Tech Tips

Keeping Chassis Batteries Charged

March 1, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Check out this inspired solution from an experienced RVer: I keep our motorhome plugged in when it’s not being used so the three-stage inverter/charger can maintain the house batteries charge. This works fine, but when I cover the coach, the solar panel for charging the chassis batteries doesn’t work very well. To fix this problem, [...]

Be Winter-Wise and Winterize

September 30, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Be Winter-Wise and Winterize

 Proper winterization of your RV’s water system is essential to prevent costly freeze damage when temperatures take a dive. Here’s a step-by-step guide to getting your RV ready for Old Man Winter’s cold temperatures. Step 1: Drain the Tanks Drain any remaining fresh water from the fresh water holding tank and from the water heater. [...]

Gimme a Brake

August 28, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Gimme a Brake

Braking What’s Behind You Makes Towing Safer Whether you tow a car behind your motorhome or a 5th wheel or travel trailer behind your truck, the weight of the towed item significantly impacts your stopping distance and time, both affecting the safety of your towing arrangement. Laws of Motion The second law of motion states [...]

TV Viewing

August 18, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

TV Viewing

Q: I have a 2003 Class A Georgie Boy motorhome, and the front TV cabinet began to bounce apart. After repairing it, I decided to swap the original 42-pound TV with an LED HD unit weighing 7 pounds. I found a 22-inch Samsung that fit inside the cabinet with space for rubber padding on the [...]

On the Level

July 15, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

On the Level

Leveling & stabilizing your RV is fast and easy with the right equipment. – by Alan Lidstone Longer, heavier chassis have given RVs increased carrying capacity and more living space, with multiple slideouts and full-wall slides even bath-and-a-halfs! New engine and transmission offerings in tow vehicles have increased towing capabilities, allowing RVers with towables to [...]

Ask The RV Doctor – Sinking Roof

July 8, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

by Gary Bunzer Q: I have a roof air conditioner that is causing the RV roof to sink in. It’s on an older RV and water is pooling around the base and causing a leak. What can I do to re-brace the roof and raise it back to normal? —Tom Scot,  Shinglehouse, PA A: Tom, [...]

Rubber Slide Wiper

July 7, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Rubber Slide Wiper

Q: I recently bought a fifthwheel trailer. This is the first trailer I’ve had with slideouts. What purpose do the rubber wipes around the slide-outs serve? I have wipes on the inside and the outside. I can see that a wipe on the outside should stop water, leaves, etc. from coming into the unit when [...]

Weight on Springs

June 16, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Weight on Springs

Q: My brother and I have GM dually pickups and 12ó-foot slide-in campers. My brother feels that when he isn’t using his pickup and camper he should raise the camper up on its jacks to take the weight off the pickup springs. My feeling is that many smaller motorhomes are built on similar chassis and [...]

Notes for the Shop – Power Up!

June 5, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Notes for the Shop – Power Up!

Generator Service Keeps the Juice Pumping by Noah Turner  Summer is here once again, and that means ifs time to get your RV in tip-top shape so you can get back out on the road. RVers typically pay attention to every detail of their coach to ensure that ifs road-ready, but all too often, they [...]

Nasty Toilet

May 26, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Nasty Toilet

Q: We recently bought a 28- foot travel trailer, and this is our first experience RV camping. The problem we’re having is that when we flush the toilet it seems like air is coming back through the water, which creates a problem in flushing. It actually splashes hard enough to splatter out of the bowl. [...]

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