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U of RV Journal #58 - April 5, 2010

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"The important thing is to not stop questioning."
~Albert Einstein


Hi Everybody,

I hope everybody had an enjoyable Easter weekend. We were traveling in the RV last week and had a great time. I was amazed at how many RV's we saw on the road. I would beg to differ with anyone who says RV travel is 'off' or 'slow' right now. The campgrounds we saw were full too. All promising news for RVers and the RV industry.

During our trip I got to try out our new Cobra 7700 PRO GPS. A few months ago I searched for a GPS with features compatible for larger RV's, features above and beyond what you might find on a typical GPS designed for use with automobiles. Be sure and check out this week's feature article to see how the 7700 PRO performed on its maiden RV voyage.

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

A GPS for RV Owners
I’m sure you have read many articles about the benefits of using a GPS when traveling in your automobile or RV. Since GPS technology was released by the military, for use non-military use, I have owned two. Both worked okay when traveling by automobile, but when traveling in a 35’ motorhome, towing a dinghy, they can get you in situations you don’t want to be in..... ....... Read the article

Check out this week's poll: "Do you use rest stops along the highways while traveling by RV?" 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:
30 Amp, 120-volt electrical system:
Most RVs are designed with 30 Amp, 120 volt electrical systems, and some of the larger RVs with more appliances and two roof A/Cs use a 50 Amp, electrical system. What this basically means is, for everything to operate properly the manufacturer intends the RV to have a 30 or 50 amp electrical service supplied to the RV.

Mark's RV Quick Tip #2:
The term boondocking means rough country, roughing it or out in the sticks, but for RVers it basically translates into free or dry camping. You find a place to camp in an RV, where fees may or may not be charged, and you camp without any utility hook-ups like water, electric, and sewer. It might be at a Flying J truck stop, a Wal-Mart parking lot, a remote area in the wilderness or in the middle of a desert.

You can still use all of the 12-volt appliances and accessories as long as the deep cycle battery(s) has a charge. You can also use the onboard water system with the 12-volt demand water pump. If you have solar panels and an inverter or an onboard generator you can use some or all of the 120-volt appliances and recharge the auxiliary battery(s). This is what makes an RV fully self-contained.

Ultra-lite weight, tent campers
The QUICKSILVER was designed with today's young families in mind - especially those with children and who drive fuel-efficient cars and mini-vans. Unlike traditional recreational vehicles, the QUICKSILVER is light enough to be towed without having to purchase an expensive truck or SUV! .....

Census Day passes with some (RV) households still waiting for questionnaires
Howard Sutton and his wife, Christine, who spent that winter in the Rio Grande Valley, never received their questionnaire for the nation’s 2000 census because they were in an RV headed on a trip to the Canadian border at the time.....

Jury: Katrina trailer not unreasonably dangerous
A federal jury has rejected a New Orleans man's claims that government contractors provided him with a trailer after Hurricane Katrina that exposed him to dangerous fumes....

...with Mark
Q. Got a question that you may want to address in a future article. We own an '08 American Eagle with a tag axle as well as several personal vehicles and an enclosed car trailer. For about a year now we've been inflating all vehicle tires with nitrogen. The claim is that the molecule is larger resulting in less frequent deflation over time (storage for instance), cooler running temps and better mileage. I watched the on line tire safety presentation at the New Mexico FMCA rally, but tuned in late so I don't know if the subject was addressed.

The cost for inflation is usually very reasonable. We paid about $25 for standard size vehicles (all four plus full size spare if so equipped) and $120 for the bus. Our experience is that for the motor home, our mileage did increase by 2/10ths. Ride in all vehicles seemed improved as well but that could just be a personal thing. I was curious as to your thoughts.

Mark Says: Nitrogen has been used for tire inflation in airplanes, racecars and trucking companies for many years. Nitrogen filled tires do run cooler and last longer according to many tests, and as you pointed out it holds the pressure longer too. There are other benefits as well, like eliminating water vapor from tires which can deteriorate the tires at a quicker rate.

All of these benefits make nitrogen a logical substitute over using compressed air in our RV tires. I have read that nitrogen should not be used in older tires (not sure why) and if you do need to inflate the tires, for whatever reason, you have to find the nitrogen.

I would agree that at a reasonable cost there are several good reasons to use nitrogen over compressed air in tires.

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