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From the Industry Leader in RV Education:
RV Education 101
U of RV Journal #84 - December 20, 2010

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"To penetrate and dissipate these clouds of darkness, the general mind must be strengthened by education."
~Thomas Jefferson

by Mark Polk

Hi Everybody,

This will be our last e-newsletter for 2010. We will get a fresh start in the new year. Speaking of fresh starts we just launched a brand new website over the weekend. We have worked on this site for many months and are very excited about it.

This site was designed specifically with the RV consumer in mind. We wanted to provide all of the information the RV consumer wants and needs to know about RV's and RVing. The site is divided into these six categories: RV consumer training, RV consumer buying, RV consumer safety, RV consumer products, RV consumer articles and advice and last but certainly not least, enjoying your RV.

To help promote our new site and to introduce our new RV videos on demand online training program we are offering a free RV safety e-course to anybody that would like to take it. You can visit www.rvconsumer.com for more details on the free RV safety e-course. Please take a minute to look around the site, I think you will like it, and let your RVing friends know about it too.

Be sure and read this week's feature article to discover some creative ways you can profit from RV ownership, and remember today is the last day to order our DVDs at the Christmas sale price.

Until next year, plan your trip, travel safe and enjoy your RV experiences. Have a wonderful Christmas season and a happy new year,
Mark Polk

**REMINDER! Don't forget to watch my RV Savvy segments on RVTV! I spent time with RVTV's Producer Rob Engeman at the Louisville show and the crew filmed some great stuff to show you in the upcoming episodes!

"Tow your 5th Wheel Trailer Like a Pro"- Just in time for a great Christmas gift we are offering the DVD for $19.95. This is a limited time offer so get it at the sale price while you can.

Today is the LAST day for our sale!!! GREAT RV CHRISTMAS GIFTS or Stocking Stuffers!!!

Our DVDs are on sale for the Christmas holiday season thru 20 December.
NOTE: Hurry now for some great RV Education at a great price!

We are also offering a 10% discount on our online programs through 25 December- use coupon code christmas for the online program discount.

Profit from RV Ownership? When I meet a new or potential RVer, one recommendation I make is for them to rent an RV before they purchase one. Renting an RV lets the consumer experience RVing firsthand and can be helpful in determining if RV ownership is right for them. Something I never really considered though was producing additional income by ............ Read the article

A new take on the RV lifestyle
I have spent the past few weeks travelling throughout the eastern and southeastern United States in a camperized vehicle. Essentially we are spending our time for the next little while living the RV lifestyle........

Nativity scene at Cove Lake will stay up
A holiday display in Campbell County has the attention of a national organization.........

Cummins' CEO: "I'm Excited For The Company"
The chief executive who has led a dramatic turnaround at Columbus-based Cummins Inc. (NYSE: CMI) continues to be bullish on the future of the diesel engine maker. During an extended interview to air this weekend on Inside INdiana Business Television, Chairman Tim Solso says he has "never seen us have as much opportunity as we have now."

Arizona: Trailer park lets visitors sleep over in the 1950s
When its copper mine shut down in 1974 much of Bisbee’s population left and property prices plummeted. Over the following decades the small town gradually re-invented itself as an artists’ colony and tourist destination, repopulated by immigrants from all over the United States.........

by Mark Polk

Mark's RV Quick Tip:
Before you leave on a trip make sure your Emergency Roadside Service Plan is current. In the unfortunate event that you breakdown on the road try to pull off in as safe a place as possible and call for help immediately. Stay with the RV until help arrives.

Check out this week's poll: "Have you ever had any plumbing lines freeze in your RV?" To participate in the poll, look on the left hand column (here at RV University) towards the top

...with Mark Polk

Q. For most RVs (I have a travel trailer) is the battery necessary to operate 12V appliances and accessories when you are plugged into shore power? In other words, does the AC current flow through the converter (converted to DC current) and then to the battery? or does the AC current flow through the converter and then directly to the 12V appliance and/or accessory?

For my trailer, if I'm plugged into shore power and I do not have the battery connected, only those appliances and accessories that operate on 120V will work (eg, air conditioner, microwave, etc). It would appear, therefore, that the battery is necessary even though I have shore power. (this was a surprise to me before I studied the AC / DC systems in a RV -- I initially thought that when plugged into shore power, my battery was not being used and all power consumption was coming directly from the AC current (converted to DC via the converter). I'm just trying to confirm that it's normal for only the 120V appliances/accessories to operate when (1) plugged into shore power and (2) battery is not connected.

Mark Says:
If the converter is operating properly you should not need the battery when it is plugged into electricity. The problem with not having a battery on the TT is the break-away system won't work when towing the RV. If you have no 12 volt devices operating (lights, fans, radio etc) when you are plugged into electricity (without a battery) something is probably wrong with the converter.

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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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