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A: from Sam Watson - The first thing to determine is if it's a fuel or ignition problem. Let's do the fuel first. With the engine cold, remove the lid of the air cleaner. Look down into the air cleaner to the carburetor air intake, use a mirror if you need to. You'll see that there are two sections of the air intake, or "air horn" as it is called, a large side with a large, pivoted plate closing the opening, (secondary side), and a side with smaller openings, again covered by a pivoted plate, (primary side). The plate at the primary side is the choke blade and is used to enrich the fuel mixture during cold starts. If you look to the rear of the primary section, you'll see a vertical tube sticking up out of the surface of the air horn, that's the bowl vent tube. The bowl vent tube is directly over the carburetor fuel level control float, (works just like a toilet bowl float system). Having identified the parts, we can now make a simple float position gauge. Go to a good hardware store and buy a 1/8" thick brass rod, (they come in 3 foot lengths), cut the rod as needed so you can slip it down the air cleaner and into the bowl vent tube while still holding the other end of it, CAREFULLY slide the rod down into the vent tube until you feel a slight resistance, you've reached the top of the float, STOP. ACCURATELY mark this measurement on the rod, either at the top of the bowl vent tube, or some other accurate index point, as this will be your detection instrument. The next time the problem occurs, get the rig over to the side of the road on as flat a surface as possible, remove the air cleaner lid, and measure the float level. If there is no difference in height from your index mark, then you don't have a fuel problem, but rather an ignition problem.
Q: Can I put a fresh water tank under my bed?
A: Yes, you can! Although many may feel that there is too great a risk in case the water tank should ever leak. But, if you think of these things ahead of time, you can figure out whether it is worth it or not for you.
There are many benefits to placing the fresh water tank under the bed:
RVCO News Desk
As the shock waves of the terrorist attacks of September 11 continue to reshape American society, RV travel experienced a sharp increase in the summer of 2002. RV park owners reported a substantial rise in reservations over last year and surveys of RVers indicated that many logged more miles than ever.
The rising popularity of the RV lifestyle seems directly connected to the aftermath of September 11. From a practical standpoint, many Americans have turned away from air travel because of safety concerns and airport security hassles. At the same time, a deeper shift in attitudes appears to have sparked new interest in RVing.
Observers have noted that the terrorist attacks prompted many Americans to place greater importance on family and community. There's also a renewed sense of patriotism in the air. These factors have contributed to more Americans than ever taking to the road in their RVs, often as part of a family vacation.
A survey of RV owners by the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (http://www.rvia.org) found that 75 percent expected to travel more in the summer of 2002 than they did last year. (The survey was conducted by Robert Hitlin Research Associates of Reston, Virginia.)
The new national mood is also reflected in the choices of destinations. Fifty-two percent of RV owners surveyed planned to visit sites rich in American history, with Washington, D.C., Mount Rushmore, Gettysburg, and the Alamo most frequently named.
Much of the increase in RVing is attributable to a new crop of RV renters -- many of them first-timers. The two largest U.S. RV rental agencies -- Cruise America and El Monte RV -- are reporting record business, with the pace of RV rentals up over one-third above last year. Younger RVers, especially those with small children, appreciate the freedom and flexibility that is part of the RV experience.
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Behind the Increase in RV Rentals
With RV rentals running at a record pace, a consensus is emerging among industry observers that explains the trend.
Surveys sponsored by the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (http://www.rvia.org) track the rise to the aftermath of the September 11 terrorist attacks. Since then, the leading RV rental agencies in the United States - Cruise America and El Monte RV - report that RV rentals have increased over one-third compared to the previous year.
The customers accounting for the upsurge in RV rentals are often new to the RV lifestyle. They view renting as an opportunity to sample RVing. They also tend to be younger than typical RVers. Many are traveling with children and are eager to avoid the long lines and delays associated with air travel since September 11.
In response to the increased demand, RV rental agencies are emphasizing the value and convenience of renting an RV. Cruise America, for example, offers a wide range of vehicles and options. Special package deals bring rental rates down well below the cost of a hotel room. With more than 175 locations in the United States and Canada, a Cruise America center is generally within easy reach of prospective renters.
RV renters are also discovering the ease of driving a modern RV. With few exceptions, motorists do not need a special license to operate an RV. Indeed, first-timers are often surprised that driving an RV is not much different than being behind the wheel of a van. As automatic transmission and power steering have become standard RV features, most customers quickly adjust to their rental vehicles.
Interested in renting an RV? Begin your journey by visiting the RV-Coach Online Network's introduction to RV rentals. You'll come away with a clearer idea of the options available to get you on the road.