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Ask The RV Doctor – Old Pop-Ups

December 1, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Ask The RV Doctor – Old Pop-Ups

Old Pop-Ups by Gary Bunzer Q: Dear RV Doc, I have a 1969 Apache pop-up that I am trying to bring back from the dead. I have a question on electrical power. I would like to keep the 12-volt DC and 120-volt AC systems separate. I am thinking that I can take a 30-amp shoreline [...]

Ask The RV Doctor – Power Choice

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Ask The RV Doctor – Power Choice

Power Choice by Gary Bunzer Q: We recently purchased a 24′ Aerolite RV. We see that many sites offer 30 or 50-amp service and we are uncertain as to which one our RV would require for running a heater, air conditioner, stove, refrigerator and small electric appliances. Can you advise us as to which service [...]

Water-Pressure Fallacy

July 10, 2012 by · 7 Comments 

Water-Pressure Fallacy

Water-Pressure Fallacy For the sake of Highways readers, please explain that leaving the campground-water supply valve partially open does not keep the pressure lower in the RV. It only affects the volume. Many people in the campgrounds think they can get by without the pressure-reducing valve (PRV) if they open the valve only part way. [...]

Too-Much-Hot-Water Solution

July 10, 2012 by · 6 Comments 

Too-Much-Hot-Water Solution

Too-Much-Hot-Water Solution Bob, I’d like to respond to “Too Much Hot Water” in the January 2007 issue of Highways. I too had this same problem of hot water coming out the cold-water system. I have an outdoor shower that has the hot- and cold-water valves, and it also has a shutoff valve on the showerhead. [...]

Technical Tips from the RV Expert

July 10, 2012 by · 6 Comments 

Technical Tips from the RV Expert

Inconvenient Satellite TV Q: We purchased a 34-foot Cougar fifth wheel and were told by the dealer that we couldn’t hook our satellite TV dish to the exterior hookup on the side of the trailer and have it work on the TV in the living area. It only works on the TV in the bedroom. [...]

Black-water blues, gooseneck-hitch guidance and a fridge fix

July 10, 2012 by · 2 Comments 

Black-water blues, gooseneck-hitch guidance and a fridge fix

Tank Trouble I have a 2003 Coachmen Aurora. I am the second owner of the coach, which was only a little more than a year old when I bought it, and I have had repeated problems dumping the black-water holding tank. This is my fourth RV, and I have never had any such problems before, [...]

Slow LP-Gas Fill

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Slow LP-Gas Fill

Slow LP-Gas Fill solid-state dual-battery isolator fill the horizontal propane tank, even after I depress the red button that’s supposed to let it fill faster. Is there a float in the tank that could be stuck in the full position that isn’t letting propane come in? I finally purchased a 40-pound tank to use rather [...]

Slide-Out Room Care and Feeding

July 10, 2012 by · 4 Comments 

Slide-Out Room Care and Feeding

When the slide-out room was introduced, it revolutionized the RV industry. The benefits were universal—manufacturers could create new and exciting floor plans to attract customers, while potential buyers were lured by the “like home” attributes of these new RVs. Soon came double, triple, quad slide-outs and today, full wall slide-outs have become commonplace. Though slide-out [...]

Satellite Radio Antenna

July 10, 2012 by · 1 Comment 

Satellite Radio Antenna

Satellite Radio Antenna I would like to install a magnetic antenna for a satellite radio on my 2003 Minnie Winnie Class C. Because of the vehicle’s overhang, there is no acceptable location on or near the cab that will work effectively. Do you have any suggestions on how it can be installed on the roof [...]

RV Maintenance Tip: Bad Solar Panel

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RV Maintenance Tip: Bad Solar Panel

Bob, I have a 2004 National RV Dolphin motorhome with a small solar panel on the roof for maintaining a charge on the two 6-volt coach batteries. The panel’s surface is severely cracking, curling and peeling, so I doubt it’s providing much of a charge. National RV has gone bankrupt, and the phone number listed [...]

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