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

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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 36:50

Also available for viewing on YouTube (scroll down to the bottom of this post) You may embed the YouTube video (or the video player below) on your blog, Facebook or website….help us spread the word!)

 

“Mark’s RV Garage” Internet TV Series by RV Education 101 wins the 2011 Telly Award!

The Telly Awards honor the very best local, regional, and cable television commercials and programs, as well as the finest video and film productions, and work created for the Web.

 This episode of Mark’s RV Garage is sponsored by: Explorer RV Insurance , KOA Campgrounds , Camping World , Tuson RV BrakesEqualizer Hitch, Kodiak Trailer Components and RV Education 101®

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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!


The “Mark’s RV Garage” Series is presented by RV Education 101® – They offer a full line of RV Educational and RV walk through dvds


See Highlights of Episode 17 Below:

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!


When it comes to learning about your RV, RV Education 101 has you covered! Whether you prefer reading watching a DVD or learning online we have a RV training course tailored just for you. Just go to http://rvconsumer.com/ and click on the RV consumer training tab-  Happy RV Learning!


 

 

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 Season of  RVing with Mark Polk & Friends which will still include new “Marks RV Garage” segments.
Mark Polk

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RV Education 101® is your premier online source for learning about your RV. We are the largest online digital training provider available, offering numerous online training courses, downloads and programs. Get the RV information you want, when you want it. Happy RV learning!

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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.


Dometic
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


MaxxAir
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.

Mark’s RV Garage Episode 16

Posted by RV Education 101.


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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 24:55

Also available for viewing on YouTube (scroll down to the bottom of this post) You may embed the YouTube video (or the video player below) on your blog, Facebook or website….help us spread the word!)

 

“Mark’s RV Garage” Internet TV Series by RV Education 101 wins the 2011 Telly Award!

The Telly Awards honor the very best local, regional, and cable television commercials and programs, as well as the finest video and film productions, and work created for the Web.

 This episode of Mark’s RV Garage is sponsored by: Explorer RV Insurance , KOA Campgrounds , Camping WorldTuson RV Brakes, Stromberg Carlson Products, Kodiak Trailer Components and RV Education 101®

You need to install or upgrade Flash Player to view this content, install or upgrade by clicking here.


On this episode of Mark’s RV Garage:

Since we are switching to hydraulic disc brakes we also need an electric/ hydraulic brake actuator. We’ll mount the actuator on the front of the trailer and when we combine it with a Direct link Network Enhanced brake controller by Tuson you have a two way data network with amazing proportional trailer braking that also allows you to monitor the status of your towable braking system like never before.

* Mark installs stabilizer jacks

* Mark installs LP gas and carbon monoxide detector

* Mark installs electric tongue jack

* Mark installs LP gas cylinders and regulator.

* Mark tests the operating pressure and tests for leaks with the manometer then tests the operation of all LP gas appliances.

* Tyler sands and paints components on the trailer

All of this and more on this episode of Mark’s RV Garage


The “Mark’s RV Garage” Series is presented by RV Education 101® – They offer a full line of RV Educational and RV walk through dvds


See Highlights of Episode 16 Below:

RV Buzz Quick Tip:

If you want to test your RV for LP gas leaks but don’t have a manometer you can use an approved LP gas leak detector solution. Just turn the gas on and spray the solution on all LP gas fittings and connections. If there is a leak you will see bubbles forming around the area where the leak is. Always remember to use a back up wrench whenever you tighten an LP gas fitting and double check it for leaks after tightening.

NOTE*You should take your RV to an authorized service center to have a complete LP gas check-up.


Trivia question :

Approximately how many hours has Mark invested in the vintage trailer restoration project to date?

A) 250

B) 450

C) Over 600

Answer:

C) Figuring 3 days a week for the last 7 months Mark has well over 600 hours on this project.


