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RV Education 101® - also known as: RV 101™
U of RV Journal #114 - October 03, 2011

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"The essence of teaching is to make learning contagious, to have one idea spark another."
~Marva Collins

by Mark Polk

Hi Everybody,

It feels odd not going to the garage nearly everyday, since releasing the season finale of "Mark's RV Garage" last week. We worked on the show for almost seven months, so filming, editing and working on the restoration project was part of our daily routine. Originally our plans were to produce eight episodes (season one), take a short break and produce eight more episodes (season two). When we reached the mid-way point we decided to keep the momentum going and work through to the end, calling the entire series season one.

It does feel good to take a break from the show, but as I mentioned a bit odd breaking our seven-month-old daily routine. Now there is a lot of office work to catch up on, and we need to consider the feasibility of a season two.

One thing I do know for sure is we will be taking the "Old Yellowstone" on it's first camping trip very soon, so we can enjoy all of the hard work that went into the restoration project.

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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ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — National Park Service officials say they're looking for public input on proposed entrance-fee changes at Denali National Park and Preserve. Under the proposal, it would cost $10 per person, so if there were four people in a car, the fee would be $40........

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RV Savvy Tips by Mark Polk

Charging RV Batteries

13.5 volts has always been the threshold of what I consider acceptable for a continuing float charge for lead acid batteries. 13.6 volts is at the upper limits. (2.25-2.27 per cell) Of course this also depends on ambient temperature. The float charge level should be lowered at ambient temperatures above 85 degrees F. I have seen hundreds of RV batteries ruined in less than 4 years because of older style converter chargers (not 3-stage chargers) overcharging the batteries when the unit is plugged in for periods of time, usually during storage.
Charging a lead acid battery above the acceptable levels creates heat and the battery starts gassing resulting in a loss of water. Even with a 3-stage charger I have always had to water my RV batteries over time.

Heating an RV

To assist you with heating your RV during cold weather camping, and to save a significant amount of LP gas that your RV furnace uses, purchase a portable electric ceramic heater. They work extremely well and many models available on the market come equipped with thermostats.

...with Mark

Q.1 I have a Fleetwood Niagara popup camper which is in need of being re-caulked around all the exterior items such as the water hookup, refrigerator vents, etc. What type of caulk do you recommend I use? So far in my limited research, I've seen Proflex RV caulk and Sikaflex recommended. Any advice will be appreciated.

Mark Says: Proflex would be a good choice for caulking around all the fixtures on you pop up. Just make sure the areas are clean and dry and remove any loose or damaged caulking prior to using the Proflex.


Q.2 We are looking to purchase a Jeep Grand Cherokee. Is this a good choice for towing behind our Class A motorhome?

Mark Says: I have always been partial to Jeeps as tow vehicles. Of course you need to look at weights to make sure it is within your motorhome's tow rating and I think the Grand Cherokee needs to be a 4WD version to be towable with all four wheels down.

If you know what year you are considering you can go to Motorhome Magazine and click on the Dinghy Towing tab at the top of the site. Then you can search for the year and model in the towing guide and it will give you all the information. Pay particular attention to any footnotes or towing restrictions listed in the towing guide.

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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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