Mark Polk of RV Education 101 is simply one of the most experienced RV experts in the industry today. He started washing campers at an RV dealership when he was just a teenager, and couldn’t resist tinkering around in the service center even at that young age. After a career in the military, Mark returned to his roots as an RV sales manager and then later, finance and insurance manager.
Now RV enthusiasts are the lucky recipients of all that knowledge he accumulated along the way. After working at the dealership for years, Mark realized that customers couldn’t possibly retain all the information they were given when purchasing their first RV. In a pre-You Tube world, he knew they needed video tutorials that they could refer to again and again.
So RV Education 101 was born.
From VHS tapes to DVDs to the brand new RVOnlineTraining.com, Mark Polk and his wife Dawn produce the most reliable and comprehensive RV education materials out there.
And we feel so very lucky to have them on our podcast!
Segment One: Mark Polk’s RV Education 101 Resources
In the first segment of the podcast, we get to hear about the latest educational offerings from RV Education 101. Mark and Dawn Polk just launched their first online training platform at RVOnlineTraining.com. It is truly an amazing resource for both new and experienced RVers. Each course has video tutorials with PDF resources and even quizzes to help you track your progress. Some examples of courses available are…
- Motorhome RV Orientation
- Tow Your Trailer Like a Pro
- Tow Your Fifth Wheel Like a Pro
- Owning and Operating an RV
Mark and Dawn were kind enough to give our listeners a 20% discount on all the courses available. Just go to RVOnlineTraining.com and use code RVFTA.
Segment Two: The Three Types of RV Maintenance
Even with all those courses available, Mark still took the time to teach us a heck of a lot in this episode. We started by talking about the three types of RV Maintenance:
In this segment we go through each type of maintenance and talk about examples. We also discuss the most commonly overlooked maintenance tasks and some of the not so pretty results. Even though we have been RV owners for eight years, and talk extensively to folks in the industry, we still learned quite a few things from this segment.
Segment Three: RV Toolkit Necessities
Apparently, Mark Polk travels with an entire workshop and service center in his motorhome. We got him to narrow down his list to eight of the most important items to have in your RV toolkit. You can get his complete RV Toolkit PDF here.
- Tire Pressure Gauge
- Spray Lubricant
- Surge Protector
- Drill with battery charger and a variety of bits
- Battery filler and Distilled Water
- Electrical connectors and electrical tape
- Road Hazard Kit
Other Resources Mentioned in RVFTA Episode #178…
We inducted the Estwing Fireside Friend into the RVFTA Gear Hall of Fame. Jeremy uses the Fireside Friend on virtually every single RV trip that we take. Listen to the episode to hear why this is sooooo much better than your average camp ax.
Stephanie + Jeremy