Posted by: Mark Polk | 2015

RV Consumer e-Magazine September 2015

RV Consumer Magazine September2015coverWelcome to the September issue of RV Consumer Magazine. This month Mark discusses Hitch Receiver Ratings vs.Tow Vehicle Ratings, RV Fall & Winter Safety Awareness, RV Maintenance After the Trip and much more. If you missed our RV Project Video Series earlier this summer check out all the RV DIY videos in this month’s issue. If you have friends and family who enjoy the RV lifestyle tell them to subscribe, and to like us on Facebook. Enjoy this issue of RV Consumer Magazine.

Happy & Safe Camping,

Mark Polk

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hitch receiver weight labelThere has always been confusion over hitch receiver ratings as it pertains to tow vehicle ratings. This confusion applies to both motorhomes towing a dinghy and vehicles towing trailers. For example, when I was selling RVs many years ago I had a customer who just bought a brand new truck and came to the dealership to purchase a travel trailer. He and his wife found the perfect trailer on the sales lot and wanted some pricing information. When I researched the truck’s tow capacity I informed them the truck was not rated to tow the weight of the trailer they selected. The customer told me that was impossible because the truck salesperson showed him a label that stated the truck could tow 10,000 pounds. He proceeded to take me out to the truck and pointed at the label on the hitch receiver that read 10,000 pounds. I explained the 10,000 pounds on the label identifies what the hitch receiver is rated at, but the truck itself was only rated to tow 6,000 pounds. It was a very expensive lesson on finding the RV you want to purchase before you purchase the tow vehicle.
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Posted by: Mark Polk | 2015

RV Consumer e-Magazine – August 2015

RV Consumer Magazine Cover August 2015Camping season is in full swing and the heat is on so this month’s issue discusses hot weather preventive maintenance tips, consumable items you should always keep in your RV, and how to stay cool in your RV this summer. Also included are some newly released RV videos, and if you tow a trailer don’t miss reading the trailer towing tips article by Equalizer hitch. Enjoy this issue of RV Consumer e-Magazine.

Happy & Safe Camping,
Mark Polk
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There are lots of things to remember when it comes to owning, operating and maintaining your RV and sometimes we learn things the hard way. In an effort to help prevent some of these common and expensive mistakes RVers make from happening to you I want to offer what I consider are the top 5 mistakes RVers make and how you can avoid them.

 
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When you go camping in your RV there are items that are essential like a drinking water hose and RV sewer hoses, and there are nice to have items like a GPS designed for RVs and a portable BBQ grill. Today I want to talk about consumable items that you should always have on-hand in your RV.

In no particular order here are my top 10 consumable items we keep in the RV.

1) For starters you need holding tank treatments to treat the black water holding tank after you empty it. There are dry and liquid type holding tank treatments available. I suggest products that are biodegradable and environmentally friendly. Camping Tip: After emptying the gray water holding tank you can add some liquid dish soap down all the drains and run the water long enough to get the soap past the P trap and to cover the bottom of the tank. The dish soap and water will help control odors and assist in cleaning the tank.
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In partnership with Keystone RV, RV Education 101 launched a series of RV DIY® project videos to demonstrate some RV how-to projects, RV DIY projects and RV product installations RV owners can do on their RVs.

Click on a title to watch the RV DIY Project Video:

How To Protect your RV Water System

How To Protect your RV Electrical System

Must Have Trailer Towing Accessories

How To Install a Maxx Air RV Roof Vent

Extend-A-Line Campground Clothes Dryer

How To Install an RV Battery Disconnect

How To Level a Travel Trailer

How To Install an Electric Tongue Jack

Click Here to Watch the Entire Playlist

Happy Camping,

Mark Polk

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 May 4, 2015 (Hudson, MA) – The New England RV Dealer’s Association is partnering with a newly opened Cabela’s store at Highland Commons in Hudson, MA. The cooperative marketing event is designed to show Cabela’s customers how to enjoy all their great outdoor activities in an RV.
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We purchase RVs to travel the country and build lasting memories with family and friends. RVs are meant for rest, relaxation and fun, but what happens in the event of an emergency? When you travel to a different camping destination in your RV, on a regular basis, you need to be prepared for an emergency that can happen at anytime and anywhere.

This list could certainly be longer, but I want to offer my top 5 RV emergency items for RV owners.

NOAA Weather Radio1) The first item on my list is a portable weather radio. In today’s world of modern technology some folks think a smart phone with a weather app is all you need to stay informed of current weather updates. The problem with that thinking is we often travel through remote parts of the country in our RVs, where you don’t always have a good cell phone signal. A good portable weather radio can operate on batteries or 120-volt AC power and will warn you of potential weather hazards in and around the area where you are camping. Don’t forget some spare batteries.

2) Next on my list is a reputable RV Emergency Roadside Assistance Plan. There are lots of these plans available so take time to research and select a plan that fits your particular needs. Look for a plan that is designed for RVs, and see what other folks have to say about a particular plan on some of the RV forums. When you breakdown in the middle of nowhere, during your vacation, you will be glad you invested in a good plan. The plan can pay for towing expenses, lodging while the RV is being repaired, fuel, getting in a locked RV or tow vehicle, and to repair a flat tire. Some RVs have tires that weigh in excess of 100 pounds and require special equipment to change the tire. It can be dangerous to change a tire on any RV, and with a roadside assistance plan you don’t need to worry about it.

RV 101 - What's your RV Emergency Weather Plan?3) When you pack the RV for your next trip make sure you include a basic road hazard kit. At a minimum it should include a good set of jumper cables, a
heavy-duty flashlight, one or more reflective warning triangles, some basic hand tools, a fluorescent safety vest, a portable gas can and a good first aid kit if you don’t already have one in the RV. A few simple items can get you out of a jam and assist you in staying safe until help arrives.

 

RVs with Storm Approaching4) I recommend keeping clothing in the RV for all weather conditions. You might be traveling south during the summer months, but you never know when cold or wet weather will hit. And the heat or air conditioner might quit working when you least expect it. It is best to stay prepared by packing warm and cold weather clothing in the RV, regardless of where or what time of year you are traveling.

5) In addition to a good Emergency Roadside Assistance Plan I recommend a reputable RV Extended Service Contract. Again there are lots of these services available so shop around for the best plan prior to purchasing one. The roadside assistance plan helps in the event of an unexpected emergency and the Extended Service Plan helps pay for necessary repairs when there is an emergency. Nothing will ruin a trip quicker than spending $500 or $1,000 of your vacation money on a repair bill when you least expect it.

Happy Camping,

Mark Polk

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