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From the Industry Leader in RV Education:
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U of RV Journal #75 - September 20, 2010

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by Mark Polk

Hi Everybody,

I just returned from the Pennsylvania RV trade/public show where I saw lots of new RV's, RV products, RV accessories & old friends. It was great to attend the show and get an idea of the state of the RV Industry. Talking to many of the RV dealers at the show, they all were in agreement that sales were rebounding and things were looking better. Attendance records were up from last year and on Saturday it was nearly impossible to walk through the area without bumping into other people.

In addition to seeing new RV products and visiting with friends, we worked on some of the new RV Savvy segments for RVTV. RVTV is back on the R&R channel for its sixth season. That's channel 354 for all DirecTV viewers and later this year it will be available on the Dish Network as well. You can look for it on Saturday and Sunday afternoons at 2:30 PM ET and on Monday at 9 PM ET.

One of the many things that caught my eye at the RV show was the new emissions systems incorporated on the 2010/11 diesel motorhomes that were on display. To learn more about how RV manufacturers are meeting the 2010 emissions standards be sure and check out 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

Government Diesel Emissions Standards & RV’s I just returned from the Pennsylvania trade/public RV show and while looking at a new motorhome on a Freightliner Custom Chassis I noticed what looked to be a small fuel tank located under one of the outside storage compartment doors. ........ Read the article

...with Mark Polk

Q.Hello Mark & Dawn,
We have purchased several of your DVDs. The DVD, Driving Like a Pro, was incredibly helpful to us as first-timers as we prepared ourselves to drive over 1,100 miles this past May.

Since then, with a few shorter trips under our belt, we are turning our attention to towing. We have your Towing DVD that focuses on various considerations about towing. One piece of information that we have missed is more specifics as to how dinghy towing (4-on-the-ground) impacts the Driving Like A Pro instruction tips. In the DVD, mention is made you have to allow for wider turns, but we are wondering what does that requirement mean in terms of our pivot point that we learned about in the Driving Like a Pro DVD?

Do we use the same pivot point even with the dinghy? Or, is there a new pivot point, and if so, what is it? For example, is the new pivot point approximately where the tow bar is? We would appreciate if you could help clarify for us now what is the new pivot point with a dinghy (4-on-the-ground), and then consider in future editions of either the Driving DVD or the Towing DVD to be more explicit in addressing that topic for a minute or so. I can't imagine it would take too much time. And simply saying we need to take wider turns does not help me understand what happens to our pivot point.

Mark Says:
I talked to Lorrin Walsh about your question and this is what he said:
Yes, the dinghy would have its own pivot point, but I have yet to find one that would cut inside the path of the motorhome. A dinghy tows just like a conventional trailer, in that the hitch swings the opposite direction of the turn causing the dinghy to swing out before it starts to turn, so it takes a wider radius. I guess it could happen if the motorhome had a short rear overhang and they were towing a long dinghy or trailer, it would be possible for the tow to cut inside the path of the motorhome. We vaguely addressed it in the Drive DVD, by saying to also do the turn off-set exercise with your tow vehicle to see how it tracked.

The best way to establish if the dinghy is an issue is to perform a turn off-set exercise by marking both the pivot point of the motorhome and the pivot point of the dinghy. Do a full lock turn in the direction of the pivot marks and see if the dinghy runs over the motorhome's pivot point mark. If it does, I would then use the pivot point of the dinghy to establish my turn reference marks.

I will think about this some more to see if there is anything else that would need to be considered.

Follow up reply:
Thank you very much for taking the time to answer our question on dinghy towing and pivot point impact -- especially with the extra effort to reach out to Lorrin. Keep up the good work on the web site - your services are like a lighthouse amidst stormy seas!

...with Mark Polk

Slider Hitch –
A 5th wheel hitch used with short wheel base pickup trucks. With short wheel base trucks the front of the 5th wheel trailer can make contact with the cab of the truck when turning to sharp. A slider hitch has two positions. One for normal driving conditions and one for maneuvering where turns are required

by Mark Polk

Mark's RV Quick Tip:
Inverters: Inverters are available in small portable units that plug directly into a cigarette lighter or 12-volt outlet; to larger high power, hardwired units that can provide electricity for the entire RV electrical system and are permanently installed in the RV. Many of the inverters found in RVs today are inverter/chargers. What this means basically is that they are inverters, battery chargers and a transfer switch all in one. They act as a battery charger when you’re plugged into an electrical source or using the generator and they invert stored DC battery power when no electrical source or generator power is available. Many are capable of transferring from inverter to battery charger automatically.

Hundreds of acres to be added to Oregon coast natural area near Newport
BEAVER CREEK STATE NATURAL AREA – Just as Oregon prepares to dedicate its newest state natural area – 374 acres of wetland, forest, and meadows, including a quiet creek that is a paddler's dream – comes news that outdoor enthusiasts may have yet another reason to celebrate: a new campground to go with it..........

Tracing the Family Tree of Vacation Road Trips
EVEN if you love museums, the thought of spending hours touring a collection of historical motor homes and recreational vehicles might strike you as the equivalent of an afternoon in the dentist’s chair. .........

KOA campground saves with green technology"
The bright green glow of healthy algae in his lagoon. The new family of ducks, feasting on dragonflies. The easily installed, easy-to-repair system of black pipes keeping his swimming pool toasty and his snowbird clientele happy.......

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Our goal with RV University This Week is to provide you with helpful information to make all of your RV experiences more enjoyable. I left my position as an RV Sales and F&I manager in 2000 to start my own company, RV Education 101. We produce educational videos, DVDs and e-books on how to use and maintain your RV. The reason I left my job was due to my concern about the lack of educational and safety awareness material available to the RV consumer, in other words, you. We are a small company. My wife Dawn left her position in RV sales to help start the company and is our Sales and Marketing Director. We currently have a 35-foot Class A motor home. We have two boys, Tyler 13 and Josh 19, both avid RVers and two dogs, Gracie and Buck. Gracie is the good one. If you would like to learn more about us and RV Education 101 feel free to visit http://www.rveducation101.com

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