RV Questions and Answers

In this mega database of RV questions and answers we compile frequently asked questions from our readers. Check here to see if your RV question might already have been answered. 

We are happy to share our opinions and will continue to add questions and answers to this section of our website.


RV FAQ

Browse the many topics below:

Cricket SW3 and Honda CRV 
Question: Thinking about buying a cricket golf cart for use in campgrounds. We will be traveling in 30 foot motor home and towing a 4WD Honda CRV. …

Two fuel tanks, lots of confusion 
Question: Our dinosaur 1978 motorhome has 2 fuel tanks. the larger one for the engine seems to pump into the smaller one sometimes. (There is a sudden …

King of the Road Fifth Wheel Owners Manual or Info 
Question: WE HAVE A 1989 KING OF THE ROAD FIFTH WHEEL. IT NEEDS SOME WORK I WOULD LIKE TO GET A OWNERS MANUAL FOR IT BUT I CAN’T SEEM TO FIND ONE. …

Fresh Water Pump Problem 
Question: I hope I’m doing this right. I was UN-winterizing my 2006 Winnebago 31C Itasca Spirit. I filled the fresh water tank about 2/3 full. Open …

RV Renovations 
Question: Our Hyline camper has the kitchen booth, a wall with a square opening, then the loveseat. I want to take out the booth in order to put …

Hornet Slide-In Truck Camper 
Question: Can anyone tell me why my rear marker lights and my right rear tail light goes off and on like a bad circuit breaker? If it has marker …

Clogged Kitchen Sink 
Question: I have a 2008 Eagle camper by Jayco. The kitchen sink is clogged. I took off the P-trap and problem is not there. Need help.

Answer: …

Replace Dump Valves 
Question: I have a Lakota 5th wheel SKT34 2001. The dump valves pull straight down. They are hard to reach and I cannot get enough pull on them …

Furniture 
Question: Can I put my home furniture in my 5th wheel camper that has slides?

Answer: We think that it depends on several factors. The most …

Starter Won’t Stop Running 
Question: On my 1991 Rockwood Driftwood Series 7.5L, it will start but the starter wont stop even when we turn the motorhome off. We have to take the battery cable off to stop it. How do we fix this? We just replaced the starter and solenoid.

Answer: Unfortunately, it seems you may have fixed the wrong problem. Since you have already replaced the starter and solenoid then our best guess that the pinion gear in the starter is not retracting sufficiently to turn power off to the starter and it continues to run.

It could also be that the starter is not properly aligned or needs a shim or two to get to its correct alignment. Another thought is that your problem could be in your ignition switch or you have a wiring problem. You will need to trace the wiring from the starter back to determine where the problem resides. This may or may not be an easy thing to do, so our best advice is that you seek professional help to fix your starter problem.

Honey Motorhome – Where is the Propane Tank? 
Question: I am now the proud owner of a 1982 Chevy Van 30 Honey motorhome. I didn’t get very many manuals with it – one for the Chevy Van and for a …

Sewer Smell 
Question: We have a 2000 Gulf Stream Palm Breeze. When the wind blows a certain way we get a horrible sewer smell in the storage compartments of our coach. It permeates the inside of the coach. We have changed the valves under both sinks and have check the vent on the roof. We seem to only get this smell when the wind blows. Help please.

Answer: A difficult thing to figure out, but we will venture a guess that perhaps there is a break in one of your vent pipes that run from the black or grew water tank up to the roof. If there is a break anywhere along the pipe that could cause the leakage of sewer gasses up into the interior of your RV.

Another possible source are your p-traps, so make sure that you clean them out periodically; use any biodegradable enzyme to break down bacteria and solids . Also, try to keep the p-traps full of water while moving and when stationary. We also recommend that you keep your dump valves closed to further prevent sewer gasses from entering through the dump valves while connected to a sewer connection.

Response 1: We just took off for the first time in our motorhome up to Duncan Mills. When I was unpacking from the back compartment I kept smelling a sewer smell. I did not say anything to my husband because it was slight. 2 days later I was positive
we had a sewer leak. It was getting stronger. I finally broke the news to my husband and we tried to find the source.where It was getting stronger but could not locate where it was coming from.The smell was everywhere.I finally figured out what the smell was when I went to cook dinner. First time trying to light the stove unsuccessfully I realized where it was coming from. Propane smells like rotten eggs. They had overfilled our propane tank.

Response 2: We had that and it turned out to be old water in the washing machine. We ran the washer and the smell left. Now we run the washer every month.

