Contributed by: RVED101 Monday, July 11 2011 @ 11:44 am UTC
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U of RV Journal #106 - July 11, 2011
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"All the world is a laboratory to the inquiring mind."
~Martin H. Fischer
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Mark's RV Garage Internet TV show is a streamed video. You will need an Internet connection to view the program. Total Run Time 29:24
Episode #12 Highlights:
Mark installs a TV antenna, then the roof mounted air conditioner by ASA Electronics, Maxx Air II covers, stereo system by ASA Electronics, and then he installs LP gas lines in the Old Yellowstone trailer.
RV Trivia: How old was Tyler when he went on his first RV trip?
Answer: a) less than 1 year old - Tyler was about 9 months old when he went on his first RV trip.
RV Buzz Quick Tip:
Performing routine maintenance on your generator assures years of reliable service. Maintenance schedules for generators are based on usage. Monitor the hour meter gauge and refer to the generator owner’s manual for recommended service intervals. I like to know that the generator is going o start and run properly when I need it.
Cool RV Destination:
Cape Hatteras KOA
For endless unspoiled sand, surf and summer fun head for the oceanfront Cape Hatteras KOA [*9] on the North Carolina Outer Banks. Your campsite is just a few steps over the dunes to the Atlantic. Walk the beach for miles, hunting for shells, casting for bluefish and scouring the surface for dolphins. Or head across this sliver of an island to Pamlico Sound, where windsurfers and kiteboarders head off toward the horizon. Enjoy a beautiful sunrise and later that evening a magnificent sunset.
There's a full roster of summer activities at the campground - everything from pool games to basketball tournaments, craft activities like bead jewelry making, live skits and live music provided by the Summershiners. Finish with a dip in either of two pools and grab a bite at the poolside snack bar.
Don’t forget to try a scrumptious stack of pancakes at the pancake breakfast and later top your own sundae with your favorite topping. Enjoy a family-oriented film under the stars at our Outdoor Cinema. Fun at this KOA is as limitless as the sand.
There are lots of local attractions to keep you busy as well. Book a NC fishing charter trip, visit the Cape Hatteras National seashore and lighthouse, the graveyard of the Atlantic Museum, the Wright Brothers National Memorial, the Lost Colony Outdoor drama and much much more.
RV Product Spotlight:
Winegard Motorized Sensar Batwing Antenna[*10]
Raise, rotate and stow the amplified, bi-directional antenna with the user-friendly control panel from inside your RV while parked. Handy warning indicator alerts you by flashing all control panel LEDs if obstruction occurs. Manual override in case of power outage. Wall plate power supply has built-in 2-way splitter for second TV outlet and cable TV input.
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BY Mark Polk
Tip #1 Roof vent screens can be cleaned from the top of the RV. Some roof vent screens can be easily removed for cleaning. You can vacuum the screen with a small hand held vacuum cleaner, or lightly brush the screen using a soft bristle brush. Lubricate the roof vent gears annually with light, water resistant grease.
Tip #2 Over time grease and residue builds up in the gray tank and it causes a foul odor, not to mention how it is affecting the tank and valve assembly. Periodically treat the gray tank with environmentally safe holding tank chemicals to avoid odors from the tank. When the tank is empty you can also add some dishwashing liquid down the drains to help break down grease and residue build up.
Watch the RV Cooking Show:[*14] A virtual cooking class on wheels with an RV travel component, The RV Cooking Show takes viewers on adventures to some of the most sought-after or interesting but little-known RV locations in the country and then creates a healthy, easy, delicious destination-related dish in host Evanne Schmarder’s RV kitchen.Each less-than-10-minute episode - part travelogue, part cooking show - shares travel tips, ideas and recommendations on popular RVing locales and products then walks viewers through the preparation of a delicious destination-related dish. Past episodes include a tour of Albuquerque’s 505 Chili Factory and Huevos Rancheros, Mojitos and the Fabulous Florida Keys and a salmon dinner in conjunction with the spectacular Olympic National Park.Viewers have the option of watching the RV Cooking Show on YouTube, various RV-related websites such as http://Camping.com and RVDreamRadio or on the RV Cooking Show website. So as not to miss a single savory episode, viewers may subscribe to the show on YouTube or on this website. An RV industry insider, full-time RVer Ms. Schmarder connects with viewers in part by "living the (their) RV dream". She is a professional speaker, writer, foodie and unabashed explorer.
