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U of RV Journal #93 - March 28, 2011

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“Learning never exhausts the mind."
~Leonardo da Vinci

by Mark Polk

Hi Everybody,

I recently had the privilege to correspond with Marty and Patti Shenkman through email. Patti was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in 2006. After the diagnosis Marty used his professional background as a tax attorney to establish a charity called RV 4 the cause, wwwrv4thecause.com This charity is designed to help those living with chronic illness, their caregivers and loved ones by educating professional advisers and consumers about estate, insurance, tax and financial planning for those living with chronic illnesses. The way Marty and Patti do that is by traveling around the country in their Airstream travel trailer conducting free educational seminars and webinars.

Marty and Patti are on the road right now and Marty is conducting a series of five free consumer webinars from five different Good Sam RV parks during their travels. One of the seminars has already been given, but four are still available for registration.

The goal of these webinars are to help consumers in general, especially those living with chronic illness or disability, understand what they can do to protect themselves and their families.

Five hundred listeners can be hosted for each webinar, so it is important that you register for any of the upcoming webinars you are interested in now. The webinars cover topics like estate planning, living wills, powers of attorney and revocable living trusts.

I am including the dates, topics and registration information at links posted below. For more information on RV4thecause please take a minute to visit the website at rv4thecause

Be sure to register now for the webinars and put the dates on your calendar. The webinars are free but you must register for a spot.

In Episode #6 of "Mark's RV Garage" we will speak more in depth with Marty and Patti about this great charity, and the mission they are on.

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 Travel Safety & Security Trip Planning: The first step is to plan the trip you are taking. Travel guides, magazines, state tourism boards and Internet sites offer valuable information to help you plan your trip. Route your trip on a map or from an Internet trip planning website. ............. Read the article

Cartoon by Mark Polk

RVing with Mark Polk - The Lighter Side, Buying an RV!
I thought a little humor in your day would be good. Here are some RV buying scenarios … you should try to avoid! ..........

Check out this week's poll: "Has your RV ever been broken into?"
To participate in the poll, look on the left hand column (here at RV University) towards the top

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– 3 Steps to Extend RV Tire Life

Polk’s Top 7 RV Safety Reminders
Safety is paramount when it comes to using and enjoying our motorhomes. From pre-trip inspections to setting up and actually using the RV, there is always an element of RV safety involved.

by Mark Polk

RV Travel Safety:
For one minute, try to think the way a criminal would think. If you were at a rest stop looking for your next target or victim, what would you look for? Let’s pretend for a moment that you were going to target a vehicle. Which would be more appealing, a car whose owner stopped for a quick bathroom break or an expensive looking Class A motor home, whose owners are out walking their dogs? I don’t have the mind of a criminal but this is easy to figure out. That expensive looking RV probably has expensive contents inside like, jewelry, cameras, or a laptop computer.
It’s unfortunate that we live in a day and age where we need to take added measures to protect ourselves. I don’t want you to feel like everybody you meet during your travels is a thief or has bad intentions. Just use common sense and be aware of what is going on around you. Be safe and happy camping.
RV Safety Features, Tips and Tricks e-book

...with Mark Polk

Q. My question is about Field Mice.
They LOVE my motorhome.
I have tried Bounce distributed liberally about the interior, cotton soaked with peppermint oil (interior and basement), electronic sonic noise maker, and "Shake Away" inside and out. I have also used traps with peanut butter and cheese (haven't used them for a year), and rodent poison provided by my Terminix technician (currently in use). I realize that the traps and poison are attractors while the rest are supposed to repel, and wonder if they are working against each other.

So far (knock on wood) no water lines or electric insulation have been on the mouse menu. I do leave several old soft rags in the basement storage which they seem to be happy with.

But I am out of airspeed and ideas and would welcome any advice or counsel you could provide.

PS I really don't want to get a cat.

Mark Says:
The topic of how to solve the mouse problem has been elusive to RVers for many years. I get asked about it, write about it, but have never been able to solve it completely.

It's funny you should write about mice right now. I just got an email from another RVer who wrote to tell me about what she says is the best way to control mice in your RV.

I have never tried the product, but she swears by it. Maybe you should give it a try.

Here is a link to the site she referenced: Rat Zapper If you try it let me know what the results are.

RV Education Crossword Puzzle
This play and learn crossword puzzle is "Cold Weather RVing By Mark Polk".
Have fun, play and learn.

Maine park users warned of credit card breach
A security breach may have exposed credit card information from people who bought Maine state park passes through an online vendor used by the state Conservation Department, and the potential breach could be much larger and involve consumers in other states, . Maine officials said Thursday...........

RV ordinance not happening
Over 180 people, many RV enthusiasts, packed the Alamogordo City Commission's regular meeting Tuesday to protest a possible RV ordinance the city was to discuss that night, but no action was taken and it appears RV owners made their point with commissioners..........

Little Orleans campground dispute moves to Annapolis
A dispute over services and fees at an Allegany County campground has sparked a bill in Annapolis.........

Roodhouse park board members removed in vote
Roodhouse aldermen voted 4-2 during an emergency City Council meeting to remove all sitting members of the park board and replace the caretakers at Community Park..........

New RV Education “How-To” Show Series Carving Niche in Online Entertainment
We are the RV consumer advocates, Polk said. Folks in the RV industry build RVs and sell RVs, but I have always felt there was a huge lack of educating the RV consumer on how to properly use the RV after the consumer purchases it. That’s what we do, we work very hard to educate the RV consumer. ..........

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RV4TheCause's Mission: To help those living with chronic illness, their caregivers and loved ones by educating professional advisers (CPAs, attorneys, financial planners) and consumers about estate, insurance, tax and financial planning for those living with chronic illness. We provide free educational seminars for professional advisers, planned giving professionals, and consumers, as we travel the country in our Airstream RV.

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These seminars will be presented using gotowebinar by Citrix. Each Webinar will be 30-60 minutes in length and will be a non-technical but practical presentation designed for consumers. PowerPoint presentations will make it easier for attendees to follow along. Recordings of these webinars will be posted HERE.
Follow the links below to register:
  1. COMPLETED- 3:00 pm Friday March 25, 2011 EST “Estate Planning Introduction and Overview” broadcast from the Good Sam RV Park: Cherry Hill Park, 9800 Cherry Hill Road, College Park, MD
  2. 7:00 pm EST March 28, 2011 “Estate Planning when you or a Loved One is Living With Chronic Illness,” broadcast from the Good Sam RV park: Rvacation Campground. 428 Campground Rd., Selma, NC.
  3. 10:30 am EST March 30, 2011 “Powers of Attorney – What they Are and What you Need to Know,” broadcast from the Good Sam RV park: The Campground At James Island County Park 871 Riverland Dr Charleston, SC.
  4. 7:30 pm EST April 4 “Living Wills, Health Proxies: Vital Documents for Everyone,” broadcast from the Good Sam RV park: Camp Nebraska, 10314 North Nebraska Avenue turn onto E. Bougainvillea Ave., Tampa, FL.
  5. 9:30 am EST April 7, 2011 “Revocable Living Trusts and Chronic Illness,” broadcast from the Good Sam RV park: Alltoona Landing Campground, 24 Alatoona Landing Rd SE, Cartersville, GA.

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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 14 and Josh 20, both avid RVers and three dogs, Roxie, Gracie and Buck. 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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