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Mark’s RV Garage Episode #4

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Mark’s RV Garage Internet TV show is a streamed video. You will need an Internet connection to view the program. Total Run Time 33:09

This episode of Mark’s RV Garage is sponsored by:

 KOA Campgrounds , Camping World and RV Education 101

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See Highlights of Episode 4 Below:


RV4TheCause’s Mission:
To help those living with chronic illness, their caregivers and loved ones by educating professional advisers (CPAs, attorneys, financial planners) and consumers about estate, insurance, tax and financial planning for those living with chronic illness. We provide free educational seminars for professional advisers, planned giving professionals, and consumers, as we travel the country in our Airstream RV.

Free Consumer Webinars

 RV4TheCause Webinar Programs:
 These seminars will be presented using gotowebinar by Citrix. Each Webinar will be 30-60 minutes in length and will be a non-technical but practical presentation designed for consumers. PowerPoint presentations will make it easier for attendees to follow along. Recordings of these webinars will be posted HERE.
             Follow the links below to register:
  1. 3:00 pm Friday March 25, 2011 EST “Estate Planning Introduction and Overview” broadcast from the Good Sam RV Park: Cherry Hill Park, 9800 Cherry Hill Road, College Park, MD 
  2. 7:00 pm EST March 28, 2011 “Estate Planning when you or a Loved One is Living With Chronic Illness,” broadcast from the Good Sam RV park: Rvacation Campground. 428 Campground Rd., Selma, NC. 
  3. 10:30 am EST March 30, 2011 “Powers of Attorney – What they Are and What you Need to Know,” broadcast from the Good Sam RV park:  The Campground At James Island County Park 871 Riverland Dr Charleston, SC.
  4. 7:30 pm EST April 4 “Living Wills, Health Proxies: Vital Documents for Everyone,” broadcast from the Good Sam RV park: Camp Nebraska, 10314 North Nebraska Avenue turn onto E. Bougainvillea Ave., Tampa, FL.
  5. 9:30 am EST April 7, 2011 “Revocable Living Trusts and Chronic Illness,” broadcast from the Good Sam RV park:  Alltoona Landing Campground, 24 Alatoona Landing Rd SE, Cartersville, GA.


Mark’s RV Product Spotlight:

If you travel with kids, grandkids or pets you won’t want to leave home without the product were going to talk about today.  And the good news is it’s inexpensive and easy to install. The product I’m talking about is a Ruggids RV step rug. 

The Ruggids RV step rug fits most manual and electric steps. It’s made of high quality olefin with a solid rubber backing. This RV step rug is designed to last in all weather conditions and the great news is the deep treads trap the dirt at the door, not inside the RV. Available at Camping World.



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What’s my favorite type of RV? Boy that’s a tough one. I like just about every type of RV for one reason or another, but I’ve gotten spoiled over the years so would probably say motorized RV’s.  I guess I like the convenience they have to offer while you are traveling.  But I wouldn’t count the old Yellowstone out, that will be fun to camp in too.


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Question    Is it ok to leave my RV plugged in when we are not using it? This could be for several months at a time, and should I start the engine every week or so?

Mark’s Answer: Leaving the unit plugged in depends on what type of battery charger your RV converter has. If it is a three stage charger, with a maintenance or float stage, its okay to leave it plugged in. The three stage charger is designed to prevent the batteries from being overcharged, but I recommend you check the water levels periodically if you do leave the unit plugged in. Check your owner’s manual for information on the converter. If it’s not a three stage charger you can leave it unplugged and start it periodically or use a product like the Battery Minder to keep the batteries charged while in storage.

As for your second question I always add a fuel preservative to the fuel tank when our unit will sit idle for more than a couple months at a time. I run the engine and the generator long enough for the preservative to get through the fuel system. But, I still think it’s good to start and run the engine and generator at least monthly when in storage. It allows the oil to lubricate the dry components of the engine. When you run the generator be sure and run it with at least a half rated load on and if try to run it for at least an hour. You should be able to find the load ratings in the generator owners manual.


How did RVing get started in America? Well it can be attributed to when the American automobile industry embraced assembly line production.  By the end of 1913 the time to assemble a Model T chassis was cut from 12.5 hours to 2.7 hours. By 1916 the price dropped to 360 dollars making the Model T affordable to the average working middle class family.  Autocamping quickly spread across America. People could travel with cooking and camping equipment in their vehicle and avoid riding on trains and staying in overcrowded hotels. This was the great appeal of autocamping which lead to the craze that we know of as RVing today.


Cool RV Destinations

The Las Vegas KOA at Circus Circus is on Las Vegas Boulevard, or what’s known as the Strip! KOA campers are close to everything Vegas has to offer.  If you feel like venturing off the Las Vegas Strip, there are some great places to visit like the Grand Canyon or Red Rock Canyon, Hoover Dam and Valley of Fire State Park.

Don’t have an RV? No problem. Stay in one of the Las Vegas KOA Airstream travel trailers. The Las Vegas KOA has 350 plus big-rig friendly sites with full hookups. The Super Sites feature 60-80 foot pull-thrus with grass, patios and outdoor furniture.

Need a break from all the action? Stop in the Great Room and watch the big-screen TV,  or catch up with friends on one of the KOA Internet kiosks. Make time to enjoy a dip in the pool or ease those tired muscles into a hot tub or sauna. Traveling with your dog? The Las Vegas KOA offers two off-leash dog parks and a self service doggie wash. Don’t forget about the free Wi-Fi service too.

