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Hello Everybody,

We returned from one cold weather camping trip a couple weeks ago and are heading to Louisville, Ky. for another cold weather RV trip. We are attending the annual National RV Trade Show where we get an insider's look at what's happening in the RV industry, and what to expect for 2018. We we get back home I will winterize the RV and put it in short term storage for a couple months.

Its hard to believe 2017 is almost over. It went fast and now it's time to plan for 2018. Our goal, as a business in 2018 is to get all of our current RV training videos updated. We have worked on instant video download technology for almost a decade in anticipation of DVDs going by the wayside, and we are looking into some video streaming technology where we can include text as well as videos in one training program. We are looking forward to offering some of these new online RV training courses by the time most folks take their RVs out of storage for the 2018 camping season.

Have a happy holiday season and we will see you right back here in January 2018.
Until then enjoy our monthly newsletter, and if you have family or friends who like RVs and the RV lifestyle share with them. Happy Camping in 2017.

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 RV Education 101 Updates E-books & Videos
RV Education 101 is updating its RV e-book and RV video training library. To date six e-book titles and one training video are completed

The e-books are priced at just $12.95  and the instant video download is priced at just $19.95 . You can click on a title for more information
Need a Sway Control Hitch?

Check out the hitch Mark uses. The Original  Equal-i-zer Sway control hitch has been enjoyed by thousands of trailer owners for over 50 years. Learn more about the Equal-i-zer hitch, and find out which hitch will work best for you:

RV Feature Articles

This month I am including several links to articles I wrote that are related to cold weather and RVs. Just click on the title to read the articles you are interested in.

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RV Video of the Month

When RVs are stored for the winter it's not uncommon for mice and squirrels to make their winter home in the RV.  In this RV how to video Mark Polk with RV Education 101 offers some tips and tricks to keep the mice out of your RV.   Watch Video
RV Breaking News
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   RV History
Onan CCK - 3RV
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The Onan model CCK-3RV 5.0 KW generator was the first generator designed specifically for use in RVs, and was used from 1961 through 1977. 
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Stop the problem for good with the charger, maintainer & conditioner that Mark uses on all of his batteries.  The Battery Minder

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Take a minute to visit our new RV 101 with Mark Polk blog

RV 101 with Mark Polk is an educational blog site for new and experienced RVers. There are helpful and informative article in four distinct categories: Beginning RVer, RV DIY & Maintenance,RV products and RV Tips & Tricks. Be sure and click on the follow tab so you are notified every time a new post is released.  Visit the new site now

 RV Buzz Trivia
Yellowstone Coach Company
Mark with his two favorite restoration projects, a 1971 Dodge Power Wagon and a 1967 Yellowstone Cavalier travel trailer
In 1945, Elmer Weaver organized the  Yellowstone Coach Co . in Wakarusa Indiana just outside of Elkhart. After World War II travel trailer production quickly grew in the Elkhart Indiana area and by the onset of the next decade there were over 35 companies manufacturing trailers in the Elkhart area alone. By 1950, Elkhart was tagged by many as the trailer capital of the world.
Yellowstone trailers were popular during the time and were said to be exceptionally well built, but a little on the heavy side. It was also said Yellowstone travel trailers were the choice for traveling carnival employees.
Here are some interesting facts about our Yellowstone project trailer. It is a 1967 Cavalier model. From tongue to bumper it measures 16 feet long, and based on some old advertisements I found it weighed in at just under 2,500 pounds, with a hitch weight of 245 pounds. The interior height is 6 feet 2 inches tall and the overall width is 7 feet. 
The standard measurement for a travel trailer in the RV industry is from the front of the tongue to the rear bumper. This means a 16 foot trailer will have approximately 13 feet of usable living space. Not much room based on today's standard, but back in the day that was a pretty nice amount of space for a camping trip. Old Yellowstone advertisements I ran across stated  that "a well-balanced 13-footer is 6'6" wide, sleeps 4 to 6 or 4 to 8 very comfortably in your choice of floor plan." I hope those 8 people get along really well with each other, especially when it's raining outside.
RV Education 101 Product of the Month
Protect your investment and discover how easy it is to properly winterize your RV and put it in short or long term storage. How much does your RV dealer charge to winterize your RV? Have you ever wanted to take a trip in your RV but canceled it because the RV was winterized and you didn't want to pay to have it done again? Once your RV is winterized how do you put the RV in storage until next spring? Could you learn how to winterize your own RV? With this "Winterizing and Storing your RV" DVD you will no longer need to be concerned about paying to have your RV winterized or about canceling trips because the RV is winterized. Anybody can easily winterize and store their RV by following the simple step-by-step hands on instruction. Available as instant download too

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RV Consumer Magazine Archives

The link below go to archives of our RV Consumer Magazine magazine issues. These past issues offer great information for RV owners, but keep in mind any offers or specials in these archived issues may no longer apply. The top link goes to the Flip book  formatted issues and the bottom link goes to the PDF formatted issues.
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 Our digital RV Product Catalog puts all of our RV training products in one place, and we separate what products apply to what type of RV. For example if you own a travel trailer you can browse through the single DVD titles or go directly to the DVD value sets that apply specifically to travel trailers. 

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