RV 101® - RV Campground Basics E-Book Training Course
This is an RV 101 online e-book training course that can be viewed from computers, tablets, and smartphones. When you enroll in our training course you have the option to simply download the e-book and read it at your leisure, and/or you can participate in the actual course. I wanted to add more than just an e-book, so the course material includes the written text, short 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.
I have always said, if you are going to buy an RV you need to use it, otherwise it is nothing more than a large and expensive lawn ornament. But where to go and what to do when you get there can be confusing until you have a few RV trips under your belt. There is a lot to learn about campgrounds and RV Parks, and the more you know, the better your camping experience will be.
Another thing that’s confusing is all of the different camping clubs available to the new RVer. Joining the wrong club can be a bad experience and an expensive mistake. You need to determine how you plan to use your RV, explore all of your options and join a club or clubs that are just right for you.
So, how do you find these campgrounds, parks and resorts? Should you make reservations before leaving on a trip? How do you register when you arrive? What kind of site should you request? Do you need a partial hook-up or a full hook-up? What does campground etiquette mean? How do you determine the right camping club for you? That is the purpose of this e-book course, to answer all of these questions and much more.
Whether you enjoy camping at out of the way places that offer little in the way of amenities, or you enjoy plush RV resorts that offer hot tubs and private golf lessons there are campgrounds, RV parks and RV resorts that will meet your needs. And the nice thing is these campgrounds, RV parks and RV resorts are located everywhere imaginable. You can find them in small towns, major cities, along the interstate, near the beach, in the mountains and in the middle of nowhere. So read on and discover how to get the most enjoyment out of camping in your RV.
The chapters covered in this online course are:
Chapter 1 - Where to go Camping
Chapter 2 - RV Camping Clubs & Networks
Chapter 3 - Trip Planning
Chapter 4 - Campgrounds 101
Chapter 5 - Campground Set-Up
Chapter 6 - Campground Etiquette & Rules
Chapter 7 - RV Dump Stations
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 large fleet maintenance operations, where he not only had to understand vehicle maintenance, he had to teach young soldiers how to maintain and operate expensive vehicles and equipment. 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 on how to operate and enjoy their vehicles. As an RV owner himself, throughout 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 was clear to him there were limited resources available to RV owners who wanted to learn more about how to operate and maintain their RVs. 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 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 produced more than 500 educational videos, and authored 15 e-books, 3 paperback books, and more than 1,600 articles educating millions of RVers. His best-selling book, titled The RV Book, has sold over 52,000 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 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 on 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 an RV plumbing system, (as we know there are many ways to winterize an RV), his instructions need to walk his readers through the process regardless of which RV the 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.