RV Product Spotlight:

JENSEN 24 Inch Silhouette LED Illuminated LCD TV

When it came time for entertainment ASA Electronics came through again with this Jensen LED illuminated LCD 24 inch TV. These new, high performance JENSEN LED TVs are perfect for the RV lifestyle. These TV’s ranging in size from 15 to 32 inches eliminate size, weight and power constraints which are all concerns among RVers.  They operate on 12-volt DC power making them ideal for dry camping too. The use of LED illuminated displays creates a slim, lightweight, space saving TV, great for mounting on the RV wall or on a stand like the one we will be using.  This Silhouette TV features high definition with an integrated HDTV tuner and 16.7 million colors in the display. 

In addition to the great picture this Jensen TV also features all of the inputs and outputs you will need, and it’s compatible with the DVD player in the Jensen stereo we installed earlier. When it’s time to kick back and relax you can’t beat a JENSEN LED illuminated TV like this.


Electric tongue jack

I am all for working smarter, not harder, and when it comes to hitching and unhitching a travel trailer working smarter means installing an electric tongue jack. Stromberg Carlson Products came through with this JET 3500 pound electric tongue jack for the old Yellowstone trailer. This model has up to 18 inches of travel and there is a large 3 bulb LED light if you are hitching or unhitching when its dark outside. It also comes with an emergency crank handle to use if you don’t have power.

This 3500 pound electric tongue jack makes easy work of hitching and unhitching. Life just got easier for me with the old Yellowstone trailer. This product is available HERE


 Scissor Jacks     Today we’re going to install a set of scissor jacks on the rear of the old Yellowstone, compliments of  Stromberg CarlsonProducts Inc. Scissor jacks help to stabilize the trailer when you set up at you camping destination. And in pop ups and small trailers like this if you don’t have scissor jacks and too much weight shifts to the rear of the trailer the front can flip up in the air. These jacks expand from 4 to 24 inches and the bowtie base works well on soft surfaces. You can weld or bolt the jacks to the frame of the trailer.

Well we killed two birds with one stone. Now we can stabilize the trailer when we’re camping and we don’t need to worry about the front going airborne if everybody decides to sit on the couch. For more information on these scissor jacks and other RV products take a minute to visit  Stromberg CarlsonProducts Inc.


Bunk ladder  

When we go camping in the old Yellowstone trailer Tyler will be sleeping in the overhead bunk.

I didn’t want him stepping on my arm or leg on the bed below when he needs to get in or out of the bunk so we got this bunk ladder from Stromberg Carlson Products. It’s lightweight and durable and should help me get a peaceful nights rest if Tyler needs to get up in the middle of the night. For more information on the bunk ladder and more great products for RVs visit Stromberg CarlsonProducts Inc.


Refillable Steel Propane Cylinders

Power RV appliances, grills and other propane accessories.

Worthington’s steel portable propane cylinders come in eight sizes ranging from 4.25 lb. to 100 lb. for recreational, commercial, industrial and home applications. These cylinders are manufactured to Department of Transportation (DOT) or Transport Canada (TC) specifications in facilities that have a Quality Management System certified to ISO 9002 requirements. Available at Camping World. Don’t leave home without it. ~ Mark Polk


 Cool RV Destination:

KOA – Jackson Hole / Snake River

Last summer when we took our 5 week RV vacation, we made a stop at the Jackson South/Snake River KOA, the gateway to an outdoor paradise that includes Jackson Hole, Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks, Bridger Teton National Forest, and the Snake and Hoback Rivers. The mountain Kampground sits right on the Snake River–they have RV and tent sites shaded by aspens, cottonwoods, and giant spruce trees; they have Kabins that overlook the Snake River and tent sites along both Horse Creek and the Snake River.  Enjoy guided whitewater rafting or scenic float trips that will surely be a vacation highlight (10% discount if you stay with KOA). Yet another popular activity they offer is tubing! Rent a tube for the whole day and float right down to the KOA. A great number of area activities include fishing the Snake River, hiking the Wind River Range, soaking in Granite Hot Springs, or taking a horseback ride right across the street. The shops, galleries, and restaurants of Jackson are just a 10-minute drive north


RV Education 101® is your premier online source for learning about your RV. We are the largest online digital training provider available, offering numerous online training courses, downloads and programs. Get the RV information you want, when you want it. Happy RV learning!


