RVRC LIVE! September 2019

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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10 Responses to “RVRC LIVE! September 2019”
  1. Mark Darby

    How difficult is it to replace camper trailer awning fabric? (Retired engineer, do-it-yourselfer +)

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      Mark,

      It’s not too bad as long as you have help from another person, two ladders and basic tools. There are different ways of doing all fabrics especially between electric and manual awnings but they are very similar. Some awnings need just the head of the arm removed and some need the entire arm assembly removed. There should be a data tag at the end of your awning, usually on the tube or the fabric. If you are able to find the manufacture and model number you can check there website and look up the install instructions. Domestic and Carefree are the two most common and they come with great instructions and are usually available on their website. They aren’t that hard to do if you are a DIY person.

      Sincerely,

      Dan
      RV Repair Club Technical Expert

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  2. stan

    Yesterday at KOA in Quebec plug in my 30 amp electric tester before hook up got the reverse polarity code Went to office and refused the site and was grated a new site were the polarity was ok. Was that correct protocol? Camped next to that site and 2 days later no one has done maintains on the panel.

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      Stan,

      I think you did the right thing. It is always good practice to test the outlets before using them, I have personally seen bad ones myself and asked for another location unless it was fixed. A lot of campgrounds might not have a certified electrician onsite and can’t do the repair themselves. Certain areas have different codes as well so they most likely have to outsource the repair and it could be a few days based on what is available. Hopefully they do get the problem resolved before anyone else uses the site.

      Sincerely,

      Dan
      RV Repair Club Technical Expert

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  3. Steve

    I have a crossroad stinger. I hooked a 4400 generstor to it and popped its breaker. The manufacture of the gen said it was reversed polarity and took a special adaptor. I don,t understand.

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      Edmund,

      I always recommend Progressive Industries. I have seen these last for years without issues while there are some others I will not name that seem to fail more often. They also come with a lifetime warranty even if they do fail which is nice to have. They have portable models and hardwired ones as well. I will share a link below to their website.

      https://www.progressiveindustries.net/ems-hw50c

      Sincerely,

      Dan
      RV Repair Club Technical Expert

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      Scott,

      It depends on the state you live in, travel to and what the weight of the trailer plus cargo is. For most states, anything above 2,000 lbs requires brakes. There are a few states that require it for lower than that though. I will share a link that shows a break down by states so you know what you will need.
      https://www.readybrake.com/state-towing-laws.html

      Sincerely,

      Dan
      RV Repair Club Technical Expert

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