August 2005 

The Latest News from Camping World

Technically Speaking

  What's Up with the Water Pressure?
By Mark J. Polk

We have an 87-year-old house, with an old well, pump and pressure tank. I got tired of priming the pump every time we used too much water and of the low water pressure. So a few weeks ago, I bought a new pump and a larger pressure tank, sized accordingly for the number of water fixtures in the house. When I installed them I also raised the cut-on and cut-off pressure from 20/40 PSI to 30/50 PSI. I had almost forgotten how nice it is to take a shower with good water pressure!

Correcting the problems we had with the water system in the house made me think about the problems with the water system in our RV. When our 12-volt water pump pressurizes and then shuts off, it seems like the whole RV shakes. Now this may sound like an exaggeration, but when somebody turns the water on and the pump is under the bed where you're taking a nap, trust me-it's no exaggeration! At first, the noise and vibration is tolerable, barely enough to wake you up, but those last few seconds while it builds to the shut-off pressure will test your heart when you're sleeping.

The other problem with our motor home water system is the water pressure we get from the 12-volt pump. We do our fair share of dry camping and the water pressure reminds me of the pressure we had in the house before I fixed it. That's when the thought occurred to me, if I can improve the water problems in the house why can't I improve the water problems in the RV?

With that in mind, I started doing some research to determine what product could alleviate my two main concerns: less cut-off pressure noise and vibration and better water pressure from our 12-volt water pump. There were a lot of choices available but it finally came down to a Shurflo Extreme Series Smart Sensor 5.7 water pump.

I chose this particular pump because of the "smart sensor" technology and the 65 PSI water pressure it advertised. Smart sensor technology is a micro-processor-controlled variable speed pump that can deliver over 5 gallons per minute up to 65 PSI. The pump monitors your water pressure and automatically adjusts the motor speed, eliminating the need for a pressure switch, while delivering high flow for multiple fixtures. What this meant to me was higher water pressure to the shower and no more cycling to reach the cut-off pressure, exactly what I wanted. The Extreme Series 5.7 water pump is designed for use in Class A coaches and larger towable RV's. There is also an Extreme Series 4.0 pump designed specifically for Class C coaches and smaller towable RV's. It delivers 4 gallons of water per minute with pressure up to 50 PSI.

The installation was fairly simple. It's important that you follow the manufacturer's installation instructions. If you don't feel comfortable installing it you can have it installed at a Camping World close to you. If you do decide to install it yourself you will also need an "Extreme Series High-Flow" water strainer. The water strainer will protect the pump from any debris in the water.

To further minimize noise and vibration, add the Pump Silencing Kit.

The kit includes components to absorb pump vibration before it's transferred to the PVC lines throughout your RV, making pump operation significantly quieter.

While we're on the subject of water in your RV, let me point out some other considerations for keeping your RV water system safe. When you travel to different destinations in your RV, you use water from many different sources. There are no guarantees that any water is completely safe to drink, but if you take certain precautions you can keep your RV water system safe.

Start with a white non-toxic drinking hose. Hoses not labeled safe for drinking water can contribute to lead and other dangerous chemicals getting in the water. Use the white non-toxic hose for hooking up to the water source only. Take along a grey water flushing hose to flush out holding tanks or a garden hose for washing the RV. When you're not using the drinking water hose, roll it up and connect the two ends together, or use hose caps. This will keep dirt, bugs and other debris from getting in the hose. The next time you use the hose, run some water through it before hooking it up to the RV.

Always filter the water going into the RV with a high-quality filtration system. Water filters do not purify the water but they can control and remove bacteria, lead and other dangerous contaminants often found in drinking water. You have two choices on how to filter your RV drinking water. You can install an inline water filter directly to the water line that you drink from in the RV.

The second option is to filter all of the water going into the RV. I prefer to filter all of the water before it goes into the RV. This helps to protect the entire water system and if you have sensitive skin it even filters the shower water to help prevent skin irritation. Be sure you follow the manufacturer's instructions for replacing the filters or filter cartridges.

To put the new water pump to the test, I took a shower and was very pleased with the higher water pressure. It was about the same as taking a shower in the house with the new pump and pressure tank on the well. Next, I took a nap. I explained to my wife that once I drifted off to sleep she should turn the water on, run it for a while and then turn it off. I am pleased to announce that the experiment was a success. I slept through the pump starting and stopping. Now if I can just figure out a way to quiet the kids when I take a nap I'll have it made!

Happy Camping!

Mark Polk is the owner of RV Education 101. He also hosts the RV Savvy segments for RVTV, which airs on the Outdoor Channel. RV Education 101 is a North Carolina-based company that produces professional training videos, DVDs and e-books on how to use and maintain your RV so all of your RV experiences are safe, fun and stress-free.
Mark's videos and DVDs are only available at Click here for VHS videos or here for DVDs.