Don’t miss the season finale when Mark adds some color to the old Yellowstone trailer and reveals the completed project.


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

FOR MEDIA & ADVERTISING

Media Kit
Contact Dawn Polk for Pricing


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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.


Dometic
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


MaxxAir
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.

Mark’s RV Garage Episode 15

Posted by RV Education 101.


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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 27:27

Also available for viewing on YouTube (scroll down to the bottom of this post) You may embed the YouTube video (or the video player below) on your blog, Facebook or website….help us spread the word!)

 

“Mark’s RV Garage” Internet TV Series by RV Education 101 wins the 2011 Telly Award!

The Telly Awards honor the very best local, regional, and cable television commercials and programs, as well as the finest video and film productions, and work created for the Web.

 This episode of Mark’s RV Garage is sponsored by: Explorer RV Insurance , KOA Campgrounds , Camping WorldASA Electronics and RV Education 101®

You need to install or upgrade Flash Player to view this content, install or upgrade by clicking here.

On this episode of Mark’s RV Garage:

* Mark hooks up the city water and water fill

* Tests the water system using the water pump

*Tests the water system using city water pressure

*installs all exterior metal on the trailer

*installs all windows

*Tyler sands the frame

All of this and more on this episode of Mark’s RV Garage


The “Mark’s RV Garage” Series is presented by RV Education 101® – They offer a full line of RV Educational and RV walk through dvds


See Highlights of Episode 15 Below:

RV Buzz Quick Tip:

Take updated photos of your pets with you on RV trips. If they should get lost you can use the pictures to assist in finding them.


 Trivia question :

How old was Dawn when she went on her first RV trip?

A) 8 Years old

 B) 10 Years old

C) 18 Years old

Answer:

B) Dawn was 10 years old when she went on her first RV trip with her Aunt and Uncle


RV Product Spotlight:

Voyager Digital Wireless Observation System Installation

Our friends at ASA Electronics sent us a Voyager Digital Wireless Observation System featuring WiSight™ technology for the old Yellowstone trailer. This digital wireless system far exceeds the performance of any analog wireless observation system on the market. WiSight technology digitally locks the Voyager® camera to its monitor so it only communicates with that monitor, ignoring other outside signals and eliminating interference. With WiSight technology you also get a sharp, vivid picture of the vehicle’s surroundings delivered directly to the 5.6” color LCD monitor. The easy mounting system and 12-volt DC power plug make this system easy to interchange among towing vehicles too. And it’s easy to install.

  With this Voyager wireless observation system I can see what’s going on behind me and I don’t need to worry about blind spots when I’m towing the old Yellowstone. The WiSight technology is strong enough to travel through and around objects and it works on vehicles 60+ feet in length, which is a significantly longer distance than other wireless analog systems. For more information on the Voyager digital wireless observation system visit ASA Electronics.


ART4RVs

Through emails about buying an RV I became friends with an artist named Dick Secor. Dick and his wife Melissa have a dream to purchase an RV and travel fulltime through the US, Canada and Mexico. His RV dream isn’t just about traveling though. He also came up with the idea to start painting art 4 rvs.  He explained that there is not much wall space in an RV and he will be creating some smaller pieces of original art that will fit nicely on a small shelf or on a small section of wall. The art is intended to add a splash of color to the interior of an RV in the form of bold – bright – sassy color in an easy to manage display format. Here are two example of Dick’s art for RV’s that he graciously sent us, one for the motorhome and one for the old Yellowstone. For more information on Dicks work visit his blog: Art4RVs and RV Painter

NOTE: If you would like to purchase some art for your RV just say you saw it here and receive a 20% discount on your purchase.


