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Mark’s RV Garage Season One Finale – Episode #17

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On this episode of Mark’s RV Garage:

Mark finishes the old Yellowstone restoration project and reflects back on how we got to this point.

Our vintage trailer restoration project almost came to a screeching stop when we realized that the axle on the trailer was only rated at 2,600 pounds rather than the 3,500 pounds we thought it was rated for. I put a call in to Dexter axle and they said to give them the measurements for the axle and they would get one built and sent out ASAP. They saved the day. The axle is here and as soon as we get it installed we can install our disc brakes from Kodiak Trailer Components and our electric hydraulic actuator from Tuson RV Brakes.

The Old Yellowstone trailer gets a new coat of paint and the paint job is revealed for the first time!

  • Mark installs a brand new 3,500 pound Dexter axle.
  • After the axle installation new brake rotors, disc brakes, wheels and tires are installed and the old Yellowstone gets an Actulink electric/hydraulic brake actuator along with new brake lines.
  • Before the trailer can hit the road Mark installs an Equalizer hitch and a DirecLink Network Enhanced brake controller

Enjoy the show!

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Mark reflects back on how we reached this point

What was our goal with the show? Our goal was to promote RVing and to help RV enthusiasts learn more about using and maintaining their RV. In addition to the educational segments in the show we wanted a feature segment that our viewers would be interested in watching unfold. That segment turned out to be our vintage trailer restoration project. In hindsight I’m not sure if I would tackle a project this big again, but now that it’s over I wouldn’t change a thing. It gave me the opportunity to work on a project with Tyler which was great. He did a wonderful job seeing it through to the end.

Did I know how involved the restoration project would become? I knew I wanted to upgrade the old trailer with modern day technology, but I didn’t think it would require rebuilding the entire trailer.

What were my biggest concerns during the restoration? I’ve done quite a bit of carpentry and plumbing work in the past so I wasn’t too concerned about the framing, the water system and even the LP gas system. I would have to say my biggest concerns were the electrical system and installing new metal on the exterior of the trailer. What’s funny is I worried about some of these projects, but when it was time to do them it really wasn’t that difficult.

Did I consider keeping everything original in the restoration? I actually struggled with that. I understand that lots of folks realize the importance of keeping the trailer as original as possible in a restoration project. I also knew that there was going to be lots of product sponsors throughout the project. I thought it would be really neat to bring the past into the present so that’s the route we decided to go. We wanted to keep the vintage look with modern day amenities.

If I had to describe the trailer project using one word what would it be? That’s easy. It would be sleeper. In the world of muscle cars a sleeper is a car that looks ordinary and plain on the outside, but packs a lot of power under the hood. The old Yellowstone looks ordinary on the outside, but it is equipped with the latest technology on the inside. There aren’t many 16 foot travel trailers out there that have on demand hot water, an automatic TV antenna, power ventilator fans, an electric tongue jack, a solar battery charger, a stereo with CD/DVD, weather radio and IPOD ready, a 12 volt LCD TV and a back up camera.

Will there be a season 2??? Let’s just say we have some plans to talk to some of our friends in the industry about the possibility of another show.The focus would still be on RV education, but we would like to add some new segments featuring some of our RVing friends.

How about “RVing with Mark Polk & Friends“? I like that. Keep an eye out in the spring of 2012 there might be another great RV show in the works!

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Thanks for joining me today in my RV garage. Travel safe and have fun in your RV and remember when it comes to learning about RV’s we’ve got you covered. Be sure to take a minute and visit www.rvconsumer.com and we’ll see you right back here next on our next Season of  RVing with Mark Polk & Friends which will still include new “Marks RV Garage” segments.
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