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16 January 2011

From the industry leader in RV Education Inside this Issue:  Mark’s Editorial (Pg 2)  This Week’s Q & A (Pg 3)  This Week’s RV News (Pg. 5)  Feature Article “Take an RV Trip Close to Home” (Pgs 7)  This Week’s RV Buzz Quick Tips (Pg 11)  Article “Easy PM Maintenance for Generators” (Pg 14)  RV Trivia & History (pgs. 16 & 17)  RV How-To Videos for the Do-It-Yourselfer (Pg 18)  RV Play & Learn Crossword “RV Generators” (Pg 18)

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This Weekâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s RV Bulletin Board Question: The front end of my coach weighs 8,260 lbs. Each of my front tires indicate max load 4,675 lbs. (110 psi). Is this weight divided between both front tires for weight computation? In other words, each front tire is rated at 4675 lbs for a total of 9,350 lbs. So I assume I have 1,090 lbs to spare? Answer: Tires and weights can be a little confusing, but yes basically when you combine the two front tires ratings the combined weight should be able to support the weight being placed on the front axle. To get a true picture though you need to weigh each tire position separately to see how much weight is really on each axle end. This is where it gets a little confusing. Your tires can support a maximum of 4,675 if they are inflated to 110 psi. In your situation the tires would be overinflated for the amount of weight that is really placed on the tires (according to the figures you gave me). Tire manufacturers have load and inflation tables that inform the consumer how much air needs to be in a tire for a certain amount of weight being placed on the tire. When an RV manufacturer builds a motorhome they weigh each axle to determine how much air will need to be in the tires for the actual weight placed on the tires. The federal weight data plate/sticker with tire inflation information is normally located close to the drivers area of the motorhome. It will inform you of the correct inflation pressure based on the weight was when the RV was built. If you add weight to the front or rear of the motorhome it is your responsibility to determine the correct tire inflation requirements based on the new weights. You never want to exceed the maximum air pressure for the tires, and you always want the same amount of air pressure in both tires on the end of the same axle (based on the heaviest end). Start planning your The best thing to 2012 do isRV check the tire inflation pressure on federal data plate in the trips now and.. MH for the correct tire inflation pressure, then when the MH is fully loaded have it weighed (preferably by individual tire positions) and adjust the inflation pressure accordingly. Also remember that the overall weight of the MH cannot exceed the GVWR of the coach.

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The goal with our JUST RV IT campaign is to promote getting out and using your RV more in 2012. We want folks to use their RV even if it’s just for a short weekend trip, 25 miles from where you live. I feel bad when I see RVs just sitting in the backyard, never moving. In today’s busy world I understand there are lots of reasons why people don’t use their RV very often, but we think if you plan an RV trip you’ll take an RV trip.

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RV News for the RV Consumer KOA Work Kamper Boot Camp Training Would you like to earn some extra cash during your RV travels? Kampgrounds of America (KOA) is offering a free one-day session of its popular KOA Work Kamper Boot Camp training March 28 at the Branson, Mo., KOA Campground. To register for the March 28 training or to learn more about the KOA Work Kamper program, go to www.workatkoa.com or contact Leah Estep, KOAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s franchisee services programs coordinator, at lestep@koa.net or by calling 800.562.0899. Texas State Park System Still Struggles after \$500,000 Donation: According to NBC 5 Dallas Fort, a nonprofit foundation has donated \$500,000 to help out the financially strapped Texas state parks system, which faces a \$4.6 million revenue shortfall this year. A statement issued Wednesday by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department announced the donation by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation. The donation comes on top of more than \$460,000 raised since the Parks and Wildlife Department appealed for help Dec. 6. The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department is also reaching out to the general public to close the financial gap. They suggest making tax-deductible donations on their website or when renewing vehicle registration and visiting state parks with family and friends, which pays for about half of all park operating costs. The system is beleaguered by attendance losses resulting from heat, drought and wildfires. Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

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This Week’s Feature Article

As part of our JUST RV IT campaign we are promoting the idea to take an RV trip close to home. It is inexpensive, fun and a great reason to JUST RV IT! Let’s face it, sometimes spending your weekend at home is just plain boring. There really isn’t much to do, but on the other hand you don’t have much of time before the weekend is over and it’s back to work again. Why not load up the RV and take a short weekend excursion close to home? Not only can a quick RV trip alleviate the boredom, but it is cost effective too. A 200 mile, or less, round trip from where you live won’t cost much in fuel, food or campground fees and it might be just what the doctor ordered for some well deserved relaxation and time to recharge. continued next page>

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This Week’s Feature Article I think the mindset is when you plan an RV trip it has to be a far from home for it to be any fun. Truth is there are probably lots of private, state and/or federal camping locations and other great RV destinations right under our noses that we’re not even aware of, or never visited.