RV 101™ Education Video Segment:

Maintenance Mishaps-

There are many common problems associated with RVs that could easily be avoided by the owner performing some easy do it yourself checks and maintenance. Things like pre trip checks and checking the water levels in your batteries. I refer to these as RV maintenance mishaps.Avoiding these common mistakes is pretty simple.  Don’t become a statistic when it comes to RV maintenance mishaps.


RV Education 101® is your premier online source for learning about your RV. We are the largest online digital training provider available, offering numerous online training courses, downloads and programs.  Get the RV information you want, when you want it.  Happy RV learning!


Don’t miss the next episode when Mark installs brand new disc brakes and gives the old Yellowstone a new pair of shoes.


 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.


Dometic
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


MaxxAir
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.

Mark’s RV Garage Episode #14

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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 30:05

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“Mark’s RV Garage” Internet TV Series by RV Education 101 wins the 2011 Telly Award!

The Telly Awards honor the very best local, regional, and cable television commercials and programs, as well as the finest video and film productions, and work created for the Web.

 

 
 
 This episode of Mark’s RV Garage is sponsored by: Explorer RV Insurance , KOA Campgrounds , Camping World , Precision Temp and RV Education 101
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

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On this episode of Mark’s RV Garage:

* Mark tests the electric system

* Installs the water heater

*installs LP gas lines

*installs a couple 12 Volt lightsnd some metal

All of this and more on this episode of Mark’s RV Garage


The “Mark’s RV Garage” Series is presented by RV Education 101 – They offer a full line of RV Educational and RV walk through dvds


See Highlights of Episode 14 Below:

RV Buzz Quick Tip: You should never add air to tires when they are hot. Hot air expands and you get false tire pressure readings. Adding or letting air out of a hot tire can lead to over or under-inflation. Always check and add air to tires when they are cold, before traveling more than one mile.


 

Trivia question :

What is Tyler’s favorite kind of RV?

A) Fleetwood Discovery Motorhome

B) Airstream Travel Trailer

C) Lance Truck Camper

Answer: B) Tyler’s favorite type of RV ia an Airstream Travel Trailer


Steer Safe

If you drive a motorhome you probably experience issues with the steering from time to time. Steering issues can result from a passing truck, high winds, soft shoulders and from road wander to name a few. Some of these issues can be white knuckle driving experiences.

I discovered a product that can prevent all of these steering issues when you’re on the road. It is called Steer Safe. Steer Safe is installed on your vehicle’s front steering arms and simply clamps onto the front axle. There is no welding required, you just bolt it on. Once it is installed the Steer Safe’s patented oscillating fulcrum bar makes it the only true steering stabilizer on the market.

It provides up to 400 lbs. of preset tension on each front wheel working against any outside forces. Steer safe keeps your front wheels pointing straight, even during a blowout.
Steer Safe protects you against front tire blowouts, potholes, soft shoulders, high winds, wandering, accidental encounters with curbs and high medians. It also reduces driver stress and fatigue. There is no maintenance required because Steer Safe is equipped with Delrin bearings which never require servicing.

Available at Camping World. Don’t leave home without it. ~ Mark Polk


Don’t miss the next episode when Mark tests the plumbing system for leaks and starts installing more metal


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

FOR MEDIA & ADVERTISING

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Contact Dawn Polk for Pricing

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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.


Dometic
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


MaxxAir
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.

Mark’s RV Garage Episode #13

Posted by RV Education 101.

Mark’s RV Garage Internet TV show is a streamed video. You will need an Internet connection to view the program. Total Run Time 29:21

Also available for viewing on YouTube (scroll down to the bottom of this post) You may embed the YouTube video (or the video player below) on your blog, Facebook or website….help us spread the word!)

 
“Mark’s RV Garage” Internet TV Series by RV Education 101 wins the 2011 Telly Award!