Breaker Trips Continuously 
Question: My 30amp main breaker often trips with the air conditioner on low cool and no other power on. I do not run it on high cool to prevent constant …

Running 110 Amp System on Solar  
Question: We have just purchased a Destination Trailer that runs on a 110 amp system. We do not have power where we camp. Can we run a 110 amp …

Leak 
Question: We have a 30 ft Four Winds and it was raining all day here in Florida. We noticed a leak but cannot find the source. It seems to be coming …

Atwood AC 
Question: Our Atwood RV air conditioner doesn’t turn on. It was working before I ran out of propane – so it seems to be a coincidence. Can it be …

Slide Out on Campers 
Question: Should you leave your slide out extended if permanently parked? Or should you bring it in each time you leave the campsite?

Answer: …

RV Covers 
Question: We will be keeping our fifth wheel in southern Arizona for use in winter months only. Should we cover it to protect it from sun, birds, hail, …

Black Water Tank Slicking 
Question: We have purchased a new 5th wheel and previously I read an article that told you how to prepare your black tank with a slicking agent – “Calgon” …

No Hot Water in RV 
Question: I have a very old 1988 ALFA 5th wheel RV and recently stopped having hot water. I use a gas line, but am not sure where to start looking …

City Water Hook-Up 
Question: When I have water in my fresh water tank and I run the pump and faucets, I see water coming out my city water hook up connection. This …

Recommended Full Time Living 5th Wheels 
Question: Hello, my family of 5 (my husband, three children, and myself) are planning to be a “full time family” in about 3 years. We are looking …

Owners Manual 
Question: I just bought a 2008 Ford E450 Diesel Safari Damara RV. Unfortunately there are no manuals for it. Could some one offer advice as to how …

Light to Prevent Circuit Tripping 
Question: Could someone tell me why you would have to run a light in a travel trailer when you use a 110v device to keep the circuit from tripping? …

Bus Conversion to Legal RV 
Question: My large family races bicycles around N. E. and beyond. We have started a charity to promote awareness and help to cystic fibrosis patients. …

Finding Water when Dry Camping 
Question: When traveling from one spot to another and dry camping, where can I get water for my fresh water holding tank?

Answer: Your best …

Furnace 
Question: I have 2012 Georgetown RV. When I place the thermostat to heat, the roof air conditioner blower fans come on. Is this normal?

Answer: …

Can MINICooper Be Towerd 
Question: Can a MINIcooper manual transmission be towed by a 2013 Sunseeker 3010 DS?

Answer: We don’t see it listed as a flat towable vehicle …

RV Plugged In But No Power
Question: My RV is plugged in to shoreline power but I have no electric inside of coach, or to the fridge or microwave. What can I do to fix this? …

Hot Water or Electric Floor Heat 
Question: Which is best – Electric floor heat run by generator, or hot water floor heat by propane?

Answer:

Thanks for your question. We are …

Sewage Odor 
Question: Everytime that we turn on the heating furnace, there is an awful sewage odor that comes through the vents. We have plenty of sewage treatment …

SlideOut Button Monaco Fifth Wheel 
Question: I cannot locate slide out buttons on a 2005 Monaco Coach 5th wheel, Manufacturer McKenzie Lakota. Monaco is 30′, has two slide outs, front …

Floor Damage 
Question: My floor in my camper is weak in some spots but there is no water damage. So what could be the problem?

Answer: A likely cause is prior …

Connecting Two Propane Tanks 
Question: I have a 10 gallon propane tank bolted under the frame of my motorhome and it isn’t large enough for fulltime RVing. It would be a major undertaking …

Tripping Circuit Breaker 
Question: I have a 2008 Carriage 5th wheel. One of the 110 breakers trips quite often and lately a 12-volt fuse keeps blowing BUT only when the trailer …

Portable Heaters for RV 
Question: I want a heater for my RV so I can sleep in my RV in the winter months.

Answer: What kind of heater to use in your RV really depends …

Internet Connection 
Question: We will be traveling soon for about a year. We would like to have internet for our computer – is there a supplier that would fix us up …

Atwood RV Furnace 
Question: I am troubleshooting a furnace problem with my Atwood Hydroflame RV furnace. I have changed the Thermocoupler, and the blower relay and …

Rhino Lining for RV Roof 
Question: I need to replace the roof on a 1999 Mountain Aire 38′ class A motorhome. I am looking at a Rhino lining and would like any information …

RV Trip Routing – Pennsylvania to Texas 
Question: I’ll be moving from PA. to Port Isabel, TX. before January 2013. I am looking at the maps and I ‘m seeing a LOT of hills south of PA. …

Leave AC cover in place while Driving 
Question: Is it OK to drive an RV with an AC cover in place?

