Tips For Measuring Trailer Weight Capacity

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We bought a short bed truck to pull our 40 ft Sanibel, based on the advice of the Chevy dealer and our RV dealer. According to the manual, the tongue weight is not supposed to exceed 3,000 lbs and the total gross vehicle weight is not supposed to exceed 10,000 lbs. Are these numbers correct? What are the consequences of continuing to drive the rig? Is there anything that can be done to modify the truck to increase its capacity or do we just need to get a one ton Dually?

Submitted by Jeff


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First, I would like to applaud you on getting your coach weighed! If your 40’ Sanibel is a 5th wheel which I believe it is, you would not be concerned about “tongue weight” as this only pertains to the weight of a trailer hitched to the back of a receiver hitch or “bumper hitch”. A 5th wheel hitch is mounted in the bed of the truck so what you need to be looking at is Gross Axle Weight Rating (GAWR) for the weight on the back axle.

Here is what I would suggest: Not knowing what type of commercial truck scale you used, I would recommend going to a CAT SCALE which has platform scales to get not only the overall weights but axle weights as well. They are at Flying J, Pilot, Loves, and other fueling stations and have 3 platforms that will weigh individual components. Put the front wheels of the tow vehicle on the first platform, the back axle on the second, and RV on the third. This will give you individual GAWR weights for the truck and the RV. Then drive off the scale, disconnect the trailer, and weigh the truck with the front axle on the first platform, and the back wheels on the second. This is the only way you can tell what weight is on the back axle.

One other thing I would recommend is to visit www.rvsafety.com and maybe even call Walter Cannon the Executive Director to discuss your weights. It’s a non-profit organization that is dedicated to providing education on weight issues and THE authority on what is safe towing versus legal towing!

Hope this helps,
David Solberg


Related:
RV Weight Ratings: Basics And Considerations

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85 Responses to “Tips For Measuring Trailer Weight Capacity”
    • Jenny Burwell

      RV Make: 36 ft Dutchman , RV Model: Classic , RV Year: 1998

      My husband replaced the roof on the 13 foot slide out. Replace all the wood and ceiling put back together and there is big water spot on the ceiling. Any ideas where it could be coming from? Thank you

      Reply
      • Customer Service

        Dear Jenny,

        Thank you for your patience. In response to your question-

        When the roof was replaced, was everything sealed that was installed on the roof? There will be side rails that need to have putty tape behind it before install and there is also the seam that goes against the outside edge of the roof to the slide fascia that will also have to have roof seam tape applied to it. This tape is very thick and sticky and is used to prevent water from getting under the membrane. You will have to double check everything up there and make sure it is well sealed. If there is a water spot, then water is getting in somewhere and could damage everything again. If it is in the center on the ceiling panel, most likely it is the outside seam letting water in. I will post a link to the seam tape I am talking about below. This should be applied to the outside seam all the way across the roof and down the side corners at least an inch.
        https://www.recpro.com/eternabond-white-rv-rubber-roof-seal/?gclid=Cj0KCQjwoInnBRDDARIsANBVyASSMfBmv8MfkVdVSM_2FyqPkS5EvggaIbd29l6F-eTaiDP9Q1Z6-tAaAkLJEALw_wcB

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  1. richaubert

    RV Make: thor, RV Model: Windsport 27k, RV Year: 2015

    Do you have any videos on the Ford F 53 Chassis?

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  2. James Meliti

    RV Model: Four winds, RV Year: 2005, Brand: Hurricane , Model Number: 30q

    Hi, I have been having trouble finding the low point drains on this motorhome. I tried thor manufacturers, but they did not have the prints going back that far. I have been researching until I am blue in the face. Can you provide any help?

    Reply
    • Customer Service

      Hello James,

      If no location is given, you would either have to go under the coach and search for lines coming out or try to follow the plumbing lines inside until you find something. The lines will exit somewhere underneath, the valves to open them can be on the outside or inside. Common areas are under sinks, kitchen or bathroom. I have seen them in wheel wells, under the fender skirts, even in between the axles. There are usually located closer to the sides of the coach as opposed to the middle. Most likely they won’t be under slideouts or near the front engine. Check all lower cabinets and see where the water lines go. They can be very well hidden but should be accessible. I’m sorry I can;t give you an exact location but I hope this helps! You could also try searching the Thor blogs and see if anyone has information, I will provide the link below.https://www.thormotorcoach.com/blog/

      Thanks,

      Dan
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  3. callenpaci

    RV Make: safari, RV Model: kalahari, RV Year: 1994, Brand: oshkosh

    need to ask about brake system

    Reply
  4. geroudean

    RV Make: Carriage , RV Model: Cameo, RV Year: 2010

    Ticket#20409 How hard is it to adjust the bedroom slide, it hangs low when it’s closed?

