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Finding your RV Pivot Point

Mark Polk of RV Education 101 - This RV driving skill segment is on your pivot point. I think it's safe to say that lots of RV accidents are a result of not understanding where the pivot point is on your RV and how it applies to making turns. Let's take a closer look. The…
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RV Cooling Tips from RV Education 101

Hi, I'm Mark Polk with RV Education 101. It's fun to get outside and enjoy all the summer activities, but when your fun in the sun is over, you want your RV to be an oasis to keep you cool. Here is my list of five inexpensive products to help keep you cool when you…
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My Top 5 RV Holding Tank Tips – RV Education 101

I think it’s safe to say one of the not so fun chores of RV ownership is wastewater maintenance. You can’t avoid it, so here are my top 5 RV holding tank tips to help make the job of waste-water maintenance easier. First on my list is not adding enough water to the black water…
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How to Inspect an RV for Water Damage

Hi, I'm Mark Polk with RV Education 101, and I’d like to welcome you to another segment of RV 101: Understanding Your RV. Today’s topic is how to inspect an RV for water damage. Whether you're purchasing a used RV or you already own an RV, it’s a good idea to periodically inspect for any…
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RV Safety Issues from RV Education 101

Mark Polk: Hi, I'm Mark Polk with RV Education 101. Today's topic is understanding your RV's safety devices. Your RV is equipped with several devices for your personal safety. It's important that you familiarize yourself and others on how these safety features operate. Let's take a closer look.

Locate the emergency exit window and make sure you know how to use it. This window is for emergency use only.

New RVs come equipped with a fire extinguisher located near the entry door. In the event you need to use it, remember the word "PASS," pull, aim, squeeze, and sweep. Pull the pin, aim at the base of the fire, squeeze the trigger, and sweep back and forth at the base of the fire until it's completely out. Inspect the fire extinguisher before you leave on a camping trip to make sure it's fully charged. Never attempt to put out a large fire with a small fire extinguisher. Get everybody out of the RV safely and dial 911 for assistance.

The RV has a smoke alarm that usually operates on a nine volt battery. Test the smoke alarm for proper operation before each trip. If the smoke alarm starts to chirp at regular intervals, it's time to replace the battery. If the alarm sounds while cooking, ventilate the RV with fresh air until it stops. Do not disconnect the battery.

I mentioned earlier that the RV has an LP gas leak detector. LP gas leak detectors are usually hard wired directly to the RV's electrical system and will have a fuse in the distribution panel. A small light will illuminate to let you know the leak detector's operating properly.

New RVs are equipped with carbon monoxide detectors. Test the detector for proper operation before each trip. If you own a used RV and it does not have a carbon monoxide detector, purchase a battery operated model designed for use in RVs.

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RV Sewer Hoses 101

I get asked lots of questions about RV sewer hoses and RV holding tanks, so today we are going to start with RV sewer hose basics. This is not a topic people want to discuss, but there are lots of tips and tricks that can make RV waste-water chores easier to deal with. I don’t…
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Towing Tips from RV Education 101

Hi. I'm Mark Polk with RV Education 101, and I would like to welcome you to RV 101, understanding your RV. Today's topic is safe trailer-towing tips. Towing a trailer safely requires the proper hitch components. Today, we're going to discuss hitch receivers, types of hitches, hitch balls, and ball mounts. Every component in a…
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Replacing an RV Fan with RV 101

Replacing an RV Roof Fan by RV Education 101 Mark Polk: "Hi, and welcome to another segment of RV 101, understanding your RV. I'm Mark Polk and I'll be your host today. Today's topic is RV roof vents and how to install a high speed ventilation fan on your RV. When you purchase an RV,…
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Replacing Old RV Blinds

Welcome back to another RV how-to video on our fifth-wheel project trailer. Most of the required repairs are completed on the trailer. Now I want to concentrate on aesthetics. To improve the look and function of the interior, we're gonna get rid of these old window blinds and valances and upgrade them with the Impulse…
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