RVRC LIVE! March 2018

Dave Solberg, managing editor of RV Repair Club, answers RV repair questions in this LIVE Q&A. Check out the recap!

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39 Responses to “RVRC LIVE! March 2018”
  1. Richard Powers
    Richard Powers

    RV Make: Leisure Travel Vans, RV Model: Serenity, RV Year: 2019

    New to RVing


    RV Make: Monaco, RV Model: Diplomat 40PDQ, RV Year: 2007

    Winterrizing Air or Antifreeze?

  3. Brian Nagle
    Brian Nagle

    RV Make: Heartland, RV Model: 3580RL, RV Year: 2009, Brand: Dometic, Model Number: Duo Therm

    Forgive me Dave, if I omitted info you need. In short, I would like to replace my analog furnace/a.c. thermostat with a dual digital thermo. However, believe I was told somewhere down the line that it’s not just a switcheroo on the thermo itself? Instead, also have to switch out the mainframe or computer module on the ceiling, is that right? Now that could be costly I might suggest? Can’t stand analog and want to go digital and set settings EXACTLY AS i WANT and also to schedule on/off times, etc. Thanks! BN

  4. Tom

    RV Make: Dutchmen, RV Model: Freedom spirit 26', RV Year: 2008

    I was a seasonal camper last summer and the campground electric was obsolete and power was fluctuating up and down 80-116 and the campground said; That’s normal… No one else has a problem… What problems can this cause to my rv? A/c units and other equipment. I bought a transformer for rv that boosts voltage and I added a surge protector . question 2- should a weight distribution hitch be used? Its about 6000lbs…thank you..

  5. Edward

    RV Make: Lance, RV Model: 2285 TT, RV Year: 2017

    My new 2017 travel trailer seems to have a PVC roof (RMA XTRM PLY RV Roofing membrane ). It’s supposed to be “maintenance free”. Really? Not sure what to use to clean it with. Are you aware of any special cleaners and/or conditioners for this type of roof material? Thanks!

  6. Tom & Doreen
    Tom & Doreen

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

    Should you or shouldn’t you lubricate the slide out mechanism on the trailer? Cannot get a straight answer from anybody.

  7. David

    RV Make: Keystone , RV Model: Raptor , RV Year: 2006

    What the best way to mount the two bench chairs to the wall. Both have stripped out and have fallen out.

  8. Don Allen
    Don Allen

    RV Make: Big Horn by Heartland, RV Model: 3760EL, RV Year: 2016, Brand: WEBOOST, Model Number: 4G-Rv

    I would like to install this in my fifth wheel using the existing factory RG-6 cabling. Any issues that you can see would be very helpful. I understand that the outside antenna and the inside antenna need to be approx. 20 feet apart. Using the bedroom RG-6 that was pre-factory installed for Satellite TV, I believe that I can install the inside antenna in the back of the 5th wheel in the living area which would be perfect. Just wanted to find out if you saw any hick-cups with this plan.

  9. Joe

    RV Make: Coachman, RV Model: Catalina, RV Year: 2018

    New to Rv’ing….somebody else winterized our trailer. Can you go through the steps to open it up for the season….how to drain the anti-freeze etc….thx.

  10. Don Allen
    Don Allen

    RV Make: Heartland Big Horn, RV Model: 3760EL, RV Year: 2016

    LP tank on passenger side does not work, would this be the valve controlling both LP tanks? I have swapped tanks, so I know it is not the tank. Troubleshooting ideas?

  11. Joanne

    We are going to buy a brand new RV-should we hire an inspector to go through it with us before we finalize the transaction?

  12. Richard C Smith
    Richard C Smith

    RV Make: National, RV Model: Surf Side, RV Year: 2001, Brand: Generac, Model Number: 50G

    My generator is putting out 209 volts under load, is low enough to cause a problem?

  13. Russ Iverson
    Russ Iverson

    RV Make: Coachman, RV Model: Aurora, RV Year: 2001

    My coach is pre wired for a second a/c unit, will I need to change the thermostat that will control both a/c units?

  14. Lou

    RV Make: Gulfstreem , RV Model: Sun sport , RV Year: 1984

    my 1984 Gulfstream Sun sport has an aluminum roof and I have leeks. What is the best applications 2 make my roof watertight

    • Lou

      RV Make: gulfstreem, RV Model: sunsport, RV Year: 1984

      Leeks are at the side seams, front seam and at ac unit

  15. Greg

    RV Make: Winnebago , RV Model: Vectra, RV Year: 2004, Brand: Shurflo

    My water pump continuously runs when I’m on freshwater what might be the problem I’ve checked all the faucets and they’re all off but the water pump will not go off

  16. Charley Callahan
    Charley Callahan

    RV Make: Damon, RV Model: Daybreak Challenger, RV Year: 2010

    Where is the city water connection located. Not anywhere on the exterior and not inside the area where the Tank and pump check valve is located.