The Telly Awards honor the very best local, regional, and cable television commercials and programs, as well as the finest video and film productions, and work created for the Web.
 

 
 


 This episode of Mark’s RV Garage is sponsored by: Explorer RV Insurance , KOA Campgrounds , Camping World ,  ASA Electronics , Dometic and RV Education 101

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 On this episode of Mark’s RV Garage:

* Mark installs a brand new Dometic refrigerator and finishes the wiring with some GFCI outlets.
* Mark installs a Hamilton Beach microwave provided by ASA Electronics
* Discover how to keep your RV battery topped off with a Sunforce solar battery charger.
* Get some preventive maintenance tips on how to increase the life of your tow vehicle or motorhome engine

All of this and more on this episode of Mark’s RV Garage


The “Mark’s RV Garage” Series is presented by RV Education 101 – They offer a full line of RV Educational and RV walk through dvds


See Highlights of Episode 13 Below:

A Piece of RV History:
Ray Frank is the man credited with the term motorhome. In 1953 he built a house car for his family’s use and called it a motorhome.

From 1958 to 1962 Ray Frank was building Frank Motorhomes on Dodge chassis’ in Brown City Michigan. In the early 60s he started developing the fiberglass body motorhomes that would later be used in the Travco Dodge motorhome design. One hundred thirty one Travcos were built the first year with an average selling price of $9,000 dollars.

One of the motorhomes used by Charles Kuralt and his “on the road crew” for CBS news was a Travco.

Ray Frank was inducted in the RV hall of fame as the father of the motorhome.


 Money Saving DVD Sets Available

RV Education 101 just made it easier for you to learn about YOUR RV! We took our individual matching DVD  titles and put them together into a full set for you, which is equal to almost 3 hours of one on one instruction. Now, not only does this eliminate the guess work as to which ones should go together, but you also SAVE a significant amount of money with the box set discount.

These box sets  include 4 DVD’s each, pick the set that applies to you:
Travel Trailer DVD Set
5th Wheel 4 DVD SET
Class A Training DVD Set
Class C Training DVD Set


RV Product Spotlight:

Sunforce 15 Watt Solar Battery charger

A common problem associated with RVs is dead batteries. There are numerous reasons for dead batteries including not fully charging the battery after using it, parasitic loads on the battery, lack of maintenance and overcharging to name a few. To help prevent some of these battery related problems on the old Yellowstone we’re going to install a Sunforce 15 Watt Solar Battery Charger.

It is possible for this solar panel to overcharge the battery so you can use the battery clamp connectors to hook it up when you want the solar panel to charge the battery. There is an optional Sunforce 7 Amp Solar Charge Controller available to prevent the battery from overcharging.

Now when I want to take advantage of the sun to help keep my battery topped off all I have to do is connect the battery clamps to the battery. When I don’t want to chance the battery overcharging I can disconnect it and store the ends in the battery box.

Available at Camping World. Don’t leave home without it. ~ Mark Polk


Don’t miss the next episode when Mark installs a brand new tankless water heater and gets ready to start testing some of the systems in the old Yellowstone trailer.


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

FOR MEDIA & ADVERTISING

Media Kit

Contact Dawn Polk for Pricing

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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.


Dometic
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


MaxxAir
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.

Mark’s RV Garage Episode #12

Posted by RV Education 101.

Mark’s RV Garage Internet TV show is a streamed video. You will need an Internet connection to view the program. Total Run Time 29:24

Also available for viewing on YouTube (scroll down to the bottom of this post) You may embed the YouTube video (or the video player below) on your blog, Facebook or website….help us spread the word!)

 
“Mark’s RV Garage” Internet TV Series by RV Education 101 wins the 2011 Telly Award!

The Telly Awards honor the very best local, regional, and cable television commercials and programs, as well as the finest video and film productions, and work created for the Web.
 
