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Vintage Trailer Restoration Project Captured on Video

October 10, 2011 by Mark Polk · 47 Comments 

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trailer road ftEarlier this year video producer Mark Polk, of RV Education 101, decided to produce an online RV series, titled “Mark’s RV Garage.”  Polk explained the goal of the show was to help educate and entertain RV consumers and RV enthusiasts. When considering a feature segment for the new RV series Polk decided to tackle a vintage trailer restoration project. Little did he know at the time the scope the restoration project would entail. 

Unforeseen damage, below the surface of the exterior metal, would result in dismantling the project trailer down to the bare frame and rebuilding it from the ground up. Adding to the complexity of an already daunting challenge Polk’s plans included upgrading the old trailer with modern day RV equipment and amenities.

As season one of the new RV series progressed each step of the vintage restoration project was captured along the way. What initially began as a 10 episode season evolved into 17 episodes, culminating in the season finale where the finished product was revealed to viewers for the first time.

When asked to recap season one of “Mark’s RV Garage” Polk responded, “I think anybody who likes RVs, or is thinking an RV might be in their future would not only enjoy watching the vintage restoration project unfold, but could learn a great deal from the series too.

To view season one episodes of Mark’s RV Garage visit this You Tube link

Happy RV Learning,

Mark Polk

RV Education 101

RV Consumer

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Mark’s RV Garage Season One Finale Released

September 26, 2011 by Mark Polk · 1 Comment 

Mark's RV Garage FinaleRV Education 101 releases the season finale of the new Internet based RV How-To series titled “Mark’s RV Garage.” The new episode is available for viewing at www.rvconsumer.com and on You Tube

 

 

  

 

 

After 16 bi-monthly episodes the highly anticipated season finale is released, revealing the completed vintage trailer restoration for the very first time.

Season finale highlights: 

* The Old Yellowstone trailer gets a fresh coat of paint.

* Polk installs a new 3,500 pound Dexter axle.

* The electric brakes are converted to disc brakes with the addition of new brake rotors, calipers, and a Actulink electric/hydraulic brake actuator. To complete the new braking system Polk adds a DirecLink Network Enhanced brake controller.

* Before the trailer can hit the road for the first time Polk installs an Equalizer hitch.

* Mark Polk reflects back on season one through a series of Q&A.

* All of this and more on the season finale of “Mark’s RV Garage”

  If you missed previous episodes of Mark’s RV Garage they are archived at www.rvconsumer.com for easy retreival and viewing

Happy RV Learning,

Mark Polk

www.rvconsumer.com

www.rveducation101.com

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Mark’s RV Garage Episode #16 RV Internet Show Released

September 5, 2011 by Mark Polk · 26 Comments 

Mark's RV Garage Episode #16RV Education 101 releases Episode #16 of the new Internet based RV How-To series titled “Mark’s RV Garage.” The new episode is available for viewing at www.rvconsumer.com and on You Tube 

 

 

  

 

On this episode of Mark’s RV Garage: 

* Polk installs stabilizer jacks on the rear of the trailer and an electric tongue jack on the front.

* For safety the trailer gets a combinationLP gas and Carbon Monoxide detector.

* The trailer gets new LP gas cylinders, and the LP gas system gets checked for proper operating pressure and for leaks.

* For entertainment the trailer gets a 24 inch Jensen LCD TV.

 *All of this and more on this episode of “Mark’s RV Garage”

 If you missed previous episodes of Mark’s RV Garage they are archived at www.rvconsumer.com for easy retreival and viewing

Don’t miss the season finale, coming soon

Happy RV Learning,

Mark Polk

www.rvconsumer.com

www.rveducation101.com

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Mark’s RV Garage Episode #15 RV Intenet Show Released

August 22, 2011 by Mark Polk · 7 Comments 

Mark's RV Garage Episode #15RV Education 101 releases Episode #15 of the new Internet based RV How-To series titled “Mark’s RV Garage.” The new episode is available for viewing at www.rvconsumer.com and on  You Tube

 

 

 

  

 

* Polk installs the exterior metal and windows in the vintage trailer restoration project.

 * Watch the installation of a Voyager Digital Wireless Observation System with WiSight technology

 * Find out what Polk considers to be RV Maintenance Mishaps and see what you can do to avoid them.

 *All of this and more on this episode of “Mark’s RV Garage”

 If you missed previous episodes of Mark’s RV Garage they are archived at www.rvconsumer.com for easy retreival and viewing

Episode # 16 will be available for viewing on 05 September 2011.

Happy RV Learning,

Mark Polk

www.rvconsumer.com

www.rveducation101.com

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Mark’s RV Garage Episode #10 Released

June 14, 2011 by Mark Polk · 9 Comments 

Marks RV Garage Episode # 10

RV Education 101 releases Episode #10 of the new Internet based RV How-To series titled “Mark’s RV Garage.” The new episode is available for viewing at www.rvconsumer.com and on You Tube

 

 

 

 

 

On this episode of Mark’s RV Garage:

* Mark installs a shower surround, tile and toilet, and starts wiring the power center in the Yellowstone restoration project.

* Learn how to install and use a Tire Minder Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) in your RV

* Discover a quick tip on a spray lubricant and rust remover you need to keep available in your shop or garage.

