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RV Consumer Magazine is a digital e-magazine designed to inform and educate the RV consumer on RV products, RV information, RV videos, RV how-to topics and RV education. In this issue of RV Consumer Magazine Mark Polk with RV Education 101 explores the future of tow vehicles, the new SAE J2807 towing standard, RV tips and tricks to keep your trailer brakes in tip top shape and everything you need to know about trailer tires. And don't miss the interview with Joe Jamieson, founder of The Automated Safety Hitch System and get another great camping recipe from The Cooking Ladies. As a bonus feature catch a photo preview of Mark's trip to the North American International Auto Show where he checked out some new truck's and tow vehicles.
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.
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.
I am the founder of a company called RV Education 101. We produce videos on how to use and maintain Recreation Vehicles, and I am the author of a book titled “The RV Book”. I started the company because I was concerned about the lack of education and safety awareness for the RV consumer. To view our complete line of products please visit our website at www.rveducation101.com/
Mark Polk is a retired Army Chief Warrant Officer Three, specializing in wheeled and track vehicle fleet maintenance operations. In addition to owning and operating RV Education 101 since 1999, Mark also has a very extensive RV background working in RV sales, service and management.
Dawn Polk is Mark’s wife and is RV Education 101’s Sales and Marketing director. After 3 years in RV sales, she left her position to help start RV Education 101.
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