• 6:00

    Troubleshooting an RV Furnace

    On an extended RV trip into the desert or the great Northern wilderness, the RV furnace can either remain your best friend or become your worst enemy. Proper RV furnace troubleshooting comes down to how you maintain it–do you take care of it regularly or do you take shortcuts to fix serious problems?

    To help you better understand how to effectively repair a furnace during RV furnace troubleshooting, Dave Solberg demonstrates a few expert RV furnace troubleshooting tips and techniques he’s learned over the years. While there’s not much maintenance to be done on the furnace, there are some simple methods to making it run more efficiently.

    To start the RV furnace troubleshooting process, you’ll want to open up the exterior furnace compartment and check for a couple things. First, it’s important to clear away any debris, dirt or spider webs that have been left behind in the furnace’s exhaust and intake pipes. There is a breed of spiders that loves the smell of propane and builds a nest in those tight spaces. Other insects such as mud dobbers like to make their homes in these areas, and can cause costly damage when the furnace system cannot properly ventilate.

    Going further into the component, it’s recommended that you keep an eye out for other clogs and malfunctioning orifices. Run the furnace system for a bit and watch and listen for anything out of the ordinary such as strange noises and leaks. You can use an air hose (and safety glasses) to shoot away unwanted grime and rust from the entire compartment.

    If you run the system and you get nothing, RV furnace troubleshooting experts like to hook a multimeter up to the furnace to check for proper voltage–10.5 volts is ideal. The key to a better heating system is finding the source of any problem that seems odd and addressing it. The last thing you want is to find yourself in sub-zero temperatures with a struggling furnace.

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  • RV Battery Maintenance: Testing House Batteries

    RV Battery Maintenance: Checking Battery Charge

    RV battery maintenance has just became easier! The 12-volt deep cycle battery or batteries of your house system must be properly charged to prolong their life and reduce sulfation. You can check not only the current state of charge in your house batteries but the charging system of your converter with a multi-meter. House batteries…

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  • RV Roof Repair: Seal a Front Cap with Outdoor Silicone

    RV Roof Repair: Seal a Front Cap with Outdoor Silicone

    It’s important to protect your RV from the elements, especially when it comes to leaks and moisture damage, and the roof is the first place to check when completing exterior maintenance on your vehicle. Particularly with RV roof repair, components that are prone to cracking and separating, such as the roof’s front cap, should be…

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  • RV inspection

    RV Inspection Tips: Side Area Maintenance

    A complete RV inspection of your vehicle’s exterior, and particularly its side walls, should be performed at least once a year to check for any weaknesses and pinpoint maintenance that needs to be done. It’s best to perform this RV inspection prior to putting your RV into storage, and again when you bring it out…

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  • Safety Tips for Dealing with a Leaking RV Propane Tank

    Safety Tips for Dealing with a Leaking RV Propane Tank

    As with all appliances and components on your motorhome, it’s highly important to take proper precaution when maintaining and dealing with RV propane tanks. As propane is a volatile gas, you don’t want to cut any corners or forget any steps in the process. To teach you some of the most important features of caring…

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  • 9:02

    Do-It-Yourself RV Generator Maintenance

    Before starting any RV generator maintenance, it is important to refer to your unit’s owner’s manual for amount of hours and yearly maintenance timeframes. Once a maintenance schedule is determined, keep your RV on this schedule to ensure the generator runs efficiently and does not stop working while on the road. The first thing to…

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  • How to Replace a Door Screen in a RV

    How to Replace a Door Screen and Make It Pet Proof

    Watch as George Vondriska teaches you how to replace a door screen in your RV. He then shows you how to install a steel grate that will keep your four legged friends from destroying the new installation. He walks you step-by-step through the entire process, demonstrating each of the necessary RV maintenance tips and techniques…

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  • Checking for Leaks in an RV Propane Tank

    Checking for Leaks in an RV Propane Tank

    Thanks to road vibrations and repeated use, an RV propane tank can be prone to leaks, cracking and rust; the first of these issues is easily detected in an RV propane tank by a rotten smell in your motorhome or a repetitive beeping from the system’s LP valve. To help you determine where the leak…

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  • Properly Disconnecting and Filling an RV Propane Tank

    Properly Disconnecting and Filling a DOT Cylinder

    The propane system is one of the most essential components of an RV road trip, as it supplies the fuel for a number of your vehicle’s most essential appliances, including the water heater, refrigerator, stovetop burners and oven. That’s why RV maintenance experts who are trained in how to fill RV propane tank systems recommend…

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