On top of all this you have access to one of Las Vegas’ top family resorts: Circus Circus features an indoor theme park known as Adventuredome, a midway with daily circus acts, swimming pool, spa, award-winning restaurants and more. So whether you’re coming to Vegas to beat the odds, or enjoy some of the most spectacular hiking, mountain biking and other outdoor activities the area has to offer, the Las Vegas KOA is THE only place to stay!


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Our friends at Microsoft streets and trips were gracious enough to send us 5 copies of the streets and trips with GPS locator. This is a 70 dollar value and we are giving these away for free, but there is a twist. Send me your best RV camping tip and if I use it on a show episode you get a copy of Microsoft streets and trips absolutely free. I’ll even pay for the shipping. You can’t beat that. So here is what you do. Send me your best RV camping or RV tech tip. For example to remember that your RV antenna is in the raised position hang your tow vehicle or motorhome keys from the antenna handle. That way you can’t drive off with youtr antenna up. Man I should give myself a copy for a great tip like that. So what are you waiting for send your tips today and start planning your RV trip with streets and trips tomorrow. E-mail me  (Mark) your best tip  and put my camping tip in the subject line.


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 episode of marks RV garage.

Mark Polk


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Thank-you to our “Mark’s RV Garage” show Sponsors:

KOA camping is different Our Great People make sure of that. We’re near most every attraction and national park in America. Wherever you want to go. At every one of our over 475 locations our focus is you. KOA is by far the largest group of affiliated campgrounds on the continent.
From Wi-Fi and cable to fire rings and food service, KOA has you covered. Your experiences. Your enjoyment. Your memories. Your camping.

Camping World
Camping World began with one small store and a mail order business in an old farmhouse heated by a wood-burning stove. A tobacco barn served as their first warehouse. Since then, Camping World has grown into America’s leading RV accessories and service experts, bringing you everything you need for your RV, with Nationwide SuperCenters, an award-winning website, and full-color catalogs.

Dicor Corporation is a leading supplier of innovative products to the OEM and component manufacturers for recreational and conversion vehicle industries, as well to distributors in the
recreational vehicle and automotive aftermarkets.

RV products are designed with your comfort in mind. With over 80 years in the RV industry, Dometic has become a leader in manufacturing innovative, high-quality RV products that enhance the living space in your RV, motorhome or coach.

RV-500 Space and Water Heating Systems for Recreational Vehicles
The RV-500 delivers on demand hot water
efficiently and conveniently with up to 55,000 BTU’s of power.
The RV-500 is quiet and efficient.

ASA Electronics
brings you the high quality electronics that mobile applications require. ASA works side by side with your designers, engineers, and sales team to develop and provide customized solutions through exclusive engineering,
thorough testing, and tailor made product designs

Progressive Dynamics Inc.
The source of bright ideas since 1964
Progressive Dynamics offers quality Recreational Vehicle products to the RV industry. And in recent years has developed several
new products for the RV Industry

The original MaxxAir product was a louvered vent cap cover, but from that we have engineered and manufactured several ventilation products for the RV market. The best way to describe MaxxAir is to say
it’s in the air moving business
— RV ventilation to be more specific

DirecLink ActuLink ActuLink ABS Module
A Complete System with each Component Linked Together by a Digital Control and Diagnostic Network. The systems of your tow vehicle don’t work independently of each other. Network computer control systems link them so they work seamlessly together.

Why would you want the brake system of your towable working in isolation from your tow vehicle? Vehicle control networks have evolved into powerful and flexible systems.

It is this technology that has paved the way for a revolution in towable braking systems. The DirecLink Network-Based Towable Brake System is the new standard.

Kodiak Trailer Components was established in December 1989, as a manufacturer of products for boat trailers. The product range has varied greatly during our evolution, but since 1994, Kodiak has been the leader in developing hydraulic disc brakes for the trailer industry.

Kodiak’s product line now includes multiple options to select from, with disc brake sets ranging from 2000 lb. axle sets through 10000 lb. axle sets. Our customers represent all types of trailer manufacturers including marine, RV, horse, commercial/industrial, cargo, and even certain operations from the military.

The automotive industry converted to disc brakes for good reason. Specify Kodiak disc brakes on your next traileryou’ll be glad you did!

Charlie and I (Robert) are the third generation in the business(RV Product Accessories). We have scraped knuckles making proto types, and traveled the roads to meet with customers in their back yards. At our facility we talk about ISO-9000, CNC Machinery, Capability Studies, and developing reliable manufacturing systems. But on the road we talk to our customers about their goals and their vision, what lies ahead for them over the next five years. Until we understand what lies ahead for our customers we can not orchestrate our business. Serving your needs is the only way we can achieve success. Then the secret is to never stop chasing the needs of your customers. How can we help you today to be successful tomorrow? RV accessories such as electric tongue jacks, scissor jacks, hand rails and much more…

The Original Equal-i-zer® Sway Control Hitch, with 4-Point Sway Control™, helps the driver be in control and the passengers be at ease. It has been specially designed to tackle the three biggest problems found with conventional trailer hitches: trailer sway, weight distribution, and complicated hook-ups. We continually strive to move forward and be innovative in all our activities.