RV 101® -How to Buy the Right RV & Save Online Video Training Program

Buying an RV is a major purchase and you don't want to make costly mistakes. This course was designed to make you an educated RV buyer, and save thousands

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How to Buy the Right RV and Save Thousands

Our RV 101 online video training courses (with downloadable segments), can be viewed from computers, tablets, and smartphones. This RV buying course includes written text, full-feature video segments. short 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.

Now, you don't have to pay extravagant fees or join any annoying clubs that inundate your email inbox.

How to Buy the Right RV and Save Thousands

Buying an RV is the second largest purchase most people will ever make. If you are not educated on the RV buying process it can turn out to be the worst purchase you ever make. It’s unfortunate, but this happens to thousands of people every year. This course was designed specifically to keep this from happening to you. There are two major goals this course will accomplish; it will help you buy the right RV the first time, and it will help you save thousands of dollars during the RV buying process.

Your instructor, Mark Polk, is a 25-year veteran in the RV industry and an RVer himself. He has worked in every facet of the RV industry to include: an RV salesperson, RV sales manager, and F&I manager. If you follow his advice and information in this course, you will purchase the right RV the first time, and literally save thousands of dollars in the process.

If I had to sum this course up in one sentence it would go something like this, If this course was priced at $500, chapter 7 alone would be worth the money.

The course starts by discussing the different types of RVs, and some common RV terminology. Next, it helps you narrow all of the choices down based on your individual needs. Lots of people select the wrong RV because they make a hasty buying decision, or because they don't understand how the RV buying process works.

There are 3 downloads included in the course, one is a customer preference worksheet, one is a comparison shopping checklist, and one is a valuable RV Buyer's Checklist. The downloads will assist you in selecting and buying the right RV the first time. These alone will save you a great deal of money and frustration. Next, we get to the good stuff; understanding the RV selling process and how the manufacturer figures the MSRP. Understanding these two topics, and how trade-in values work is the part of the course that teaches you how to save thousands of dollars when you buy your RV. The only thing left is understanding how the finance department operates, so you don’t lose what you already saved, when you arrange the financing. This course will navigate you through the entire RV buying process, teaching you what to avoid and how to come out on top.

RVs are for fun, not for stress and frustration. When you complete this course and purchase the right RV for the best price possible it puts the fun in buying an RV.

The following chapters are covered in this course:

Chapter 1: Types of RVs

Chapter 2: Which RV Type is Right for You?

Chapter 3: Determine your Real Needs

Chapter 4: First Time Buyers - Know Before You Go

Chapter 5: Information Gathering

Chapter 6: when is the Best Time to Buy?

Chapter 7: How the Manufacturers MSRP is Figured

Chapter 8: The Finance Department

Chapter 9: Extended Service Plans


Customer Preference Worksheet (3 pages)

A Valuable RV Buyer's Checklist (11 pages)

Comparison Shopping Checklist

What one of our students have to say:

Dear RV Education 101,
We would like to thank you for making such great products! My husband and I recently purchased a Class C motorhome and with our purchase we were given a copy of your video “Learning RV’s the Easy Way, the video pertaining to Class C operation from our Dealer. This was very valuable. Being first time motorhome owners, we had much to learn and your video helped to answer many of our questions. As a result, we also purchased your RV e-book “Checklists for RV’ers as well. We have printed it and have it in a binder that we keep in the motorhome – what an important tool!
Your products will keep us from having to learn things “the hard way!”
P.S........thank you for the wonderful customer service. I think all businesses should take a lesson from you! There are so many businesses today that just treat people like a number, not a human being. I appreciated our conversation. Like I said before, it's a big step up for us (owning a Class C motorhome) and there is so much that you have to know! But like the Mastercard ads, never having to go to the restroom in the woods again - PRICELESS! I think the winterizing video would be GREAT! I will get that on Tuesday. A big money saver, for sure! Again, thank you. If you and your family are ever visiting Alaska, come and say hello!
Thank you! Happy Customers - The Welborn Family of Anchorage, Alaska

Your Instructor

Mark J. Polk
Mark J. Polk
Who is Mark Polk and why is he qualified to teach RV technical content?
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.
His maintenance plans were interrupted when he enlisted in the military. Mark completed airborne training in 1979 and served with some of the most elite U.S. Army Airborne units, including Service Company 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne), 82nd Signal battalion, 82nd Airborne Division and the 16th Military Police Brigade, XVIII Airborne Corps. He spent the next 18 years with the U.S. Army eventually retiring as a Chief Warrant Officer 3 Automotive Maintenance Technician.
In the military, he managed large fleet maintenance operations, and 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 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, he 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 1967 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 53,000 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 what 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.

Chief Warrant Officer Three Mark J. Polk was awarded a first place US Army maintenance award from General Shelton.

Mark started RV Education 101 in 1999

  • Writer/ Columnist/ Contributor for numerous RV consumer & RV trade newsletters and magazines (RVBusiness, FMCA, RV News, RV Companion, Pop-Up Times, RV Free Wheelin’, Trail Blazer, RV Executive Today and RV Magazine,)
  • RV Technical Writer for several newsletters and blogs, (Go RVing blog, KOA Kompass Newsletter and Blog, Family Motor Coach Association (FMCA), RV Net Expert Blog, RV University This Week, Camping World e-newsletter, RV Travel, RV Trader, Rollin On TV website, HGTV and Geiko Insurance blog)
  • Script and host television segments for Rollin On TV
  • Scripted & hosted television segment titled RV Savvy for four seasons (52 episodes) with RVTV on The Outdoor Channel and three Canadian TV Channels.

Course Curriculum

  Glossary of RV Terms
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  Chapter 6 - When is the Best Time to Buy?
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  Chapter 7 - How the Manufacturers MSRPs are Figured
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  Chapter 8 - The Finance Department
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Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We do not want anyone to be unhappy with our training products. If you are not satisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 30 days and we will offer you a full refund if we cannot resolve the problem.
How do your online video training courses work?
Our online video training courses are broken down into individual chapters. Each chapter includes a full-feature video segment and written text on the chapter's topic. The course also includes related articles written by your instructor, helpful tips & tricks and fun play & learn RV crossword puzzles. You will not find RV training like this anywhere, all at an affordable price.

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