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TV4RV JULY NEWSLETTER
Vol. 4 - No. 7

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SAFEGUARDING EQUIPMENT

We received an email from a customer last month complimenting us on the quality of our equipment and also expressing concern that it might "walk away" if left unattended at a campground.  We assured him that, to date, we have never heard of a single tripod being stolen.  It has been our experience in RVing that the vast majority of fellow campers are very honest and will watch out for the other guy's equipment in his absence.

However, upon reflection, we decided to do some research on campground theft problems.  I like to use the forums on RV.net as a resource.  I did a search for "theft" and came upon this thread discussing the possibility of the 50 amp power cords being stolen.   While there were some reports of the cords being stolen from RV's parked in the dealer's lots, very few RVers reported any problems.  I can understand that with the rising cost of copper the wires in a 50 amp cable have value to a thief.   Since many larger size power cables now use aluminum instead of copper to keep the cost down, an easy deterrent might be to put a waterproof tag at each end of the cable stating "ALUMINUM CABLE - - NOT COPPER" (even if it stretches the truth).   It might help deter a thief who might otherwise cut and run.

To get back to safeguarding your equipment, there is no easy solution.  We often bring a vintage Schwinn tandem bicycle with us when we RV and chain it to the RV frame when we are not using it.  We also make sure our RV is locked when we are away, but otherwise, take no extra theft precautions and have never had a problem in over 40 years of RVing.

We would be interested in hearing from any readers who have had any of their satellite equipment (or other equipment for that matter) stolen while RVing.

NEW WEBSITE FEATURES

We have added a new feature to our website that allows our customers to add their reviews of our products.   Simply visit the product page for the item you wish to review, click on the "Reviews" tab and add your review.  You can also recommend an item to a friend by clicking on the "Tell A Friend" tab and filling out the short form.

Another feature added a few months ago allows you to issue a Gift Certificate, in any amount, starting at $1.00, to your friends and family members who might like our products.  Click on the Gift Certificate link located on the lower left side of each page, and fill out the form in the amount you wish to give.

COME VISIT OUR STORE

Many customers think we are strictly an on-line business.  However, we do have a retail outlet you can visit whenever you are in the Grants Pass, Oregon area.  We are open Monday through Friday, 9 AM to 4 PM PST except for holidays.  Everything listed on our website is available in our store and we accept both cash and credit cards.  Unfortunately, we cannot accommodate large RV's but if you call us when you are in the area we will try to accommodate you with other arrangements.   We hope to see you soon!