June 2006 

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  Have an Emergency Weather Plan
By Mark J. Polk

I love the freedom of the open road. There is nothing like exploring the back roads in your RV. You can go where you want and when you want in your house on wheels, and because of this often times you find yourself in a new destination everyday. Something many RVers do not take into consideration with this freedom to roam is the weather conditions where you are traveling to or spending the night. RVs are great, but they are not safe in severe weather, like lightning and thunderstorms with high winds, tornadoes and hurricanes.

When you're at home, you usually know what the weather forecast is by reading the newspaper, listening to the radio or watching television. When you travel three or four hundred miles a day in your RV the weather conditions can change several times. Many times when you stop for the night all you want to do is get some rest. The weather is the last thing on your mind. The problem with this is severe weather can occur without much warning, and if you are caught in it, it can be disastrous. So, what do we do, what's the plan?

"Plan" is the key word here. RVers need to have an emergency plan in case of a severe storm. For starters, have you ever heard of the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Weather Radio or NWR? The NOAA Weather Radio is a nationwide network of radio stations that broadcast continuous weather information directly from a nearby National Weather Service Office.
They broadcast National Weather Service warnings, watches, forecasts and other hazard information 24 hours a day. Alerts inform people if they need to take some type of action in order to protect themselves, such as seeking shelter or evacuating an area immediately. What does this mean to RVers? It means if you owned a battery-operated weather radio receiver you could monitor weather conditions no matter where you are!

Every RVer should own a weather radio receiver. Prices for receivers can range anywhere from $25 to $200 depending on the quality of the receiver and the features it has to offer. We actually have two weather radio receivers. Both are from The Weather Channel® StormtrackerTM series by Vector. We leave the compact StormtrackerTM in the RV at all times. It's a TV with a five inch screen, an AM-FM radio, emergency weather radio, cell phone charger and flashlight all in one. When we arrive at our destination we set it in the 'Weather' position and tune in to the NOAA station with the strongest signal in that area. Then, by leaving the StormtrackerTM in the alert/lock mode 24/7, when an all-hazard emergency or weather alert is broadcast by NOAA, the StormtrackerTM sounds an audible alert to notify us that a message is pending.

We also have a handheld StormtrackerTM model that we can use when we are away from the campground. It's perfect for hiking, riding four-wheelers, boating and many other uses. Both models work off of 12-volt DC, 120-volt AC and dry cell batteries. There is also a back-up power system, furnished by built-in rechargeable batteries. The rechargeable battery is a secondary power source for emergency use when the battery, 12-volt DC power or 120-volt AC are not available. If the power goes out for a long period of time, and all of your battery sources have been depleted, both radios have a hand crank that can be used to recharge the batteries and continue to operate the weather radio, flashlight and cell phone charging port. When you get back home, you can use the weather radio receiver in your house.

For more information on the NOAA Weather Radio visit their website.

Be Prepared
I am including a short checklist you can use to help prepare for emergency weather planning when you are traveling in your RV. You can add to or take away from this list to tailor it to your specific needs.
Get a weather radio receiver if you don't already have one, and always monitor it when you use your RV.
Develop an emergency evacuation plan to use in the event of severe weather. When you arrive at a campground, ask at the check-in desk about an emergency plan in case of a severe storm such as a tornado, a thunderstorm with high winds, or flash flooding. If they don't have a plan, make your own.
Locate a structure that is safer than your RV, like a bathhouse or the campground office. Always stay on the lowest level possible and away from doors and windows.
Brief everybody with you on the emergency plan. Explain to children how to respond to different disasters and the dangers of severe weather, fires and other emergencies. Instruct children on emergency exits and instruct them on how and when to call 911.
Make sure everybody knows exactly what his or her job is in case of severe weather.
Monitor the weather radio for emergency information. Emergency weather watches and warnings are for counties and towns, so always check a map for the county or town where you are staying.
Have an emergency supply kit made up and easily accessible. The kit should contain: flashlights, batteries, rain ponchos, bug spray, a portable weather radio, first aid kit, non- perishable packaged or canned food, a manual can opener, blankets, prescription and non-prescription drugs, pet supplies, bottled water and any special items for infants, elderly or disabled family members.
We also purchased a Cargo Cooler/Warmer. It's a mobile travel cooler and organizer that operates off 12-volt DC power. The highly efficient thermo-electric cooling system is capable of cooling food down to 40 degrees below the ambient temperature, and it can heat food up to approximately 120 degrees. The expandable storage compartments on both sides of the cooler are designed to easily hold additional gear and can be used for emergency supplies. We included this in our emergency supply kit. It's great for day trips, tailgating and picnics too.
Another recent addition to our emergency supply kit was a Mini Lantern that can burn citronella to help keep mosquitoes away. The lantern burns for 8 hours on one (3 oz.) filling. It comes in handy in case of an emergency and works great for everyday camping.
To learn more about how to prepare for and react to different types of severe weather, take a moment to visit http://www.nws.noaa.gov/.

