to fill the water tank. If so, then it should work by adding the solution to the filter canister (less the filter) or I have heard of individuals who actually pour the diluted solution directly into the end of the hose and then hook the hose up, turn the water on and fill the tank.

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Winterizing & Storing your RV
EZ RV Add Ons and Must Have RV Products
Trailer Towing, Weights, Hitch Work & Backing
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RV Campground Basics
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