    Reply
    • Customer Service

      Dear Dean,

      Thank you for your patience. In regards to your question-

      I will provide a link to a video showing you how to adjust a certain type of slide out, many other types will have the same set up with arm and bracket that can be adjusted the same way. Some slide outs don’t have the option to raise or lower but if it does, this video should help. To break it down, look under the slide out when it is fully extended. Follow the extension arm to the outside wall and you will see a bracket that attaches the arm and the slide out wall. You can loosen the nuts and then turn the lower adjustment bolt to raise the wall. Make sure to secure all bolts and nuts before running the room in. Repeat this process until the correct height is achieved. It is fairly easy to do, just takes some wrenches and a little time. Some other types of slide outs may have a roller wheel that needs adjusted and those are harder to do as the room will need to be lifted up. I hope this and the video help you!https://www.rvrepairclub.com/video/adjusting-rv-slide-out-seal-011521/

      Sincerely,
      Dan
      RV Repair Club Technical Expert

      Reply
  5. Gary Shaw

    RV Make: Ford, RV Model: Mobile traveller , RV Year: 1986

    My furnace won’t light, and I can’t find a pilot. Help please!

    Reply
  6. Mary Dillehay

    RV Make: Silverstreak, RV Year: 1974

    Why is my rear tail light on even when not hooked up to vehicle and no power going to camper. It just came on suddenly and been on for 3 days. How and Why?

    Reply
    • Customer Service

      Hello Mary,

      There could be a short in the wiring on the back that is connected to another power source. If the battery is still connected to the RV, there could be wires behind the light that are live and a screw or staples may have gone through the wire insulation just enough to power to taillight and not the other lights. All tail and running lights are tied in together, so if only one is on it could be very low voltage or maybe the turn bulb is on. If it is the turn signal getting a solid signal of power, the short could be behind the light or in the front junction box. Most likely it will be in the front with all of the wires, the hot wire could be shorting the turn light. This can happen inside the 7-way cord as well if wires get shorted. You would have to inspect all wires in the junction box and behind the light to make sure nothing is shorted. The junction box on the front uses wire nuts to hold all of the wires together, if they come loose and touch other wires it can cause this problem. Check the 7-way cord and make sure it was never dragged or damaged, if so it could cause this and would need replaced.

      I hope this helps!

      Dan
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  7. Lyle

    RV Make: Prime Time, RV Model: Crusader, RV Year: 2014

    We had trouble with some TowMax tires on our 5th wheel and were involved in a lawsuit against the manufacturer. When deposed by their attorney, he indicated that the weight of the trailer ought to have been measured “on each side”. I almost always weigh our trailer and have never seen a scale that would accommodate weighing the right side of the axle versus the left side. Any comment?

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    • Customer Service

      Hello Lyle,

      The scales I have seen will only check the whole axle, it won’t do each side. The most common are the CAT scales, they will not do side to side differences. There are portable wheel scales out there that can be purchased and some service shops may have them but most weigh stations will not have them. Not from what I have seen anyways. Weighing each wheel position is the best way of knowing what the tire pressure should be set at but it is not easy to find a place that does it. There is more information here https://rvsafety.com/wheel-position-weighing

      I hope this helps!

      Dan
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  8. Steven

    RV Make: Forest River , RV Model: Columbus 383fb, RV Year: 2018

    I have been asked if the 3/4 ton Dodge 05 is enough to pull my rv, I took it across some pretty high roads this summer and had no trouble or issues! The trailer is rated at 2576lbs at the hitch and I’m sure the pickup is rated at 9000lbs. I don’t think there’s a problem but wouldn’t mind having an answer.

    Reply
    • Customer Service

      Hi Steven,

      It depends on what engine, gas or diesel, axle ratio, cab size and bed length of your truck. All of these determine what the truck can tow. You would also need to know what the weight of the trailer you are towing is to make sure you are well in the specs. I will send you a link to the Ram towing guide for that year. Find what exact model you have and it will tell you what the MAX weight of the trailer can be. http://www.rambodybuilder.com/2005sbbgl/docs/dr/mlup.pdf#page=5

      I hope this helps!