August Hot Deals


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Camping World News

  Save on Roof Repairs and Body Paint at Camping World Collision Centers
Camping World Collision Centers in Arvada, Colorado (Denver area) and Belleville, Michigan (Detroit area) can make a damaged or weathered RV look like new again. Visit either of our Collision Centers and present a copy of this newsletter for a FREE roof inspection, now through August 31. If your roof needs repair, take advantage of the Best Prices of the Year on rubber roof replacements and roof seam seals and save 25% off the regular shop rate. Save 30% off regular shop rate on a complete body paint job, including three hours of FREE body work. Offer applies at Camping World Collision Centers in Arvada and Belleville only. Services available at Collision Centers include collision damage repair, skin replacement, rubber roof replacement, hail damage repair, custom paint jobs, custom interior work and FREE insurance estimates. For more information about Camping World Collision Centers and driving directions, click here.

Hamburg, New York Supercenter Celebrates Grand Opening with Food and Fun
Our newest SuperCenter in Hamburg, New York, celebrated its Grand Opening on July 15, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony, tasty treats and great savings on over 8,000 RV products and accessories for customers in the Buffalo and Niagara Falls areas. The new SuperCenter is next door to Gold Medal Dealer Meyer's RV. All Gold Medal Dealers are located adjacent to a Camping World SuperCenter, and offer the very best in RV selection and customer service to anyone shopping for a new or used RV. For driving directions to our Hamburg, New York SuperCenter, click here.

Time is Running Out to Enter Our "Live Free in Your RV" Sweepstakes
If you haven't entered our "Live Free in Your RV" Sweepstakes, you only have until August 29 to do so! We're giving away a prize package worth over $20,000, including:
  • $5,000 toward RV payments
  • $5,000 in Flying J gasoline
  • $5,000 toward Camping World RV & Car Insurance
  • $3,000 membership to Coast to Coast Resorts
  • $2,000 spending money
  • $1,000 in Cracker Barrel gift certificates
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  • FREE registration to The Rally 2006

  • For contest rules, visit any of our nationwide SuperCenters or click here. You can enter online, at any SuperCenter or mail your entry on a 3 ½" x 5" postcard (click on the link above for details).

    Our "Ticket to Tailgate" is Your Ticket to the Football Game of Your Choice
    Camping World will kick off tailgating season with our popular "Ticket to Tailgate" Sweepstakes, beginning August 22 and extending through October 2. Pick up a Scratch & Win card at any SuperCenter for a chance to win a trip for two to the football game of your choice. Our nationwide SuperCenters will host two 4-day tailgate parties, August 25-28 and September 15-18, featuring great deals on 4-day-only product specials and giving customers a chance to enjoy FREE snacks and to play our "Spin to Score" game from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. It's easy! Just spin the prize wheel, make a touchdown and win a prize! You can also find all the tailgating gear you'll need this pigskin season, including comfortable chairs, portable grills to cook up a gridiron feast and roomy coolers to hold plenty of cold beverages. To find your nearest SuperCenter, click here.

    Win a Complete RV Makeover at The Rally 2006 from "The RV Rescue"
    Your RV could get an extreme makeover, thanks to The RV Rescue and its outstanding sponsors, such as Dometic, Camping World, Roadmaster and Hydro Life. Join the Rescue by picking up an entry form at any Camping World SuperCenter or click here for official rules and complete details. The RV Rescue will be a unique makeover event taking place live with celebrity designer Melody Rose next April at The Rally 2006 at Daytona Beach, Florida and can be seen on OLN's RVtoday TV show next summer. Look for The RV Rescue logo on select products in Camping World catalogs and sales flyers to "rescue" your own RV!
    No purchase necessary. Must be U.S. resident 18 years of age or older.
    All entries must be received by November 15, 2005. To find your nearest SuperCenter, click here

    Our "RV Giveaway Sweepstakes" is Your Chance to Win a New Motorhome!
    Camping World can put you behind the wheel of a Scottsdale 30' Class A motorhome by Newmar (a $120,000 value) to celebrate our Good Sam Club 20th Anniversary. Just enter our RV Giveaway Sweepstakes at any of our nationwide SuperCenters, mail your entry on a 3 ½" x 5" postcard or enter online. Enter by November 20 to qualify! (See complete contest rules at the above link).

    Good Sam Club Members Save All Year Long on Members-Only Specials
    Good Sam Club members continue to save like never before on Members-Only Specials, part of the club's 20th Anniversary Celebration. Members always save at least 10% every day, on every item, and during this 20th Anniversary celebration, they are cashing in on some of the Best Prices of the Year on RV, towing, camping and outdoor products! It's our way of saying "Thanks!" to our most loyal customers. Look for Members-Only Specials in our catalog, at our nationwide SuperCenters and online. Just look at what you can save, then join the Good Sam Club or renew your membership today by clicking here.



