Got Fruit?

December 29, 2009

by Duane Careb
President RVchurchesUSA

Recently my good friend, John Imler (RVchurchesUSA Ambassor and author of It’s Never Too Late), emailed me a picture of this peachpeaches1a tree in his back yard in California (where else?).

He was trying to entice Erika and me to return for another visit to his home. I must admit, I was stunned to see just how much fruit was remaining in that tree!

He told me that Ruth (his wife) and he had picked sweet nectar peaches that were juicy, plump and fuzzy. He raved on bragging that there were hundreds still hanging on the tree even though they harvested more than a hundred already. “John”, I said, “that has to be one incredible tree that continues to bear fruit even after you have plucked much from it!” He snickered and replied, “Seems like a spiritual message in itself, doesn’t it?”

My friend John was right – there is a biblical application regarding our worth to God as trees that continue to bear fruit even when we feel we have been picked apart by others.

If you’re anything like me when I’m “ministry spent” – drained or feeling depleted with no more to give – you have experienced a temptation to retreat from serving, encouraging or even being God’s showcase to others day after day. It’s exhausting, isn’t it?

John 15:8 relates Jesus’ own words for us while in Philippians 1:11 the Apostle Paul writes about bearing fruit for the Kingdom. What is the fruit of the spirit? Galatians 5:22-23 offers us encouragement by identifying specific Christ-like characteristics for us to consistently emulate – even when we are “spent” or exhausted.

Is your tree continually bearing fruit? What can you personally do to renew (grow) the fruits plucked from your spiritual-growth tree?peaches3

Like John’s peach tree, with God’s grace and a personal relationship with Jesus, we continue to bear fruit that is sweet, pleasant and encouraging to those who need to pluck them from our branches. We renew our fruit through the process of reading scripture, communicating with Jesus and, yes, even plucking the fruit from the tree of others to help us regain our perspectives.

RV Uses for Dryer Sheets

December 28, 2009

by Keith Bennett
The RV Travel Examiner

Next to the can opener, dryer sheets are one of the best inventions from mankind. For RVers they are as useful as duct tape and we all know that duct tape can do anything.

Some of the more popular uses for dryer sheets are:

1. Getting bugs off the RV – just wet the dryer sheet and the bugs magically come off. The used dryer sheets can be kept by your spouse for just this use versus throwing them away.

2. Mosquito repellant – tuck one in a pocket or belt loop and the blood sucking pests will be annoying somebody else.

3. Placed in various places of the RV will keep things smelling nice and fresh and will keep out those winter visitors while the RV is in storage. If you have some footwear that let’s everyone know your feet sweat, then tuck a sheet inside your shoes and leave them in a storage bin overnight and you will not only have clean smelling shoes, but your storage area will smell fresh.

4. If you have mini blinds, dryer sheets are great for cleaning them and seem to attract the dust. They also are great for dusting the TV screen. Some say you can use on a computer screen BUT make sure your computer if off and unplugged when you do this.

5. The sheets are excellent for cleaning the shower doors as they will leave them squeaky clean and spotless.

6. Prevent thread from tangling by running a threaded needle through sheet of Bounce before beginning to sew.

7. Eliminate odors in wastebaskets. Place a sheet of Bounce at the bottom of the wastebasket.

8. Collect animal hair. Rubbing the area with a sheet of Bounce will magnetically attract all the loose hairs.

9. Want to quickly freshen up the RV in the humid summer? Place a sheet in the AC vent to give the rig that clean outdoor smell.

10. Here is a link to Bounce’s website for “clever uses” of their product. http://www.bouncesheets.com/en_US/cleveruses/index.jsp

11. Used Bounce dryer sheets are excellent for removing nail polish. It saves manicure time, and uses less nail polish remover.

Be sure to share your favorite use for dryer sheets by leaving your comment below.

Till then, Happy Camping

You may comment below or visit Keith’s site at The RV Travel Examiner for additional RV Travel articles.

NASCAR Themed Campgrounds

December 27, 2009

by Greg Gerber
posted on RV D@ily Report December 18, 2009

Partnership will create NASCAR themed campgrounds

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — NASCAR, Morgan RV Resorts and Silver Companies have announced a license to create “NASCAR RV Resorts,” a new branded concept to bring the sights, sounds and thrills of NASCAR to family camping locations across the country.The first 13 locations include sites in eight different states and future expansion goals are for hundreds of additional locations in the next 10 years.

