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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

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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 #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

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 WorldDicor 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 11 Below:

 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

FOR MEDIA & ADVERTISING

Media Kit

Contact Dawn Polk for Pricing

Watch Episode #1

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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

Media Kit

Contact Dawn Polk for Pricing

Watch Episode #1

Watch Episode #2:

Watch Episode #3:

Watch Episode #4:

Watch Episode #5:

Watch Episode #6:

Watch Episode #7:

Watch Episode #8:

Watch Episode #9:

Watch Episode #10:

Watch Episode #11:

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 #9

Posted by RV Education 101.


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

 

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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.


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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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 #7

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 00:32:39

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, Pelland Enterprises, KOA Campgrounds , Camping World 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 7 Below:

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

Tip by Vince: Put a small dry erase board near the door of your RV for the exclusive propose of displaying the address of your current location. That way should you need to call 911, you can give the dispatcher your proper address rather than just saying Joe’s Campground and counting on them to look it up. In emergency situations every second counts. You will be under stress so make it easy and have this information at the ready. It could save your loved one’s life or somebody else’s.  

 Thanks Vince, keep checking your mailbox, your free copy of Microsoft Streets & trips with GPS is on its way. We still have two copies left so keep the camping tips coming and it could be you that gets the next free copy of Microsoft Streets and Trips.


Mark’s RV Product Spotlight:
When we go camping in the RV something that needs to be done quite often is to clean the floors and other areas of the RV with a vacuum cleaner, especially with kids and dogs running in and out. One problem with this is finding a space big enough to store a bulky vacuum cleaner and then getting it in and out every time you need to use it. I could understand the frustration so I decided to surprise Dawn by installing a Dirt Devil central vacuum cleaner designed for RVs. I installed the vacuum cleaner in an out of the way place, but have it accessible on the interior whenever we need it. ~ Mark Polk Available at Camping World

Now you don’t have to drive across the country in search of a driving school to learn driving skills.


 
 Trivia question about Mark: What kind of RV did Mark borrow from the dealership to use in his first real RV adventure 

a)      Used pop up

b)      Used travel trailer

c)       Used class C motorhome

d)      A truck camper

Answer: b) Mark borrowed a 60s model Shasta travel trailer to take on a deer hunting trip when he was a teenager.


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Marks RV Mailbox

Question: Mark, What is the difference between modified sine wave inverters and true sine wave converters? I store my RV 35 miles away at a RV storage lot without 120v household current. I’d like to inflate my tires with an air compressor right there on the lot. I’ve seen the inverters in the Camping World catalog and both claim to power variable speed tools.  Any help would be appreciated. I really enjoy your “Mark’s RV Garage” segments and your educational videos. 

Mark’s answer: Good question and I’m glad you like the show.

There are a few things to consider when talking about inverters. Inverters are rated in watts and come in a variety of sizes and power ranges from 75 watts to 3000 watts. When you purchase an inverter the output capacity must be capable of operating the loads that will be placed on it. Inverters have two different capacity ratings, the continuous output rating and surge capacity rating. Continuous output is the maximum wattage the inverter can output for a long time period. Surge capacity is the maximum wattage the inverter can output during initial start up. All appliances require more power when they initially start, compared to what they use when they are running, so the starting power required for any appliance that you plan to use with the inverter must be within the surge capacity rating.

To answer your question the difference is primarily what type of AC power the inverter produces. There are modified sine wave inverters and true or pure sine wave inverters. Modified sine wave inverters are less expensive and will power most types of appliances. The down side to modified sine wave inverters is that some electronic equipment will not run on this waveform and because it’s not true or pure sine wave you may get some electrical noise or a snowy picture on your TV screen.

True or pure sine wave inverters are more expensive, but they are capable of producing power as good as a power company and all appliances and electronic equipment will run the way they are intended to. Microwaves, motors and other inductive loads will run quieter and will not overheat and electrical noise will be reduced. If you plan to use a computer or other sensitive electronic equipment you may want to consider a true sine wave inverter.


 RV Destinations:

What is the most famous waterfall in America? If you said Niagara Falls you’re right and that’s where we are going today, to the Niagara Falls North KOA. Rest and relax at your peaceful campsite just minutes away from the breathtaking falls. Your hosts can arrange a van tour, door to door, or a jaw-dropping view and they can offer you lots of other suggestions as well , like the huge jet boat run through rapids in the Niagara Gorge, musket demonstrations at 300-year-old Fort Niagara and charter fishing on Lake Ontario. Let’s head to the Niagara Falls North KOA and take a closer look at a very fun place to visit

What makes Niagara Falls North KOA so special is how close it is to everything you might want to see in the area. Let the tour bus pick you up for the 10 mile trip to the Falls or take a  quick trip over the border to see all the beautiful sights of Canada. It’s just one and one-half hours to Blue Jay’s Baseball and other attractions like Ontario Place, Canadian National Exhibition, Ontario Science Center, Toronto Zoo, and Casaloma Castle.