* All of this and more on this episode of Mark’s RV Garage

If you missed previous episodes of Mark’s RV Garage they are archived at www.rvconsumer.com for easy retreival and viewing

Episode # 11 will be available for viewing on 27 June 2011.

Happy RV Learning,

Mark Polk

www.rvconsumer.com

www.rveducation101.com

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Mark’s RV Garage Episode #9 Released

May 31, 2011 by Mark Polk · 6 Comments 

Marks RV Garage Episode # 9

RV Education 101 releases Episode #9 of the new Internet based RV How-To series titled “Mark’s RV Garage.” The new episode is available for viewing at www.rvconsumer.com and on You Tube

 

 

 

 

 

On this episode of Mark’s RV Garage:

* Mark & Tyler install and plumb the gray and black water holding tanks on the Yellowstone restoration project.

* Learn how to install a window awning in six easy steps.

* Get an answer to the gnawing question on how to rid your RV of those pesky field mice.

* Discover a quick tip on how to size a patio mat for your RV.

* All of this and more on this episode of Mark’s RV Garage.

If you missed previous episodes of Mark’s RV Garage they are archived at www.rvconsumer.com for easy retreival and viewing

Episode # 10 will be available for viewing on 13 June 2011.

Happy RV Learning,

Mark Polk

www.rvconsumer.com

www.rveducation101.com

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Mark’s RV Garage Episode #8 Released

May 16, 2011 by Mark Polk · 10 Comments 

Marks RV Garage Episode # 8

RV Education 101 releases Episode #8 of the new Internet based RV How-To series titled “Mark’s RV Garage.” The new episode is available for viewing at www.rvconsumer.com and on You Tube

On this episode of Mark’s RV Garage:

* Mark & Tyler start putting the interior of the Yellowstone restoration project back together.

* See how convenient battery operated LED lights are for all those dark and dimly lit areas of your RV.

* Get the answer to the question on mixing and matching different battery types and sizes on your RV.

* Take a stroll down memory lane when Mark narrates who and what the Tin Can Tourists organization was back in the day, and how it has been revived.

* All of this and more on this episode of Mark’s RV Garage.

If you missed previous episodes of Mark’s RV Garage they are archived at www.rvconsumer.com for easy retreival and viewing

Episode # 9 will be available for viewing on 30 May 2011.

Happy RV Learning,

Mark Polk

www.rvconsumer.com

www.rveducation101.com

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Mark’s RV Garage Episode #5 Released

April 4, 2011 by Mark Polk · 1 Comment 

Mark's RV Garage Episode # 5

RV Education 101 releases Episode #5 of the new Internet based RV How-To series titled “Mark’s RV Garage.” The new episode is available for viewing at www.rvconsumer.com and on You Tube.

 

  

 

 

 

On this episode of Mark’s RV Garage:

 *Mark & Tyler finish framing the vintage travel trailer and start the rough-in wiring.
* Learn how to protect your RV from power surges and improper campground wiring
* Get some great tips for extending the life of your RV holding tanks and controlling odors
* Get some answers on how to protect your RV awnings
* See what camping tip won the author a free copy of Microsoft Streets & Trips

If you missed previous episodes of Mark’s RV Garage they are archived at www.rvconsumer.com for easy retreival and viewing

Episode # 6 will be available for viewing on 18 April 2011.

Happy RV Learning,

Mark Polk

www.rvconsumer.com

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Mark’s RV Garage Episode #4 Released

March 21, 2011 by Mark Polk · 13 Comments 

Mark's RV garage Episode # 4

RV Education 101 releases Episode #4 of the brand new Internet based RV How-To series titled “Mark’s RV Garage.” The new episode is available for viewing at www.rvconsumer.com and on You Tube

On this episode of Mark’s RV Garage:

* The vintage trailer project is taken apart down to the bare studs. 

* Rescuing Roxie, watch the story of a dog Mark & his family rescued last year.

* Discover an easy installation for your RV that keeps the dirt at the door.  

* Find out what you can do to win a free copy of Microsoft Streets and Trips.

* Discover what www.rv4thecause.org is all about and how you can register for some free information packed webinars.    

If you missed previous episodes of Mark’s RV Garage they are archived at www.rvconsumer.com for easy retreival and viewing

Episode # 5 will be available for viewing on 4 April 2011.

Happy RV Learning,

Mark Polk

www.rvconsumer.com

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Mark’s RV Garage Episode #3 Released

March 7, 2011 by Mark Polk · 24 Comments 

Mark's RV garage Episode #3

RV Education 101 releases episode # 3 of the Internet based RV how-to series titled “Mark’s RV Garage.” The new episode is available for viewing at www.rvconsumer.com and on You Tube

On this episode of Mark’s RV Garage:

* The demolition stage begins on the vintage travel trailer restoration project. 

* See how easy it is to install a new Maxx Air II vent cover on your RV.

* Learn how to extend the life of your RV batteries.  

* See what tool I never leaves home without.

* Get an inside look at what’s happening in the world of RV’s for 2011 and much more.    

If you missed the episodes 1 and 2 of Mark’s RV Garage it is archived at www.rvconsumer.com for easy retreival and viewing (just look to the right and click on my picture).

Episode # 4 will be available for viewing on 21 March 2011.

Happy RV Learning,

Mark Polk

www.rvconsumer.com

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