Remember, RVs are not safe in severe weather! This includes severe thunderstorms with high winds, tornadoes and hurricanes. Always be prepared for bad weather RVing. Learn about the different types of weather hazards, get a weather radio if you don't have one, create a plan with your family and practice and maintain the plan. Now go RVing and have some fun.

Happy Camping!
Mark J. Polk

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 DVDs are available at any Camping World Supercenters and at CampingWorld.com. Click here for DVDs.


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Camping World News

  Look for Us at the CMA Music Festival June 8-11 in Nashville
Look for Camping World at the Country Music Association Music Festival June 8-11 in Nashville, Tennessee. We'll have a booth in the Fan Fair Exhibit Hall, where you can enter for a chance to win a new RV. We'll also be giving away FREE gifts and prizes. You'll have a chance to meet country music artists and celebrities, including John Andretti, driver of the #10 FreedomRoads/Camping World/RVs.com Ford in NASCAR Busch Series competition this year. Camping World is a proud sponsor of the CMA Music Festival. For information about the Festival, log on at http://www.cmafest.com/2006/

Join Us As We Celebrate 40 Years As Your RV and Outdoor Experts
This summer, Camping World is celebrating 40 years of bringing you the RV, camping, towing and outdoor accessories you need. Save on our 40th Birthday Specials at Camping World locations nationwide June 15-July 5. Enjoy free ice cream and cold drinks at our 40th Birthday Patio Party, June 23-24 from 1-3 p.m. each day. Cast your vote for the Best Seat in the House and you could win a pair of your favorite Camping World outdoor chairs or recliners. It's easy! Just visit any SuperCenter June 15-23 to test our wide selection of exclusive chairs and recliners, vote for your favorite and you are automatically entered for a chance to win a pair of the winning chairs or recliners. To find the SuperCenter nearest you, go to CampingWorld.com/stores.

Enter to Win a Year of Great Taste in Our 40th Anniversary Sweepstakes
Enter our 40th Anniversary Sweepstakes June 10-July 19 for a chance to win a year's worth of coupons for tasty treats at Baskin-Robbins Ice Cream stores and at Cracker Barrel Country Stores nationwide. It's just one of over $60,000 in Grand Prizes we're giving away all year long as we celebrate 40 years of serving the needs of RVing and camping families across the nation. For complete rules and how to enter, go to CampingWorld.com/40sweeps or visit any SuperCenter. To find the SuperCenter nearest you, go to CampingWorld.com/stores.

More Xpress Locations Opening to Serve Your Outdoor and RV Accessory Needs
New Camping World Xpress locations are opening soon in Akron, Ohio and Colfax, North Carolina. The Akron Xpress store is located at Sirpilla RV. The Colfax Xpress store is located at Holiday Kamper. Stocked with over 1000 of your favorite RV and outdoor items, Xpress locations offer easy shopping for essential travel gear at nearby locations plus they make it easy to pick up the gear you need whenever you visit your FreedomRoads dealer. Find directions to all our handy Xpress locations and our full-service SuperCenters at CampingWorld.com/stores.

