RV Repair Club Virtual Panel Series

Welcome to the RV Repair Club Virtual Panel Series, where RV Experts share their lifestyle, experience, and advice. Join our panelists Dustin Schroeder of Fulltime Families, Erin and Travis of Our Lively Tribe, and Joel Holland of Harvest Hosts as they discuss their best RV tips and tricks.

We also teamed up with our panelists to bring you a free activity sheet bundle to bring on your next road trip. The bundle includes an RV cookbook, camping meal planning sheets, coloring pages, crossword puzzles, RV camping guide and tips for your RV. Make sure to download your copy!

Meet Your Panelists



Dustin Schroeder, Erin and Travis, and Joel Holland discuss how and why they started RVing, the best part about living the RV life, and the biggest challenge they’ve had to make.

Tips for Buying an RV



The panelists provide advice for buying a new or used RV and discuss RV buying mistakes to avoid. They also share their personal RV buying experience and the research they did before making the purchase.

Family Activities and Entertainment Ideas for Your Next RV Trip



The panelists share their favorite activities to do while RVing to keep their families entertained. They also share ideas for rainy day activities inside the RV, ways to stay connected to the internet while on the road, and advice for successful RV cooking and meal planning.

Making Your RV a Home and a Business



The panelists discuss ways to make your RV feel like a home, decorating ideas and interior upgrades to personalize your RV. They also provide advice for running a business on the road, networking, and affording the RV lifestyle.

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15 Responses to “RV Repair Club Virtual Panel Series”
  1. CINHUD
    CINHUD

    RV Make: Heartland, RV Model: 5th wheel, RV Year: 2013, Brand: Bighorn, Model Number: 3455rl

    12v Currituck short in bathroom lights

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    • Customer Service
      Customer Service

      Hello Cindy!

      We’d love to help out!

      The ‘Ask an Expert’ section is currently for members to our online community. We do have a promotional offer if you are interested. This would include access to expert advice (like this), plus discounts, hours of Premium videos, etc. Please feel free to take a look. You can message us right back with your question if you decide to become a member and you will have a response within 1-2 business days from our experts!

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  2. Sheila Felix
    Sheila Felix

    RV Make: Hemisphere, RV Model: 346qbud, RV Year: 2012

    Doing renovations on our 5th wheel; permanently removing the half bath. Took out the toilet and found the flange had to be cut out because it is attached to the tank by a rubber grommet. Purchased an expandable 3 inch plug and inserted in the pipe and caulked it. Then filled around that pipe with expanding foam. Removed the sink and discovered in the plumbing that there are 2 anti siphon vents; one on the drain pipe and then another on the blue PEX water pipe. Removed the vent on the drain pipe and capped that off. Not sure what to do with the vent on the water pipe as that pipe is also attached to the kitchen water supply. We are concerned we have a leak of bad gases now as my wife is experiencing dizziness and her voice is horst. We were planning to remove the wall between the kitchen and that bath but now realize the stink pipe that vents on the roof runs up inside that wall. Looking for suggestions about the stink pipe and ideas about gases that we did not experience before we started the reno.
    TY Sheila and David

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    • Customer Service
      Customer Service

      If you are not using the holding tank anymore it might be best to just take out the whole tank. If the tank was empty there shouldn’t be any gases coming from it and since it is capped off there really is no good way to flush out the tank other than running a hose out of the termination port where the sewer hose attached. If you are worried about fumes it probably is best to just remove the tank since you already capped off the toilet it really has no use. Once the toilet is removed the tanks just need to have the holding brackets removed to lower it down and then out. You can then cut off the vent pipe and just pull it out of the wall cavity. As for the sink and water lines, the one connected to the pex tubing is most likely a check valve to only allow water flow in one direction. It is going to be tied into the main water lines so if you don’t want to use any portion in that area you are going to have to cut the line, install a swivel connection and cap it to plug it off from the rest of the system.

      Sincerely,

      Dan
      RV Repair Club Technical Expert

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  3. Steve Woodrich
    Steve Woodrich

    I’m new to this RV world, I brought the use motorhome home and I was running the generator with the both roof top AC units working. I then tried to shut the generator off and did not realize you needed to hold the button down for at least 2 minutes. so the generator came back on as soon as I let off the button it did this twice before I held it down long enough. a little while later I started the generator and I had no AC working in either units. I found the breakers had tripped. I now can get the back AC unit to work but not the front. I also have no lights or anything else working. with the generator off I have no power from the hotel batteries. The battery disconnect switch in the entry way appears to be switching off and on I can hear it click and the light goes off and on. any ideas?

