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U of RV Journal #111 - Aug 22, 2011
From the Industry Leader in RV Education:
'To cope with a changing world, an entity must develop the capacity of shifting and changing - of developing new skills and attitudes; in short, the capability of learning.'
~ A De Gues, The Living Company
Mark's RV Garage Internet TV show - Total Run Time 27:27
All of this and more on this episode of Mark's RV Garage
See Highlights of Episode 15 Below:
RV Buzz Quick Tip:
Take updated photos of your pets with you on RV trips. If they should get lost you can use the pictures to assist in finding them.
Trivia question :
How old was Dawn when she went on her first RV trip?
A) 8 Years old
B) 10 Years old
C) 18 Years old
B) Dawn was 10 years old when she went on her first RV trip with her Aunt and Uncle
RV Product Spotlight:
Voyager Digital Wireless Observation System
Our friends at ASA Electronics[*5] sent us a Voyager Digital Wireless Observation System featuring WiSight™ technology for the old Yellowstone trailer. This digital wireless system far exceeds the performance of any analog wireless observation system on the market. WiSight technology digitally locks the Voyager® camera to its monitor so it only communicates with that monitor, ignoring other outside signals and eliminating interference. With WiSight technology you also get a sharp, vivid picture of the vehicle’s surroundings delivered directly to the 5.6” color LCD monitor. The easy mounting system and 12-volt DC power plug make this system easy to interchange among towing vehicles too. And it’s easy to install.
With this Voyager wireless observation system I can see what’s going on behind me and I don’t need to worry about blind spots when I’m towing the old Yellowstone. The WiSight technology is strong enough to travel through and around objects and it works on vehicles 60+ feet in length, which is a significantly longer distance than other wireless analog systems. For more information on the Voyager digital wireless observation system visit ASA Electronics[*5].
Through emails about buying an RV I became friends with an artist named Dick Secor. Dick and his wife Melissa have a dream to purchase an RV and travel fulltime through the US, Canada and Mexico. His RV dream isn’t just about traveling though. He also came up with the idea to start painting art 4 rvs. He explained that there is not much wall space in an RV and he will be creating some smaller pieces of original art that will fit nicely on a small shelf or on a small section of wall. The art is intended to add a splash of color to the interior of an RV in the form of bold - bright - sassy color in an easy to manage display format. Here are two example of Dick’s art for RV’s that he graciously sent us, one for the motorhome and one for the old Yellowstone. For more information on Dicks work visit his blog: Art4RVs[*8] and RV Painter[*9]
NOTE: If you would like to purchase some art for your RV just say you saw it here and receive a 20% discount on your purchase.
BY Mark Polk
RV Battery Disconnect Switch
Your RV may or may not be equipped with a battery disconnect switch. If you do have a coach battery disconnect switch it will have to be turned on to use the 12-volt appliances and accessories. If your RV is not equipped with a battery disconnect switch, you should consider installing one.
12 Volt system
12-volt DC or direct current is electricity supplied by a deep cycle auxiliary battery or batteries. DC electricity flows in one direction, from negative to positive. 12-volt DC electricity is stored in the RV batteries and supplies power for components, devices and appliances that operate off of 12-volts. The 12 volt DC coach system consists of 12-volt pumps, motors, fans and accessories. When you take your RV out of storage you will need to check these 12 volt DC items for proper operation:
If a 12-volt device is not operating properly, check the fuse for the device in the power distribution center. The fuses will be labeled. Determine which fuse it is and use a 12 volt test light to test the fuse. To do this find a suitable ground for the 12-volt test light and test both sides of the fuse for 12-volt power. If the test light only lights on one side of the fuse replace the fuse with the proper size fuse and try the 12 volt device again. If the device still doesn’t work have it checked out by an authorized RV service center. Identify the amperage ratings for fuses used in the RV and keep spare fuses on hand.
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Camping World Camping World began with one small store and a mail order business in an old farmhouse heated by a wood-burning stove. A tobacco barn served as their first warehouse. Since then, Camping World has grown into America’s leading RV accessories and service experts, bringing you everything you need for your RV, with Nationwide SuperCenters, an award-winning website, and full-color catalogs. [*4]
Dicor Corporation is a leading supplier of innovative products to the OEM and component manufacturers for recreational and conversion vehicle industries, as well to distributors in the recreational vehicle and automotive aftermarkets.[*20]
Dometic 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. [*21]
RV-500 Space and Water Heating Systems for Recreational Vehicles The RV-500 delivers on demand hot water efficiently and conveniently with up to 55,000 BTU’s of power. The RV-500 is quiet and efficient.[*22]
ASA Electronics brings you the high quality electronics that mobile applications require. ASA works side by side with your designers, engineers, and sales team to develop and provide customized solutions through exclusive engineering, thorough testing, and tailor made product designs[*23]
Progressive Dynamics Inc. The source of bright ideas since 1964 Progressive Dynamics offers quality Recreational Vehicle products to the RV industry. And in recent years has developed several new products for the RV Industry [*24]
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The 2011 Via®[*26] 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.
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This online RV training program includes an RV orientation video similar to the 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[*29]
We also offer RV Dealer bulk discounts on our training materials. Our 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.
Note: There is second payment option available where you can pay the full $149.85 program price in one payment. If you select this payment option you will receive all 3 RV modules (12 weekly courses) at one time, after payment and registration.
This program compliments our current line of RV Education 101 training dvds!
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