      Dan
      RV Repair Club Video Membership

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  9. Thomas Lynch

    I have a differant question. I have a 2003 silverado hd. 2500, what is its towing capacity. Ive pulled as big as15,500 gvw trailer

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  10. jryan769

    RV Make: Thor, RV Model: Freedom elite, RV Year: 2016

    Auxillary battery charges with shore power and generator power only, does not charge while driving, during my trip from Minnesota to Florida battery drained on the second leg of journey and couldn’t start generator to recharge and refrigerator and furnace wouldn’t work, (1) do I need to replace the converter, (2) could I have jumped with the chassis battery to start the generator to charge the house battery.
    Thanks
    Jimmy Ryan

    Reply
    • Customer Service

      Hello,

      You do not need to replace the converter. If they charge when plugged in, the converter is doing it’s job. The batteries may not be charging while charging due to a blown fuse or bad connection. I would check your fuses panels for a bad fuse. You might also have a faulty isolator switch. This sends a charge to the batteries while traveling but prevents the chassis battery from draining when the engine is not on. If that switch is bad, it could cut off the power going to the auxiliary batteries. You would have to check the output voltage going to the batteries from the switch. As for your second question, yes you could have jumped the generator from the chassis battery. It is a 12v battery so that would have been fine.

      I hope this helps!

      Dan
      RV Repair Club Video Membership

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  11. Ed Gavin

    RV Make: Keystone, RV Model: OUTBack-loft, RV Year: 2009

    Is it possible for the springs to sag over the years and not be as stiff trailer tends to sway more recently had the trailer since new.And is it possible to re-arch springs or should I replace

    Reply
    • Customer Service

      Hello Ed,

      Yes, as with any suspension components on any vehicle, they can weaken over time. Most of the time this happens when some of the springs start to crack. Even with springs that aren’t cracked, they can’t be fixed and would have to be replaced. I would take them in and have them inspected. The springs are held together with U-bolts and tension brackets. If the brackets or bolts are bad, those can be replaced and not just the springs. It would be best to have them inspected to see if something can be fixed or if they would need replaced.

      I hope this helps!

      Dan
      RV Repair Club Video Membership

      Yes, as with any suspension components on any vehicle, they can weaken over time. Most of the time this happens when some of the springs start to crack. Even with springs that aren’t cracked, they can’t be fixed and would have to be replaced. I would take them in and have them inspected. The springs are held together with U-bolts and tension brackets. If the brackets or bolts are bad, those can be replaced and not just the springs. It would be best to have them inspected to see if something can be fixed or if they would need replaced. I hope this helps!
      https://go.rvrepairclub.com/C14630

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  12. oldshirt

    RV Make: mallard, RV Year: 2017

    My tonge jack and slides will not work when not connected to electric power. the battery is fully charged so what can be the problem?

    Reply
    • Customer Service

      Hello,

      I would check for an in-line fuse from the battery to the converter, also check for a fuse on the converter that goes to the battery (charge line). If either of these are bad or blown, it will stop the voltage from the battery to the system. It could also be a bad connection on the battery but the most likely there is a fuse that is bad. If you have a battery disconnect switch, that could be in the wrong position or possibly bad. With the battery connected, check the voltage at the wires going in and follow the wires to see if they hit any other connections, fuses or switches. You could also check the power coming into the converter from the battery, I have seen that connection come loose multiple times and sometimes the problem could something simple like tightening that screw. Check all ground wires too, if the ground wire from the negative terminal on the battery is loose or bad, it will disconnect the battery from the system. Some RV’s have the negative from the battery screw directly into the frame, if this is loose or broken the battery will not work at all.

      I hope this helps!

      Dan
      RV Repair Club Video Membership

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  13. davidsmith3802

    RV Make: LaCrosse by Prime Time, RV Model: 324, RV Year: 2015

    Replace flooring around the kitchen island.

    Reply
  14. Leighton Ewell

    RV Make: Crossroads Altitude , RV Model: 3512, RV Year: 2016

    I have changed the shackles because one broke and the Springs don’t have much “bow”. Should I replace the Springs with made in USA and heavier to avoid any failures?

    Reply
    • Customer Service

      Hello Leighton,

      If the springs are loosing there tension it is usually a good idea to replace. The size of the springs is based on the axle and GVWR of the RV. You can go heavier but have to make sure they still fit. They could hold up longer especially if you have you RV fully loaded. Just make sure to replaced all springs with the same size. If only one axle needs replaced, you would want to use the same size springs but replace both on the same axle. Replacing all at the same time is best though. Check your tire tread too, if the springs have been sagging then the tread wear could be getting uneven and might need replaced as well.

      I hope this helps!

      Dan
      RV Repair Club Video Membership

      Reply
  15. art schulman

    RV Make: drv, RV Model: fullhouse, RV Year: 2018

    how often should tires on rv be rotated if at all

    Reply
    • Customer Service

      Hi Art,

      On trailers it is really not necessary, it is more needed when used on vehicles. When the tires on the front of vehicles turn it wears down the tires more and getting them rotated with the tires on the rear every so often helps keep all of the tread about the same. When it comes to trailers, the tires will be about the same on each side. If your trailer is a lot heavier on one side, it could help to rotate the tires from side to side every now and then but most of the time you don’t really need to get them rotated. There is nothing wrong with rotating them, if you experience uneven tread wear it could help by rotating them.