Answer: We wouldn’t do so ourselves. We think it could be unsafe if the cover should …

RV Covers for Winter Storage 
Question: Are covers for winter storage a good option or do they damage the exterior finish ? Tyvek storage covers or indoor storage – that is the …

Heat Pump 
Question>: I was reading your Winter

Un-Wonderland page, and wanted to make a post about heating. I am looking into buying a heat pump with AC which …

Portable Stairs 
Question: Where can I buy portable stairs? They have to be at least 33 inches high.

Answer: We have not looked for portable stairs ourselves, …

Humidity 
Question: I live in a travel trailer. Found a lot of moisture under the mattress today. Small heater is on at all times. What can I do to get rid …

Surface of Fiberglass Travel Trailer 

Question: Is a raised welt-like line (not a bump), on the outside surface of a fiber glass travel trailer a problem?

Answer: It might be. We suggest you have it diagnosed at an RV service facility that specializes in fiberglass work. Maybe get a couple opinions. Naturally, such a service center will want the business of repairing the problem, but hopefully with a couple opinions, you can get a sense of how serious it is.

The root cause could be water damage, or it could just be a cosmetic defect in the fiberglass. Try to get some input on the source of the problem and best guesses on whether it will get worse.

Dutchstar Fuse Locations 
Question: Where is the fuse for interior step well cover on 1999 Newmar Dutchstar?

Answer: Without having the specifications for your motorhome, …

Brake Lights 
Question: I have a 1996 Winnebago Adventure and the brake lights are not working. Checked the fuses and all seem fine. Where do I look next?

Liability Insurance Canada RV 
Question: We are permanent RVers in British Columbia and have been told by our insurance provider that the policy cannot cover liability. This does …

Lights in Bay Not Working 
Question: I recently bought a 2000 Bounder motorhome. All is good except the lights in the storage bins don’t work. If there are separate fuses …

Water Pump Questions 
Question: I have not used my fresh water pump since purchasing my 1993 in Granville Motorhome last June 2011. I filled up the water tank and …

Trailer Hitch 
Question: Who makes the best equalizer anti sway hitch of your choice?

Answer: We have no opinion on this one, but have posted your question in case others have suggestions

Propane Questions 
Question: We just bought a travel trailer with two propane tanks. Typically, how many continuous days will they last on dry camping trip?

Answer: …

Musty smell outside under RV 
Question: We are fulltimers and have been in the same spot since May (4 months). In the last couple of weeks, we have noticed a musty smell that I have …

RV goes into Limp Mode 
Question: I have a 1992 Cobra Sonoma with a 4 cylinder Isuzu TURBO diesel . The Econo light comes on and flashes and the transmission gears down and goes …

Traveling Noises 
Question: Rattling down the road … is it normal? We just bought a 2000 Dutchmen Express, extremely clean with 33,000 miles. We are new to RVing and …

Holding Tank Sensors 
Question: We have been full-timing in our Cyclone 3950 for almost two years and are pretty scrupulous about cleaning and flushing our tanks. We use …

Fresh Water Tank Clog 
Question: My 1983 Jayco motorhome fresh water tank refuses to let any water out. I have disconnected the outlet hose from the tank. I have also tried …

Travelaire 
Travelaire/Ford C-class Motorhome – Power Converter Replacement

by Don McKie

(Edmonton Ab. Canada)

Question: I am looking for advice or schematics …

Lights Not Working 
Question: My bathroom and hall lights do not work in my 1998 Coachman Catalina.

Answer: Here are some suggestions on how to diagnose the problem. …

 

Replacing a Motorhome Side Mirror 
Question: Does anyone know how to replace a side motor home mirror? I broke the mounting post on the power passenger side mirror, but the mirrors are …

Slow Fuel Fill in RV 
Question: It is taking 20 minutes to top off my fuel tank. I can only get a drizzle into the filler in my 2012 Coachmen Concord, E450 chassis. I …

Microwave and Vents 
Question: Why won’t my microwave and restroom vent work? I have checked my breakers and fuses and they seem okay. However the microwave and restroom …

LP Appliance Igniter 
Question: Neither the water heater, furnace, nor refrigerator in my 1998 Country Coach Max Venture Class C, will work on gas. I don’t know about the …

RV Brake Controllers 
Question: I have a Reese Brakeman Digital Controller, which I used for 8 years. It usually needs a setting of 3 or 4 to stop well. Now I need about …

Store Propane Tank in Arizona Heat 
Question: Where do you store your propane tank in the hot Arizona heat when you are not there?