      Plan Now to Attend an Educational Life on Wheels Conference in 2006
    Life on Wheels conferences are a fun, informative way to learn about all aspects of RV living and travel. Founded by veteran RVer and author Gaylord Maxwell, the conferences are held at various locations around the country and feature some of the top speakers and professionals in the industry. A new conference will be held in Arizona in 2006, joining others in Pennsylvania, Kentucky, Idaho and Iowa. You can also still catch this year's final conference in Iowa on August 25-28. To find out more, click here.

    Take a Mini-Vacation at RallyPark and Enter to Win a $500 Shopping Spree
    Set your course for the RallyPark in Seffner, Florida, adjacent to our Camping World SuperCenter and Lazydays RV Center for a Mini-Vacation, November 2-5. While you're there enjoying all the deluxe amenities at RallyPark, enter to win a $500 Camping World Shopping Spree. To reserve your place now, click here.

    Tour with the Good Sam Club: 2006 Copper Canyon Piggy Back
    25-Day Mexico Caravan, March 1 - 25, 2006
    On this once-in-a-lifetime trip you will see some of the most breathtaking sights in Mexico if not in North America! The exciting cities included on this tour are: Chihuahua, Mennonites, La Junta, Creel, Los Mochis, Mazatlan, Guasave, Alamos, Guaymas-San Carlos and Nogales.

    On day 6, in the city of La Junta, we will board the Chihuahua-al-Pacifico (Chepe) Private Train bound for the Copper Canyon. Each individual rig will be professionally loaded onto your own Private Train Platform, from which you will enjoy unobstructed views of one of the world's greatest rail journeys through the Copper Canyon. In Los Mochis you will experience the most spectacular portion of the railroad. You will want to keep your cameras and binoculars handy during our descent down to almost sea level. Around the Temoris train station is an amazing feat of engineering as the train winds its way into the valley.

    After disembarking, the train will travel to Mazatlan where we will spend five nights enjoying beautiful weather, fabulous dining, incredible beaches, great shopping and gala nightlife!

    If you have always wanted visit Mexico and the Copper Canyon - this is your chance! Sign up today. For a complete day-by-day itinerary, click here. Sign up prior to October 1, 2005 and save $300 for 2 people in one RV. Contact us at 1-800-626-0042 for a FREE color brochure or write to us at Camping World Good Sam Club Tours, P.O. Box 161, Osceola, IN 46561-0161. We look forward to traveling with you in 2006!

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    RV Shows & Events

      Record Crowds Attend The Great North American RV Rally in Redmond, Oregon
    Thousands of RV enthusiasts from across the nation made the trek to Redmond, Oregon for The Great North American RV Rally last month. The crowds found plenty to see and do at the annual rally, from the Rally Dog Show and Rally Idol singing contest to viewing hundreds of RVs on display and attending dozens of informative, educational seminars on every aspect of RV travel and living. All RV parking spots were sold out in advance at the Deschutes County Fair & Expo Center, where the rally was held this year. Many attendees won valuable prizes, and enjoyed top-notch entertainment provided by stage and screen star Debbie Reynolds; country superstars Ronnie Milsap and Pam Tillis, and the classic sounds of Triple Gold.

    Next year, The Great North American RV Rally will become simply "The Rally 2006" --a new name with all the same great RV and product displays, stellar entertainment and educational seminars of previous Rallies. The Rally 2006 will be April 7-10 at Daytona Beach, Florida. For more information, click here.

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    Industry News

      Woodall's and Trailer Life Developing Online Reservation System
    Two of the biggest names in campground directories-Woodall's and Trailer Life- are developing a central reservation system for the two websites, and The anticipated launch date of the new online reservation system is January 2006. The service would help RVers and campers book reservations online for upcoming trips-a growing trend as record numbers of RV enthusiasts make their campground reservations through the convenience of the Internet. The Woodall's and Trailer Life directories and websites feature comprehensive RV park and campground listings with ratings systems. Both print directories are available at Camping World SuperCenters nationwide, through the Camping World catalog or online. To find the Trailer Life Directory, click here.
    To find the Woodall's Directory, click here.

    USPS Test of Premium Forwarding Service Begins This Month
    The U.S. Postal Service begins testing this month of a new mail forwarding service that will serve RVers away from their primary address from two weeks to one year. With Premium Forwarding Service, mail is boxed and reshipped to a temporary address once per week by Priority Mail. Any Express Mail, First Class Mail or Priority Mail packages too large to fit inside the Premium Forwarding Service package are sent separately at no extra charge. To use the Premium Forwarding Service, just complete an application at the Post Office serving your primary address and pay a one-time enrollment charge of $10. You'll also be charged $10 for each weekly shipment during the period you are enrolled in the service.

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