      I hope this was helpful!

      Dan
      RV Repair Club Video Membership

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  16. Bruce Hass

    RV Make: Patriot cruiser, RV Model: 5th wheel, RV Year: 07

    I lost two wheels(one on each axle) I had wheel bearings serviced both times no one can give me a definite reason why. Do you have any

    Reply
    • Customer Service

      Hi Bruce,

      If the wheels were not torqued when installed they can definitely come off. To repack the bearings the wheels have to come off. When they re install the wheels, they have to be evenly torqued all around to ensure equal pressure on each lug. If they were never secure or some were put on tighter than others, they can work loose and come off. If they were installed correctly and never over torqued, and the lugs weren’t broken then they shouldn’t come off. Most likely the cause is that they were not torqued or the wheels were installed crooked which would cause the lugs to come loose after a while.

      I hope this helps!

      Dan
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  17. Michael

    RV Make: forest river, RV Model: Salem LE, RV Year: 2008

    The seriel no.4x4TSMG228T106010 we need the slide ot seal that goes around the super slide goes around the inside and outside of the slide. our local camping world tried to order it and could not get it. the supplier they went through could no longer get it.the strip we need is 1 and a half in. wide and three quarters thick. its stick on.

    Reply
  18. Dan Daddieco

    RV Make: Eagle Cap, RV Model: 1165, RV Year: 2015, Brand: Lippert Schwintech, Model Number: 13398-C2

    We just had one of our three Lippert Schwintech Motor Controllers fail. Had it replaced. Wondering if there’s a shelf life to these parts and whether or not I should just go ahead and replace the other two now before they fail also. Thanx

    Reply
    • Customer Service

      Hello Dan,

      I would wait to replace them. There really isn’t a shelf life to those, just sometimes an internal component fails causing the need for a replacement. They can last for a very long time so I would only recommend replacing if needed.

      Hope this helps,

      Dan
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  19. judilaux1947

    RV Make: Cedar Creek Silverback , RV Model: 35IK, RV Year: 2017, Brand: Whirlpool , Model Number: YWMH31017AS

    Has anyone had the error code “DOOR” appear on their whirlpool over the range microwave? The unit will not cook when CV 5th his happens. It is intermittent and we cannot find as repairman to work on it.

    Reply
    • Customer Service

      Hello,

      Most of the time there is a sensor inside that connects a switch to let the control board know the door is closed. It could have been knocked to the side or broken. A lot of places won’t work on these since just to look at it would cost half of what a new replacement would be. You could always try to take apart the main panel and see if the connection can be fixed. Sometimes a wire just needs soldered on or a clip re adjusted. Just make sure it is unplugged when working on it and don’t touch anything else other than the control panel, the magnetron in the microwave is high voltage and very dangerous so do not touch this. You could keep trying to find someone to work on it, I would check out Angieslist.com and see if anyone is willing to help take a look at it. There is a variety of people looking to do repairs that businesses won’t.

      I hope this was helpful!

      Dan
      RV Repair Club Video Membership

      Reply
  20. mdrich63

    RV Make: Cedar creek, RV Model: 36ckts, RV Year: 2015

    I just opened the front compartment and had a bad smell , checked battery and it is hot. What makes happen? Does mean battery is bad or what would cause this?

    Reply
    • Customer Service

      Hello,

      It could be hot for a couple of different reasons. There could be a really high amp draw on the battery or loose connections on the battery. The battery could be getting too high of rapid charge from the converter as well. You could also have a bad battery with heavily sulfated plates. Make sure to check all of the connections at the battery and converter and make sure they are good and not corroded. The next thing to do is getting the battery tested. Many auto parts stores have testers to load test the battery and they will usually do it for free. If the battery tests well, you would then want to check the voltage coming from the converter and make sure it isn’t more than 14VDC. Some converters can send higher when a low battery is connected, but normally should only be sending out about 13.6VDC when the RV is plugged into an outlet. If that is OK, you would then have to do an amp draw on the DC system and see trace what would be causing as much amperage to heat the battery. Most likely, your battery is bad. This is the most common thing to cause the battery to heat up. I definitely would not use it until you get it tested.

      I hope this was helpful!

