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From the Industry Leader in RV Education:
RV Education 101
U of RV Journal #81 - November 8, 2010

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“The purpose of learning is growth, and our minds, unlike our bodies, can continue growing as long as we live.”
~Mortimer Adler

by Mark Polk

Hi Everybody,

A couple of weeks ago I mentioned that I was considering getting a motorcycle and possibly taking a cross-country trip on it. I'm not sure if you would call it a mid-life crisis or a childhood dream, but I found a bike at a really great price and drove down to Georgia last week to pick it up.

It is a used Victory Touring Cruiser and it seems to be in really fantastic shape. When I went to pick it up and the previous owner was going over some of the features on the bike (my orientation class) I realized just how much I need to learn before I will feel somewhat safe venturing out on the road with a 700 pound motorcycle. It's been a long time since I owned, or rode a motorcycle and as with motorcycles, RV's and everything else there is a learning curve involved.

Maybe it's time for motorcycles 101!

One common problem around this time of year is dead RV batteries . Be sure and check out this week's feature article to discover how easy it is to check your RV battery state of charge. Performing some simple checks and battery maintenance can extend the life of your RV batteries and save you some money.

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

**REMINDER! Don't forget to winterize your RV!

Don’t Guess, Test your Battery State of Charge The only way to know the condition of your RV battery(s) is to test the state of charge. All batteries will lose a charge over time, not to mention the parasitic loads that can drain RV batteries in storage. You should test the battery state of charge periodically and charge any battery that is at or below an 80% state of charge............ Read the article

Pine beetles keep rangers busy around Laramie
The pine beetle epidemic isn't over yet, and neither is the work the U.S. Forest Service is doing on the national forests around Laramie .......

Tennessee State Parks Offer Special Discounts to Veterans; Nov. 11 Designated Free Day
Veterans Day Designated a Free State Park Day for Tennessee Veterans, Including Complimentary Golfing and Night of Camping ........

Medford may change recreational vehicle storage ordinance
People who live in Medford, Wisconsin might be getting faced with some stricter rules about what they can and can't have parked on their property ........

Peco fined for wire tied to tree — for 18 months
The PUC said that customer Rebecca Mueller contacted Peco in November 2007 to complain that she could not drive her recreational vehicle into her driveway because the overhead wire running to her house was too low ........

The RV Poll will return next week- check out past polls

...with Mark Polk

Q. We recently purchased a new Class C Motorhome. . We were surprised to discover that the lavatory sink is connected to the black water tank. We are new to RVing and were wondering if this is unusual. We were under the impression that it would be connected to the grey water tank.

Mark Says:
Some RV manufacturers do connect a bathroom sink to the black water holding tank. It can a space issue or in some cases a holding tank location issue.

Some smaller RV's (like truck campers) often times only have one holding tank that is combined for the black and gray water.

It's not always a bad thing because it allows additional water in the black water holding tank, which in many cases owners don't use enough water to cover the contents in the black water tank and assist with odors etc.

The two factors that will come into play with this plumbing are: the additional water going into the tank can fill the tank sooner (depending on how much water you use at the sink, and the size of the tank) and the P-trap under the sink will need to have water in it to help prevent possible odors from the black tank entering the RV by way of the sink drain.

by Mark Polk

Mark's RV Quick Tip:
Check the awning everyday before traveling. Make sure that it is securely stored and all travel locks and knobs are tight and latched.

...with Mark Polk

Safety Chains or Safety Cables –
These are used on trailers in case of a hitch failure. One end of the chain is attached to the trailers A-frame, and the other end to a permanent fixture on the tow vehicle, normally the receiver. The chains are crossed to form a saddle that would prevent the coupler from contacting the road surface in the event of an accidental separation. Safety cables are also used on vehicles being towed behind a motorhome.

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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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