Beginning in the spring of 2010, the first NASCAR RV Resorts will come online and incorporate a full NASCAR experience for campers, including live NASCAR races shown on giant screens. These locations are:

  • Stonebridge Park in Maggie Valley, N.C.
  • NASCAR RV Resort of Mays Landing, N.J.
  • Indian Creek RV Resort in Geneva-on-the-Lake, Ohio
  • Westward Ho Campground in North Kettle Moraine, Wisc.
  • Adirondack Gateway RV Resort in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.
  • Indiana Beach Campground in Monticello, Ind.
  • Wild Acres in Old Orchard Beach, Maine
  • Virginia Park RV Resort in Old Orchard Beach, Maine
  • Wagon Wheel in Old Orchard Beach, Maine
  • Megunticook Campground by the Sea in Rockport, Maine
  • Camden Hills RV Resort in Rockport, Maine
  • Endless Caverns and RV Resort, New Market, Va.
  • Blueberry Hills RV Resort in Bushnell, Fla.

These locations will be rebranded and include activities providing the camper a full NASCAR experience away from the track such as tailgate events, televised race coverage on jumbo screens through NASCAR Media Group and DirecTV, including exclusive content from the race weekend only available at a NASCAR RV Resort. Additionally, campers will enjoy games, activities and retail opportunities with NASCAR themes every weekend, all season long.

“In a sense, NASCAR has been in the camping business for more than 60 years with NASCAR events representing some of the country’s largest campgrounds 38 weeks out of the year. The infield of any NASCAR Sprint Cup track demonstrates NASCAR fans’ strong association with camping and RV ownership,” said Blake Davidson, managing director, licensed products for NASCAR. “That passion extends beyond the track and this partnership bringing our sport to these locations through a NASCAR RV Resort is a natural connection with our fan base.”

The creation of NASCAR RV Resorts further solidifies NASCAR’s position with the camping industry. Prior to the 2009 season, Camping World was named the title sponsor for the sports truck series as well as the top weekly developmental series.

“There are tremendous synergies between what Camping World does today and the NASCAR RV Resorts and we are looking forward to bringing our partners together to maximize the benefits for the NASCAR fans,” said Davidson.

Race fans and their families and friends as well as non-racing families and friends will benefit as well with clean, safe, family friendly parks in some of the best locations in America.

“This is great news for RV park owners and developers around the country. These new RV/Entertainment Centers will give the owner/developer the ability to convert or build their RV park or site into a unique, one of a kind recreation and entertainment venue that fans and families alike will find exciting.” said Robert J. Moser, president and CEO of NASCAR RV Resorts. “There is no better combination of two more American sports/lifestyles/pastimes then NASCAR and camping.”

SOURCE: NASCAR press releaseNASCARN

You can email Greg at [email protected]

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Winterizing RV Batteries

December 27, 2009

by Mark Polk
Mark is a regular contributing author

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The two most common causes for RV battery failure are undercharging and overcharging.  Undercharging is a result of batteries being repeatedly discharged and not fully recharged between cycles. If a battery is not recharged the sulfate material that attaches to the discharged portions of the plates begins to harden into crystals.

Over time this sulfate cannot be converted back into active plate material and the battery is ruined. This also occurs when a battery remains discharged for an extended period of time, like during storage. Sulfation is the number one cause of battery failure. The second leading cause of battery failure is overcharging. Overcharging batteries results in severe water loss and plate corrosion. With that said let’s look at how to properly store your RV batteries.

Before we talk about storing the batteries we need to talk about battery safety. Lead acid batteries contain sulfuric acid which is extremely corrosive and can cause severe burns or even blindness. And the hydrogen gas that batteries produce, when they’re charging, is very explosive. When you work around batteries you need to wear safety glasses and gloves, remove all jewelry and do not smoke or use any open flames.

Caution: If you accidentally get battery acid on your skin, flush it with lots of water and if it gets in your eyes flush with low pressure water for 15 minutes and call a doctor.

