Posted by: Mark Polk | 2011

RV Shows

From RVIA:

RV retail shows give you an opportunity to see many makes and models of RVs – at one time and at one place. What better way to comparison-shop for the vehicle that best fits your travel plans and budget? At RV shows, you’ll also find dealers and other RV industry experts, who can assist you in finding the right RV.

RV Show schedule

 RV Buyer’s Resources

When I meet a new or potential RVer, one recommendation I make is for them to rent an RV before they purchase one. Renting an RV lets the consumer experience RVing firsthand and can be helpful in determining if RV ownership is right for them.

Something I never really considered though was producing additional income by renting your RV after you buy it. That was until the other day when I was talking to Bert Alanko, President of MBA Insurance. Bert explained that RV rentals by owners are growing in popularity, especially during tough economic times. And, you not only get to enjoy the benefits of using your RV whenever you like, but you can produce additional income when it would normally be sitting in storage.

Bert said, “RV rental can be true entrepreneurship. Someone can start with one vehicle and stay small, renting out their vehicle. Or as has happened, start with one vehicle and end up being a full scale dealership with sales, service, rentals, a showroom and a complete service center.”

The thought of making additional income by renting the RV piqued my interest, so I started  with the questions:

 Q1: Do you provide rental insurance for individually owned RV’s?

Bert Alanko: Yes, we insure small, one unit, rental business to the larger 500 vehicle fleets.

 Q2: What do you base the rates on for individually owned RV’s?

Bert Alanko:  Our rates are based on the vehicle’s value and the geographical location of the RV. We write insurance in every state. MBA will provide an individual with the rental insurance necessary to cover the vehicle, the owner and the renter. It is very important if you are going to rent out your vehicle that you obtain the proper insurance coverage.

Q3:  How would an individual learn what is required to properly rent their RV out?

Bert Alanko:  We can provide the owner with state specific rental contracts, the check-in and check-out forms, and all the necessary forms that one has to have to start the business from the rental standpoint. They would need to contact local officials about any requirements from a business standpoint.

 Q4: Is it difficult for an RV owner to learn and operate a small rental operation?

Bert Alanko: Not in my opinion. We also offer a Rental Operation Manual. This manual is a how-to book providing tips and suggestions that we have learned and are taught in our RV rental school. Yes, MBA puts on an annual RV rental school. This year will be our 12th annual rental school. It is taught by dealers who are currently in the RV rental business, and it’s a great way to learn the business.

 Q5: Now for the big question! Is renting an RV profitable for an individual?

Bert Alanko: Renting an RV can be very profitable. Lots of folks make their monthly RV payment from income generated through renting their RV. I look at it like this; your RV isn’t making any money when it sits in storage, so why not put it to work for you.

 Q6: Is there anything else you can add about renting an RV for an additional source of income?

Bert Alanko: MBA takes pride in not only selling the insurance – that is easy, but our specialty is providing the necessary information to our customers so they can make rentals profitable. Our insurance policy can be seasonal. One does not have to commit to a full year at a time. We have a wide range of programs to suit the needs of owners that are going to commit to rental on a long or short term basis.

 Q7: Thanks for all of this great information Bert. Where can RV owners go for more information about renting their RV?

Bert Alanko:  They can visit our website.  Or just call us toll-free in Arizona, 800- 622- 2201.

So there you have it. If you would like to try your hand at renting your RV when you aren’t using it contact the folks at MBA insurance for more information.

Take a minute to check out our brand new RV Consumer website at and be sure to register for our totally free RV Safety E-course while you are there.

Happy RV Learning,

Mark Polk
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Posted by: Mark Polk | 2010

RV Products

Our RV Products page is to let new and experienced RV owners know about new and useful RV products designed to help make all of your RV experiences more enjoyable. The RV product category is full of articles and RV product videos that demonstrate product features and benefits, and how to install RV products on your RV.


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Developed by the Boeing Company for lubrication and protection of aircraft components, Boeshield T-9 is a combination of solvents, lubricants and waxes designed for penetration, moisture displacement, lubrication and corrosion protection. Dries to a thin waxy film that clings to metal for months. Loosens rusty and corroded parts. Safe on paint, plastic and vinyl. 12 oz. aerosol.

Don’t leave home without it. ~ Mark Polk

The Original Equal-i-zer® Sway Control Hitch, with 4-Point Sway Control™, helps the driver be in control and the passengers be at ease. It has been specially designed to tackle the three biggest problems found with conventional trailer hitches: trailer sway, weight distribution, and complicated hook-ups.

