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U of RV Journal #65 - May 24, 2010

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~Robert Brault


Hi Everybody,

Last week's poll results were interesting. The poll question was "Do you lend out your RV?" Of the four possible selections available 1% of the participants said they lend their RV to friends, 11% lend it to family, 2% lend it to friends and family and a whopping 86% never lend it to anybody. The poll probably needed a few more possible selections. Take us for example, we have let family members use the RV as a guest house, but never let family or friends take it on a trip. As somebody else commented, we have never been asked to lend the RV out, so I don't know what I would say. My guess is probably "no" though.

This week's feature article is short, but it might save you a little money on your RV insurance. What is it Geico says, "fifteen minutes could save you 15% ...." Be sure to check it out and see what you can possibly save.

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

Ways to Save on RV Insurance Today I wanted to talk about saving a little money. When it comes to your RV, one way to save a little money is to look for some discounts on your RV insurance premium. Having the proper type of insurance coverage on your RV is extremely important but it can be a little pricey too, especially when you are not always using your RV. In this day and age finding ways to lower any of our bills is just the smart thing to do. Let’s take a closer look at some simple ways to trim a little off of your RV insurance premium...... Read the article

Check out this week's poll: "Have you ever had to seek safe shelter during a storm 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: Over time grease and residue builds up in the gray tank and it causes a foul odor, not to mention how it is affecting the tank and valve assembly. Periodically treat the gray tank with environmentally safe holding tank chemicals to avoid odors from the tank. When the tank is empty you can also add some dishwashing liquid down the drains to help break down grease and residue build up.

Mark's RV Quick Tip #2: Rubber roofs on RVs should be cleaned at least twice a year and depending on where you park or store your RV it may need to be cleaned more often. Regardless of the type of rubber roof you have, NEVER use any cleaners or conditioners that contain petroleum solvents, harsh abrasives, or citrus ingredients. These types of cleaners can cause permanent damage to any rubber or vinyl surface. Most manufacturers of rubber roofs recommend you use a medium bristle brush and a non-abrasive cleaner. For light cleaning you can use warm water and a mild detergent like Dawn dish washing liquid. Hard to clean areas like stubborn stains caused by leaves, sap, mold or mildew may require a second treatment. Use caution to prevent the cleaners from getting on the sides of the RV. ALWAYS rinse the sides, front and back of your RV before rinsing the roof to prevent streaking or damage to the finish on your RV.

Plan Your Summer National Park Adventure
National parks are open year round and always great to visit – but there’s something about a summer national park vacation....

Obama seeks fuel efficiency rules for big trucks
President Barack Obama today ordered work to begin on setting first-ever fuel efficiency standards for heavy duty trucks . ......

Today's young hikers, campers, climbers and paddlers are tomorrow's adult outdoor enthusiasts and conservationists
but sadly fewer and fewer youth are heading outdoors each year. In recent decades — amidst changing technological and social landscapes — the American childhood has rapidly moved indoors, leading to epidemic levels of childhood obesity and inactivity. ...

...with Mark

Mark Says: I think a lot of RVers would agree that the monitor panel in your RV is not always accurate when it comes to tank level readings. A common problem is the probes inside the tanks get debris on them which in turn results in false tank readings. A company called Horst Dynamics, Inc. came out with a solution to the problem with their Horst Miracle Probes. These replacement probes really do solve the problem of inaccurate tank readings, but before you put in your order you should do some homework on where your RV waste tanks are located on the RV.

Here is an email I just received from a fellow RVer who was trying to solve inaccurate monitor panel readings:

e-mail Hi Mark,
I saw the information on the Horst Miracle Probes and decided that I could not live without them. Big mistake. I should have checked the RV first to see if they could be installed. On the black tank I would need arms at least a foot longer and eyes on my finger tips to see what I am doing. Or I would need to remove the control panel for all the water and electrical systems which would be a big job. For the grey tank I would need to remove the dual tires just to get to the panel behind them. (who knows what is behind there). I checked with my RV repairman and he said at least 3 to 4 hours at $85 an hour. Luckily the folks who sold them to me were kind enough to take them back or I would be trying to sell them on E-Bay or something. Thought you could use this information. Thanks

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