When you put the RV in long term storage it’s a good idea to remove the batteries and put them in storage too. This is quite simple to do. The first thing we want to do is visually inspect the batteries for any obvious damage. Any fluid on or around the battery may be an indication that electrolyte is leaking from the battery. A damaged or leaking battery should be replaced immediately. Whenever you remove any battery always remember to remove the negative terminal or cable first, and then the positive cable.

Battery Tip: When you remove a battery turn off the ignition switch, all electrical switches, and any battery disconnect switches before you disconnect the battery cables. Whenever you remove any battery cables label them first so you remember how they go back on the battery next spring. When you reinstall the battery do it in the reverse order. Install the positive cable first and then the negative cable.

Clean the batteries with a 50/50 mixture of baking soda and water if necessary. Now you can check the electrolyte level in each cell and add distilled water if necessary. The minimum level required, before charging a battery, is at the top of the plates. If it’s below the plates add enough distilled water to cover the plates before you charge the battery.

Test the battery state of charge with a voltmeter or hydrometer and charge any batteries that are at or below 80% state of charge. An 80% charge is approximately 12.5 volts for a 12-volt battery and 6.25 volts for a 6-volt battery. Lead sulfation starts when a battery state of charge drops below 80%. After charging the batteries check and fill each cell to 1/8 inch below the fill well with distilled water. Overfilling cells will cause battery acid to overflow.

Caution: Batteries should only be charged in a well ventilated area and keep any sparks and open flames away from a battery being charged. Check the electrolyte levels before and after charging batteries.

A discharged or partially charged battery will freeze much faster than a charged battery. Store the batteries in a cool dry place but not where they could freeze. Batteries in storage will loose a percentage of current through internal leakage. It’s not uncommon for a battery to discharge up to 10% a month when it is being stored. Cold temperatures slow this natural discharge process down and warmer temperatures speed the process up. Test the stored battery state of charge every month and charge batteries that are at or below an 80% state of charge.

Completely charge the batteries before re-installing them next spring. For optimum performance you can equalize the batteries after they are fully charged.  Battery equalizing is a controlled overcharge on a flooded lead acid battery after it has been fully charged. Equalizing reverses the buildup of negative chemical effects like stratification, a condition where the water and acid separate and the acid concentration is greater at the bottom of the battery than at the top. Equalizing also helps remove some of the sulfate build up on the battery plates. Equalizing is fine as long as there is not excessive heating or electrolyte boiling over. Some battery chargers have an equalization cycle or charge setting. After charging a battery, set the battery charger on equalizing voltage and charge it again. You need to test the specific gravity every hour during equalizing. Equalization is complete when the specific gravity readings no longer rise during the gassing or bubbling stage. Keep in mind if equalizing a battery is done correctly the electrolyte should not boil over but it will create a good bit of bubbling, and when the cycle is finished you will need to add distilled water to the cells.

Note: If you don’t feel comfortable working on or around lead acid batteries have battery maintenance done by an authorized service center.

If you decide to leave the batteries in the RV while it is in storage remember to check the state of charge monthly and charge any batteries at or below an 80% charge. If your RV converter charger charges the battery(s) at a constant rate (around 13.5 volts) this is too high for a float charge and can deplete the electrolyte over time. In this situation plug the RV in periodically  and allow the converter charger to charge the battery(s) for 8 to 12 hours. Some RV converter multi-stage chargers and aftermarket chargers are designed to maintain a float charge on the battery without removing the batteries from the RV. Remember, for the converter charger to work the RV will need to be plugged in to electricity.

Watch a video clip on Saving your RV Batteries

For more in depth information on RV batteries check out our Deep Cycle Battery Care & Maintenance DVD

Happy Camping,
Mark

Mark Polk is founder of RV Education 101 and RV University

Filter RV Water?

December 26, 2009

by Mark Polk
Mark is a regular contributing author

Metal Trap filter Over the years I have written numerous articles about water filtration, water quality and sanitizing your RV water system. There are lots of reasons to be concerned about the water we drink, especially when it comes to RV’s. When you travel in your RV and stop at different destinations on a regular basis you don’t know anything about the quality of the water you are using or drinking. It seems like every day you hear more and more about what is in the water we drink and how it can impact our health. I have always been an advocate for filtering the water in our RV and I am always on the lookout for the best possible method for filtering water.

