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U of RV Journal #91 - February 21, 2011

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“Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Willing is not enough; we must do.”
~Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

by Mark Polk

Hi Everybody,

Today we released episode number two of Mark's RV Garage . This episode is packed with great information on a variety of RV topics, and we take our vintage project trailer back to the garage to start the restoration. What did I get myself into???

If you missed the first episode of Mark's RV Garage, it's archived HERE

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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On June 22, 2005, Warren Buffett, head of Berkshire Hathaway made an offer to purchase Forest River over the telephone while speaking to Pete Liegl. This offer came just one day after he had first learned about the company from a fax received at his office which detailed why Forest River would be a solid acquisition for Berkshire...........


Barking dogs scaring horses out of state park
ARAPAHOE COUNTY - Forget cats, at Cherry Creek State Park, the fight is between horses and dogs. It has even escalated to the point that one man claims it is hurting his 40-year-old business and could force him to close. ........

Revamping camping in Jackson
Jackson Hole, Wyo.-The Teton County Board of County Commissioners last year gave the Snake River Park KOA franchise permission to follow the lead of its parent company by bringing in as many as 20 recreational park trailers...........

Climate change keenly felt in Alaska's national parks
(Reuters) - Thawing permafrost is triggering mudslides onto a key road traveled by busloads of sightseers. Tall bushes newly sprouted on the tundra are blocking panoramic views. And glaciers are receding from convenient viewing areas, while their rapid summer melt poses new flood risks..........

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...with Mark Polk

One of the questions from today's show- Q. Hi Mark: I’ve been trying to find information about orphan RVs and if they will be supported in some way or another. So far, I’ve come up with nothing concrete. In particular, I’m talking about Fleetwood Discovery, 2006-08 model years. We understand that Fleetwood has been bought by another company and I’ve written them asking this very same question. Have you heard if people are having difficulty finding parts for their orphaned RVs? We are getting closer and closer to selling our house to go fulltiming so we are honing in on which RV will work for us. I’m pretty much focused on the Fleetwood Discovery because of its floor plan and side aisle bathroom. However, we want to be armed with as much information as possible so that our choice is a smart one.
Kind regards, Vickie

Mark Says:
Good question Vickie. Let me start by explaining what an orphan RV is for those of you not familiar with the term. An orphan RV is an RV that was built and sold and at some point after the sale the RV manufacturer went out of business , leaving the consumer with no warranty, parts or service network. Unfortunately this happened with lots of RV manufacturers across the country during the recession.

Orphan RV’s have been a problem for lots of RVers as more manufacturers have closed their doors. Fleetwood however will continue to support RV owners in warranty, parts and service. If a person owns a motorized Fleetwood product, built prior to the new Fleetwood ownership, warranty work and service work will be honored at current Fleetwood dealerships.

This isn’t to say they will all be happy to do the work (it’s sad but some dealerships don’t like to work on units they didn’t sell) but they are supposed to work on Fleetwood products. So, its safe to say there is a pretty strong network regardless of where your travels may take you.

One other thought is to consider a good service contract on the unit so it will still be covered after any factory warranty expires. Just do your home work and make sure it is a reputable company with a good network of dealers around the country who will honor the contract.

There are many orphaned RV owners who can’t get any support whatsoever and that is a sad fact, but motorized Fleetwood products do not fall into that category. I hope this helps answer your questions and concerns and thanks for writing.

by Mark Polk

Mark's RV Quick Tip:

Water weighs 8.3 pounds per gallon. If you’re going to take 40 gallons of fresh water, you just added over 300 pounds of additional weight to the RV. Take just enough water to get to your destination.

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