      Dan
      RV Repair Club Video Membership

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  21. LISA

    RV Make: Heartlad, RV Model: Wilderness, RV Year: 2013, Brand: 20# lp tanks

    Ticket#21444 Why won’t my propane gas automatically flow to the other 20# propane tank when the other one is empty? They are a dual tanks with regulator in between.
    Thank you

    Reply
    • Customer Service

      Dear Lisa,

      Thank you for your patience. In regards to your question-

      Most RV gas connections (pig tails) have a check valve in them and only allow gas in one direction. If you were to remove one of the gas connections from a tank and then open the other tank, gas should not come out of the hose that is not connected. Some older RV’s might do this, but most modern gas connections prevent this from happening. Even if you just took an open hose and connected the tanks together, the liquid from the full tank would not transfer to the empty tank. Only the gas pressure would. When the propane tanks are filled, they are filled with liquid propane. When a tank is filled, it is only filled 80 percent of the way with liquid propane. Propane boils at a very low temperature, negative 44 degrees. Because the temperature outside is above negative 44 the propane boils and builds pressure. The remaining 20 percent of the tank is now filled with propane gas. When the valve is opened and pressure is released, the gas flows out. If another tank was connected to it that was totally empty, the pressure would transfer and equalize between the tanks but stop transferring once pressure has built up. So now the empty tank would have a little pressure, but not enough to run anything. The liquid would not transfer over. I hope this was useful!

      Sincerely,
      Dan RV Repair Club Technical Expert
      RV Repair Club Video Membership

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  22. Frank Harvey

    RV Make: Alfa 40 foot, RV Model: See Ya , RV Year: 2006

    Ticket#21493 Seals around the slides. Are there a place to purchase the seals that doesn’t cost two arms and one leg ?

    Reply
  23. Barry

    RV Make: Keystone, RV Model: zeppelin II, RV Year: 2005

    How can I check the brakes on my travel trailer and is there a way to check the brake module as I think the brakes are not working properly.

    Reply
    • Customer Service

      Hello Barry,

      You may need a brake adjustment if the brakes don’t seem to be working well. A way to check this is to jack the trailer up and spin the tires, they should only make one full rotation and you should hear the brake pads lightly grab. If the tire freely spins multiple rotations then they need adjusted. They should all have the same amount of tension on each tire as well for even braking. Some braking systems use self adjusting brakes and those need to be done differently. If they are standard electric brakes, there is a gear on the lower rear inside of the wheel (should have a cover on it) that can be turned to increase the tension of the pads. There is a tool available from auto parts that can help with this process. To check the brake controller, it depends on what kind it is and how it works. A time based one can have the voltage checked at the 7-way to make sure it is working but a proportional one would be harder to see what the gain is on faster stops. A lot of brake modules have to recognize resistance from the brakes before activating so just checking voltage won’t work. If you have the trailer jacked up to adjust the brakes, you could have someone activate the brake controller while someone else spins the wheel and see if it grabs like it should. Other than testing on another trailer to see if it works the same, raising the wheels and testing the brakes is really the only way to do it.

      I hope this was helpful

      Dan
      RV Repair Club Video Membership

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      • dachner1

        RV Make: Arctic Fox, RV Model: 32-5M, RV Year: 2018

        Trailer brake question: is a gain of 10 safe? It used to be 4, and suddenly it’s 10. Even at 10, is doesn’t grab. There is a very, very slight pull, but not a grab.

        Reply
        • Customer Service

          Hello,

          It is possible you need a brake adjustment. After a while, especially after a new trailer or brakes, they need time to burnish in. The initial setting you have for the brakes can increase. Going from 4 to 10 is a high jump but it could be something simple as an adjustment. It is possible there is a loose connection going to the brakes. Could be at the 7-way, cord to trailer, junction box or at the magnets. Checking the wiring all the way through is the best thing to do. I have seen a lot of times a bad ground connection can make this happen. They are sometimes screwed into the frame at the junction box and if the screw breaks or comes loose, there will be little or no voltage to the brakes. This would be the best place to start.

          I hope this helps!

          Dan
          RV Repair Club Video Membership

          Reply
  24. Terry

    RV Make: Forest River, RV Model: Surveyor, RV Year: 2016, Model Number: SVT201RBS

    Dave,
    I watched your recent video & during the break in questions, you took items out of you repair bag. Can you make a list of the contents so I and other RVers can make similar repair bags. I appreciate the RV Repair Club; I learned a lot and made fewer mistakes with your service.
    Terry Finnegan

    Reply
  25. samsflounder

    RV Make: Keystone, RV Model: Montana, RV Year: 2018

    I need to know if the battery disconnect needs to be on or off when connected to shore power.

    Reply
  26. james.callahan08

    RV Make: Grand Design, RV Model: reflection, RV Year: 2019

    Was wondering if anyone has installed Slide out toppers on their Reflection fifth wheel? Dificulties, suggestions on which one you recommend. Carefree,lippert etc

    Easy of install

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  27. vincentw961

    RV Make: Fleetwood , RV Model: Flair, RV Year: 1998

    My RV will not start. I have a new battery and have tested the starter and it works great. When I try to start it nothing happens: no clicking does not even try to start.

