• TPO RV Roof

    Fixing a Hole in a TPO RV Roof with a Rubber Patch

    When it comes to maintaining the exterior components on your RV, regular preventative care is just as important as making the right fix when the damage is done. This is especially true for a TPO RV roof, which is that thin skin of rubber material that lines the roof of your rig. It’s prone to…

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    How to Strip a Wire in Your RV

    When conducting electrical work on your RV, it is important to know how to strip a wire and the different connectors available for splicing electrical wires together. With a few simple steps, you can properly strip and terminate wires using a butt splice. Using a butt splice is the same as an eye splice or…

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    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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    Repairing or Replacing RV Marker Lights

    For safety purposes, we all like to know what’s in front of and behind us while we’re driving, and that’s especially important for larger vehicles like motorhomes. RV marker lights are required by law to be found and functional at the front, side and back on all tow trailers, RVs and motorhomes. Because RV marker…

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    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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    Conducting a Pre-Departure RV Checklist

    Before you take off on any trip, it is important to do a walk around the entire coach verifying everything on the RV checklist is operational and ready for the trip. Make yourself a pre-departure RV checklist that will take you point by point before hitting the open road. When going over the RV checklist…

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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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  • Testing for Leaks in the Water Column on an RV Propane Tank

    Testing for Leaks in the Water Column on an RV Propane Tank

    If you’ve noticed that your motorhome smells of that distinctive propane odor and detected a leak in your RV propane tank system, it’s very important that you know how to first manage and fix the leak, then properly test the unit to see that it’s ready to be filled again. To teach you the proper…

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  • Inspecting and Recertifying a DOT or RV Propane Tank

    Inspecting and Recertifying a DOT or RV Propane Tank

    RV propane tanks, or DOT cylinders, must be filled at certified filling stations by trained technicians. Every ten years, an RV propane tank or DOT cylinder used on a travel trailer or 5th Wheel must be recertified, as well as inspected for working condition after each subsequent filling. This helps prevent any dangerous situations from…

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