At the falls venture down a series of wooden walkways leading to Bridal Veil Falls, where you will be only an arms-length away from the thundering water. Cave of the Winds is open mid-May thru September daily from 9:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. and mid-September thru October daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. If you prefer boats over walking enjoy a boat tour of “Maid of the Mist.” This is a 30-minute boat ride that takes you up close to one of the Wonders of the World as you pass by the base of the American Falls and into the ring of the Horseshoe Falls experiencing the magic of the mist.

Want to just spend some time relaxing and having fun around the campground. You can enjoy a quiet swim in the pool or set up a game of horseshoes or volleyball while the kids enjoy the recreation room. On the weekends enjoy the pancake breakfast, ice cream socials and free wine tasting. If you like golf don’t forget about the new Hickory Stick pro golf course just two miles away and open to the public.

Whether you just want to relax and lounge around the campground, or spend your days sightseeing all the local attractions the Niagara Falls North KOA is a great camping destination for this years camping season. For more information on this fun KOA destination visit http://koa.com/

 
RV Buzz Quick Tip

Try to get in a habit of checking the condition of your windshield wiper blades before you leave on a trip. This is one of those things we don’t think about until the next time we need them. You can periodically clean the wiper blades using a rag with some windshield washer fluid on it.


 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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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 #6

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 00:32:00

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

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

Explorer RV Insurance, Progressive Dynamics, KOA Campgrounds , Camping World 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 6 Below:

RV 4 The Cause  FULL Interview  with Marty & Patti Shenkman


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

Congratulations Chuck, your complimentary copy of Microsoft Streets and Trips is on the way to you.


Mark’s RV Product Spotlight:

6 Shaded Globe Lights

One of the most enjoyable times RVing is when you are sitting outside on a beautiful evening. Whether it’s enjoying a campfire, the company or the sounds surrounding you at night it’s a lot of fun. Nothing adds to the ambiance more than a nice set of patio lights for your awning.

These lights come in all shapes and sizes to suit your personal preference.

Black shade directs light to your campsite, adding a welcoming glow. Uses standard 60-watt or lower bulbs (sold separately).

Buy Here


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This old Yellowstone is what would be known as a sleeper in the world of muscle cars. A sleeper is a car that looked odrinary and plain but had a high performance engine and parts that could beat most other cars. The old Yellowstone looks plain from the outside but it will be equipped better than some modern day RVs you can get today.


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.


Marks RV Mailbox
 

Question: Hi Mark, quick question for you. In several of your DVD’s/articles, you recommend installing a temperature >controlled DC vent fan to improve RV refrigerator performance in hot weather. When I inquired about purchasing this accessory at my local Camping World, I was told that on a newer refrigerator (which I have), the performance is not significantly improved by a vent fan. Do you agree with this assessment, or do you believe that even the newest models will benefit from installing this accessory?

Mark’s Answer:  Well Russ that really depends on how well the refrigerator is vented when it is installed in the RV. I have seen refrigerators with little to no room for ventilation and others with more than enough room to help vent the heat from behind the refrigerator and keep it cool.

On our Class C Motorhome there was very little space for ventilation and I added a 12 volt fan to assist. It improved the cooling efficiency significantly. Our Class A MH came from the factory with a 12 volt fan already installed.

I guess the best answer is the refrigerator itself. If it seems to struggle keeping things cold in hot weather you can benefit from a fan. If it does a good job it probably isn’t necessary.

For more information on RV upgrades we offer a DVD titled EZ RV Upgrades.


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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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 #5

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

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

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

Congratulations Phil, your complimentary copy of Microsoft Streets and Trips is on the way to you.

Phil’s Tip: Hey Mark, got a tip for you that you might like, It saves a lot of “Hey Honey, where’s the …..” and acts as a roadmap on how to pack up and put things away.

Take the floor plan picture of your RV (in our case a Popup) from the manufacturers website or brochure and label  it with location letters. Then create a list of what is stored in that location. This is especially good for Popups/Hybrids where most of the storage is sight unseen under the seats.

Click here to see my sample.