    Reply
    • Customer Service

      Hello,

      If the battery and starter are fine, the next thing to check are the fuses and wiring. Check for a ground connection off the negative too. If all of that works good I would check the ignition switch and the wiring from there to the starter, it could be a problem with the switch not making a connection. There shouldn’t be anything else inline to those so these are the best things to inspect.

      Thanks,

      Dan
      RV Repair Club Video Membership

      Reply
  28. Manny millan

    RV Make: Cardinal , RV Model: Forest river, RV Year: 2000

    Need to know how to manually open and close slideouts can anyone help me out

    Reply
  29. Douglas

    RV Make: Sunline , RV Year: 1998

    Will my furnace work without the battery if I’m hooked up to electric

    Reply
  30. lee Branson

    RV Make: keystone, RV Model: cougar 280rls, RV Year: 2015

    I just purchased a 5th wheel with 50 amp service. I want to purchase a surge protector, not sure if I need a 30 or 50 amp. most of the state parks and campgrounds in my area only have 30 amp service. some are adding some 50 amp sites and I will use them when I can. thank you

    Reply
    • Customer Service

      Hello Lee,

      I would get the 50 amp protector. Even if you plug into 30 amp, you can use the adapter with the 50 amp protector and still get the same protection for the RV. It would be good to have the 50 amp for when you are able to plug into a 50 amp service at a site, you wouldn’t need an adapter and could use the RV for what it is rated for. If you were to purchase a 30 amp protector and there is a 50 amp service receptacle at the site, you would have to use an adapter to hook up the surge protector and then you would only have 30 amps going to the RV. So I would recommend getting the 50 amp from the beginning.

      I hope this helps!

      Dan
      RV Repair Club Video Membership

      Reply
  31. oldshirt

    RV Make: mallard, RV Model: 29, RV Year: 2017

    Ticket 23390 My tounge jack and slides wont work unless hooked ut to electricity. What could be the problen? The battery has a full charge

    Reply
    • Customer Service

      Dear Jon,

      Thank you for your patience. In response to your question-

      There is most likely an in-line fuse or breaker that is bad and cutting off the connection of the battery to the components. The converter is what powers the 12v system when the battery is dead. The battery should also receive a charge from the converter when plugged in, they are all connected in the same system of 12v. So if everything works fine when plugged in, the battery is isolated from the system. There could be something by the A-frame, look for fuses or thermal breakers. Or it could be a fuse at the distribution center where the converter is. You also want to make sure the negative off of the battery has a good ground connection. It will be attached to the frame at some point for a chassis ground. Most tongue jacks and a lot of slides and other components get there negative connection from the chassis ground. If this connection has broken off or come loose, it can stop a lot of things from working. The battery connections may be good, but you have to check where they are going and see if there is a problem. A simple test to do with the tongue jack is jump it from the battery. There are three bolts holding in the jack, if they are painted scrape the paint off of one of the heads. Connect a jumper cable only from the negative terminal of the battery to one of the bolt heads on the jack. Test the jack and see if it works. If it does, there is a bad negative/ground connection from the battery. If it still does not work, there is a problem with a fuse/breaker or bad connection from the battery positive going back. It can be either solution since many times the jack and slides are connected on the same circuit. I hope this helps!

      Sincerely,

      Dan
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  32. braunworth

    RV Make: coachman, RV Model: Pursuit 27, RV Year: 2018, Brand: Ford , Model Number: F53 Chassie

    Ticket 23392 My steering wheel will not line up in center. The Ford emblem is at 2 o’clock. Is this an indication of a problem

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      Dear Steven,

      Thank you for your patience. In response to your question-

      This is usually an indicator that you need an alignment or the steering column has an issue. Most likely it needs an alignment. This usually happens when the tie rods are not adjusted properly but it can be something in the steering column. I would take it to an alignment shop and have it checked out to make sure it isn’t a problem that could get worse.