  17. Bob

    RV Make: Holiday Rambler, RV Model: Ambassador, RV Year: 2008

    I have about 6 areas where my clear coat is coming off. Should I tackle this myself?

  18. Walter

    RV Make: Coleman, RV Model: 202rd, RV Year: 2017, Brand: Lantern

    How i can find out what is the max weight my camper ceiling can hold?

  19. Scott Bjerke
    Scott Bjerke

    RV Make: Heartland, RV Model: Bighorn 3570RS, RV Year: 2014

    Why do the new fifth wheels only have two marker lights on the front cap instead of 5 like they used to?

  20. Paul

    RV Make: Heartland, RV Model: North Trail, RV Year: 2016

    Trailer sway got new hitch i was told it is not adjusted wright.

  21. Butch Q.
    Butch Q.

    RV Make: Fleetwood, RV Model: Discover, RV Year: 1999

    I recently had new airbags, suspension parts, tires, brakes, new roof, new AC units, etc installed on my ’99 Discovery. Now I’m debating whether to have full exterior paint and the interior upgraded. Typically, how well do full paint jobs hold up compared to the original factory paint? (I keep my RV inside when parked.)

  22. Gregory S Schulkey
    Gregory S Schulkey

    RV Make: momentum, RV Model: 376th, RV Year: 2018, Brand: grand design

    thanks for giving up a few hours of march madness for this!

  23. Tim

    RV Make: FLEETWOOD, RV Model: JAMBOREE, RV Year: 1988

    The roof leaked a lot before I bought this used motorhome. the plywood roof has dry rot and the fabric material has fallen down in the cab. Is there some kind of repair agent that will seal the plywood as is and allow me to apply some kind of fabric material over it so it looks decent.

  24. Lori Meister
    Lori Meister

    I have a f150 eco boost looking for a 5th wheel what do you recommend for a fisth wheel which company makes the one with least problems

  25. Richard C Smith
    Richard C Smith

    RV Make: national, RV Model: Surf Side, RV Year: 2001, Brand: Genrac, Model Number: 50G

    My Bad, I should have said I am getting 109 volts for my 120 v system – not 209 volts :0/

  26. Tom

    RV Make: Renegade, RV Model: Vienia , RV Year: 2017

    We have a roof leak when the temperature goes above 75 degrees. Water comes out a front roof speaker.
    RV repair shop used flex-seal spray on the entire roof. What are your thoughts on this repair technique?

  27. richard

    RV Make: Keystone dutchman, RV Model: 30 ft pull trailer , RV Year: 2015

    Bought a giandel 2000w inverter has two 2 ft cables to hook up to an alternative battery I want to connect to my 12 v side of rv power box instructions please

  28. Randy

    RV Make: Fleetwood , RV Model: Excursion 39s, RV Year: 2005

    If double glazed windows always fail then why not replace them with single pane and use a different size rubber trim as they are going to fog again and are very expensive.

  29. Clary Rode
    Clary Rode

    RV Make: Winnebago, RV Model: Journey, RV Year: 2006, Brand: Colman Max, Model Number: Basement model

    The outdoor blower motor squeaks. How do I grease or replace it? Please don’t tell me to take it to a repair shop, I’m in an area where there aren’t any.

    • Customer Service
      Customer Service

      Hello Clary,

      To provide more specific troubleshooting information on your loud blower motor, I need to know the make, model and year of what outdoor blower motor you are referring to? Most RV do not have an outside blower motor except for the fan motor on a roof AC and those very seldom make any noise. If it is the roof AC, you would need to take off the outer shroud and get access to the motor and shaft, but there are no grease ports and spraying a little silicone lubrication might work for a short term but it usually means bearings going out.


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  30. gregbeardall

    RV Make: Fleetwood , RV Model: Pace Arrow, RV Year: 1993

    Looking for driver side power window parts for F53 as well as jalousied window crank components…..

  31. lewisjim50

    RV Make: Entegra, RV Model: Cornerstone, RV Year: 2014, Brand: Samsung

    What is the best way to protect the ice maker and supply line from freezing? Air or anti freeze or both??

    • Customer Service
      Customer Service


      You can’t really blow all the water out of the icemaker with air, rather remove the line at the icemaker and blow out all the water there and make sure you take out the filter that is usually under the sink. Then run the icemaker through a few cycles until all the water gets out of the interior of it.

      Antifreeze works well, however sometimes can leave a slight pink discoloration?

      Hope this helps,

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  32. Gwise

    RV Make: Fleetwood, RV Model: Southwind 32vs, RV Year: 2004

    I would like to know what fuse or relay controls running lights and dash lights and where it is located at.

    • Customer Service
      Customer Service

      Hello Gwise,

      It all depends on your chassis. You would have to look at the chassis owners manual to find out what fuses would control them and where they are located. It is different on every chassis and by year. There would be a fuse to power the dash lights but would have different relays for each function light. The running lights are usually connected to a switch and sometimes an auto relay that can be bypassed with a switch. Checking the owners manual for the fuse locations and identities is the only way of finding out.

      I hope this helps!

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