RVRC LIVE! June 2018

Did you miss this month’s RVRC LIVE? Dave Solberg, managing editor of RV Repair Club, answers questions submitted by viewers in this LIVE Q&A.

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33 Responses to “RVRC LIVE! June 2018”
  1. Paulette

    RV Make: Holiday, RV Model: Rambler, RV Year: 2001

    There is some fabric that is peeling off the underside of one of our slide-outs. The wait to have it fixed it’s quite some time. Is there something we can do to temporarily work around this until we can get it in to get it fixed, Or should we just let it sit until we can get it fixed? Thank you very much.

  2. Jim Thomason
    Jim Thomason

    RV Make: Newmar, RV Model: Mountain Aire, RV Year: 2001

    AGM vs regular lead acid, normal life, amp hour rating , charge cycle, 4 6’s vs 2 12 volt ???? Recommendations

  3. Ramona Jeffery
    Ramona Jeffery

    RV Make: Mobile Suite, RV Model: Dallas 43, RV Year: 2014

    What is the best way to keep the grey water lines clean (odor free) without damaging tank seals?

  4. William L Bode
    William L Bode

    RV Make: Itasca, RV Model: Meridian, RV Year: 2004, Brand: HWH, Model Number: ???

    HWH rear room extentions. How to fix room from leaking back out after retracting. Typically comes out at the bottom.

  5. Bob

    RV Make: Coachman, RV Model: Catalina Legacy , RV Year: 2017

    My rear bumper says that I can not add anything to it for a bike rack. Is there a way to make this bumper stronger so I can mount bracket to it??

  6. steven elliano
    steven elliano

    RV Make: thor, RV Model: vegas, RV Year: 2016

    How often do you folks bleach the fresh water system?

  7. Lee

    RV Make: Shasta, RV Model: Cheyane, RV Year: 2003, Brand: Seatbeat

    I need assistance on how to open up the black box where the seatbelt retractor is located. I need to get my seatbelt repaired and don’t know how to get the black box opened.

  8. Ron Bean
    Ron Bean

    Is diesel better than gas if you are going to put 90000+ on the coach when you buy it? Also, diesels are suppose to be more expensive to fix. Are the costs better because of resale of diesel, the longevity of diesel, and the towing?

  9. Dale

    RV Make: Winnebago, RV Model: Vista LX WFE 30T, RV Year: 2016, Brand: LCI (LIPPERT), Model Number: WBLV2

    Intermittent Jacks down warning after vehicle has been parked a few days, Jacks do not appear to be down but pump runs for perhaps 45 seconds indicating it is retracting jacks and then all is well again. Dealer has replaced entire pump/manifold assembly with no change in symptoms. Lippert sent me a pressure switch to change and again it did not eliminate the problem. Now they want a pressure check by dealer which is backed up until August. Your thoughts or suggestions please?

  10. Steve

    RV Make: Fleetwood, RV Model: Discovery, RV Year: 2004

    For some reason I can’t seem to get enough pressure for water. Have plenty when on city but water pump only had small amount of pressure

  11. Daniel

    RV Make: R Vision, RV Model: 25’pull trailer, RV Year: 2006

    Best way to inspect brakes.

  12. Robert Roth
    Robert Roth

    RV Make: Newmar, RV Year: 2006

    Do you feel that RV tire covers are effective in preventing sun damage?

  13. mljuvinall

    RV Make: Jayco, RV Model: Featherlite 23B, RV Year: 2005

    My weatherstripping is coming off around my door. Is there a special glue I should use to glue it back on?

  14. Bernard Groleau
    Bernard Groleau

    RV Make: Jayco, RV Model: 26.5 RLS Eagle HT, RV Year: 2016

    How to easily get rid of mildew on awning after winter season. Thank you

  15. Greg Hots
    Greg Hots

    RV Make: Outdoors RV, RV Model: Glacier Peak 5th Wheel, RV Year: 2017

    Is it worthwhile to add auxillary fans to the area behind my fridge to move more air to help the fridge run more efficiantly? I have seen up to two added to the upper vent on the side of the slide-out. Just keep hearing it doesn’t help that much. I imagine scopeing out a good spot for placement is the key.

  16. Jeff Farias
    Jeff Farias

    RV Make: Newmar, RV Model: Canyon Star, RV Year: 2014

    I am having issues with the headlights for the vehicle. When I first start the RV the high beam indicator light is on, when this happens the headlights don’t work and the side cameras don’t turn on when the turn signal is turned on. After the RV is running for a few minutes then the high beam indicator goes out and the headlights work. Recently I was using the RV and the headlights were working, when I went to put the high beams on the headlights stopped working (like when the RV is first started). I pulled over and played with some of the fuses and the headlights started to work again until a few minutes down the road I went to use the horn, the headlights stopped working again. I pulled over again and waited about 15 minutes then started the RV and the lights started to work normally again. What would you advice be to start trouble shooting the issue. I have called many dealerships in the area and Ford dealerships and have not been able to find any place that would look at the issue.

