Before you set out for your first road trip in a new rig, it’s important to get to know your vehicle and to set up the cockpit for the smoothest possible travel. What does that entail? Glad you asked! RV expert Dave Solberg is here to explain what all you need to understand about your rig prior to departure. He walks you through a quick essential checklist, pointing out all the adjustments you should make for optimal safety and comfort. Incorporate Dave’s advice into your pre-trip routine, and it’ll be nothing but smooth sailing ahead!
Your RV batteries have two jobs: The automotive battery to start and run the RV engine when you’re on the road, and the Deep Cycle house batteries to run the lights and appliances when you’re using your RV as a home instead of as a vehicle. In both cases, it’s clear just how important the batteries are to your RV life enjoyment. Keep up with RV battery maintenance is the simplest way to make sure you have power to make your coffee every morning, while still being able to start the motor and get you on the road when it’s time to move on.
Like many maintenance jobs, RV battery maintenance may seem like a thankless job that really isn’t needed as often as recommended, but this is one case where you get what you pay for, so to speak. Batteries terminals and connections can corrode in a matter of weeks, and a corroded connection reduces the recharging capabilities of your batteries. When batteries sit in an uncharged state they will not only provide less power, they begin to sulfate. Sulfation is the number one killer of RV batteries.
In this video, you’ll learn the simple techniques for doing a basic RV battery maintenance session. You’ll see how to remove loose corrosion powder from the outside of the battery, and what corroded posts look like when they need care. Find out what comes in a battery maintenance kit and why you need to have every item in there. You’ll see safety tips on the correct way to remove and attach battery cables, as well as hints on preventing damage from battery acid splashes. From visual inspections to using battery post protector, you’ll learn all the steps to RV battery maintenance here.Watch Now >>
When you’re boondocking in the wide open spaces with no street lights or other rigs around, having an outside light is crucial and expected all night long. Move your RV to a park or campground, though, and having a porch light on all night long can really annoy the neighbors. Your outdoor lights may make…Watch Now >>
Whether your RV is your year round home or you use it as a vacation cabin, you’re still going to get wear and tear on the structure. Heat and cold cause materials to expand and contract, and all sorts of weather combine to wear away at the outer surfaces. One of the most important parts…Watch Now >>
In an RV water system, the sewer vent allows sewer gas to escape and allows water to flow through the system. It’s a basic technique that lets you have a kitchen and bathroom in the same vehicle without contaminating one with the other. Without releasing sewer gas and allowing fresh air into the system, the…Watch Now >>