RVRC LIVE! March 2020

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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9 Responses to “RVRC LIVE! March 2020”
  1. JANIE TALLMAN

    I’m getting a new to me trailer. My old one has a 40 foot deck that was built after the trailer was parked. It was also built around the 2 set of steps rods. Any suggestions on how to move it out. I’m stuck because of the step rods?

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    • Customer Service

      Hello Janie,

      Here is the expert’s reply:

      Being a trailer it can only move forward or backwards. If the step rods are blocking it from moving in these directions you will have to remove the rods to move the trailer. If there is room to the side to drag the trailer out you could use a large truck or tractor and drag it sideways to clear any obstruction but this will damage the ground it is on so it depends on if you are willing to do that. The only other option is to remove the rods and whatever on the deck needs removed for the trailer to come out.

      Sincerely,

      Dan
      RV Repair Club Technical Expert

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  2. Gerald Kinsella

    What is the story behind using 6 volt batteries versus 12 volt? Thanks

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    • Customer Service

      Hi Gerald,

      This is what the expert had to say:

      6 volt batteries have been used in many applications other than RV’s but since RV’s operate off of a 12v system you would have to get 2 batteries to connect in series to get the 12v. Many RV’ers prefer just having a 12v batteries to make it easier and less space by having one battery. Each have their pros and cons. The 12v batteries just need one for the system to work but they don’t offer as much power for heavier loads. You can connect more 12v batteries together to get longer amp hours to run things. 6v batteries require 2 connected together but offer a lot more power. These are better for hydraulic systems that pull a lot of amps. The problem with 6v is they have lower amp hours and aren’t best for dry camping. 12v batteries are much easier to get more hours out of. If you wanted more hours out of 6v batteries you would have to buy 2 more batteries and most RV’s don’t have much room for 4 batteries. A lot of it is personal preference but the best way to look at it is if you want more hours to run things and easier set up and connection go with the 12v batteries. If you have a high demand system that pulls a lot of amps, hydraulics and larger slides, you might want to consider 6v batteries instead. We do offer a video with some more on this as well. I hope this helps!
      https://www.rvrepairclub.com/video/6-volt-rv-batteries-vs-12-009102/

      Sincerely,

      Dan
      RV Repair Club Technical Expert

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  3. Allan Grier

    Why does your site allow advertising from and help from sites such as DISH NETWORK which is not legal in Canada .Your site is apparently a waste of time for RV enthusiasts in the Northern Hemisphere ?

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    • Customer Service

      Hello Allan,

      Sounds like you are seeing pop ups and those are from your internet provider.

      Sorry for the inconvenience.

      Sincerely,

      Joan
      RV Repair Club Video Membership

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  4. Robert M Tucker

    I am wondering while my RV is in storage (Class A Pusher), should I have the jacks down.

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    • Customer Service

      Hello Robert,

      I always recommend storing on just tires but I know many people that store with the jacks down as well. The jacks are made to be down to support and level the unit so it shouldn’t hurt anything by leaving them down but I always prefer to have my RV travel ready. Just in case I need to take it out spontaneously or there were an emergency at the storage facility I like knowing I can hop in and move it right away without having to retract the jacks. The only reason to leave the jacks down while in storage is if you are in there a lot using it or working on stuff. If you don’t plan on being in there a lot during storage I recommend keeping the jacks retracted but again it really doesn’t hurt anything by leaving them down.

      Sincerely,

      Dan
      RV Repair Club Technical Expert

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