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CHANGIN' GEARS RV NEWSLETTER
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Issue 3, 10/17/2005

Changin' Gears - Trading City Lights for the RV Lifestyle
http://ChanginGears.com

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IN THIS ISSUE
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1) Tow Vehicle Sizing
2) Create Your Own Christmas Cards
3) Movies For The Road
4) RV Innovations
5) Fifth Wheel Gooseneck Adapter
6) Truck Classification


1) Tow Vehicle Sizing 
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Proper sizing of the tow vehicle is a critical component of safe 
RV towing.  Most often this vehicle is a full size pickup truck, 
but properly equipped cars, vans, SUV's, and even large 
motorcycles, are capable of towing small trailers.  

On this page we provide the steps for determining the vehicle 
ratings for safe trailer towing.  By "safe" we mean that none of 
the weight ratings of the tow vehicle have been exceeded.  

Read the entire article here:
http://tinyurl.com/cqm3v


2) Create Your Own Christmas Cards 
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On our "Sharing Photos from the Road" page, we feature articles 
published on our digital photo web site that relate to the RV 
lifestyle.  The most recent addition to this page is an article 
on how to create your own, custom Christmas cards, featuring a 
favorite photo.  

I have recently reviewed several online services and the article 
describes my recommendation and basic steps necessary for 
creating your own Christmas cards.  

Sharing Photos from the Road page:
http://tinyurl.com/cogll


3) Movies For The Road 
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Every once in a while we all run across a product or service that 
we didn't know existed, weren't looking for, but as soon as we 
saw it, we recognized it as a perfect fit for our needs.  
Recently I had such an experience when I learned about Peerflix.  

What was the need?  A cost-effective way to rent DVD's online 
while traveling in the RV.  And the solution?  An online service 
to trade DVD's for $0.99 each, with no monthly fees nor due 
dates.  

Read the entire article here:
http://tinyurl.com/cbs56


4) RV Innovations 
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In an effort to make a better recreational vehicle, and to 
outshine the competition, RV manufacturers introduce new features 
each model year.  Our web site has a new section featuring a 
collection of new, unique, or intriguing RV innovations.  

See this new section:
http://tinyurl.com/8zurb


5) Fifth Wheel Gooseneck Adapter 
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Those of us who choose a fifth wheel trailer will wonder at some 
point if there is an alternative to the hitch taking up most of 
the truck bed.  One option commonly considered is a fifth wheel 
gooseneck adapter, which requires only a vertically mounted ball 
hitch in the bed of the truck.  

I have also considered this option, especially since our Ford 
truck came with a ball hitch welded onto the hauler back.  In 
this article I summarize my findings and the conclusions I've 
drawn based on my research.  

Read the entire article here:
http://tinyurl.com/bhvgj


6) Truck Classification 
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Knowledge of truck classes and categories is not required for 
recreational vehicle towing, but it is very helpful when 
communicating with each other, service shops, and to understand 
regulations affecting vehicles on public roads.  

Read the entire article here:
http://tinyurl.com/d8g2n

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