Back in October we attended the RVDA convention/Expo in Las Vegas. Every year vendors bring their wares to the convention and introduce these new products to the RV industry. There are always one or two innovative products that catch my eye. This year it was the Metal Trap Ultra Dual filtration system by Hydropure Technologies.

I had the opportunity to talk to Jerry Rademan, president and scientist/chemist behind the product. Jerry has a true passion for clean drinking water and water purification. He explained to me that the Metal Trap Ultra Dual System is the only filter system commercially available that will eliminate or significantly reduce all contaminants in one single system. He said, “The people at Hydro Pure Technologies are dedicated to our families and to our customers. We think there is no other food source that impacts the health aspect of our lives as clean drinking water! It is our goal to provide the best quality water that is available commercially”.

Then Jerry challenged me. He said he would send me a Metal Trap Ultra filter system and let me be the judge. What he didn’t know at the time was that we recently moved into a new house where the drinking water has an odor and taste that makes you not want to drink it straight from the tap. And if anybody would know if the filter system works it would be my wife and my 13 year-old son, who constantly talk about the quality of the water in our home.

Shortly after returning from the convention I received two Metal Trap Ultra Dual water filter systems. I decided to install the larger 14,000 gallon rated system on our drinking water in the house and use the 6,000 gallon rated system for the water system on our RV. The installation was simple, especially for the RV. The installation in our house required a quick trip to Lowes for some additional plumbing fittings to tie it into the existing water system.

The thing I really like about the Metal Trap Ultra Dual System is that it works for both well water and city water, so it only makes sense that it would be great for RV applications. It filters out metals like iron, manganese, and copper and it also removes hydrogen sulfide which causes the rotten egg smell found in most well-water sources. It also filters out chlorine, chlorinated organic compounds that can be carcinogenic and it removes residual pharmaceuticals, pesticides and herbicides that can find their way into our city drinking water.

The metal trap Ultra dual system works on chemical oxidation, absorption and ion exchange principals that both remove and trap these metals and other unwanted contaminants. Most other filters work on physically straining the water, which doesn’t remove the contaminants that are dissolved in the water. When the water enters the Metal Trap filter the unwanted contaminants get oxidized and are trapped in the filter body. The activated carbon filters out the foul tasting and potentially harmful chemicals and contaminants. When the water enters the second filter it goes through a one micron sediment filter which filters out viruses, bacteria, fine silt, oxidized metals and un-dissolved calcium particles greater than one micron in size.

The real test came after the system was installed, and it passed with flying colors. No more odors and the water is great tasting too. My wife said that it lived up to Jerry’s claim that water filtered through a Metal Trap Ultra filter system is better than any bottled water and better tasting too.

Why don’t you be the judge!

Watch the Metal Trap Ultra Installation Video

Happy Camping,
Mark

Mark Polk is founder of RV Education 101 and RV University

“Winnebegans” Spread Christmas Cheer

December 23, 2009

by Greg Gerber
posted on RvDailyReport.com on December 20, 2009

WORCESTER, Mass. — Quinebagoes do not believe in roughing it while camping out. Rather than a tent and sleeping bag, they camp in heated or air-conditioned bliss with all the comforts of home, from full bathrooms and bedrooms to kitchens and living rooms with cable television.

The camping group also believes in sharing the wealth and sent a generous donation to the Telegram & Gazette Santa Fund, along with a note from club treasurer John A. Hatch of Lakeshore Drive in Spencer. He said, “The Quinebagoes of Massachusetts would like to donate to the Santa Fund. Merry Christmas!”

Fellow Quinebago and Webster resident Steven C. Tonken, a family support worker for Catholic Charities of Southbridge, said he was thrilled to have his club make the donation. “I see the impact those toys from the T&G Santa have on the children and their families,” he said. “Some of our families are destitute. Their goal is survival. They are on welfare or have disabilities. Getting food at the food pantry is huge, much less getting toys for their children. That’s a dream.”

Tonken said the Quinebagoes often make charitable donations, explaining that the Quinebagoes are a camping club, which is open to any owner of a Winnebago or Itasca motor home. First, the recreational vehicle owners join the Winnebago Itasca Travelers Club, which makes them eligible to join the Quinebagoes in Central or Western Massachusetts or to join the Bradford Brigade in Eastern Massachusetts.