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    • Customer Service
      Customer Service

      For the AC not working you have to test the 120v coming out of the breaker. A lot of times after a breaker trips it can fail and not turn back on. If there is voltage coming out of the breaker then you will have to test the system. I would start with the thermostat, most have a fuse on the thermostat and it is possible this blew when everything else did. As for the batteries not sending voltage you have to test the voltage at the batteries and the disconnect switch. If there is voltage at the batteries and not the switch then the switch is bad. It is possible your batteries aren’t good so you have to test the voltage on them to make sure before checking anything else. Also check the fuses near the batteries and at the distribution fuse panel as it is possible a fuse blew as well.

      Sincerely,

      Dan
      RV Repair Club Technical Expert

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  4. Danilo Santiago
    Danilo Santiago

    RV Make: Fleetwood , RV Model: Bounder, RV Year: 2004, Brand: Atwood Water Heater, Model Number: GC10A-4E

    Our water heater is not working on propane, it tries to ignite and I could hear the clicking sound. Is the orifice blocked and needs to be cleaned? if so, how do you remove it to the burner and how do you clean the orifice.

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      Customer Service

      There are a few things that could cause this, blocked orifice is one of them. There could also be a blockage in the burner tube, this is more common. The orifice has a nut on the end and attaches to the side of the gas valve. Most of the time you don’t need to remove it to clean it. Take a cotton swab and dip it into rubbing alcohol and then wipe the orifice with it. This usually cleans out the opening of debris. Sometimes you do have to take out the orifice and do this from the inside as well but most of the time just doing it while installed helps. You then want to check the burner tube for a blockage. It is very common for a cob web to be inside or some other insect nest. There should be a few screws holding it in place that need removed. Some models need the end in the burn chamber removed and then the burner tube can twist off the orifice head. Inspect down the tube for any blockage. If these tips don’t work it could be low gas pressure, bad gas valve or dirty electrode preventing it from lighting as well.

      Sincerely,

      Dan
      RV Repair Club Technical Expert

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  5. Jimmy Hill
    Jimmy Hill

    RV Make: Winnebago , RV Model: Itasca, RV Year: 1999, Brand: Winnebago, Model Number: Itasca

    Procedure for replacing rear leafspring?

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      Customer Service

      You will need to lift and support the RV. You then want to place a jack under the axle for support and then remove the shackle bolts the springs are attached to. Once the bolts are out you can remove the U bolts holding the leaf springs into place. When installing new leaf springs you have to use new U bolts, the old ones are not allowed being used as they can fail easily once removed. Check the specs on the new ones as they need to be torqued to a certain amount at install. They also have to be positioned a certain way but this will be noticeable when removing the old ones. This is all that is really needed to swap out the leaf springs.

      Sincerely,

      Dan
      RV Repair Club Technical Expert

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  6. Wayne McChesney
    Wayne McChesney

    I think it would help others if you would make a video on how to load a car on a tow dolly. We have a Nissan and when the front wheels wouldn’t go on the ramps, I back up and give it a little more gas. Sadly, the front part of the car caught on the ramps and ripped off the front of the car. All made of plastic. I learned the hard way to place a couple of board in front of the ramps or take a shovel to add some dirt or rocks to make loading easier. Might save folks some money if the learn of this problem. We never thought of anything like this would happen. Very expensive lesson.

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      Customer Service

      Hello Wayne,

      Thank you for your feedback. I have forwarded your comment to the proper department. We value your opinion and it will help with the development of our online streaming community. We will continue to listen and work hard for your complete satisfaction.

      Thank you!
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  7. ronnie tedford
    ronnie tedford

    RV Make: alfa, RV Model: see ya, RV Year: 2003, Brand: lippert leveling jacks

    I have found a machine shop in my home town that can repair the lippert leveling jacks.you can now have new seals installed rather than buying used jacks that you dont know if they work or how long for less money than a used one if you can even find one. you can call H & R machine @ 979-542-9271 ask for Johnny. he just did one for me at half the cost for a used one and with new seales. my jacks are lipperts hyd leveling jacks. you no longer have to buy new saving over $900.00 you owe it to yourself to at least call Johnny and ask him about it.

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  8. Darrell Hawley
    Darrell Hawley

    RV Make: Forest River , RV Model: Rockwood minilite 2503s, RV Year: 2015

    Added rear carrier for scooter. Can I install 2eyebolts on the back vertical corners for tie down straps for additional support?

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    • Customer Service
      Customer Service

      Hello Darrell,

      That’s a great question! Also you will need to provide the make, model and the year of the RV.

      The ‘Ask an Expert’ section is currently for members to our online community. We do have a promotional offer if you are interested. This would include access to expert advice (like this), plus discounts, hours of Premium videos, etc. Please feel free to take a look. You can message us right back with your question if you decide to become a member and you will have a response within 1-2 business days from our experts!

      Please follow the steps below to receive the annual membership at the introductory rate:
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      Joan
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