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Mark’s RV Garage Episode #11

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

Explorer RV Insurance, KOA Campgrounds , Camping WorldDicor and RV Education 101


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See Highlights of Episode 11 Below:

 RV Product Spotlight:


  If you have been RVing for awhile you have probably experienced holding tank odors in your RV at one time or another. This is quite common. Holding tanks in your RV are vented trough the roof to release the gasses into the atmosphere. The problem comes when a down draft creates higher air pressure in the holding tank and the only place for the gasses to go is to a low pressure area inside the RV. No amount of holding tank chemicals or tank cleaning is going to prevent these foul odors from entering your RV when there is a downdraft in the vent pipe.

 I have tried lots of products with claims of solving these holding tank related odor problems, but I only found one that really solved the problem. It’s called the RV 360 Siphon. The RV 360 is a fume extractor and the way it works is by using wind from any direction or angle to keep the air pressure in the tanks lower than the air pressure in the RV. It doesn’t matter if you are parked or traveling, and whether there is a slight breeze or a high gusty wind, the RV 360 creates a low pressure drawing the gasses up and out of the vent pipe.

 The RV 360 siphon quickly and easily replaces the original vent caps on your RV, or installs on new applications like our restoration project or roof replacements. Let me show you just how easy it is to install.

With no moving parts and its simple design the RV 360 Siphon will work effortlessly for many years to come. Just think, no more unpleasant holding tank odors seeping into the RV living space. What a small price to pay to solve a big problem. For more information or to purchase the RV 360 Siphon take a minute to visit www.360productsnorthamerica.com

Don’t leave home without it. ~ Mark Polk


 Mark’s RV Mailbox:

   Question: We went camping over the weekend and since then I have kept the fridge plugged in. While we were there camping and since returning everything in the fridge is frozen solid. I have adjusted the plastic clip that goes over the fins but it doesn’t seem to do anything for adjusting the temperature. The cost to replace the fridge looks like a big ouch!! Any suggestions??!! Please and thank you.

Answer: You didn’t mention a make or model for the refrigerator, but there are a couple things that you can try. You mentioned adjusting the thermistor on the fins of the refrigerator. When you make an adjustment by sliding it up or down on the fins you need to allow the refrigerator to return to room temperature and then cool it down again to see if there is a change in the temperature. I recommend using a thermometer in the refrigerator compartment to get accurate readings when you make adjustments. Try moving it down on the fins for less cooling.

 If the thermistor is properly attached to the fins, the wires have a good connection, and there is no change after making adjustments there is a good possibility that it went bad and will need to be replaced. On newer refrigerator models when a thermistor fails the refrigerator goes into a constant cooling mode, freezing everything in the refrigerator compartment. Thermistors aren’t very expensive and most are fairly easy to replace, but you will need to adjust the new one as well.

 RV Buzz Quick Tip:

Every single component in a towing system has a weight rating. This includes the vehicle, the receiver on the vehicle, the hitch, hitch balls, ball mounts and safety chains and cables. Never exceed the lowest rated component in the towing system. This applies to a truck towing a trailer and a motorhome towing a dinghy.

Trivia question about Mark:

How many RVers has Mark helped educate since starting RV Education 101 in 1999?

a) Less than 100,000

b) More than 250,000

c) More than 500,000
Answer b): RV Education has helped educate over 250,000 RVers since 1999

Never Leave Home Without….by Mark

When we travel by RV we sometimes take important personal items like an iPod, digital camera, car keys, jewelry, and important documents. Losing any of these items can end up being very expensive! It’s also common for thieves to target RV’s and other locations like beaches, hotel rooms and gyms where it’s impossible to always keep an eye on everything.

The good news is for less than half the cost of a digital camera you can protect all of your valuables, no matter where it may be. The way to do it is with a product called MY Safe. There is the portable smart safe and the personal smart safe.

The Portable Smart Safe model works great in the RV. It combines a strong combination lock with a sophisticated motion alarm. If the safe is tampered with while it is armed, a loud alarm goes off and draws lots of attention quickly!

The Personal Smart Safe works great in your home or office. It combines a heavy duty radial lock with a sophisticated motion alarm and steel attachment cable to keep your valuables exactly where you left them.

Regardless of the model you choose your valuables are protected. The unique motion alarm is added security to prevent thieves from stealing your valuables and the compact size makes it easy to conceal the safe in a drawer, closet, locker or under a bed. You can even recharge your battery powered devices while they are safely locked inside.

For more information or to purchase a my safe product visit www.xitel.com


 The 6 DVD set includes 3 seminar DVD’s and 3 informational DVD’s:
An $155.70 Value, for $99.95 INCLUDES:
1) RV Care & Maintenance
2) EZ RV Upgrades
3) RV Awning Use, Care & Maintenance (seminar)
4) RV Campground Basics
5) Deep Cycle Batteries (seminar)
6) RV Safety Features Tips & Tricks (seminar)

You only pay $5.95 for S/H!

By Mark Polk

RV Education 101 just made it easier for you to learn about YOUR RV! We took 6 of our individual DVD titles and put them together into a full set for you which is equal to over 5 hours of one on one instruction. You SAVE a significant amount of money with the set discount.

Mark said “After collecting a great deal of feedback from RVers who attend seminars all over the country I determined that live seminar presentations can not always offer numerous and sometimes cumbersome visual aids to effectively get the point across. That was the thought behind our new RV video seminar series. Seminars in video format allow me to present valuable information, using detailed graphics. It is the perfect solution to help educate the RV consumer.”

After watching this complete Seminar Series set of 6 DVD’s; by RV expert Mark Polk, you will master your own RV experiences. This counts as 1 item, so you only pay $5.95 for S/H! These titles are still available for purchase as single DVD’s also.

“Dawn, I have been using the videos and getting your newletters and they have been godsends to a newbie like me. Please keep up the great work! I recommend your site to every RV’er I meet. Good news for your company is that whenever I mention your site, many already know about it. Looks like you’re meeting the needs of a lot of people.”
….Respectfully, Gary Brogna

Watch the RV Cooking Show: A virtual cooking class on wheels with an RV travel component, The RV Cooking Show takes viewers on adventures to some of the most sought-after or interesting but little-known RV locations in the country and then creates a healthy, easy, delicious destination-related dish in host Evanne Schmarder’s RV kitchen.Each less-than-10-minute episode – part travelogue, part cooking show – shares travel tips, ideas and recommendations on popular RVing locales and products then walks viewers through the preparation of a delicious destination-related dish. Past episodes include a tour of Albuquerque’s 505 Chili Factory and Huevos Rancheros, Mojitos and the Fabulous Florida Keys and a salmon dinner in conjunction with the spectacular Olympic National Park.Viewers have the option of watching the RV Cooking Show on YouTube, various RV-related websites such as Camping.com and RVDreamRadio or on the RV Cooking Show website. So as not to miss a single savory episode, viewers may subscribe to the show on YouTube or on this website. An RV industry insider, full-time RVer Ms. Schmarder connects with viewers in part by “living the (their) RV dream”. She is a professional speaker, writer, foodie and unabashed explorer.

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.