 

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

Explorer RV InsuranceKOA CampgroundsCamping WorldASA Electronics and RV Education 101

 

You need to install or upgrade Flash Player to view this content, install or upgrade by clicking here.

 The “Mark’s RV Garage” Series is presented by RV Education 101 – They offer a full line of RV Educational and RV walk through dvds

See Highlights of Episode 12 Below:


 Mark installs a  TV antenna, then the roof mounted air conditioner by ASA Electronics,  Maxx Air II covers,  stereo system by ASA Electronics, and then  he installs LP gas lines in the Old Yellowstone trailer.


Trivia Question:

How old was Tyler when he went on his first RV trip?
a) Less than 1 year old

b) 4 ½ years old

c) 7 years old

———-

Answer: a) Less than 1 year old – Tyler was about 9 months old when he went on his first RV trip in a travel trailer.


RV Buzz Quick Tip:

Performing routine maintenance on your generator assures years of reliable service. Maintenance schedules for generators are based on usage. Monitor the hour meter gauge and refer to the generator owner’s manual for recommended service intervals. I like to know that the generator is going o start and run properly when I need it.


Cool RV Destination:

For endless unspoiled sand, surf and summer fun head for the oceanfront Cape Hatteras KOA on the North Carolina Outer Banks. Your campsite is just a few steps over the dunes to the Atlantic. Walk the beach for miles, hunting for shells, casting for bluefish and scouring the surface for dolphins. Or head across this sliver of an island to Pamlico Sound, where windsurfers and kiteboarders head off toward the horizon. Enjoy a beautiful sunrise and later that evening a magnificent sunset.

There’s a full roster of summer activities at the campground – everything from pool games to basketball tournaments, craft activities like bead jewelry making, live skits and live music provided by the Summershiners. Finish with a dip in either of two pools and grab a bite at the poolside snack bar.

Don’t forget to try a scrumptious stack of pancakes at the pancake breakfast and later top your own sundae with your favorite topping. Enjoy a family-oriented film under the stars at our Outdoor Cinema. Fun at this KOA is as limitless as the sand.

There are lots of local attractions to keep you busy as well. Book a NC fishing charter trip, visit the Cape Hatteras National seashore and lighthouse, the graveyard of the Atlantic Museum, the Wright Brothers National Memorial, the Lost Colony Outdoor drama and much much more.


 RV Product Spotlight:

Winegard Motorized Sensar Batwing Antenna

Raise, rotate and stow the amplified, bi-directional antenna with the user-friendly control panel from inside your RV while parked. Handy warning indicator alerts you by flashing all control panel LEDs if obstruction occurs. Manual override in case of power outage. Wall plate power supply has built-in 2-way splitter for second TV outlet and cable TV input. Available at Camping World. Don’t leave home without it. ~ Mark Polk


 Learn to Drive Your Motorhome Like a Pro!
Drive Your Motorhome Like a Pro DVD
Drive Your Motorhome Like a Pro DVD is your complete video guide to professional driving techniques for beginners to experienced drivers. It takes commercial driving training techniques and converts them to layman’s terms, and it explains basic rules so you can apply them to any vehicle you might drive.

If you just can’t wait, the INSTANT download version of Drive Your Motorhome Like a Pro video Download is available NOW.


 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

FOR MEDIA & ADVERTISING

Media Kit

Contact Dawn Polk for Pricing

Watch Episode #1

Watch Episode #2:

Watch Episode #3:

Watch Episode #4:

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Watch Episode #6:

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Watch Episode #8:

Watch Episode #9:

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Watch Episode #12:

Watch Episode #13:

Watch Episode #14:

Watch Episode #15:

Watch Episode #16:

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.


Dometic
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


MaxxAir
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.

Mark’s RV Garage Episode #11

Posted by RV Education 101.

Bookmark and Share Mark’s RV Garage Internet TV show is a streamed video. You will need an Internet connection to view the program. Total Run Time 30:04

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“Mark’s RV Garage” Internet TV Series by RV Education 101 wins the 2011 Telly Award!

