RV 101® -- RV Care & Preventive Maintenance RV DIY® Online Video Training
Step-by-step instructions on how to inspect and identify small problems with your RV, before they become large expensive problemsWatch Promo
RV Care & Preventive Maintenance Video Training Program
This RV 101 video training program can be viewed from computers, tablets, and smartphones. The course material includes full-feature videos, written text, short bonus video segments, related articles written by your instructor Mark Polk, helpful tips & tricks, fun RV University play & learn crossword puzzles and quizzes to help you retain the information.
Purchasing an RV is a major investment, similar to your automobile or home. To protect your investment, and get many years of reliable service and use from your RV there are certain measures you need to take. There are three types of maintenance for your RV. Preventive maintenance, which is the purpose of this video course, scheduled maintenance and emergency maintenance.
Preventive Maintenance is maintenance you perform on your RV before a problem exists. These checks are designed to prevent or identify potential problems that could lead to mechanical breakdown, malfunction or failure of a component or system on your RV. Preventive Maintenance consists of cleaning, inspecting, lubricating, adjusting and servicing your RV.
If you catch a problem early, you can make the necessary repairs before it turns into a more expensive repair job. For example, if you don't check the tire inflation pressure prior to leaving on a trip (preventive maintenance) an under-inflated tire can heat up and fail, leaving you stranded alongside the interstate, which is now emergency maintenance.
The purpose of this video course is to give you some easy to follow preventive maintenance checks that you can perform on your RV. These checks can help towards enjoying trouble-free operation of your RV. They do not supersede any scheduled maintenance recommended by the chassis and RV manufacturer, and it is imperative that those schedules and recommended intervals for are followed. Some of the scheduled maintenance for your RV must be performed by an RV dealer, chassis manufacturer or authorized service center.
Important Note: You can be injured working on the systems of an RV and a motor vehicle. Only perform the work you feel comfortable with, and that you have the proper equipment, tools and knowledge necessary to do the job. If you have any doubt about performing a certain check or procedure have it done by an authorized RV service center.
The RV Care & Preventive Maintenance program includes:
Chapter 1 - Interior of the RV
Chapter 2 - Exterior of the RV
Chapter 3 - RV Appliances
Chapter 4 - LP Gas System Checks
Chapter 5 - RV Water & Waste Water System Checks
Chapter 6 - RV Electrical System Checks
Chapter 7 - RV Chassis, Frame, & RV Tire Checks
Enjoy the Course
Mark is an RVer and has a very extensive background in the RV industry. He began at age 15, washing RVs at a dealership in North Central Pennsylvania. It wasn't long before he was working as an apprentice RV technician under the guidance of the RV service manager. Mark then entered and served a full career as a Maintenance Warrant Officer in the United States Army. He managed the operation of the motor pool, where he not only had to understand vehicle maintenance, he had to teach young soldiers how to maintain and operate motor pool vehicles. These soldiers came to him from very different backgrounds, and their prior experience with heavy equipment and mechanical skills were similarly varied. Mark had to learn how to communicate with all of them clearly, concisely, and effectively, and he found that he had a talent for teaching. The Army agreed, and eventually he was asked to produce written instructional materials, including driver training manuals and operating procedures for motor pools.
When he retired from the Army in 1996, Mark went to work for an RV dealership in sales and service. He talked to customers about their needs and desires and helped them select the right RV for them. He inspected used RVs for trade-in, he serviced customer RVs, and he educated customers how to operate and enjoy their vehicles. As an RVer himself, through out the years, he has owned and used all the classifications of RVs (travel trailer, motorhome, pop up, 5th wheel and truck camper). He even restored from the ground up, a 67 Yellowstone travel trailer. It became clear to him that there were limited resources available to RV owners who wanted to learn more about how to maintain and operate their vehicles. Owners’ manuals provide limited information, and most consumers find them confusing.
Anecdotal information learned around campfires from other RV owners is incomplete and can be unreliable.
Mark realized that he had the knowledge and teaching ability to fill that gap, and so in 1999, he began writing articles and books about how to choose, buy, maintain, repair, and operate a variety of RVs. To date, he has authored more than 500 educational videos, 15 e-books, 3 paperback books, and more than 1,600 articles educating millions of RVers. His best-selling book, entitled The RV Book, has sold over 50,000 copies to date.
Mark's first priority is the safety of his audience. To Mark, this means anticipating the risks and challenges RVers will encounter when following his instructions, ensuring that the information he provides is complete and accurate, and providing enough information so that his audience can make informed decisions about when to tackle maintenance tasks themselves and when to take their vehicles to professionals.
His second priority is his audience’ empowerment. He sends his students out onto the road with confidence that they are equipped, prepared, informed, and ready to enjoy themselves.Producing material that achieves those goals is a very difficult thing to do. RVs come in a bewildering variety of different types, makes, models, and vintages, and when Mark writes about tasks such as winterizing a water system, as we know there are many ways to winterize an RV, his instructions, need to guide his readers through the process regardless of which RV his reader happens to own.
Like his soldiers, his RV students come to him with widely disparate levels of expertise, experience, talent, and motivation, and his instructions must speak to all of them. Mark’s writing and video presentations are accurate and comprehensive. It is also clear, concise, and easy to understand. He breaks complex, intimidating tasks down to easy steps.
StartExterior of the RV - Written Text & Feature Video Presentations (11:15)
StartBonus Video - How to Repair & Prevent Surface Rust (4:42)
StartBonus Video - How To Prepare the RV's Exterior for Storage (4:32)
StartArticle - Cleaning the RV Roof - The Basics
StartRV Play & Learn Crossword Puzzle - RV Roof Care & Maintenance 101
StartQuiz - Exterior of RV