The other day I was searching the internet and came across a website that I visited before, but had forgotten about. It’s called Reserve America and it’s the largest provider of campsite reservations in North America, facilitating over 4- million transactions per year. You can visit Reserve America at www.reserveamerica.com Using the sites “Find Camping Spot” feature I searched for RV destinations close to our zip code. Sixteen choices within 100 miles of our zip code popped up immediately. You can scroll down the listing and click on the campgrounds that interest you to get detailed information on the description, services and amenities each have to offer. The “Find Camping Spot” search feature allows you to get more specific too, like searching by park name, dates, length of stay, amenities, size of RV and much more. Quite honestly I was surprised to find so many camping destinations so close to home. With sixteen choices within 100 miles of where we live I think there will be many more cost effective weekend RV trips in the near future for us. It really doesn’t matter if it’s a 100 miles, or 5,000 miles, what’s important is that you JUST RV IT!

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Instruct Children on Campground dos & don’ts Children just want to have fun, but it’s important to teach them campground etiquette. Instruct your children not to run and ride bikes through somebody else’s campsite, or to take a shortcut to the swimming pool or the game room. You are in essence renting the space you are in and it should be just that, your space. You should also explain to children that they need to be extremely careful when riding bikes, skateboards, scooters and running through the campground. There is constant traffic in and out of a campground, especially when it’s busy, and not everybody is watching for small children.

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RV Buzz Quick Tips

RV Buzz Tip #1 Always check and add air to the tires when they are cold, before traveling. When tires get hot the air expands and you get a higher-pressure reading. If you let some air out they will be under inflated when they are cold.

RV Buzz Tip #2 Awning tie downs help to protect your patio awning, but you should never leave your awning out during bad weather, or when youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not physically at the campsite. Wind and rain can damage your RV awning very quickly and it can be expensive to repair.

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Check the condition of your windshield wiper blades before you leave on a trip. This is one of those things we donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think about until the next time we need them. Periodically clean the wiper blades with windshield washer fluid.

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Change the oil and oil filter (if equipped). This is perhaps the most important PM Service you can make on your generator to ensure years of reliable service. Change the oil and replace the oil filter at the recommended intervals. If you don’t feel comfortable changing the oil and filter have an authorized RV service center do it for you. Exercise the generator. There are several reasons why you should start and exercise the generator on a regular basis. Moisture build up can cause damage to your generator. When you exercise your generator it heats up the generator windings and eliminates this moisture build up. This monthly exercise regime also lubricates all of the engine seals and components and helps to prevent carbon build up. When you exercise the generator it should have a load on it and it should run for at least two hours every month. Check your generator owner’s manual for load ratings specific to your unit. Add a fuel stabilizer to the motorhomes gas tank or generator gas tank and run the generator long enough for the stabilizer to get through the fuel system. This will help prevent gas related problems on carbureted generators, like not starting or surging. Fuel stabilizers can protect the fuel system for up to six months, but keep in mind the importance of exercising the generator too.

Follow these simple steps, and the maintenance and service instructions in the generator owner’s manual, and you can get years of reliable service from your generator set. RV 101 Generators are rated in kilowatts (KW). One kilowatt equals 1,000 watts. So a 4 KW generator would be a 4,000-watt generator.

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Some Interesting RV Trivia & History Better roads resulted in even more autocampers. Automobile ownership continued to increase and millions of Americans were autocamping, leading to health and environmental issues. More autocampers meant more problems. Trespassing continued to get worse, and the trespassers were polluting streams with sewage, leaving garbage behind and helping themselves to farmersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; crops. In an effort to deal with this increased trespassing local officials raised the fees levied against trespassers. It was estimated that more than nine million Americans would go autocamping in 1920. By the early 1920s something had to be done to control some of the problems created by autocampers.

Affordable cars and better roads resulted in more autocampers looking for places to camp!

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More Interesting RV Trivia & History A Makeshift Campground Florida was a popular vacation destination, but hotels and resort areas were a bit on the expensive side. Autocampers could enjoy the sunshine state by sleeping on makeshift beds in their car and eating warmed up food out of tin cans, thus the name, Tin Can Tourists. The Tin Can Tourist club was officially organized at Desota Park, Tampa, Florida, in 1919. Their objective was â&#x20AC;&#x153;to unite fraternally all autocampers.â&#x20AC;? They promoted clean camps, good behavior between campers, friendliness among campers, and wholesome entertainment.

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That wraps up another U of RV e-newsletter. We hope you enjoyed this week’s edition and keep an eye out for next months RV Consumer e-Magazine. If there are topics you would like to see in future issues e-mail me at Mark@rveducation101.com and let me know what they are. We’ll see you right back here again next week. Until then happy RV learning , Mark & Dawn Polk

ENJOY YOUR RV: Don’t give up on your dreams of exploring the country in your RV; instead plan to make your dreams come true. You worked hard to buy the RV, now you need to work just as hard on enjoying your RV. Plan your RV trip, load it up, hook it up, fuel it up and…

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RV University this Week E-News Issue #126

Welcome to Issue #126 of the RV University this Week e-newsletter for RV enthusiasts, published by RV Education 101 www.rveducation101.com