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From the Industry Leader in RV Education:
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U of RV Journal #104 - June 20, 2011

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"'Nothing was ever achieved without enthusiasm."
~Ralph Waldo Emerson

by Mark Polk

Hi Everybody,

Summer officially begins tomorrow and camping season is in full swing. We have three RV trips planned over the summer, and I can't wait to hit the open road. Until then we are continuing to work on the old Yellowstone restoration project and on upcoming episodes of "Mark's RV Garage."

I am no Chip Foose, but the other day I made several renderings of what the old Yellowstone trailer could look like when it is finished. I ran into a snag when I showed the drawings to Dawn and Tyler. We could not agree on the final design. As a matter of fact, we all liked a different version of the finished trailer. We also disagreed on the color combination. We did agree that part of the trailer would be painted silver, but could not agree whether to use red or blue as the secondary color. To help settle the dispute I told them we would let the viewers decide the final outcome.

Below there are two versions of each of our favorite designs. The drawings are labeled 1, 2 & 3 and the color is depicted after the number. We would like you to pick your favorite design and color and E-mail: Mark or E-mail: Dawn with your design number and color choice. We will tally up all of the votes and when it’s time to paint the old Yellowstone the viewer’s choice is what we will go with.

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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Why Weigh your RV? Weighing your RV can be the difference between a safe, enjoyable trip and a costly, disastrous trip. With multiple slide out rooms, amenities like washers and dryers, large holding tank capacities and the ample amount of storage space available on today’s RVs it’s easy to see why so many are overloaded. Overloaded RVs are extremely dangerous. Actually there are a lot more reasons for weighing your RV than I listed here, but my intent was to highlight some of the most important reasons for weighing your RV.............. Read the article

...with Mark Polk

Q. First let me say thanks for all your hard work and effort that you put forth to produce such an informative site. I own some of your DVD series, and find myself reviewing key features each year to refresh my knowledge....one of the best purchases ever.

I need to replace the tires on my Trail Lite travel trailer and am considering either the Towmaster or the Maxxis tire and was wondering if you had any opinion to offer one way or the other. We pull our travel trailer about 1000 miles a year (at most).

I am replacing the original Goodyear Marathon tires and have decided not use this brand as they are not only much more expensive, but also I have not read many good reviews since they moved their production to China.

The Towmasters are about 80.00 cheaper for the set of 4, but I don't want to let price be the final determining factor. Quality and safety of my family is the most important factor.

Thanks you so much for your time.

Mark Says:
For the most part tires are built the same way regardless of the name or brand. Over the years lots of tire manufacturers have experienced some problems at one time or another, but for the most part tires in general will hold up to the rigors of what they are designed and built for.

The important thing with trailers is getting the proper type and load rating of tire. The designation "ST" is used for trailer tires. Load ranges are designated by a letter. "C" would be equivalent to 6 ply, "D" 8 ply and "E" 10 ply.

Both Towmaster and Maxxis brands would work for your trailer as long as the load rating is at least the same or higher than what came on the trailer when it was new.

RV Education Crossword Puzzle
This play and learn crossword puzzle is "RV Roof Care & Maintenance 101", by Mark Polk.
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by Mark Polk

One golden rule for RV holding tanks is to never dump the black water tank until it is at least two thirds full. You can check the tank levels at the monitor panel. 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.

Homes roll, sales rock
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Thousands without power after thunderstorms hit Upstate
Wednesday night’s severe thunderstorm tossed RVs and large tool boxes around like toys at Bob Ledford’s Adventure Motor Homes in Greer, SC. RVs weighing 7,000 to 11,000 pounds were moved by the wind. A large RV, about 11,000 pounds, was picked up from the lot by the wind and dropped on Interstate 85..........

For couples in close quarters, squeeze-y does it
If absence makes the heart grow fonder, could time spent together in extremely close quarters make the heart grow ... ummm ... considerably less fond? ........

Swanton company opens road to handicap
Swanton-based Walters Travel Trailers is opening the road to wheelchair-bound campers.........

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RVAct- Recreational Vehicle Alliance for Camping & Travel
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Thanks for joining me today in my RV garage. Travel safe and have fun in your RV and remember when it comes to learning about RV’s we’ve got you covered. Be sure to take a minute and visit www.rvconsumer.com and we’ll see you right back here next on our next episode of marks RV garage.
Mark Polk


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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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