The Telly Awards honor the very best local, regional, and cable television commercials and programs, as well as the finest video and film productions, and work created for the Web.
 
 

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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 RV Product Spotlight:

360 RV SIPHON

  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

Buy NOW


 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


RV DVD 6PACK

 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!
…ALSO AVAILABLE AS SINGLES

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.


Dometic
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


MaxxAir
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.

Mark’s RV Garage Episode #10

Posted by RV Education 101.

Bookmark and Share Mark’s RV Garage Internet TV show is a streamed video. You will need an Internet connection to view the program. Total Run Time 31:31

Also available for viewing on YouTube (scroll down to the bottom of this post) You may embed the YouTube video (or the video player below) on your blog, Facebook or website….help us spread the word!)

 
“Mark’s RV Garage” Internet TV Series by RV Education 101 wins the 2011 Telly Award!

The Telly Awards honor the very best local, regional, and cable television commercials and programs, as well as the finest video and film productions, and work created for the Web.
 
 

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

Explorer RV Insurance, KOA Campgrounds , Camping World, Progressive Dynamics and RV Education 101

 

You need to install or upgrade Flash Player to view this content, install or upgrade by clicking here.

See Highlights of Episode 10 Below:

 


RV Product Spotlight:

Tire Pressure Monitoring System

I am a huge advocate for consumer education on tire care and maintenance. I think there is more educational material available now on RV tire care and maintenance than ever before. That’s great news, but with all the care and maintenance in the world it is impossible to know what kind of damage may have already occurred to the inside of a tire, that you are unaware of, and have no way of knowing when the tire might fail.

The good news is there is a way to monitor your tires while you are traveling. It’s called a Tire Pressure Monitoring System available at Camping World. Don’t leave home without it. ~ Mark Polk

Buy NOW

 
 
 
 


  

Boeshield T-9®  Developed by the Boeing Company for lubrication and protection of aircraft components, Boeshield T-9 is a combination of solvents, lubricants and waxes designed for penetration, moisture displacement, lubrication and corrosion protection. Dries to a thin waxy film that clings to metal for months. Loosens rusty and corroded parts. Safe on paint, plastic and vinyl. 12 oz. aerosol.  Available at Camping World.  Don’t leave home without it. ~ Mark Polk
 


RV Buzz Quick Tip: When you are working on an RV electrical system grounding is extremely important. Grounding all of the electrical equipment is necessary to provide a low resistance path to ground in the event of a fault current or short circuit. This way if a person is exposed to a fault current there is a lower path of resistance to ground for the current to follow. To do this we ground the distribution panel to the trailer chassis and for the 12 volt side we ground all the circuits to a grounding bar that will be grounded to the trailer chassis as well.


 Trivia question about Mark:

How many copies of Mark’s book “The RV Book” have been sold since publishing it in 2006.
a) less than 10,000
b) 25,000
c) over 40,000
Answer:
Over 40,000 copies of “The RV Book” have been sold since first publishing in 2006.
c) over 40,000

Go for the RV Gold Online Training Program: The Go for the RV Gold program is a self-paced online RV training program offering over 45 one-on-one RV training videos, 50 feature articles, 60 RV tips and much more.


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

FOR MEDIA & ADVERTISING

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Contact Dawn Polk for Pricing

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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.


Dometic
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


MaxxAir
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.

Mark’s RV Garage Episode #9

Posted by RV Education 101.


Bookmark and Share Mark’s RV Garage Internet TV show is a streamed video. You will need an Internet connection to view the program. Total Run Time 31:22

Also available for viewing on YouTube (scroll down to the bottom of this post) You may embed the YouTube video (or the video player below) on your blog, Facebook or website….help us spread the word!)

