Posted by: Mark Polk | 2014

RV Consumer Magazine September 2014

 RV Consumer Magazine September 2014
Hi and welcome back to another edition of RV Consumer Magazine.
Our RV DIY Channel launch was successful last month thanks to all our readers. In this issue of RV Consumer magazine discover how to squeeze in a quick last minute summer camping trip, take a look inside Brazil’s RV industry and what it takes to have an RV built, discover how easy it is t o do some preventive maintenance on your RV water pump and get a great sweet onion casserole recipe from the Cooking Ladies.
Stay tuned for next month’s magazine when we concentrate on prepping our RVs for fall camping season.
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Posted by: Mark Polk | 2014

RV Consumer Magazine August 2014

RV Consumer Magazine August 2014 Hi and welcome back to another edition of RV Consumer Magazine.

In this issue we are excited to officially launch our new RV DIY Channel site. After a new RV owner learns the basics (RV Education 101) they want more advanced information about their RV. That’s where our new RV DIY channel comes in. You might say we are advancing from RV 101 level training to RV 201 level training with this new site. To help launch the new RV Do-It-Yourself channel we are including lots of videos and articles I recently posted at the site.

Take a look around the new site and for all the DIYers out there get started on some fun RV projects and upgrades on your RV now. Enjoy this month’s issue of RV Consumer Magazine.

Mark Polk

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Posted by: Mark Polk | 2014

RVs and Bad Weather don’t Mix

RVs with Storm Approaching

A storm while RVing at the Outer Banks, NC

We just returned from an RV trip to the North Carolina Outer Banks.  One afternoon our campground neighbor asked if we heard about the campground in Virginia where 2 campers were killed and 36 were injured from a tornado that went through the campground.

You can read more and watch a video about the tradgedy here.

It wasn’t long after speaking to our neighbor that a storm rolled into the area where we were camping. We have weather alerts on our phone and we have a weather radio so we had some warning of the approaching storm (pictured).

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Posted by: Mark Polk | 2014

RV Consumer Magazine July 2014

RV Consumer Magazine July 2014

It’s hot outside and in this issue of RV Consumer Magazine find out what you can do to beat the summer heat in your RV. Don’t forget to check out Part 2 of Mark’s Trailer Sway article and  get a great recipe from the Cooking Ladies. All of this and more in this issue of RV Consumer Magazine.

The big news this month is we are preparing to launch a brand new site called the RV DIY Channel. You might say we are advancing from RV 101 level training to RV 201 level training. Especially for those RV do-it-yourselfers out there. My plan is to offer informative RV DIY articles, RV DIY videos, RV DIY projects and to offer information on what I consider to be the keystone of a good maintenance program, Preventive Maintenance (PM).

Have a great 4th of July

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Mark Polk

RV at the Campground

A big part of the camping experience is the campground experience. Here are some tips and tricks to help make your next campground stay as pleasant and carefree as possible.

  • If you know where you’ll be staying make campground reservations at your favorite KOA campground in advance, particularly during prime travel season. With a reservation there will always be a site waiting for you when you arrive.
  • Plan to stop traveling while there is still plenty of daylight so you can get set-up, get settled in, and enjoy some of the amenities the campground has to offer.
  • When you arrive at the campground, ask to see the site before you accept it. Ask if there are any pull-thru sites available. If you are not proficient at backing this can ease the stress of having to back your unit into the campsite.
  • Make sure the electrical source is compatible with your RV’s electrical system.
  • Make sure the site will accommodate the length of your RV and vehicle.
  • If it’s hot outside request a site that is in the shade, if possible. This will help the refrigerator and AC work more efficiently.
  • Check the site for any overhead obstacles that might interfere with the campground set-up, and when you position the unit on the site make sure there is enough clearance for slide-outs and the patio awning.
  • Level the RV and chock the wheels before disconnecting from the tow vehicle (for towable RVs.)
  • Test the polarity and voltage prior to plugging the RV into any electrical source. After you test the electrical source turn the breaker off, plug the RV in and turn the breaker back on.
  • Campground voltage can fluctuate depending on the demand. You should use a quality surge protector to protect your RV’s electrical equipment and appliances in the event AC voltage drops below 105-volts or goes above 130-volts.
  • Keep a variety of electrical adapters on hand in case you need them. You should also have an extension cord that is compatible with the electrical system on your RV.  The gauges of wire used in standard household type extension cords are not suitable for RV hook-ups.
  • Use a water pressure regulator at the campground to prevent possible damage to your plumbing system from high water pressure. Always connect the pressure regulator at the water source, then connect the drinking hose to it.
  • Use a white drinking safe hose to connect from the water source to the RV. It’s a good idea to have a 4-foot, 10-foot and 25-foot hose on hand so you can always reach the campground water hook-up. Take a green or black garden hose for all other uses, like flushing holding tanks or cleaning the RV.
  • You should always filter the water going into the RV with a high quality filtration system. The 4-foot or 10-foot drinking hose can be used to go from a water filter to the city water connector on the RV.
  • It’s a good idea to have a 10-foot and 20-foot sewer hose available so you can always reach the campground sewer connection. Spend a little extra and get heavy-duty sewer hoses. Keep an assortment of sewer hose adapters and connectors on hand.
  • If you’re going to be leaving the campground for more than few minutes it’s a good idea to turn the water supply off until you return. Better safe than sorry.
  • Always stow the awning when you’re not going to be at the campsite, and leave it in the stowed position at night.
  • Lock your RV and secure valuables when you are not physically at the campsite.
  • Keep a spare set of keys for the RV and other vehicles.
  • Practice good campground etiquette and leave the campsite in the same condition you found it, or better.
  • If you travel with pets, respect other campers as it pertains to your pets. Always use a leash, control any barking and always clean up after your pets.

