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. paul payne

    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

  2. Elden

    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

  3. William

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

  4. kerry

    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

  5. krcotton

    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

  6. Pam Wolters

    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 ,

  7. Terry D Gillis

    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.

  8. Patrick Gagne

    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?

  9. DAN

    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?

  10. Bryan Jones

    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


    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?

  12. Dan Lettieri

    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.

  13. Diane

    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?

  14. Jim Robinson

    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?

  15. Jeff Farias

    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.

  16. Greg Hots

    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.

  17. Bernard Groleau

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

  18. mljuvinall

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

  19. Robert Roth

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

  20. Steve

    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

  21. Dale

    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?

  22. 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?

  23. Lee

    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.

  24. Bob

    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??

  25. William L Bode

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

  26. Ramona Jeffery

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

  27. Jim Thomason

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

  28. Paulette

    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.