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U of RV Journal #57 - March 22, 2010

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"All the world is a laboratory to the inquiring mind."
~Martin H. Fischer


Hi Everybody,

Off of the RV topic for a moment I am extremely nervous today. As parents it is difficult to let go of our children. I thought it was hard when our oldest son Josh headed off to college, but yesterday was perhaps the most difficult day I have experienced to date with letting go.

For over two years now Josh has talked about wanting to be an officer in the military and to serve his country. He is a freshman in college and is in the ROTC program at school. Yesterday I dropped him off at the recruiters office to head up to Raleigh NC to the Military Entrance Processing Station (MEPS). We have been with him through every step of this process and being retired military I know I have asked him at least 500 times if he is sure this is what he wants to do. Yesterday as I was leaving the recruiters office I asked him one last time and he said "Yes dad, I know what I'm doing." As I watched him walk back inside I realized my little boy was now a young man. Something could still happen at MEPS today that could prevent him from taking the oath, but it probably won't. I am nervous and I am extremely proud today. And I hope that the bureaucrat's in Washington DC realize the sacrifice our soldiers are making for this country, and do right by them in all regards.

On the RV side of things our spare tire dilemma we have been discussing for several weeks has finally come to an end. Be sure to read this week's feature article to see how Murphy's law came into play with our spare tire nightmare.

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

My Spare Tire Nightmare (continued)
The first problem was the size and lug pattern of the wheel itself. It is a 22.5 inch wheel with 8 lug holes. Most rims that size are designed for 10 lugs. I was surprised how difficult it was to find this particular wheel. ... ....... Read the article

BY Mark Polk

Mark's RV Quick Tip #1: Every RVer should invest in some type of digital voltmeter that plugs directly into a 120-volt outlet in your RV. There are several types available and they are inexpensive compared to the repair costs for damaged electrical equipment and appliances. I recommend one that can test campground polarity, measure AC line voltage and, if you have a generator, measure AC frequency. You should always test the campground wiring for improperly wired circuits before you plug your RV in. Before you plug your RV power cord into the electrical supply make sure any breakers are turned off. Plug the RV in and turn the breaker on. Now you can plug a digital meter into a 120-volt outlet where it will be easy to monitor throughout your camping trip.

Mark's RV Quick Tip #2:
Test the refrigerator in AC & LP gas mode: Do not over pack the refrigerator, allow for air to circulate. Installing a thermostatically controlled refrigerator vent fan will improve the refrigerators efficiency.

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RV rolls over, kills man
The victim, mechanic Gerald L. McMurtry, was working underneath the 30-foot RV at Munday Machinery, 8165 U.S. Highway 33 North, when the accident happened sometime after 11:40 a.m. ...

Check out this week's poll: "How many miles a day do you travel in your RV?" To participate in the poll, look on the left hand column (here at RV University) towards the top

...with Mark
Q. I'd like to ask a basic question: how many miles a day is "realistic" when traveling in an RV? My husband will be the only one driving, and there will be some mountainous days and some long boring highway days. We are traveling from Bellingham, Washington (north of Seattle) to Omaha, Nebraska and while I've done the trip in three days in my car, I just don't think that is going to be realistic in the RV. Is there a general rule of thumb?

Mark Says: There have been many times that we were on a tight schedule and I had to put many more hours a day behind the wheel than I wanted to. It's not fun and after several days can be difficult to keep up a pace like that.

My general rule, if possible, is to travel 300 to 350 mile a day. This is do-able and you still have time when you arrive at the campground to unwind and get plenty of rest before the next days adventure begins.

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