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U of RV Journal #72 - August 9, 2010

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"Ignorance of the facts is the first step to knowledge."

by Mark Polk

Hi Everybody,

It's hard to believe that summer will soon be over. We actually went school shopping with the kids over the weekend. Once school starts most of our RV trips will be limited to weekend excursions. Maybe we can squeeze one more trip in before Labor Day.

Someone wrote to me this week and asked if there was anything they could do to improve the braking on their trailer. It just so happened that I was working on the script for the braking chapter of our latest video production when I received the question.

It's kind of a loaded question because there are so many variables involved with a trailer brake system. You need a quality brake controller, properly installed wiring throughout the system, a good connection between the tow vehicle and trailer, and properly working components throughout the braking system. To read more about optimizing your trailer brake system be sure to read this week's feature article.

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

Optimum Trailer Braking If there is one phrase I advocate it would be “you get what you pay for”. This phrase always holds true, regardless of what you are purchasing. If you are going to buy a product intended to perform a specific job it only makes sense to pay a little extra and get one that does the job flawlessly. ....... Read the article

...with Mark Polk

I hope I am at the right place to get info. We recently completed a 13 week Southern road trip and went through 22 states.The only regrettable incident that occurred was a sudden power surge that caused our GE microwave to cease working. Is there a trip switch that we do not know of that would work. Please help, because I really miss the convenience of my micro. thank you

Mark Says:
Often time the microwave is wired into the Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter (GFCI). If for any reason the circuit tripped there is a reset for the GFCI. It is usually (but not always) located in the bathroom. If it tripped there will be other 120 volt outlets in the kitchen and bath area that are not working in addition to the microwave. If this is not the problem the only other possibility of some type of reset would be the circuit breaker for the microwave in the power distribution panel. If the breaker tripped you will just need to reset it. Hopefully this is all that is wrong

Check out this week's poll: "Have you ever been in an accident while traveling with your RV?" To participate in the poll, look on the left hand column (here at RV University) towards the top


...with Mark Polk

Demand Water Pump – The onboard water system of your RV uses a 12-volt demand type pump to supply water throughout the RV water system. When you have potable water in your fresh water holding tank, and the pump is turned on, it pressurizes the onboard water system. When you open a faucet and the water pressure drops, the pump cycles on and off to maintain a constant pressure.

by Mark Polk

Mark's RV Quick Tip:
Safety first! Always keep in mind when you use a generator there is carbon monoxide. You should always inspect the exhaust system on the generator set before using it. Do not operate a generator with a damaged exhaust system. If you’re using a portable generator set make sure the exhaust is directed away from the camping area. Test your carbon monoxide detector for proper operation prior to using the generator. Never run a generator when you or anyone else is sleeping. Observe campground etiquette. Do not run your generator after quiet hours.

Fire chief issues warning after blaze damages RV
A fire probably started by electricity did an estimated $150,000 worth of damage to a motorhome at the Mountain Shadows RV Resort about 6 p.m. Wednesday.......

Vancouver RV thief strands U.S. couple
A couple visiting B.C. from the U.S. is desperate to recover their motorhome after it was stolen in East Vancouver, police say.......

Missouri asks for public donations to rebuild Big Lake State Park
The Missouri Department of Natural Resources is looking for donations to rebuild Big Lake State Park after a flood in June......

Woman seriously injured in fall from RV
A Liverpool woman is in critical condition after tumbling from a moving recreational vehicle Thursday morning along Route 147, West Chillisquaque Township, Northumberland County.

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