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From the Industry Leader in RV Education:
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U of RV Journal #71 - August 2, 2010

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"Our progress as a nation can be no swifter than our progress in education. The human mind is our fundamental resource."
~John F. Kennedy

by Mark Polk

Hi Everybody,

I am beginning to realize how similar a boat is to an RV. They are both lots of fun, but you have to maintain them to thoroughly enjoy them. We had our 15' center console fishing boat on the water the other day when out of nowhere the steering cable broke.

It was going to happen eventually (the boat is 10-years old), but now I need to remove the motor to replace the steering cable. In an effort to save a little money I ordered the cable and plan to tackle the job this weekend.

The lesson learned; whether it's your boat or your RV keep up with a preventive maintenance schedule and you can avoid many of these unexpected breakdowns. My plan was to take the kids tubing this weekend, but now most of it will be spent in the garage!

In lieu of this week's feature article I am including some RV Frequently Asked Questions.

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

RV FAQ with Mark Polk
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Eco-Friendly Battery System Now Provided In All Newly Manufactured Liberty Coach Models
Liberty Coach, a leader in the motor coach conversion industry for more than 40 years, has announced that it will be incorporating an eco-friendly battery system into all newly constructed motor coaches. .......

Storm damages 26 campers at dealership; losses estimated at $1M
Trent Huelle knew something was wrong when a stationary 13,000-pound camper was being pushed toward him by a huge gust of wind......

Survivor of Mont. bear attack says she played dead
A woman who was attacked by a bear at a Montana campground says she was bit on her arm and leg before she instinctively played dead so the animal would leave her alone. ....

How to Help Pets During Diasters
As pet lovers, our hearts do double-duty, going out to both the people involved as well as their displaced pets. Now that the Gulf Coast is once again in the midst of a disaster due to the BP oil spill, we can't help but wonder how to help the people and pets in the area.....

Pet Travel Tips
Before setting out on your trip be sure that your pet has all the essentials to ensure that their trip is happy and safe.....

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by Mark Polk

Mark's RV Quick Tip:
Here are some quick tips to help maximize your RV refrigerator's efficiency during the dog days of summer:

  • Turn the RV refrigerator on several hours before putting food in it. It’s best to leave it on overnight and put your food in it just prior to leaving on a trip. If at all possible try not to put warm food in the refrigerator. Putting cold food in the refrigerator and freezer will make it work more efficiently.

  • Always keep a small thermometer in your RV refrigerator so you can monitor the temperature. Food can begin to go bad at about 40 degrees.

  • Don't pack the food to close or put too much food in the refrigerator. Air must be able to circulate around the food for the refrigerator to operate properly. Keep a couple of day’s supply of food in the refrigerator and replenish as necessary.

  • Use a small battery operated fan in the refrigerator to assist with air circulation. Place the fan in the lower compartment blowing upward.

  • Try to avoid opening the refrigerator door too much. Continuously opening the refrigerator door and leaving it open for periods of time will affect the efficiency of the refrigerator.

  • The outside temperature will affect the operation of the refrigerator. In hot temperatures try to park the RV in shaded areas, especially on the side of the RV where the refrigerator is located. You can also install a thermostatically controlled refrigerator vent fan that will move the hot air out from behind the refrigerator and make it operate more efficiently.

  • The RV refrigerator must be close to level to operate properly.

    ...with Mark

    Here is how one savvy RVer took care of a hot situation:
    One topic I have not seen a lot written about is insulating the engine compartment to reduce heat and noise in the cabin.

    We bought a 2004 Georgie Boy Pursuit 3500 (Triton V-10) in March and I perform all the recommended maintenance (using your checklists) before, during, and after each trip, but did not pay much attention to the insulation around the engine. A couple of weeks ago we were coming home from a 7 day trip to when I noticed that my feet were slowly cooking from heat coming off the dog house cover. It was over 100 degrees outside and we were running the generator and house air but could barely hold back the heat coming in through the front window and the engine compartment.

    When we finally got home, I pulled the dog house cover to see how the insulation was installed. I was amazed to find only a small 1/4 in thick piece of foil-backed materiel glued to the top of the dog house cover - nothing on the sides or around the floor boards. There were scraps of foil tape flapping around here and there that indicated that once upon a time there may have been more insulating materiel, but it was long gone.

    After checking several blogs for information on insulating motorhome engine compartments, I finally ordered a Kit from J.C. Whitney that comes with 48 sq ft (2 4' X 6' sheets) of 3/8 in thick foil-backed materiel, a can of high temp spray glue, and a roll of high temp foil tape. Using this Kit, I was able to completely insulate the entire dog house, and extend the materiel under the flooring of the driver and passenger areas. One thing I did that was not in the instructions, however, was to use a staple gun to back-up the glue whenever the materiel covered the wood flooring (extra peace on mind.

    It took about 3 hours on a Saturday morning to measure, cut, and attach the materiel, but the effort has paid off in a much cooler cabin and less toasted feet! There is even a noticeable reduction in engine noise.

    Lesson learned: Pay attention to the insulating around the engine compartment and between the engine and cabin. If I had check this out when we first bought our rig and addressed the problem then, we could have had a much more comfortable summer vacation. My next project is to check the generator compartment and install or add additional insulation.

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