The T&G Santa is holding its annual fund drive. In its 71st year, the T&G Santa Fund collects thousands of donations from generous readers and area residents to help buy toys for children in need in Central Massachusetts.

You can email Greg at [email protected]

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Webinar for RVers

December 21, 2009

by Jaimie Hall Bruzenak

as appeared on RV Home Yet? December 20, 2009

Have you dreamed of traveling in an RV yet wondered if you could afford it?

If the answer is yes, then join RV lifestyle expert Jaimie Hall Bruzenak for “Five Insider Secrets for Living a Frugal Life of Freedom in an RV.”webinar

In this 60-minute Webinar, you will learn how to save BIG on your RV purchase, how to camp for almost free and other secrets for how to live the RV lifestyle for less than it costs to live in a stix ‘n brix house. The best part of RVing is that you have much more control of your budget and Jaimie will show you how! The recording of this event is now available.

If you missed the original presentation, click on this link to watch the recording. It is a WMV file and will play in Windows Media Player or similar player. You can go to that same page to download and print out the handout beforehand to take notes. (You will be taken to GoToMeeting.com where you will need to enter your email address. Then it will open.) https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/344482746

After you watch, be sure to go to RoadMapToRVing.com and find out what is coming next!

Please add your comment below or email Jamie at [email protected]

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Why Do I Celebrate?

December 20, 2009

by John Imler
John is an RVchurchesUSA Ambassor and author of It’s Never Too Late

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As I enter this season when the refrain of love, joy, peace, and good will to all men is frequently heard—when everyone seems to be gushing out words of cheer and happiness—I ask myself “Why am I celebrating?” Perhaps I should ask “What or who am I celebrating?”

It is easy for us to get caught up in the festivities, to take it all in, and to allow ourselves to just go along with the crowd. To shop till we drop, to sign card after card, and to run hither and yon from open house to open house partaking of friendship and food and not ask ourselves “Why am I doing all of this?”

But I must ask myself, for I recall the truth that “There is a time for everything and a season for every activity under heaven” (Ecc. 3:1). So, though it is cliché, I must ask myself “What is the reason for this season?” Are these things, although not wrong, all that are calling me to celebrate?

No! This is the Season when we remember the coming of the Prince of Peace—the Season when we remember the Giver of Every Gift—the Season when we remember the Greatest Giver of Love to all mankind. It is the Season when we remember the One who truly brought Peace for all mankind.

Why do you celebrate this Season? I invite you to join me in celebrating this Season for its real reason.

If you have not accepted God’s Greatest Gift of Love, Peace, and Joy, consider Him above all else during this Christmas Season (John 3:16-18).

John welcomes your comments either below or email him directly at [email protected]

A Gift for Him

December 18, 2009

by John Imler
John is an RVchurchesUSA Ambassor and author of It’s Never Too Late

During this season we become obsessed with giving and exchanging gifts with family, friends and associates. However, I wonder how many of us are giving thought to what we will give the Giver of all gifts.presents

The words of the gospel song keep running through my mind. What shall I give Thee, Master? Thou who didst die for me. Shall I give less of what I possess, Or shall I give all to Thee?

Unfortunately, many will allow this glorious time of year to pass without thinking of giving a gift to Christ, the One who gave so very much for us. (John15:13)

From that starry night in Bethlehem’s manager to the cross on Calvary is a story of God’s constant giving gifts to man. While John 3:11 records the arrival of the wise men in Bethlehem, their worshiping Him and presenting Him with gifts of great value, few other such gifts are recorded. That is fitting, since His entire mission of earth was to be the Giver of gifts.

Christ has asked us for a gift. He desires our love. He desires that our love be “not just a part or half of our heart” but that it be our all. He has commanded us in Matthew 22:37 to love Him with all of our heart, soul and mind.

Most of us give some of our time, money, and talents feeling that we have fulfilled our obligation. However, it is the ALL that we have which troubles us. We are challenged in I Corinthians 10:23 that, while everything is permissible,” not everything is beneficial or constructive.” In verse 31 we are further challenged that “whatever you do, do it ALL to the glory of God.”

