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From the Industry Leader in RV Education:
RV Education 101® - also known as: RV 101™
U of RV Journal #116 - October 24, 2011

RV Education 101®, the premier provider of educational videos, books and RV information for the RVing public, was founded over a decade ago by Mark Polk, who started in the RV industry as a teenaged apprentice technician. "I really enjoyed working around RVs and performing basic service on customers’ units”, Polk explained. “You could say I was bit by the RV bug early on.” RV Education 101 quickly established themselves as THE go to resource for RVers. With hundreds of thousands of training and informational DVDs and books sold, along with his many TV appearances as the RV Savvy Guy, Mark Polk is recognized as THE authority for everything RV.

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“Learn to get in touch with the silence within yourself, and know that everything in life has purpose. There are no mistakes, no coincidences, all events are blessings given to us to learn from."
Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

by Mark Polk

Hi Everybody,

For lots of folks around the country cold weather is on its way. This means preparing your RV for the cold winter months ahead, even if you still plan on using it. When temperatures dip below freezing and stay there for a period of time you risk damaging the plumbing system in your RV. There have been a couple winters where I winterized and de-winterized the RV two or three times because we took trips throughout the winter months. We have also used the RV while it was still winterized. Go here for some cold weather RVing tips. .

It is really quite easy to winterize your RV and once it is done you don't need to worry about it. Protecting the RV water system, and other components like batteries and generators can save lots of money and time next spring when you get ready for another camping season. If you would like to winterize the RV yourself we offer a winterizing & storing your RV e-book and DVD to help instruct you on how to do it.

The bottom line is, if you live where temperatures dip below freezing it doesn't matter if you winterize the RV yourself or if you have someone do it for you, the important thing is that it gets done.

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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Polk’s Top 7 Tips to a Long RV Generator Life
Around this time of year it is common for generators to sit idle for periods of time. Regardless of whether the generator is on your RV or you own a portable generator: Read the article on Polk’s Top 7 Tips to a Long RV Generator Life

...with Mark

*NOTE: At Mark's discretion, material might be edited to suit a wider audience. Due to the large volume of material and correspondence we receive individual replies might not be possible, nor can we acknowledge receipt of submitted material. Selected questions will be answered in future issues of our RV Education 101 newsletter and on our site. Thank-you for your understanding.

Q. I purchased a truck with an advertised tow rating of 9,800 pounds. I want to purchase a travel trailer or 5th wheel that this truck can safely tow, but don't know which type or size of trailer to look at. I am concerned about towing in hills and terrain where it is not just flat.
Any suggestions or advice would be appreciated.

Mark Says: Here is some information to take into consideration before purchasing a travel trailer or 5th wheel trailer.

For starters, I have always felt that tow ratings are somewhat inflated. I once owned a truck rated to tow 8,800 pounds. I towed a trailer that weighed 7,100 pounds and in my personal opinion the trailer was too heavy for the truck, especially in the hills.
So, needless to say I don't always go by the advertised tow rating.

The way I like to explain it is to purchase a trailer with a Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) at or below the tow rating of the vehicle. There is a big difference between the dry weight and the GVWR. This ensures that if the trailer were ever fully loaded to the maximum allowable weight the vehicle is rated to handle the weight (at least according to the vehicle manufacturer).

I even like to go one step further and use 75% of the tow vehicle rating for a better margin of safety. In your truck's case that would put the GVWR of a trailer you are considering purchasing at 7,350 pounds, meaning the dry weight would probably be about 5,000 pounds.

Fifth wheel trailers add more weight concerns. They are heavier and place a significant amount of weight directly over the rear axle of the truck (about 25% of the trailer weight). In addition to other weight ratings you need to consider the axle rating of the truck.

It would be difficult to find a 5th wheel with a GVWR of 7,500 pounds unless it is a lightweight unit.

For both travel trailers and 5th wheel trailers an important weight consideration is the tow vehicle Gross Combined Weight Rating or GCWR (often times overlooked) The tow vehicle GCWR is the combined weight of both the fully loaded truck and the fully loaded trailer when combined.

You cannot exceed this rating or any other weight rating for that matter. You would need to find out what the GCWR is for your truck and estimate the loaded weights for both the truck and trailer to see if it stays below the vehicle's GCWR.

These are just a few considerations but it should help in selecting a trailer that is properly matched for your tow vehicle.

President Obama announces new DOT/EPA fuel efficiency and GHG emissions improvement program for medium- and heavy-duty vehicles
DOT and EPA Establish New Fuel Efficiency and GHG Emission Program for Medium- and Heavy-Duty Vehicles, MYs 2014-2018 FINAL RULE........

What is CAFE?
Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) is the sales weighted average fuel economy, expressed in miles per gallon (mpg), of a manufacturer’s fleet of passenger cars or light trucks with a gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of 8,500 lbs. or less, manufactured for sale in the United States, for any given model year. Fuel economy is defined as the average mileage traveled by an automobile per gallon of gasoline (or equivalent amount of other fuel) consumed as measured in accordance with the testing and evaluation protocol set forth by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

DOT and EPA Announce Intent to Propose CAFE and GHG Emission Standards, 2017 and Beyond
Following the direction set by President Obama on May 21, 2010, NHTSA and EPA have issued a new Supplemental Notice of Intent outlining the key elements of the upcoming proposal for Fuel Economy and Greenhouse Gas emissions regulations for model year 2017 and beyond light duty vehicles.........

The Secret to Living Well on $11,000 a Year
Why did you decide to live in an RV? I had an apartment in Burbank and was the typical Los Angeles apartment dweller. I started to feel a strong desire to simplify my life.. ........

RV resorts to open soon in Navarre and on Okaloosa Island
Florida: Two RV parks are scheduled to open around Dec. 1 on U.S. Highway 98 in Navarre and on Okaloosa Island.. ........

The Great Harvestival: Two-day music festival comes to Concow Campground
CONCOW, CA — A "spooktacular" weekend of music is in store at The Great Harvestival taking place at the Concow Campground Oct. 28 ..........

Kids take cover at Cumberland Co. campground during tornado warning
WADE, N.C. -- Two dozen kids from other countries on a 64-day tour of America spent their last stop huddled in a bathhouse at a campground in Wade during a tornado warning Wednesday. ..........

"RV Buzz" Tips by Mark Polk

RV Refrigerators while in Storage:
When the RV is in storage leave the refrigerator doors open to prevent mildew and place baking soda or charcoal in the compartments to prevent odors. Periodically clean and inspect refrigerator door seals. Place a dollar bill behind the seal and close the door. It should stay there and not drop. When you try to pull it out there should be some resistance felt. Do this in several different places and have any damaged seals replaced.

Cleaning the Inside of the RV: RV’s are constructed with lightweight materials. These materials are more sensitive to harsh chemicals and abrasives than the materials used to construct your home. When cleaning your RV you should always use gentler cleaning products and cleaning techniques.

The battery charger in the RV converter is only designed to keep the coach battery(s) topped off. It is not designed or capable of recharging a battery that is completely discharged.

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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 21, 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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