Hopefully these campground tips will help make all of your campground experiences good memories, rather than memories you would like to forget. For checklists like this and many more check out my Checklists for RVers E-book

Be safe & have a great time camping!

Mark Polk

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Posted by: Mark Polk | 2014

RV Consumer Magazine June 2014

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Camping season is in full swing and we have some great RV articles and videos to kick off the season. To help make all of your RV trips safe and enjoyable this month’s feature articles discuss RV Tire Tips for Safer Trips and Trailer Sway Part 1 of 2. In addition to these informative RV articles check out our DIY RV tile project and get another great Dutch Oven recipe. Read all of this and much more in the June edition of RV Consumer Magazine: *NOTE some browsers do not allow the functionality of the video to have a stop button. To stop a video once it is playing, click on the Youtube button then close out of that window. Your video will stop and you will be taken back to the page where you left off.

 

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Posted by: Mark Polk | 2014

2014 National Tire Safety Week

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June 1-7 is National Tire Safety Week. Sponsored by the Rubber Manufacturer’s Association, The Be Tire Smart – Play Your P.A.R.T. program is designed to help educate consumers about tire safety and maintenance.

The RMA has a terrific website designed to help educate folks on tire maintenance and safety. Please take a minute to visit the site, download the free Tire Safety Brochure and learn some valuable information on tire safety & maintenance. This information applies to your automobile and RV tires.

P.A.R.T. represents the four primary areas of tire safety and maintenance. It’s an easy way to remember Pressure, Alignment, Rotation and Tread.The following is is an excerpt from the RMA Tire Safety Brochure:

 

PRESSURE
Underinflation can lead to tire failure. It results in unnecessary tire stress, irregular wear, loss of control and accidents. A tire can lose up to half of its air pressure and not appear to be flat!

ALIGNMENT
A bad jolt from hitting a curb or pothole can throw your front end out of alignment and damage your tires. Have a tire dealer check the alignment periodically to ensure that your car is properly aligned.

ROTATION
Regularly rotating your vehicle’s tires will help you achieve more uniform wear. Unless your vehicle owner’s manual has a specific recommendation, the guideline for tire rotation is approximately every 6,000–8,000 miles.

TREAD
Advanced and unusual wear can reduce the ability of tread to grip the road in adverse conditions.
Visually check your tires for uneven wear, looking for high and low areas or unusually smooth areas. Also check for signs of damage.

Click here to download the free tire safety brochure loaded with great information

The RMA Tire Safety site offers a wide variety of tire safety and maintenance information like:
Tire Safety Quizzes, Tire Safety Brochure, Seasonal Driving Tips, Tire & Auto Safety Facts, How to care for your Tires, Tire care Videos, Tire Repair, Tire Basics and much more.

Happy Learning,
Mark Polk

 

RV battery maintenance

RV battery maintenance

Today I want to talk about one of the most important and most neglected components of your RV’s electrical system. The RV batteries. If your RV batteries are only lasting one or two camping seasons chances are they lack routine maintenance. We tend to take our RV batteries for granted. We depend on our batteries to be there when we need them, but in many cases we do very little to make sure they are maintained properly.

The two most common causes for RV battery failure are undercharging and overcharging the batteries.  Undercharging is a result of batteries being repeatedly discharged and not fully recharged between cycles. If a battery is not recharged the sulfate material that attaches to the discharged portions of the plates begins to harden into crystals. Eventually this sulfate material cannot be converted back into active plate material and the battery is ruined. This also occurs when a battery remains discharged for an extended period of time. Battery sulfation is the number one cause of battery failure.

The second leading cause of battery failure is overcharging the batteries. Overcharging lead acid batteries results in severe water loss and plate corrosion.

The good news is both of these problems are avoidable.

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