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From the Industry Leader in RV Education:
RV Education 101
U of RV Journal #87 - January 17, 2011

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"Always walk through life as if you have something new to learn and you will."
~Vernon Howard

by Mark Polk

Hi Everybody,

For the past several months I have thrown the idea of producing an RV "how-to" Internet TV show around. I made the decision to move forward with the idea last fall, and have been working on producing the first episode. The weather has not been cooperating with us lately, but I am going to go out on a limb and announce we plan to make the first episode available to viewers on 7 February 2011. That's just a couple weeks away!

The show is titled "Mark's RV Garage" and it will give you an inside look into RV’s, RV Products, product installations, EZ RV upgrades, RV destinations and much more. On each episode of Mark’s RV Garage you will have fun, while you learn more about your RV.

One segment on the show is titled "Mark's RV Mailbox" where I will answer a viewers question. If I use your question on the show you will get a copy of my best-selling book, The RV Book , in electronic format (e-book) absolutely free. Just send your question to Mark@rveducation101.com and include your name and where you live. Then watch the show and see if your question gets asked.

If you have an interest in RV’s there is one thing I can guarantee you; after you see the first episode of Mark’s RV Garage you won't want to miss another one. We will keep you updated on our progress and we will post a link to the first episode in our weekly e-newsletter, so you don't miss it. Archived episodes of Mark's RV Garage will be available at our RV Consumer dot com site.

Needless to say I will forgo this week's feature article so I can finish episode # 1 of Mark's RV Garage.

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. I will be leaving from Wisconsin, current temp in Wisconsin is 25 degrees, to travel to Florida in my RV. I own a Fleetwood Pace Arrow Class A motor home. I currently have it in a temperature controlled storage facility. I did not winterize the unit in November when I returned from our last trip.

If I add water to the water tank can I safely travel to Nashville TN. for the first night without fearing that the water IN THE TANK WILL FREEZE?

Also concern is, will the water freeze in the lines or the p-traps?

I will be driving all day and I know the water will be sloshing back and forth in the tank. Seeking best advice you can offer.

Mark Says:
Using your RV in cold temperatures can present many interesting scenarios, and would take some time to address each of the concerns. I wrote an article awhile back on this topic that I think will answer your questions. Go here to read Cold Weather RVing

Marks RV Video Tip of the Month

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Study gives Lake Havasu State Park high marks
Lake Havasu State Park is the most efficient state park in Arizona. The park recently received the highest marks among 28 Arizona state parks, ...

Frigid temps hard on full-time RV residents
More people than ever are making their RVs home these days, and with these cold temperatures, it's getting harder to get basic necessities. ........

Camping World Among World Renowned Brands Challenging the Cast on the Upcoming 2011 Season of NBC's "Celebrity Apprentice"
Camping World, America's leader in satisfying the retail needs of the RV enthusiast and the most recognized brand in the RV lifestyle, announced their selection in the eleventh installment of NBC's "The Celebrity Apprentice" featuring American business mogul Donald Trump........

Big wheels on the move
"The last two years have been terrible for business," said the director of sales and marketing for Marathon Coach Florida. "But we just had the best December that I have seen in 17 years. I really think we have turned a corner. I really think the worst is behind us." ......

Check out this week's poll: " Do you travel in your RV with the propane cylinders, or tank, turned on or turned off?" To participate in the poll, look on the left hand column (here at RV University) towards the top

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Arm Yourself with Qualified RV Buying Information, Before you Buy Your RV! ....
Q: How important is it that an RV Dealer have a service department?

Mark Says: It is important to make sure the dealership you buy from has the capability and facilities to do routine maintenance and warranty work on the units they sell. You wouldn’t buy a new automobile from a dealership without a service department and RV’s should be no different. You will need to have routine maintenance and warranty work done on your RV.

Ask the salesperson to show you the maintenance facilities and to introduce you to the service writer if they haven’t already done so. Ask them if they have certified RV technicians and how long their service department personnel have been employed by the dealership. Long term employment and certified technicians are other indications of a reputable RV dealership.

Insider's Guide to Buying an RV -Printed Book By: Mark Polk
Published by RV Education 101 -..108 pages

Owning an RV is meant to be fun. Making the wrong buying decisions can make it miserable rather than fun. If you follow the steps in this RV buying guide you will be on your way to an enjoyable RV ownership experience for years to come. Learn More

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This version is an INSTANT Electronic E-BOOK

by Mark Polk

Mark's RV Quick Tip:
RV Batteries Lead acid batteries contain sulfuric acid which is extremely corrosive and can cause severe burns or even blindness. The hydrogen gas that batteries produce when they are charging is very explosive. When you work around batteries you need to wear goggles and gloves, remove all jewelry and do not smoke or use any open flames. If you accidentally get battery acid on your skin, flush it with lots of water and if it gets in your eyes you need to flush with low pressure water for 15 minutes and call a doctor. To prevent arcing always disconnect the negative battery cable first, and then the positive.

RV Dump Stations
Many of the free dump stations available to RVers are closing because of chemicals that are harmful to septic systems and because RVers are abusing these dump stations. If we want to have access to these dump stations it is absolutely essential that we use septic safe chemicals (no formaldehyde), and that we clean up after ourselves and do not abuse dump stations. One golden rule for RV holding tanks is to never dump the black water tank until it is at least two thirds full. You want the tank nearly full so the weight and the gravity will force the contents of the tank to drain properly. Another golden rule is to never leave the black tank valve open at the campground and expect the toilet to drain or flush like the toilet in your home. It won't work.

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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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