RVRC LIVE! March 2021

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Join RVRC Specialist, Dave Solberg, as he answers your questions and shares his knowledge about all things RV repair. Get your questions in early to make sure he gets to them! Dave will be live for an hour on Thursday, March 25th at 4:00 pm CT.

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  1. Andrew Powers
    Andrew Powers

    I have an E2 weight distribution hitch, with sway bars. It just came out of winter hibernation and is creaking and groaning pretty loudly. Should I lubricate any part of this system to eliminate the noise?

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    • Customer Service
      Customer Service

      Hi Andrew. The only things you can lubricate would be turning points. You do not want to lubricate the arms on the brackets, this would reduce the sway control. It needs the friction to protect against the sway. Unfortunately this is where most of the noise comes from. You could try cleaning it with a wire brush and then using break cleaner to spray it clean and see if that helps. You just don’t want to use lubrication. You can lubricate where the bars enter the head, this can help noise during turning.
      Dan
      RV Repair Club Video Membership

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  2. Mike Smith
    Mike Smith

    What type of charger is in rvs? Will they desulfate batteries? Is it better to leave an rv plugged in to ac power in cold climate winter storage?

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    • Customer Service
      Customer Service

      Hi Mike. Every RV has a different charging system. Most of them have 3 stage chargers but most do not have a desulfation charge. This is more common portable chargers. Your converter will have a make and model number on it, you can look up the manual to find out what charging options it comes with. When it comes to storing a battery it is best to leave the RV plugged into a 120v power source or take the batteries off and put them inside when they have a full charge. Batteries left in the cold can be damaged if the voltage drops really low. Having it connected to a charger should keep the batteries in good condition in cold weather. Most chargers in RV’s now do have a float stage to help maintain a trickle charge and prevent boiling over.
      Dan
      RV Repair Club

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    • Customer Service
      Customer Service

      Hi David. If it isn’t working on the electric source there could be a couple of things. It could be the lack of 120v to the heating element, bad thermostat or eco, failed relay on some models, no 12v going to the relay or a bad switch. The best place to start is at the heating element. Check for 120v. If there is voltage and it isn’t working then the heating element is bad and needs replaced. If there is no voltage then you need to trace back through each component and see which is not allowing voltage through. Check the voltage at the heating element, then eco, thermostat and then at the relay. If no 12v at the relay input then the switch could be the issue. It could also be a 12v fuse or the 120v breaker as well. Most of the time the heating element itself is the issue.
      Dan
      RV Repair Club

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