Don’t leave home without it. ~ Mark Polk

Posted by: Mark Polk | 2010

RVing with Pets

The following RV Checklist is taken from our best selling (electronic) E-book :
Checklists For RVers

Download the RV Pet PDF Checklist file HERE

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ALL Rights Reserved

The following RV Checklist is taken from our best selling (electronic) E-book :
Checklists For RVers

Download the RV Pet PDF Checklist file HERE

COPYRIGHT by Mark J. Polk, Founder of RV Education 101
ALL Rights Reserved

Posted by: Mark Polk | 2010

RV Safety Checklist

Hello & welcome to our RV Safety Checklist page. There are lots of things to remember when it comes to using and maintaining an RV and many times checklists can simplify these tasks and help ensure that nothing is overlooked or forgotten.

Below are some links to some RV safety checklists and RV safety articles with checklists to assist you when using and maintaining your RV. The majority of these checklists are excerpts from our best-selling e-book titled “Checklists for RVer’s


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FREE Downloads:

Download the RV Fire Safety PDF Checklist file HERE

Download the RV Education 101 Safety Tips PDF File

Download the Daily RV Logbook File

Download 2 Great Brochures on RV Tires & Weighing your RV

Safety Checklist Articles:

Safe Holiday Driving Tips

Check it Now or Pay Later

Pre-Departure Maintenance Checks

Top 5 Rv Insurance Claims & How to Avoid Them

Daily Preventive Maintenance Travel Checks

RV Tire Tips for Safer Rv trips

What’s your RV Emergency Escape Plan?

Carbon Monoxide Safety Reminder

Trailer Sway, What is it & How to Control it

Trailer Sway, Part 2

RV Safety E-books:

#1 Selling Checklists for Rvers Ebook

RV safety Features, Tips & Tricks E-Book

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All Rights Reserved

Posted by: Mark Polk | 2010

RV Electricity

1. Basic RV Electricity

2. More on Basic RV Electricity

3.  I Need an Inverter for my RV!

4. My RV Electrical Outets don’t Work!

5. RV Converter Question

6. Just when I thought we thoroughly covered RV electrical systems

7. Running 2 RV AC Units at the Same Time

Posted by: Mark Polk | 2010

RV Trip Checklists

Hello & Welcome to our RV Trip Checklists page. There is a lot more to getting ready for an RV trip than meets the eye, and if we don’t have some checks & balances in place it’s easy to forget or overlook something.

We need to load the RV, check the RV, hitch the RV, & plan the trip just to name a few. The best way I have found to tackle all of these tasks is to use RV trip checklists. This way you don’t forget to pack an item or to make an important safety check prior to leaving on your trip.

Most of these RV trip checklists are excerpts from our best-selling “Checklists for RVers E-book

Enjoy & Happy RV Learning,

Mark J. Polk


Free Downloads:

 Two RV Pre-Trip Checklists Download HERE

Daily RV Logbook Download

Articles with RV Trip Checklists:

 Tips to Improve your Motorhome Driving Skills

Top 7 Trip Planning Reminders

Safe Holiday Driving Tips

RV Spring Checks, don’t forget the Safety Stuff

What’s your RV Emergency Weather Plan?

Pre- Departure Maintenance Checks

RV Campground Reservations

Time to go Camping, But First…

Tips to Increase Engine Life

RV Tire Tips for Safer RV Trips

What’s your RV Emergency Escape Plan?

10 Tips to Using Your  RV – HGTV

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Posted by: Mark Polk | 2010

Miscellaneous RV Consumer Articles

1. Government Diesel Emissions Standards & RV’s

2. Improve your RV’s Efficiency in the Summer Heat

3. My Top 5 Predictions for the Future of the RV Industry

4. 2010 Update, Let’s Talk 1/2 Ton Trucks

5. Are U Haul Rental Trailers/Companies Safe?

6. The Lighter Side, 10 things you should NEVER do with your RV!

7. My First Real RV Adventure

8. Some Interesting RV Poll Results

9. Who are the Tin Can Tourists?

10. Rising Gas Prices vs. RV Trips

11. RV Consumer E-Magazine March Issue Released

12. How did RVing Start in America?

13.  Go Have Fun!

14. An RV Diamond in the Rough

15. What are these things called RVs?

16. Best Kept Travel Secret in America – RVs

17. Welcome to RVing with Mark Polk & Friends



Posted by: Mark Polk | 2010

Aftermarket RV Products Articles & Videos



Posted by: Mark Polk | 2010

Backing a Trailer Articles

1. How to Back a Travel Trailer the Easy Way

2. Backing a Trailer, Unassisted

3. Tow Vehicle Rating Facts & Myths

4. RV 101® – Trailer Sway Part 1 of 2

5. RV 101® – Trailer Sway Part 2 of 2

6. 5 Trailer Towing Quick Tips 

7. Trailer Towing Hitch Ball Tips



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