If you are really organized (I used to be a flight instructor, so I am check list based type of guy), you can combine a setup checklist, floor plan map, notes page and breakdown checklist and make yourself a fold over booklet. I have attached the one I made as a sample. If you print it our double sided and fold it  over you have a booklet that fits on one of those small clipboards. We keep it by the door for easy access and to write notes on for the next trip.
This one was made for our 2008 Fleetwood/Coleman Seapine. We just picked up a 2011 Flagstaff HW27KS and as we go through the process of decided where things should go (tons of cabinets in it), the new roadmap will be critical. You can create these in lots of programs. I did this in Microsoft Publisher, but Word can work fine. It doesn’t have to be as fancy as this
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Mark’s RV Product Spotlight:

Portable Surge Guard: Available in your choice of 30 Amp or 50 Amp– Surge protection is protection against voltage spikes on power lines. These voltage spikes can cause severe damage to electronic and electrical equipment. With today’s RV coming equipped with sophisticated and sensitive electronic equipment, a few short seconds of faulty power can damage appliances and electronics in the RV like stereos, satellite systems, microwaves, televisions, refrigerators and computers. The TRC Surge Guard family of power protection devices are designed to protect your RV’s electrical system and sophisticated electronics from the dangers of faulty electrical power.

Surge Guard offers total protection with three individual safety circuits. It checks the power pedestal for damaging mis-wire conditions and has a warning indicator for reverse polarity, dangerous current on ground wire and pedestal mis-wiring. It offers Solid state full mode surge protection and Automatic over and under voltage protection. Standard surge protectors do not provide protection for over and under voltage or open neutral conditions, The surge guard is weather-resistant, so you simply plug it in to the power pedestal and plug the RV power cord into the surge guard.

Buy Here


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RV Trivia:

It’s said that the first RV was Pierce-Arrow’s Touring Landau introduced back in 1910. The camper model had a back seat that folded into a bed, a water tank, a chamber pot toilet and a wash basin that folded down from behind the seat of the chauffeur. It had a rear boot for trunks and extra storage boxes on the sides where you normally would see running boards. The chauffer stayed in touch with the campers using a telephone. The base price was slightly over $8,200 and with options it could exceed $8,500. For that price it better come with a chauffeur.


Mark’s RV Quick Tip:

One tip for controlling odors and extending the life of your RV holding tanks is to add plenty of water to the black water tank after you empty it. You want the bottom of the tank to be completely covered by water and depending on the size of the tank this might require 3 toilet bowls of water or it might take five or six. The other thing to keep in mind is to add plenty of water to the bowl every time you flush it so there is enough water in the tank at all times to help control any odors.


Marks RV Mailbox
 

Question
My awning stays rolled up for weeks, and sometimes months at a time. I always try to put it away dry, but it still gets what looks like mildew on it. Those black mildew areas are difficult to remove. Do you think it is still damp when it is rolled up, and that’s what causes it to mildew? Also I saw an awning at a campsite that was not made out of the vinyl covered fabric. It was made out of some sort of mesh. It seemed to shade the sun quite well, but it was made of some sort of fabric you could almost see through. Do you know by chance what brand of awning that might have been? I couldn’t see a name on it.

Thanks Bill

Mark’s Answer:
It’s quite possible the awning fabric is dry when you store it but when it rains it is still possible for water to get inside a rolled up awning fabric if it doesn’t have a protective wrap. It’s a good idea to unroll the awning once a month when the RV is stored outside to let it air out and dry.

Fabric used on RV awnings is basically one of two types, acrylic or vinyl. The one you saw at the campground was an acrylic awning fabric. Acrylic awning fabric is a woven cloth that lets air circulate through the fabric. This air circulation allows the fabric to dry quickly when it gets wet. Acrylic fabrics are water repellent, but not waterproof. Vinyl awning fabric like yours mildews. Vinyl fabric is basically mildew resistant, but not necessarily mildew proof. What happens is mildew can form on the dirt and dust that collects on the vinyl fabric. It will be worse in high temperatures, humidity and if the fabric is stored when it is wet. Before storing an awning you should thoroughly clean the both sides of the fabric with an approved cleaner and allow it time to dry completely before stowing it.


For more information on RV awnings we offer an electronic download ebook and a DVD titled RV Awning Use, Care and accessories.


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 Click HERE

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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 #4

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 33:09

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

 KOA Campgrounds , Camping World and RV Education 101

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

Free Consumer Webinars

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

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Mark’s RV Product Spotlight:

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

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

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Mark:

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

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Marks RV Mailbox
 

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

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

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

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

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Cool RV Destinations

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

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

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

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

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

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Thanks for joining me today in my RV garage. Travel safe and have fun in your RV and remember when it comes to learning about RV’s we’ve got you covered. Be sure to take a minute and visit www.rvconsumer.com and we’ll see you right back here next on our next episode of marks RV garage.

Mark Polk

FOR MEDIA & ADVERTISING Click HERE

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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.