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From the Industry Leader in RV Education:
RV Education 101
U of RV Journal #86 - January 10, 2011

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“Learn everything you can, anytime you can, from anyone you can - there will always come a time when you will be grateful you did.”
~Sarah Caldwell

by Mark Polk

Hi Everybody,

We just had our second snowstorm within a two-week time period. This is quite significant for the area we live in, since it's not unusual to go for years at a time without seeing any snowfall. And when it does snow it cripples the infrastructure. Schools and businesses are closed, roads are closed, we lose electricity and you can't find a loaf of bread or a gallon of milk within 100 miles. Why is it that everybody buys bread and milk when a storm is coming?

The good news is the snow only lasts a day or two and then it is gone. You can go outside and enjoy it for a while and then it is back to normal weather for this time of year. Yesterday we postponed work and played in the snow. I put the old Jeep in 4-WD and pulled the boys behind it on an old plastic sled through some trails in the woods. It was a lot of fun, but today it's back to work.

As you know I always include a feature article in the newsletter. This week you have your pick of which article(s) you want to read. Here is a link to over 100 of my articles separated in 22 categories, making it easy to find what you are interested in.

So, get a cup of coffee, sit back and enjoy reading some informative RV related articles.

We have some really neat plans for 2011 that we will be announcing in the near future. If you like RV's, you will like what we are doing. In the mean time be sure and visit our new RV Consumer site and have a look around.

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

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Q. New to RVing. I have 1 2005 Fleetwood Jamboree I purchased four months ago. The power train is a Ford E450. I read ads recommending that you use additives in your gas. Our unit has only 8300 miles. We live in Southern California and we plan on taking at a minimum one trip a month. I will run the generator at least one hour a month and will usually drive the unit while running the generator if we don't have a trip planned during that month.

Is there a need to add additives to the gas tank; and it necessary what do you recommend.

Mark Says:
The only additive I personally use in the RV is called Stabil. It is designed to prevent gasoline from causing problems if the RV is going to sit in storage for periods of time. If you do in fact take the MH on a monthly trip, and exercise the generator on a regular basis, the fuel additive really isn't necessary.

I add it to the fuel system if our RV will sit for 2 or more months at a time, just as a precautionary measure. I also run the generator long enough for the preservative to get through the generator fuel system as well.

Stabil works good for lawnmowers, ATV's, motorcycles or anything else with a gasoline engine that may sit in storage for periods of time.

Have fun with your new RV!

by Mark Polk

Mark's RV Quick Tip:
RV Batteries It is very important that you use the right battery for the type of application. The battery used to start and run the engine is usually referred to as a chassis battery or a starting battery. Vehicle starters require large starting currents for short periods of time. Starting batteries have a large number of thin plates to maximize the plate area exposed to the electrolyte. This is what provides the large amount of current in short bursts. Starting batteries are rated in Cold Cranking Amps or CCA. CCA is the number of amps the battery can deliver at 0 degrees F for 30 seconds and not drop below 7.2 volts. Starting batteries should not be used for deep cycle applications.

Unmanned border crossing to re-open in Texas' Big Bend National Park
A U.S.-Mexico border crossing in Texas' Big Bend National Park that was once popular among U.S. tourists and Mexican shoppers will re-open in April 2012...

Pastors take church on the road
Preparing for the rush of retiring, religious Baby Boomers — and their affinity for travel — pastors across the country are working to bring church to RV parks. ........

Smaller RVs coming to annual show at DeVos Place
Smaller is big when it comes to recreation vehicles. Lighter, more compact and fuel efficient is the buzz for this year’s fifth annual Camper, Travel and RV Show opening Friday at DeVos Place........

Bike Week moves to Highland Twp.
Gettysburg Bike Week will have a new home in 2011. The four-day event, which draws between 15,000 to 25,000 people each year, is moving to Granite Hill Campground along Route 116 in Highland Township between Gettysburg and Fairfield from July 7-10, 2011 ......

Check out this week's poll: " Do you treat the fuel system in your RV or any other gasoline powered equipment with a fuel preservative while sitting in storage?" To participate in the poll, look on the left hand column (here at RV University) towards the top

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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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