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Hello fellow RVers,

Last month I mentioned we have been working on a new and improved version of  our existing online RV training delivery program. I am happy to say we have enough RV training courses uploaded (5 video courses and 10 e-book courses) to officially launch the program now. We are filming and editing the remainder of the video courses and will upload them into the program when they are completed.

We took our full-feature video titles and broke them down into individual chapters. In addition to the full-feature video segments we added written text, short video segments, related articles, play & learn crossword puzzles and a quiz in each chapter. I did the same thing with our e-books. Each chapter includes additional training material (videos, articles, puzzles & quizzes) on whatever the chapter topic is. I can assure you these are the best online RV training courses available.

The pricing is affordable, so you don't pay ridiculous fees to learn how to use and maintain your RV, and you don't need to join any annoying clubs that inundate your email with never ending offers and gorilla marketing tactics. Our goal is to teach you the information you are seeking, so you can get out and enjoy your RV. 

After you enroll in a course you can go through the course at your own pace, as many times as you want or need to. The courses can be accessed and viewed on any device (smart phone, tablet, PC) and they work on both Apple and Android. You can view the courses in the comfort of your home, and access the material when you need it on RV trips. 

We are launching our RV Online Training Program now, and we will continue to add new courses as we complete the filming and editing process. 

When it comes to RV training material on the internet be careful who you choose. In today's information age anyone with a camera can post information on the internet, and trust me I have seen it all. There is so much erroneous information posted by unqualified individuals in both video and written formats.  I can guarantee you our training material is comprehensive, qualified and affordable. So, whether you are new to RVs and RVing, or you just need a refresher course take a minute to check out all of the RV training material we have to offer at our new   RV Online Training  site  for 2018 and beyond. 

Enjoy the newsletter, and if you have family or friends who like RVs and the RV lifestyle share with them. Happy Camping in 2018.

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 Rollin On TV Looks Back at the 2017 Season

Rollin On TV wraps up another year of programming, and in the final show of the year takes a look back at 2017. RV Education 101 was invited to work with ROTV in 2017 and we are looking forward to working with the ROTV crew for our second season in 2018. Watch Now

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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:

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 Feature Article -  Understanding All-Electric RV Residential Refrigerators
If you attend RV shows I'm sure you noticed more RV manufacturers and RV models are being offered with an option for a residential style all-electric refrigerator. My goal with this article is to take an unbiased look at the all-electric residential refrigerators used in RVs, and at the end of the article you can decide if this option is right for you, or if you will stick with the more conventional gas/electric RV refrigerator. Read the article

RV Refrigerator Tips & Tricks

While we are on the topic of RV refrigerators let's look at some tips and tricks to keep your refrigerator operating efficiently. 

When the 2018 camping season arrives, you want to make sure your RV refrigerator is ready too. Here are some tips and tricks so the RV refrigerator can do its job more efficiently. READ NOW  

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How-to Reseal & Replace RV Windows
A common repair made on RVs is resealing or replacing a window. In most cases the owner takes the RV to a service facility to have the repairs done. In this RV DIY® Mark demonstrates how the do-it-yourselfer can reseal and replace RV windows using a new Seal-tite™ Foamcore Window Kit Watch Now 
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  Tired of dead batteries?

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Are you interested in learning more about your RV? Our new online RV video training courses can be viewed on computers, tablets, and smartphones. All of our courses includes written text, video segments. related articles written by your instructor, helpful tips & tricks, fun play & learn RV University crossword puzzles and quizzes to help you retain the information.

Don't Forget About Your Generator!

When I was in the military I was in charge of some very large maintenance operations. One of those maintenance assignments was with the 82nd Signal Battalion, 82nd Airborne Division. In addition to a large wheeled vehicle fleet we had hundreds of generators to service and maintain.  When we conducted preventive maintenance checks and services generator operators were required to start and run generator sets with a load, to prevent starting and running issues from sitting in storage.  You might say this was my early indoctrination in generator care and maintenance.

When I retired from the Army I went to work for an RV dealership in North Carolina. Every spring, when camping season arrived I noticed the service department was booked with appointments for generators that either wouldn't start, or if they did start had that all too familiar surging sound. I immediately knew this was a result of letting the generator sit in storage without starting and exercising the generator.

It might seem odd, but the lack of use is one of the biggest problems with gasoline generators. Fuel starts to break-down in a couple of months When the generator sits for months at a time the fuel starts to varnish and gum-up resulting in hard-starting and surging problems.

Fuel related problems are the number one reason for exercising the generator, but there are other reasons too. Moisture build-up can result in damage to the generator. When you exercise the generator it heats up the generator windings and eliminates moisture. Additionally, it helps lubricate the engine seals and internal components, and helps prevent carbon build-up.

That is 3 good reasons to exercise your generator, but how do you go about doing it? 

Good question

Safety First! Whenever you are working on, or using your generator there is the threat of carbon monoxide poisoning. Always inspect the generator exhaust system prior to using it. Do not operate a generator with a damaged exhaust system. If you are using a portable generator set make sure the exhaust is directed away from the camping area. Test your carbon monoxide detector for proper operation prior to using the generator.

Another thing you might find odd about generators is, they are designed and intended to run with a load, as opposed to no load. By load I mean an electrical load.   Generators are rated in kilowatts (KW). One kilowatt equals 1,000 watts.  So a 4 KW generator would be a 4,000-watt generator. 

How do you exercise a generator?
Onan recommends running the generator 2 hours every month at 50% load, and up to a full rated load if practical.

So, as an example, you would exercise a 4000-watt generator with a minimum 2000 watt load. This is roughly equivalent to running one RV air conditioner.

Generator Tip: It's always better to exercise the generator for longer periods of time with more load than it is to run it for short time periods with no load.

In addition to the monthly exercise regime I recommend you use a fuel preservative to help protect the entire fuel system when the generator is in storage. Follow the manufacturer instructions for using fuel preservatives.

Check your generator owner's manual for load ratings specific to your generator. If you don't have the owner's manual you should be able to locate one online. 

These generator problems mainly occur during winter months when the generator sits in storage. If you have not started and ran your generator with a load this winter, now would be a good time to do it. 

Note: Using fuel preservatives applies to any gas powered items you have sitting in storage like lawnmowers, weed-eaters, ATVs etc. A good habit to get into is to add the preservative to the gas can every time you fill it with gas.
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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