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      Dan
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  33. Tyler

    RV Make: Rockwood, RV Model: 2702ss, RV Year: 2011

    NB Ticket 23395 Recently I noticed that when my rv refrigerator in gas mode had a yellow flame between the gas jet and burner any advice don’t want my camper to catch on fire

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      Dear Tyler,

      Thank you for your patience. In response to your question-

      If the flame is yellow this is usually an indicator of a dirty burner assembly. There can be dirt, rust and debris on the burner causing a small blockage and the burner isn’t getting a good propane/air mixture leaving a yellow flame instead of a blue flame. Having yellow flame will cause a lot of carbon build up and more potential problems in the future. We have a great showing how to take the burner assembly apart and clean it. You can try using compressed air and blowing it out, but taking it apart and cleaning an debris out manually is the best way of fixing this problem. I will post a link below, I hope this helps!
      https://www.rvrepairclub.com/video/rv-refrigerator-repair-cleaning-a-burner-assembly-007892/

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  34. Bentley

    RV Make: Couger, RV Model: 29 rks, RV Year: 2018

    How do you find out who the manufacturer of the exhaust fan in the bathroom

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  35. PRIETOCA

    RV Make: FLEETWOOD, RV Model: DISCOVERY 40G, RV Year: 2009, Brand: 2009 FLEETWOOD, Model Number: DISCOVERY 40G

    How to replaace the front door keyless solenoid actuator

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      Dear Carlos,

      Thank you for your patience. In response to your question-

      You would have to remove the inside door panel to gain access to the components. There are screws and clips all over the place and are different on every vehicle. Typically there is one or two behind the door handle, on the sides and bottom and by the hinge. Sometimes the arm rest needs pulled up to get another screw. Once you remove all of the mounting screws, there still may be some clips holding it in and would need popped off. The panel should lift off and you can gain access to the key-less entry system.

      Sincerely,
      Dan
      RV Repair Club Technical Expert

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  36. jahnx1234

    RV Make: winnebago, RV Model: adventure 38j, RV Year: 2007

    basement air good or bad

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  37. jahnx1234

    RV Make: winnebago, RV Model: adventure 38j, RV Year: 2007

    is basement air a good idea

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  38. TERRY

    RV Make: Jayco, RV Model: Designer, RV Year: 2005

    I have a situation with my front landing jacks. No power to the front jacks until I hook up to my truck and it is running. No power to front jacks when my generator is running or not. I have checked the inline fuse,new battery,switch works when I use truck power. Battery connections are tight. Please help

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      Dear Terry,

      Thank you for your patience. In response to your question-

      I would check the ground (negative connection) on the jack to the trailer. If there is a bad ground connection on the trailer, it may not be making a complete circuit until it is connected to the truck. Some of these are connected inside the junction box by the front of the trailer. It is possible that a wire got loose or connection broke. I would also check the positive too. I have seen them tied in the junction box from the 7-way to the battery and if the battery connection came off, the jack will only work when plugged into the truck. Since it does work off of the truck, the best place to check is the junction box. Sometimes they are just wires connected if inside the kingpin, there may not be a box. If this is the case, your batteries may not be getting a charge while traveling down the road too. Everything is tied together in that area so you should be able to see something that is not connected properly. I hope this helps!

      Sincerely,
      Dan
      RV Repair Club Technical Expert

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  39. TERRY

    RV Make: Jayco, RV Model: Designer, RV Year: 2005

    My previous question was problem with front jacks. I wanted to add that the motor for the jacks runs only with truck running. All my other 12V systems appear to work fine lights, slides etc. Thanks for your help.

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  40. MARITZA

    RV Make: Monaco, RV Model: Camelot, RV Year: 2004, Brand: Norcold, Model Number: 1200LRIM

    Refrigerator will not operate under ac, only lp.The code that comes up is “no ac”.

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  41. Randy

    RV Make: Holiday Rambler, RV Model: Endeavor, RV Year: 2006

    I am having trouble with the leveling jacks. If they are up I can’t get them to go down or if they are down they won’t go back up. I purchased a new control harness thinking that was the problem…didn’t work. What can I do to fix this problem.

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      Dear Randy,

      Thank you for your patience. In response to your question-

      There could be many things causing this issue like low battery voltage, bad connections from the power source, loose wire connections at the control board, the board has failed or a problem with the jacks. If the jacks can go down and up just fine manually, the problem is more likely a voltage issue or the control board. I would make sure you have good battery voltage and check to make sure the connections are good, tight and clean. If that is good I would check for any fuses to the control board and then voltage to the board. If there is voltage to the board but it does not operate, you might have a bad control board. When you said you replaced the control harness, is this the board or a wire harness to the board? If it is the board, then the problem is most likely a bad connection in the wiring itself. It could be at a wire harness or even a faulty ground connection. A lot of times the negative wire from the controls is connected to the chassis with a screw. If this screw gets rusted or broken, the system will not work. Check all negative and ground connections and make sure they are good. If you have an electric system, check all of the motors and their connections. If you have hydraulic, check the connections to the pump and check the fluid level as well. Again, there could be a few different things but checking the voltage and tracing where it is lost is the best thing to do. I hope this was helpful!