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 http://www.rvconsumer.com[*15] and we’ll see you right back here next on our next episode of marks RV garage.
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The 2011 Via®[*37] With its introduction, the Winnebago Via® created the exclusive Mercedes-Benz® Sprinter-based Class A category and revolutionized the definition of what a Class A coach could be with unparalleled fuel economy and eye-catching styling. For 2011, the revolution continues and the Via shines even brighter with a host of improvements, including the all-new double-slide 25Q floorplan, an improved design of the Flex Bed Sleeping System featured on the popular 25T and a more powerful Mercedes-Benz diesel engine that provides improved fuel economy. The Class A revolution is here. Join in with your very own 2011 Winnebago Via.
Camping/RV Battery Chargers- BatteryMINDers®[*38] are the new generation of SMART, pulse type "computer-on-a-chip" chargers, that safely charge and maintain all size / type / brands of batteries including starter, deep cycle and sealed types including AGM “dry” made by OPTIMA, ODYSSEY, EXIDE, INTERSTATE, et al. They do all of this without ever overcharging, no matter how long they are left on charge – days-weeks-or even months. Dubbed the chargers with "brains," they are the first to fully-automatically reverse the primary cause of early battery failure known as "sulfation". Sulfated batteries once considered beyond recovery can now be brought back to long-term useful condition. Certain models of BatteryMINDers® can more than double the useful life of new batteries.
Dometic [*39] RV products are designed with your comfort in mind. With over 80 years in the RV industry, Dometic has become a leader in manufacturing innovative, high-quality RV products that enhance the living space in your RV, motorhome or coach.
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This online RV training program includes an RV orientation video similar to the RV walk-through class you receive at the RV dealership. The RV Orientation video is 54 minutes long and is packed with information on topics like campground setup, the LP gas system, water system, wastewater system, electrical system, RV appliances, RV accessories and much more. We even added a bonus chapter on RV safety features, and some bloopers to make it more entertaining. The video is generic and covers all types of RV’s including motorized and towable RV’s. If your RV dealer does not offer this online RV training program you can purchase it here[*43]
We also offer RV Dealer bulk discounts on our training materials. Our RV walk through DVDs have helped tens of thousands of RV consumers learn how to properly operate and maintain their RVs. Hundreds of RV dealers across the country are benefiting from what our program has to offer the customer oriented RV dealership. Contact Dawn today for your RV dealership pricing: firstname.lastname@example.org
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The Go For the RV Gold program is loaded with one-on-one RV training videos, feature articles, RV tips, crossword puzzles, member discounts for RV services and RV products, quizzes, and much more. This is the only online RV training program that will teach you everything you need to know about your RV at such a reasonable cost, and totally at your leisure with no deadlines. There are customized worksheets provided for navigation, so nothing is missed or overlooked. There is a space provided for you to make notes for each topic and then a feature to print the worksheet when completed.
At the end of the program there is a 25 question final exam. If you pass the final exam (you need a 72% or higher score) you will receive your “Go for the RV Gold” training certificate that you that you can proudly display in your home or RV. P.S. If you don’t pass the final exam, you will be given an opportunity to take it again until you do pass, so you can receive your Go for the RV Gold certificate.
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The membership fee is only $49.95 per month for 3 months. Billing is on a 30 recurring basis until the final payment is made. This equates to only $12.49 for each in-depth weekly RV training course. When you select the recurring billing payment option you receive the a new RV training module each month. You can’t beat this low pricing for one-on-one RV education training in the comfort of your own home or RV. There is no driving to get to the training location, no packed classrooms and no time restraints.
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This program compliments our current line of RV Education 101 training dvds!
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