Plan Now to Attend Grand Opening Celebrations at Our New SuperCenters
Our new Chichester, New Hampshire, Churchville, New York and Junction City, Oregon SuperCenters are now open to serve you, with a full selection of RV, towing and outdoor accessories along with service and installation. Grand Opening Celebrations are planned for June 8-11 at Churchville and June 15-July 5 at Chichester and Junction City. Save on Grand Opening Specials and register to win a $100 Camping World merchandise certificate at any of the three locations during their Grand Opening Celebrations.

The Chichester and Churchville SuperCenters are located with Meyer's RV dealerships at each location. Meyer's RV is a member of the FreedomRoads dealer network. The Junction City SuperCenter is located with Guaranty RV. Both offer you exceptional customer service, wide model selection and knowledgeable industry professionals to help you with choosing an RV, selecting the accessories you need and providing repair and maintenance on virtually any type of RV.

The first 40 customers to make a purchase at the Churchville SuperCenter June 8-11 will receive a free gift. Free outdoor and RV seminars will also be offered at 11 a.m. each day.

Enjoy free ice cream from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. when you visit our Chichester and Junction City SuperCenters June 23-24. You also won't want to miss out on the free gifts and prizes that will be given away! For driving directions, go to CampingWorld.com/stores.

Look for the #10 Ford in Upcoming NASCAR Busch Series Races
Racing fans, start your engines and head for the Federated Auto Parks 300 in Nashville, Tennessee June 10 to see John Andretti and the Camping World/FreedomRoads/RVs.com-sponsored #10 Ford in action. Drop by the Nashville Camping World SuperCenter through June 8 to enter for a chance to win a pair of tickets to the race.

Head for Sparta, Kentucky for the Meijer 300 on June 17. Register at the Bowling Green SuperCenter & Outlet Center June 5-15 for a chance to win tickets.

Head to Milwaukee and the Busch Series 250 on June 24, and to Daytona for the Winn-Dixie 250 on June 30. Visit any Florida Camping World location June 19-28 to enter for a chance to win tickets to the Winn-Dixie 250.

Our nationwide locations offer a full line of NASCAR and tailgating gear to make your time at the track more fun. You can also find a full selection of tailgating needs in our catalogs or online at CampingWorld.com

Learn How to Maintain Your RV Like a Pro at Camping World RV Institute
Camping World RV Institute can teach you how to care for and troubleshoot your RV's major systems. Taught by experienced instructors in eight-week modular sessions at the Bowling Green, Kentucky campus, the hands-on training shows you how to safely and correctly repair and maintain your RV's systems. Take only the mods you need or if you are interested in a career in RV repair, take the complete course to prepare for the RVIA certification test to become a certified RV technician.

Courses cover:
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  • Propane
  • Water heaters
  • Refrigeration
  • Air Conditioning
  • Water systems
  • Ovens and Ranges
  • Generators
  • Furnaces
  • Brakes, wiring and hitches
  • RV Accessories

  • Classes are small so students get plenty of one-on-one training. The summer session starts July 3, and the fall session starts September 18. For more information and to sign up, go to CWRVI.com

    New "RV Roadtrips" Show Featuring RV Doctor Gary Bunzer Premiers June 2
    A new television program on RV travel premiers June 2 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on the DIY Network, and will feature RV Doctor Gary Bunzer, a regular columnist in RV View, the Camping World Good Sam Club magazine.

    Each episode will feature a particular region, such as The Beach, The Lake, The Desert, The Grand Canyon, The Sporting Event and other popular RV destinations. Bunzer will meet with real RV families headed to these various destinations. Their adventures will serve as the backdrop for valuable how-to information. Topics will include dinghy towing, battery maintenance, pop-up camper canvas care, awning care and electric towing brake maintenance. Once the RVing families arrive at their campsite, you'll see how the featured RV is set up and how to maintain it while at the campground.