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      Dan
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  42. Carroll Cole

    RV Make: Country camper, RV Model: C class, RV Year: 1977

    How do I remove and replace toilet in my 1977 country camper?

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      Dear Carroll,

      Thank you for your patience. In response to your question-

      I wasn’t able to find any information on that model but most of the time if you have a plumbed toilet that goes to a tank, it should just have two mounting bolts on the base of the toilet that can be removed and then the water line disconnected. If it is a portable tank, they can have different mounting brackets or slides to hold it into place. Cassette toilets are a little different. These are the toilets that have a cassette that can be pulled out to dump and usually to remove this type of toilet, a lot more things need to be disassembled as they are built into the compartment. There should be a way to get it out but I was not able to find a picture or diagram set up of a 1977 country camper to see what was used in it. I hope this still helps!

      Sincerely,
      Dan
      RV Repair Club Technical Expert

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  43. Sharon Langham

    RV Make: Forest river, RV Model: Xlr, RV Year: 2012

    Can I change exterior door to open from the right, hinges on the left?

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  44. Bill Durden

    RV Make: Fleetwood, RV Model: Wildness Lite, RV Year: 2001

    Do I need to reseal my rubber roof, if so what with?

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      Dear Bill,

      Thank you for your patience. In response to your question-

      You only need to reseal it if the sealant on the roof has any openings, tears or cracks in it. If the sealant is fine on the roof you do not have to do anything other than checking it periodically to make sure it is on good shape. If there are openings or it needs touched up, you will want to clean the area around the sealant and then apply new sealant on top of that. You have to use an RV Lap Sealant. Never use anything silicone based, it will not adhere to the rubber. There are different kinds of rubber roofs and you want to make sure to get a sealant that is made for that rubber. We do have a video showing how to identify which roofing material you have, I will post the link below. TPO and EPDM are the most common used but will use different sealants for each roof. I hope this was helpful!
      https://www.rvrepairclub.com/video/rv-roofing-material-011538/

      https://www.rvrepairclub.com/?s=roof

      Sincerely,
      Dan
      RV Repair Club Technical Expert

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  45. Gia Wilkerson

    RV Make: Allegro, RV Model: Open Road (Gas), RV Year: 4004

    I have a Chevy engine on this motorhome. I would like to drain the old radiator fluid and replace it. I can’t seem to locate the drain valve on the radiator. Any suggestions on finding it? thank you

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      Dear Gia,

      Thank you for your patience. In response to your question-

      It should be on the radiator itself, usually one of the lower corners. If you can’t seem to find it you might have to look up the schematics for that radiator. If you could provide the year and engine size I could look it up for you and try to find the location of the plug.

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  46. Terry Reed

    RV Make: GMC Sierra, RV Model: Vandura, RV Year: 1992

    Hi, I’ve recently purchased an older conversion van and there are a few things I can’t figure out. Not wanting to borrow trouble I replaced both the Starting and RV batteries. I have removed the converter and tested it on the bench, all okay. My quandary is the inverter. When parked in my driveway ignition off and not plugged into a 120 source my expectation is that the inverter should provide power to some components., not that I can find. How is this supposed to work?

    Thank, TC

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      Dear Terry,

      Thank you for your patience. In response to your question-

      The inverter will take 12v battery power and convert it to 120v power. This can be used to power a single thing like a fridge or a whole circuit that might have outlets or low power components. A lot of times the inverter is a backup power source to the fridge. If there is a residential fridge it will run off of 120v and if there is a power loss or while traveling the fridge can be run off of the inverter to keep it cool until 120v power is restored. It really depends on what it is wired to. Most inverters will have a light or display indicator on it. I would plug into shore power and check the inverter to see if a light has come on. If it does, I would turn off a breaker at the distribution center one at a time until you see the inverter turn off. This would tell you what circuit it is tied into and you could then trace what components are on it. Again, it could be one thing or a few. If it looks original from the factory there might be some information in the owners manual but if it was installed after the factory, it could go to anything. I would also check and make sure it was connected to the batteries properly as well. Look for any in-line fuses or disconnect switches. Some inverters have a reset button on it as well. You could always check the battery voltage at the inverter connections first to save time and make sure it does have power. I hope this helps you track it down!

      Sincerely,
      Dan
      RV Repair Club Technical Expert

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  47. Terry Mann

    RV Make: Tiffin , RV Model: Phoaton, RV Year: 2011

    We have a 8500 watt Onan diesel generator that kicks its breaker frequently, I’ve replaced the breaker but if I try to pull both a-c’s it will kick, even 1 ac and a hair dryer will kick it. Used to have older mh w 7500 watt and it would pull anything we turned on. It used to kick the ac breaker but had it replaced and now it kicks the Gen. Breaker.

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