RV Service Frequently Asked Questions
We repair & service fifth wheels, travel trailers, toy haulers & more!
HOW DO I WINTERIZE MY RV?
You should winterize before the temperature reaches the freezing mark unless the vehicle stays in a heated garage. To winterize, drain all water, water tanks, holding tanks, water pump, and all lines. To get the maximum water out of the lines, open the faucets and blow compressed air into the unit. Then pump RV anti freeze to all lines till pink comes out of the faucets. Put a cup full down all ptraps and toilets. Units with washer dryer, dishwasher, and ice maker/freezer are more difficult and should be done by a RV dealer.
WHAT CAN I DO TO HELP PREVENT BLACK STREAKS?
Washing the roof when you wash your RV will help. Remember, everything runs down hill. Waxing your RV at least twice a year helps make washing the black streaks easier.
HOW OFTEN SHOULD I WAX OR DETAIL MY RV?
Most manufacturers quality waxes last an average of 6 months, however, why wait for the wax to be gone before applying more. We recommend waxing your RV 3 times a year. Remember, if you’re not into the wax on, wax off principle, check with your RV dealer or detail shop for a price quote.
WHAT IS A GOOD TOWING SAFETY CHECKLIST?
Is tow bar properly connected? Is wiring connected and all lights working? Is transmission in the proper gear for towing? Is vehicle’s parking brake released? Always remember to follow your vehicle manufacturers’ towing recommendations.
WHAT KIND OF VEHICLE (DINGHY) CAN I TOW BEHIND MY MOTORHOME?
Although there are many types of vehicles that can be towed, we suggest you contact the auto manufacturer or your local RV dealer or check with Motor Magazine.
MY FURNACE WON’T LIGHT.
A common problem is a bad regulator at the propane tank. A simple test will indicate if this is the case. Light all the stove burners and look at the color of the flame. The flames should be blue with little or no yellow color. If the flame does not change color, then the regulator is probably working. A bad regulator could also cause problems with the hot water heater. Be sure your battery has a good charge.
MY FURNACE FAN STARTS, BUT PRODUCES NO HEAT.
If your furnace fan starts you can assume that the thermostat is working. Listen for a spark to see if the furnace is trying to light (it sounds like a low clicking sound). A furnace contains an internal sail switch that senses airflow. If the airflow is not sufficient, then the switch will prevent the furnace from igniting, the fan will run and you will get no heat. Check to see if any registers are closed or blocked. Some furnaces will not tolerate even a partial closure of a heat register. A low voltage condition may cause the fan to run too slow to activate the sail switch.
HOW LONG SHOULD MY RV BATTERY LAST?
How long your battery lasts depends on how much energy is stored in the battery and how well you conserve it. There is no definite answer. Some RVers claim that one 12 battery will last them about 48 hours if they don’t run the furnace, carefully use the lights and the water pump, and otherwise conserve power. Remember, you should check the water levels in your batteries at least once a month.
WHAT SHOULD I CHECK IF MY WATER HEATER WON’T LIGHT?
Check to see if the is power to the igniter board, if you have power and you can smell propane check your burner tube you may have some spider webs or a dirty burner tube that needs to be cleaned.
WHAT IF MY REFRIGERATOR WON’T STAY LIT ON GAS?
Try lighting your stove. Do you have a good flame? If yes, then check igniter and burner tube for rust and/or carbon deposits. Clean and retry.
MY REFRIGERATOR WILL NOT WORK ON ELECTRIC OR IP. WHAT SHOULD I CHECK FOR?
First find your fuse panel. Do you have a blown fuse? Then check your GFI outlet and your breakers to see if one of them tripped.
I HAVE NO WATER PRESSURE WHEN USING MY WATER PUMP.
Check water valves and plugs. They should be in the closed position and the fill valve from the city water to tank should be in the use position. Be sure the water heater is full (open the relief valve to test)
ONE OR MORE OF MY JACKS WON’T RETRACT ALL THE WAY.
Extend all jacks, lube pistons and springs. Operate several times and continue to lubricate.
I AM GETTING NO RECEPTION FROM OUR TV.
Extend antenna and turn on booster. Go into auto search on the TV menu. Let TV reprogram itself to area channels.
ONE OF MY 110 OUTLETS HAS NO POWER.
Check all breakers then check your GFI outlets to be sure none are tripped.
THE SLIDE WILL NOT GO OUT IN MY TRAILER.
Check your fuses in the main panel. For hydraulic slide systems, check for correct position of valves on manifold (located at hydraulic pump). The valve should be in the open position all the way to the right. For an electric slide, check brake lever on motor. It should be in the engage position.
THE ROOF AC IS NOT COOLING.
Switch thermostat from cooling mode to fan only. Let it run ½ hour then return to cooling mode.
BLACK TANK IS NOT READING EMPTY ON MY MONITOR PANEL.
You may have tissue or debris on sensors. Fill and flush possibly twice if you still have a problem, add tissue digester and try again.