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

Explorer RV Insurance, KOA Campgrounds , Camping World, Pelland Enterprises and RV Education 101

 

You need to install or upgrade Flash Player to view this content, install or upgrade by clicking here.

See Highlights of Episode 9 Below:

 

Go for the RV Gold Online Training Program: The Go for the RV Gold program is a self-paced online RV training program offering over 45 one-on-one RV training videos, 50 feature articles, 60 RV tips and much more.


RV Product Spotlight:

Install a window awning in six easy steps. It’s really not that difficult and if you’re a “Do It Yourselfer” it can be a fun RV project to tackle. Window awnings are available at Camping World

To learn more about RV awning use, care and maintenance check out our Awning DVD.


Marks RV Mailbox:

Q: Let me get right to the subject: Field Mice. They LOVE my motorhome. I have tried Bounce distributed liberally about the interior, cotton soaked with peppermint oil (interior and basement), electronic sonic noise makers, and “Shake Away” inside and out. I have also used traps with peanut butter and cheese (haven’t used them for a year), and rodent poison provided by my Terminix technician (currently in use).

I realize that the traps and poison are attractors while the rest are supposed to be repellers and wonder if they are working against each other. So far (knock on wood) no water lines or electric insulation have been on the mouse menu. I do leave several old soft rags in the basement storage which they seem to be happy with. But I am out of airspeed and ideas and would welcome any advice or counsel you could provide.

PS I really don’t want to get a cat.

Mark says: Well Pete that’s good question and one that I get asked a lot. Mice can cause lots of costly damage to an RV and I think anybody who stores their RV outside has tried most or all of the recommended solutions for keeping mice away from our RVs.

Before we had the garage I was a firm believer in the tried and true mouse trap, but like you mentioned the bait used in the trap actually attracts mice. A few fellow RVers have written to me with suggestions that I have not tried, but they swear by the products.

One is a product called the ratzapper, and I was told it does the job without poison or messy cleanup. You just go in the RV periodically and if the red light is flashing it indicates there is a dead mouse. You can dispose of the mouse without handling it.

The other product I was told about is called fresh cab rodent repeller and it’s an all natural rodent repeller with a guarantee. Keep in mind that I have not personally tried these products.


Trivia question about Mark: What is the largest vehicle Mark ever drove and operated?

A) 35 foot type A motorhome

B) 5 ton wrecker

C) M88A1 Armored Recovery Vehicle

ANSWER:  is C) M88A1 Armored Recovery Vehicle

Mark drove & operated a 56 ton M88A1 Recovery Vehicle while stationed in 3/36 Mechanized Infantry Battalion in Butzbach Germany


Microsoft Streets and Trips Winner: I received lots of great tips and wish I had more copies of Microsoft Streets and Trips to give away, but unfortunately we only have one left.  I tried to use tips that would be helpful to the viewing audience. The winner of the last copy of Microsoft Streets and trips is Dan & Pat with this great tip:

Mark;

Here’s and idea that has worked well for us. We didn’t want to add a standard metal file cabinet to the RV, but we needed to a way to store important papers and documents. Tossing them into a shoe box or drawer was not the answer. We found one of these storage cube ottomans for less than $40 and purchased a standard hanging file rack and files from the local stationary store. The hanging file rack can be adjusted to fit inside the cube and the files hung inside organize the documents. The top has two sides, one with a tray top and the other upholstered. We have an attractive piece of furniture that serves as file storage, a coffee table or a comfortable foot rest and the surface is easy clean vinyl. It is only 18′ square so it takes up little space. The benefit of this particular model is that it included a smaller ottoman nested inside the larger one. It works great to sit one of the grandchildren while they enjoy a snack on the tray top of the larger cube. We have a total of less than $50 wrapped up in the whole thing. We have recently seen the units advertised as low as $25.

****Thanks for the great tip and kep an eye out in the mail for your copy of Microsoft Streets and Trips. The storage ottoman that Dan and Pat are referring too can be purchased online at value city furniture.


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