  17. Jim Robinson
    Jim Robinson

    RV Make: Tiffen, RV Model: Phaeton, RV Year: 2002

    Brian, the left front and left back hydraulic jacks on my class a rv don’t fully retract when I press the store button. They move up an inch or so then I need to use a prybar to help them up. Is there some maintenance I need to perform other than washing the piston with warm soapy water as the manual states?

  18. Diane

    RV Make: Forest River, RV Model: Sandpiper, RV Year: 2007, Brand: Dometic, Model Number: DM2652RBX

    My RV is stationary in NC. I left in October 2017 and just returned in June 2018. My family had opened up the Sandpiper prior to my arrival, connected water and electric, and had the AC and appliances working. Within two days, the refrigerator (made in 2010) quit cooling. Any suggestions as to how to fix it or check it for issues?

  19. Dan Lettieri
    Dan Lettieri

    RV Make: Riverside , RV Model: Retro 177SE, RV Year: 2018

    Dave, i have 2 Questions: 1) What’s a good small portable tv attenna to have for my camper? 2) What’s the best Black tank cleaner and sanitizer to use? Thank you.

  20. Renick

    RV Make: Fleetwood Bounder, RV Model: T28, RV Year: 1995

    How do you remove and replace the basement door latches?


    RV Make: Pace Arrow, RV Model: Fleetwood, RV Year: 1997

    Is the RV industry getting onboard with most people upgrading the lights both interior and exterior to LED and keeping the cost lower for them?

  22. Bryan Jones
    Bryan Jones

    RV Make: Fleetwood, RV Model: Revolution, RV Year: 2007

    When I turn off my RV from motor to shore power I have to leave RV running then plug in shore power to make my EMS system work if I turn over off and then plug in power my system won’t come on no power

  23. DAN

    RV Make: Reflection, RV Model: 30 BH, RV Year: 2016, Brand: Norcold

    The roof vent for the fridge is only about a 5″ round vent cap. Most all of the others that I have ever seen are the longer and wider vents. Should I replace mine to a larger vent in order to get more vented air flow to the back of the fridge?

  24. Patrick Gagne
    Patrick Gagne

    RV Make: Newmar, RV Model: Canyon Star 3921, class A toy Hauler, RV Year: 2014

    Our water pump is rather loud and the flow not so good. What brand and model of water pump do you recommend for best flow and pressure?

  25. Terry D Gillis
    Terry D Gillis

    RV Make: Winnebago, RV Model: ERA, RV Year: 2017

    The screens on inside of windows have some rubber/plastic clips that are to hold the screens in place. The screens vibrate against frames, some clips mno longer hold sc reen in place. What is best way to ensure those little screens stay in place and dont vibrate.

  26. Pam Wolters
    Pam Wolters

    RV Make: Winnebago, RV Model: Minnie Winnie, RV Year: 2003

    What is a good way to do a though cleaning of your black and gray water tanks, we are sure they are empty , but sometimes the gauge shows otherwise, I have hear that sometimes they need a cleaning method other than just emptying and flushing with fresh water ,

  27. krcotton

    RV Make: Keystone, RV Model: Passport, RV Year: 2016

    This will be only the third summer I’ve used this camper and when I got it out of storage I noticed really bad delamination on the front and back of the unit I’ve contacted Keystone but have not heard back from them I don’t know what to do because I have a feeling they not going to do anything for me do you have any suggestions thank you

  28. kerry

    RV Make: Forest River, RV Model: Heritage Glen, RV Year: 2016

    Our 5th wheel has battery problems. We are 6 weeks into trip and wonder if a stay on 30 amp fried our system
    We are now heading back home to try to get repaired as no one can help us on the road – everyone is booked up for at least a week. We are at least 4 days away from our home where we bought our 5th wheel
    We are running a trickle feed which was suggested to us as we just need to get home after buying one new battery and havin the other one re-charged. Still dropping power
    Any suggestions?
    Thank you

  29. William

    RV Make: Keystone, RV Model: Laredo, RV Year: 2017

    Fifth wheel tires should be replaced how often. I have been advised every two years for 10 ply but 12/14 last longer.

  30. Elden

    RV Make: GMC, RV Model: Birchaven, RV Year: 1976

    I have bottom end knocking crankshaft/crank bearing I’m not a mechanic, How much trouble am I looking at? It is a 455 front wheel drive

  31. paul payne
    paul payne

    RV Make: winnabago, RV Model: access, RV Year: 2007

    can you help? I have a slide out that will go out but not in .found out it was the control , Kwikee part PN 1802930 and they don’t make this any more, is there any other part that will work for the slideout, or what can I do? thanks