Category: RV Repair
Hi, all! This month’s column covers a number of different RV problems. I wish all of you the happiest of holidays, and I look forward to answering your questions throughout the New Year! email@example.com —————————– Mark: We have a 2001 Sunnybrook 27FKS. Being stored inside, it is in new like condition. Last summer when arriving at camping sites, the temperature being above 80 degrees, we would turn the thermostat down to 73 degree and turn on the AC. The fan will come on immediately, but the compressor takes between five and 15 minutes before turning on. After perhaps running for five minutes, the compressor turns off. It then takes five to 15 minutes before the compressor come on again. It takes hours sometimes to cool down the trailer. The air is cool coming out when the compressor is working. Where do I start looking for the problem? Norman Hi, Norman, There are a number of things that can cause the problem... [Read more...]
A squirrel chewed a hole in the air-conditioner cover on the top of our RV and built a nest inside. After removing the cover and cleaning out the nest, I wrapped wire mesh on all the vent openings and fastened the mesh to the cover with wire-ties. No squirrels since then. Donald Vita, San Antonio, Texas
Cold weather prompts issues that need attention to recreational vehicles. Let’s look at some of the most common RV issues during winter. One of the first things, and very obvious, cold weather RV issues is tire inflation. While oxygen molecules escape through the tire’s structure slowly over time, ambient temperatures also add to the pressure loss. This requires topping up the tires at a greater frequency than that of the summer. The next important thing to check is the antifreeze, or glycol. For this we will need to verify that the fluid level is up to, or near, the full marker on the expansion tank. A glycol gravity test should also be carried out to determine the actual lowest temperature that the mixture can safely operate at. This reading should be below that which the area of storage or use would ever fall to. However, if you have a diesel powered vehicle, a glycol especially designed for diesel engines is required. These contain additives necessary... [Read more...]
Make sure your RV’s climate is regulated correctly with this simple and quick Tech-Tip. This RV Tech Tip is brought to you by Good Sam Roadside Assistance!
Hi, all: In this month’s column, we’ll cover some general questions on RVing and problem solving. I hope you are enjoying the final glorious fall RVing days before winter truly sets in! Please keep those questions coming! MMW@escapees.com Mark I have an on board generator to run the electricity in my Winnebago Vista 21b so I can keep the refrigerator going with a small penalty of gasoline. Question: You stress that it’s important to keep the refrigerator level. Will it stay level enough while driving to maintain the refrigerator in good working order? Is there a way to level a poorly installed refrigerator? Thank you. Mike Hi Mike While you are driving, there is enough random motion to keep the fridge happy, with one possible exception: if you are on a really long, steep grade. However, for the most part you’ll be fine running the fridge on AC while you drive. Just be sure to turn it off if you stop and the RV is off level, like at a rest stop or roadside pullout.... [Read more...]
Recreational vehicles are equipped with either a stand-alone forced air furnace or a hydronic heating system. Both of these RV heating systems require regular maintenance to keep them running efficiently and to provide reliable service. Today we will look at what service is needed to the hydronic system types. Two of the popular manufacturer makes are Aqua-Hot and Oasis. Though they differ somewhat in design, the required maintenance is basically the same. They are designed to heat both the interior of the RV and the hot water supply. They are equipped with 120 volt AC electric heater element(s) and a diesel fired burner. (Propane versions are also available on some models.) Many are also plumbed to allow the hot engine glycol to pass through them while driving to provide constant heat even while travelling. The heat provided by one of the fore mentioned methods, heats a non-toxic propylene glycol heat exchanger that in turn heats a small reservoir of fresh water. The hot... [Read more...]
In today’s video, our friends from Trailer Life demonstrate some LP gas basics.
On Thursday, the Good Sam Camping blog discussed ways to reduce rattling in the RV’s interior compartments. Today’s article focuses on tracking down rattles in other parts of the RV. There is a new saying for RVers. “There are two types of RVs, those that rattle, and those that don’t move.” If you want to avoid rattles, leave your RV in the driveway or in a long-term park. If you drive it, it will rattle. But if the rattles are driving you batty, there is hope. If you take the proper steps and follow certain precautions, you can minimize—if not completely stop—those annoying rattles as you venture down the highway. Reducing Rattles in the RV Itself It stands to reason. If you drive your RV down the road, you will over time shake your RV loose from its fittings. But rattles are your friends. They tell you something is working loose—a screw, a bracket, or a clamp. Locating these rattles takes a bit of sleuthing. The first step is to inspect in your lockers, grabbing... [Read more...]
One of the most critical items on your RV is what supports it: the tires. It is very important that they are correctly sized, properly rated, aired up with the required pressure, and in good general condition. These things usually can be observed visually, except the air pressure. For this, you will need to use a pressure gauge to determine if they are correctly inflated. So, how often should you check the tire pressure? Well, though most would never do it, it should be done prior to hitting the road on each and every day. The majority of tires on the road are inflated using normal compressed air. This air contains the same concentration of oxygen as we live in. Oxygen monticules are extremely small, so small they can pass through the rubber compounds of the tire over time. Therefore a pressure loss is inevitable. The temperature outside also alters the pressure from one day to the next. Tire Monitor Sensor Unlike an automobile, RVs can suffer major body damage should a... [Read more...]