    Bunzer will also make "RV House Calls" to other rigs at the park, to help them solve their RV dilemmas. Check your cable or satellite guide for the DIY Network channel in your area. Learn more about the program at http://www.diynetwork.com



      See the Allstate 400 and Save with a Special Rate for Good Sam Club Members
    Make your reservations now to attend the Allstate 400 on August 6 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway with Camping World and FreedomRoads. Save on the special Good Sam Club Members Only rate of only $1295 for two. The complete package includes a campsite for 4 nights with 24-hour security; towed car parking; two reserved seats for practice, qualifying and the race; two invitations to the Welcome Bar-B-Q; two tickets to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Hall of Fame Museum; FREE shuttle transportation to downtown Indianapolis; FREE holding tank pump-out and water fill-up; certified RV technicians on hand for assistance; FREE daily newspaper delivery plus an exclusive Souvenir Gift Bag and Limited Edition RV Event Flag. A Camping World store will be on site to supply your RV accessory needs. You'll see new RVs on display, and you can take part in club activities and entertainment. For more information and to make your reservations, call 1-800-451-1380 or go online.

    By Land or By Sea, Camping World has a Summer Trip You'll Love!
    Good Sam Club Tours pack a lot of adventure into the last two weeks in August. Polar Bear Express high-lights our trip of the same name, starting in Frankenmuth, Michigan, (often referred to as "Little Bavaria"). There's unique shopping, world-famous restaurants and a river cruise here. It's up to Owen Sound, Ontario, for a glass bottom boat tour to Flower Pot Rocks. We board the Polar Bear Express for our day-long trip to Moosine and the Moose Factory. Follow that up with a trip to Sudbury, Ontario for our visit to Science North and the Big Nickle Mine Tour. We'll take a Path of Discovery Tour and have an I-Max presentation. Cruise the Locks and the Saint Mary's River in Sault Ste. Marie. Catch your breath as we head to the Agawa Canyon for a round trip tour along old fur trading routes, past the Canada Shield. Mackinaw City is our last stop, with a trip to Mackinaw Island for a carriage tour and lunch at the Grand Hotel. Wow!

    Our Tall Ships, Witches and Whales tour is just as action-packed. This trip begins mid-September in Mystic, Connecticut. Lobster lovers are in for a feast. Sea farers and history buffs will consider this one excellent adventure. From tall ships to a nuclear sub, Mystic is well-stocked with ocean lore. Lighthouses, museums and more dot this entire trip. Boston, Lexington and Salem offer wonderful opportunity to relive history. Literature buffs will enjoy experiencing the landscape well known to the likes of Ralph Waldo Emerson, Jane Austin, Nathaniel Hawthorne and others. Get up close and personal with whales and dolphins on our Whale Watch Tour. Tours of Boston, Salem, Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park round out the trip.

    Can't decide which one? You could take them both for a truly memorable end to summer. Give us a call at 1-800-626-0042 and sign up today! You can also find all out tours online at www.campingworldrvtours.com or write to us at CWPC Tours at PO Box 161, Osceola, IN 46561-0161. Safe travels always!

    Enjoy a Camping World Mini-Vacation June 21-24 at RallyPark
    Check in for a luxury mini-vacation at RallyPark in Seffner, Florida, just 10 miles east of downtown Tampa on I-4, exit 10. Enter to win a $500 Camping World merchandise certificate that will be given away during the Mini-Vacation! RallyPark offers deluxe amenities, plus a Camping World SuperCenter, a Cracker Barrel restaurant, a LazyDays RV Dealership and a Flying J Fuel Center are all close by. For more information about RallyPark, go to http://www.lazydays.com/rallypark.html


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    Dealer Spotlight:
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    The Tri-States' largest RV dealership, Shipps RV Center offers a wide selection of RVs and services on a sprawling 75-acre complex. You'll find a full line of RV models, from pop-up trailers to diesel pusher motorhomes, plus a Camping World store for all your RV and outdoor accessories needs.

    For driving directions, click here.

    Shipps RV Center is just one of more than 50 FreedomRoads dealers from coast to coast. To find the FreedomRoads dealer nearest you, go to FreedomRoads.com/st_state.

    Save up to $500 at Camping World when you buy your next new or used RV from a FreedomRoads dealer. Receive a $500 Camping World merchandise certificate with the purchase of a motorized RV or a $250 merchandise certificate with the purchase of a towable RV. Visit CampingWorld.com/buyandsave for details.


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