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From the Industry Leader in RV Education:
RV Education 101
U of RV Journal #98 - May 09, 2011

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"I hear—I forget
I see—I learn
I do—I understand."
~Gennady V. Oster

by Mark Polk

Hi Everybody,

This is Dawn filling in this week for Mark.

Mark is away making some business connections and also is stopping in for a quick visit to his mother and nephew in Pennsylvania. I am here keeping the home fires burning, making sure Tyler gets to school and just taking care of office stuff.

This morning the birds are singing and it is warm bright and sunny as I reflect on RV trips we have taken in the past. That is probably one of my favorite times while RVing, sitting at the picnic table as the sun rises and listening to the birds chirp....love it! I am so looking forward to Memorial Day weekend as we will take our first RV trip of the year.....can time go any slower? Really, it will be here before I know it!

I have enjoyed reading the comments on our Facebook page regarding some of our polls in our newsletters, keep the comments coming. At least if I can't be in a campground chatting with other RVers about "stuff" I can get away for a bit thru Facebook :)

Enjoy your day everyone, Mark will be back by next Monday to post another episode of Mark's RV Garage...stay tuned!

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

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RV Campground Etiquette Just about every campground you go to will have a list of rules that they request visitors to follow, just like the rules you probably have for your own household. Another list of rules that isn’t necessarily written anywhere is what is referred to as campground etiquette. These are the rules that RVers learn over time and practice out of respect for other campers, the campground owners and the environment. When you arrive at the campground you should always observe campground etiquette. ............. Read the article

RV Education Crossword Puzzle
This play and learn crossword puzzle is "Gas versus Diesel", by Mark Polk.
Have fun, play and learn.

Check out this week's poll: "What is the length of your average RV trip?"
To participate in the poll, look on the left hand column (here at RV University) towards the top

Terry Bradshaw and EverGreen RV's
Hall of Famer Terry Bradshaw gives an overview on what makes EverGreen RV's so unique and incomparable in the RV Market, including information on the all-composite, Compositek Eco-friendly design, use of recycled materials, and the lighter weight frame to cut down on fuel consumption in towing. Full details on the EverGreen Ever-Lite trailers and Fifth Wheels is here!......

The Pennsylvania RV & Camping Association invites you make some friends in Pennsylvania.
We have plenty of historical sites as well as breath- taking natural beauty for you to see. When you bring your motorhome, travel trailer, fold-down, truck camper, fifth wheel or conversion van to Pennsylvania, you'll find the state to be RV friendly........

Two state parks in Manatee saved from closure
Terra Ceia State Park and Judah B. Benjamin Confederate Memorial at Gamble Plantation Historic State Park have apparently escaped the state budget ax, as have 51 other Florida state parks. ..........

City mulls RV restrictions
Montanans own thousands of recreational vehicles and motor homes, but whether they should be able to park them permanently on city streets is a new hot potato for Great Falls officials. ..........

by Mark Polk

LP Safety:

You should take your RV to a qualified RV service center annually to have the LP gas system checked. RV technicians have the equipment required to test the LP gas system for leaks and to test and adjust the LP gas operating pressure so the appliances will operate properly.

When you change a gas bottle there is a possibility you will get air in the gas lines. A good habit to get into is to light the range burners first. What this does is help evacuate any air out of the system to make it easier to light the other appliances.

RV Safety Features, Tips and Trickselectronic-book

...with Mark Polk

Q. The videos are excellent but I have one thing that isn't clear to me. Where I plan on camping I will always have 120 Volt electricity to plug the main 30 Amp power cord from the trailer into. Will the 12 volt appliances work as long as I'm plugged into the electrical supply of 120 Volts? ( I assume the 12 volt converter will enable me to do this). Or , do I always need to have a battery connected and charged? I called the manufacturer and still am not sure. I plan on not even bringing a battery with me most times. Any insight you could provide will be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

Mark Says: You are correct, the RV converter will convert 120V AC to 12V DC when the unit is plugged in. The downside to having no battery is:
1) you can't use any 12 volt items when you are not plugged in i.e., when traveling
2) If you plan on using the refrigerator in the LP gas mode (while traveling) it would need a battery
3) The break-away switch on the front of the trailer won't activate the trailer brakes in the event of the trailer separating from the tow vehicle. (some states require the break-away to be operating properly).

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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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