What will you give the Master at this time as we celebrate His birthday? Will it be part of yourself or will you say with the songwriter: “I will not hold time, talents or gold – For everything shall be Thine. I will give all to Thee.”

John welcomes your comments either below or email him directly at [email protected]

Are Rest Areas Safe?

December 10, 2009

by Jaimie Hall Bruzenak
as appeared on RV Home Yet? December 7, 2009

On some plazas along the Ohio Turnpike, there are RV parking spots that have hookups for $15 for a night. While not the quietest, users report, they are in contrast to rest areas in many states that are unsafe or closed.

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Many states are shutting down rest areas for budget reasons. At the Workamper forums, people specifically mentioned the states of Washington, Oregon, California, Arizona and Virginia. I wouldn’t doubt there are others. Some rest areas are closed for remodeling, but are there funds to finish the job and reopen them? Probably not. In some cases, Western states have closed rest stops where there are long stretches to travel and no services. That can be a problem if you aren’t aware of that ahead of time. You can check at InterestRestAreas.com, which looks fairly up to date.

Ohio is charging for overnight RV parking, but it is great that it is available. Pick up a brochure at a service plaza or check their Web site.

It says:

RV’s – Travel Trailers
The following service plazas offer electrical outlets, a wastewater dump station and potable water for a $15.00 fee:

Wyandot/Blue Heron – MP 76.9
(Between Interchanges 71 and 81)
Middle Ridge/Vermilion Valley – MP 139.5
(Between Interchanges 135 and 140)
Brady’s Leap/Portage – MP 197.0
(Between Interchanges 193 and 209)

These facilities are open for occupancy between 4:00 p.m. and 10:00 a.m. the following day. They may be occupied for one night only and are available on a first-come, first-serve basis.  Click HERE for a printable brochure and map showing the locations of the RV Lots.

One person noted that the sites are not large. They are for total overall length of around 40 feet, though you could probably squeeze in something a little longer. At some plazas they are back-in sites. Traffic noise is another consideration because they are located near the entrance end and trucks come in using their jake brakes. One poster advised checking the electric boxes first as some are 20 amp, others are 30/50 amp. However, on the plus side, they are safe and do provide an inexpensive alternative to getting off the highway and looking for an RV site.

We have not felt comfortable parking our RV overnight in rest stops for years. Too many crimes have been reported. Neither of us have driven through Ohio for years and, while Ohio’s would not be ideal because of the noise, they would be good on a cross country trip where you wanted to make time.

Put this in your list of RV resources. And, if you are counting on using rest areas in other states, check the Interstate Rest Area Guide. When we couldn’t find a rest area, George and I pulled over on pullouts or on the shoulder of highways (not interstate highways) and on-ramps for quick breaks many times on our trip to Alaska and on other trips. Pictured is a pullout with marker on Nevada Highway 50.

Jaimie Hall Bruzenak

Please add your comment below or email Jamie at [email protected]

Inspecting for Water Damage

December 9, 2009

by Mark Polk
Mark is a regular contributing author

I received a question from a concerned RVer the other day that went something like this; “My neighbor just paid an expensive repair bill for water damage on his RV and I would like to know what I can do to prevent this same thing from happening to me?”

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One thing is for sure, if there is a way for water to get in your RV it will find it. Water leaks on an RV can cause extensive damage and can be extremely costly to repair. To protect your investment and your wallet you need to take the time to REALLY inspect for water leaks. The outside of your RV may look fine but the internal damage caused by water over a period of time can result in the entire roof, floor or wall rotting away without you even knowing it, until it’s too late. You should inspect your RV for water leaks twice a year at a minimum, and especially prior to storage if it will be stored outside.

Here are a few things to look for during your routine inspections.

* To stop a leak before it starts thoroughly inspect all roof and body seams. Reseal any seams or sealants that show signs of cracking or separation. Consult your RV dealer for sealants compatible with different types of materials.

* Look for any discoloration, and feel for any soft spots on the ceiling around roof vents, air conditioners, TV antennas, plumbing vents, and any other openings that were cut in the roof. Soft spots are an indication that water damage has already started. Find the source of the leak and have it repaired immediately.

* Look for any discoloration or wrinkles in the wallpaper, and feel for any soft spots on the walls around all windows, doors, slide outs, or any other openings that were cut in the side walls.

