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U of RV Journal #55 - March 8, 2010

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“I have seen much of the world through the eyes of a soldier, now I want to see much of the country through the eyes of an RVer.”
~ Mark Polk


Hi Everybody,

I received lots of email responses to last week's article about state park closures. I must say I was pleased to hear all of the support and ideas offered to help keep state parks open for everyone to enjoy. One email in particular mentioned a site where our voices can be heard on the future of our state parks. Be sure to check out this week's feature article for more information on how we can help save our state parks.

In last week's poll we asked the question, Do you see closing state parks as a way to decrease state budgets? 91% of the respondents answered No and 9% answered Yes.

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

Let your Voice be Heard on State Parks
Last week I wrote an article about state parks that are being closed because of state budget cuts. I received many e-mails regarding the article, including one that referenced this website ....... Read the article

Wheels of freedom
Cutting Edge Graphics wraps RV in tribute to troops...

RVs a home away from home you bring with you
Flat-screen TVs, outdoor kitchens, sliding glass doors and fireplaces are amenities in nicer homes - and in some of the more than 70 campers at the Central Illinois Recreational Show this weekend at the Peoria Civic Center....

Securing closed state parks poses a challenge
Capturing the moment, before a not-so-picture-perfect future, Ian Jackson wondered how the state plans to secure Picacho Peak State Park when it closes ...

Check out this week's poll: "Is your RV financed? Do you think you owe more than your RV is worth?" 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:
Awning Fabric
For the most part, awning fabrics come available in 2 types. Acrylic and vinyl.
Acrylic fabric is a woven cloth that lets air circulate through the fabric. This air circulation allows the fabric to dry quickly when it gets wet. Acrylic fabrics are water repellent, but not waterproof. If you have experience tent camping you know that you shouldn’t touch the underside of the tent when it’s wet. Touching the wet fabric allows water to seep through the fabric. The same applies to an acrylic awning fabric.

Vinyl awning fabric is a solid waterproof fabric. Vinyl fabric is very durable and works well for RV applications. Vinyl awning fabrics are mildew resistant, but not necessarily mildew proof. Mildew can form on the dirt and dust that collects on the fabric.

When you open the awning for the first time each year, or if it has been stored for a while, you will need to inspect the awning fabric for any signs of mildew (vinyl fabric), stains or other damage. If the awning fabric is clean, and in good shape, normal cleaning is pretty simple.

Mark's RV Quick Tip #2:
Fire Escape Plan
You need to have an emergency escape plan. The National Fire Protection agency requires that RV’s have emergency escape windows. Make sure everybody knows where the escape window is located and how to use it. It’s a good idea to practice using it so you are familiar with how to get out in case of an emergency. You should have an escape plan for the front of the RV and the rear of the RV. Most important, do not risk your personal safety, or the safety of others, attempting to put a fire out. The first step is to get everybody out of the RV or away from the fire safely. Have somebody call 911 for help and let the professionals put it out. Have a plan for everyone to meet at a pre-determined location once they are outside the RV. Account for everyone.

...with Mark
Q. I am doing my "homework" so that when I do buy a coach...it will be a "perfect purchase". What bothers me is that the reports say on the average, every 28 months someone trades in a coach for another one. I have to think the depreciation would kill them. What are your thoughts?

Mark Says: RV's depreciate and depreciation will do a job on you if you trade or sell the unit to soon. Many people purchase the wrong RV the first time around and end up trading within one, two or three years. This is common in this industry. Whether it's too small, too big or the wrong type they end up "upside down'" and it's hard to get out of after that. I think the important thing is that you know for a fact you enjoy RVing and research a great deal on the type and size of RV that will suit your needs. And of course that you buy the unit at the right price too. If you're not absolutely sure whether RVing is for you try renting one first to see what you think.

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