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U of RV Journal #92 - February 28, 2011

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“Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore."
~Andre Gide

“Somebody ought to tell us, right at the start of our lives, that we are dying. Then we might live life to the limit every minute of every day. Do it, I say, whatever you want to do, do it now.”
~Michael Landon

by Mark Polk

Hi Everybody,

Well it's that time of year again. Time to shake the cobwebs off the RV and get it ready for another great camping season. Be sure and check out this week's feature article for my annual spring preparation checklist so you can get your RV ready to go.

Next week we will release episode 3 of "Mark's RV Garage" Thanks for all the great feedback, comments and questions for the new show. If you missed the 1st or 2nd episode just click HERE to view them right now.

Time to get back to work

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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RV Spring Tune-Up It’s that time of year again; time for my annual RV spring preparation checklist. If your RV has been sitting idle all winter you need to whip it back into shape for another camping season. At first glance this checklist looks like it would take two days to complete, but it’s actually something you can do on a Saturday afternoon when there’s nothing else to do............. Read the article

RV Education 101 RV Quick Tip
– Maintaining your Awning Fabric

Check out this week's poll: "What type of insurance coverage do you have on your RV?"
To participate in the poll, look on the left hand column (here at RV University) towards the top

Fastway® Flip™ Wins Best New Product of 2010
The Fastway Flip was awarded the Best New Product of 2010 last week at the NTP Distribution show. The Flip jack foot eliminates the hassles of storing and stacking wood blocks, or finding a place to store a removable extension. There is no kneeling on the ground, because no springs, cables, or pins are required. Bolts quickly and easily to your existing jack, giving you an automatic 6” extension that locks into place when extended, and folds up out of the way when retracted...........

Camping reservations for Memorial Day begin
The state parks division starts taking camping reservations Saturday for Memorial Day weekend in state parks and recreation areas..........

Not Your Granddad's Airstream
Interview with Airstream CEO Bob Wheeler about the continuing popularity of the iconic trailer. ........

RV industry to continue rebound in 2011
Even somewhat higher fuel prices won't likely be enough to slow growth in the RV industry. In fact, RV shipments could increase 9 percent to 263,100 units from 242,300 units in 2010.........

by Mark Polk

Mark's RV Quick Tip for a Trailer:
Some people have the natural ability to back a trailer by simply using the mirrors on their tow vehicle. On the other hand, some people with the natural ability to back a trailer find it difficult to do when using mirrors. I know this sounds strange but it’s true. They feel that mirrors don’t show you what the trailer is actually doing, especially when you’re backing and a turn is required. The trick to backing without mirrors is to back in so the trailer turns towards the left side (driver’s side) of the vehicle. This way you can look out the window over your shoulder and see what the trailer is doing. Backing from the right side (passenger side) is the blind side. It is much more difficult and dangerous to back from the right side. If you notice almost every campground you stop at is designed to allow you to back into the site from the driver’s side. Using mirrors or not using mirrors is up to you. For safety reasons, it is always my recommendation whenever possible to have a spotter to assist you when backing.
Tow Your 5th Wheel Like a Pro
Trailer Towing, Weights, Hitch Work & Backing

Mark's RV Quick Tip for a Motorhome:
What Vehicles Can I Tow With Four Wheels Down? Before you make the decision to tow a vehicle with all four wheels down you need to do your homework. There are some manufacturer approved vehicles that can be towed without any modifications to the drive-train or transmission, but there are a lot more that will require some type of modification to tow it with all four wheels on the ground. There are many factors involved such as automatic transmissions, two wheel drive vehicles, four wheel drive vehicles, the type of transfer case and more. Most vehicles with an automatic transmission cannot be towed with all four wheels down unless it is a four wheel drive, and even then it requires a transfer case that can be shifted into neutral. Front wheel drive vehicles with manual transmissions and most four wheel drive vehicles with a manual transfer case are among the best choices for towing with all four wheels down. Even if you have a vehicle that can be towed with all four wheels down it’s quite possible that it will have towing speed and/or mileage restrictions.
Motorhome Towing

...with Mark Polk

Q. I just got an older Diesel Pusher with a modified sine wave inverter/charger (1500 watts).

I will be installing computers (laptop and/or desktop), a printer along with small chargers for phones and IPods and a new LCD TV.

Will I be better off getting a new pure sine wave inverter/charger or getting a smaller pure sine wave inverter just for those appliances that need that more conditioned power?

Thanks for any help

Mark Says:
Yes, with your plans for using a computer or other sensitive electronic equipment you may want to consider upgrading to a true sine wave inverter, or as you mentioned getting one just for those items.

Modified sine wave inverters will power most types of appliances, but as you already are aware the down side to modified sine wave inverters is that some electronic equipment will not run on this waveform. And you may get some electrical noise or a snowy picture on your TV screen.

True or pure sine wave inverters are capable of running all appliances and electronic equipment the way they are intended to. Microwaves, motors and other inductive loads will run quieter and will not overheat, and electrical noise will be reduced.

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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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