*  Identify the location of items like the water heater, furnace, outside shower, potable water fill and city water inlet on the outside of the RV and then access those areas from the inside of the RV. Look for any indications of water damage around these openings.

* Open all overhead cabinets and look in the top corner where the walls meet the ceiling for any discoloration and feel for any soft spots. This would indicate a leak at the seam where the sidewall and the roof attach.

* Check in all outside storage compartments for any indications of water leaks or water damage.

* Check for any soft spots on the roof itself especially around the roof seams at the front and rear of the RV. Thoroughly inspect all sealants on the roof around every opening.

Caution: Be extremely careful when working on the roof of your RV, a fall can cause serious injuries, or be fatal. Not all roofs are designed to be walked on. It may be necessary to use 2X4 foot sections of 1/2″ plywood to distribute your weight over the roof rafters.

* Some Class C motor homes are notorious for leaks in the cab over bed area. Look for any signs of discoloration and feel for soft spots. Remove the mattress and feel for water.

* If your RV has fiberglass sidewalls look and feel the outside walls for any signs of de-lamination. De-lamination is caused by water getting between the exterior fiberglass and the sidewall. When this happens the exterior fiberglass separates from the sidewall of the RV. You can stand at the front or rear of the RV and look down the side for any noticeable ripples or what looks like a bubble. You can also press on the sidewalls. If you feel the exterior fiberglass move it is delaminating. Many times delamination starts where an opening was cut in the sidewall of the RV. Have any noticeable damage repaired immediately!

The key to preventing water damage on your RV is to perform these inspections on a routine basis and to discover and repair any leaks while in the early stages. If you don’t feel comfortable performing these inspections have an authorized service center do it for you.

To watch a video on inspecting for water leaks click here

Happy Camping,
Mark Polk

Mark Polk is founder of RV Education 101 and RV University

Is Jesus Gluten Free?

December 2, 2009

by Duane Careb
President of RVchurchesUSA
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After feeding the five-thousand in Galilee with just five barley loaves and two fish, Jesus crosses the Sea Of Galilee into the town of Capernaum (John6:10-21).

When many of those same just-fed people caught up with Him there, Jesus declares they only followed Him to get more free bread and fish instead of seeking food that provides life-time spiritual nourishment that only comes from The Son of Man (John 6:26).

They countered that Moses once gave their ancestors bread (manna) from heaven while in the desert – “show us what you can do!” (John 6:30-31).

Jesus then blows them away by stating that the more important principle is that while Moses may have given them bread from heaven, God is offering them real Bread right then.

More physically hungry now, the crowd shouts, “Master, give us this bread now and forever!” (John 6:33-34)

That was the open door Jesus was looking for: He said is essence, “I am the Bread of Life that has come down from heaven. If you believe in Me and follow my ways, I will always hold on to you and never let go.” (John 6:35-40)

Imagine Jew’s response to Jesus’ declaration that he was sent from God in heaven! They knew Mary and Joseph, His parents – and they certainly weren’t from heaven. How could Jesus make a statement like that? (John 6:41-42)

Jesus then scorns them by saying that they are not in charge there, but it is God, through Jesus, who orchestrates what happens on Earth. Anyone, He says, who has spent time learning about Jehovah-God is then led to Jesus to experience the truth of Scriptures. This is because God has sent His Son to fulfill all promises that have been written in the Old Testament – give “living” bread and provide eternal life without death (separation from God).  John 6: 43-51

Despite their confusion, Jesus continues to explain that by eating “my flesh and drinking my blood”, they enter into Him and become connected as He is to the Father. “Your ancestors..”, He said, “ .. ate bread and later died. Whoever eats this Bread will live forever always!” (John 6: 56-58)

Many in my immediate family have a common medical condition referred to as gluten intolerance – predominantly found in bread. In essence, we are allergic to wheat or it’s derivatives.

But Jesus bring us Good News – we can eat all the Bread we want and we’ll never feel bloated, uncomfortable or have any negative or detrimental side effects!

Jesus is gluten free, indeed!

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Our Ambassador Club

Members serve as mentors to campground owners desiring to start on-site worship services by connecting them to churches within the owner's local area. Networking is vital to this ministry.