Answer: As far as we know, propane tanks are designed …

Refrigerator While Driving 
Question: How do you run the fridge while driving?

Answer: There are a few options for keeping your food cold while driving. First, consider …

Camper Jacks 
Question: The camper jacks trip the breaker in our camper. Would this be faulty wiring or a bad ground?

Answer: It could be either, or some other …

Air Conditioner Questions 
Question: My RV air conditioner just stopped working. It will not do anything. Where do I start to figure out the problem? It was working just fine, …

Steps Not Working 
Question: Why will my steps not go up?

Answer: The most obvious source of the problem is that you have inadvertently hit a switch that turns off …

RV Striping 
Question: I have a Signature by Thor and need to replace all the decorative strips on the outside. Where can I purchase these?

Answer: We really don’t …

Towing a Rockwood Trailer with Ford Half Ton 
Question: We are looking at either a Rockwood 8319SS (dry weight 6831) or a Windjammer 3002W (dry weight 6975). I have a 2010 Ford F150 Lariat with the …

Best RV Wax 
Question: What brand of wax is best for a fiberglass RV?

Answer: The product we use on our fiberglass motorhome is not actually a wax; it is …

RV Mileage 
Question: My wife and I are planning on buying a Class C motorhome. I would like to know what is the maximum as far as total mileage that we should …

Raising Beds in Toy Hauler 
Question: How do I raise my garage beds to get enough clearance to haul a Rzr 4? They are on an electric chain rail system to go up and down. I need …

Electric Power for Tent 
Question: I have to use a CPAP machine to help me breathe at night. I do not have an RV, but I do have a tent that goes into the bed of my truck. …

Leaving Trailer on Site with Electric and Water 
Question: We have bought a new travel trailer (destination type) and will be parking it in a spot in a park, to remain there. We will be going to …

Hot Water Tank 
Question: On the hot water outlet there is a 1-way check valve. Can I do without this?

Answer: We don’t think you should remove something that …

Bucket List RV Trip to Alaska 
Question: My wife and I are within 5 years of retirement. No motor home experience at all but, want to obtain a motor home, get experienced in driving …

TVs for motor homes 
Question: Are the TVs used in motor homes different from home TVs, or are they just hooked up differently. Any other information you want to share …

RV ELECTRIC JACK 
Question: What would cause our electric jack to quit working? We have it plugged in, but it will not go up or down – any ideas?

Answer: Many things …

RV Toilet Paper 
Question: Do you really have to buy RV toilet paper, or is a brand such as Scott’s okay to use?

Answer: There may be different opinions on this subject, but we can tell you what we do ourselves. And there is a test you can use to assess solubility of different brands.

We use Scott’s 1000 sheet toilet paper. It is a 1-ply paper that we have found dissolves easily. We have been using it for years and not had a problem.

You may be able to use a 2-ply sheet if you find something that dissolves easily. We haven’t pursued this because we are fine with what we have been usuing.

The important thing is to find a product that is readily water soluble. To test this out, fill an empty jar (like a quart mayo jar) about half full of water. Put in a sheet or two of your toilet paper. Shake the jar rapidly for a few seconds. If the toilet paper falls apart, it is a good choice for your RV holding tank.

Reader 1: I poured 1 cup of water into a pint jar. I made 4 jars like this. Then I added 2 sheets of tissue to each jar…one Charmin, one MembersMark, one RV tissue, and one Angel Soft. I then put lids on each jar, gave each one a quick “downward motion”, almost a shake, and set it on the counter.

Charmin was the only one that didn’t immediately look like “feathers in water.” They broke down right away, and the Charmin broke down when I moved the jars later – so it doesn’t take much jostling to get them to break down.

Motorhome or Trailer 
Question: We are just not sure whether to pull a “dingy” behind an A class motorhome or pull a trailer or 5th wheel. We are hoping to make a purchase …

Mold removal  
Question: I have a ’94 Fleetwood Bounder 28′ but have mold that has to be removed. Please help as to how it’s done. There is mold on the ceiling, which …

How do you hook up to city water? 
Question: I tried to hook up to city water and when I turned on the water I had water leaking from under the motorhome. Does that mean that a hose is …

Electric Steps 
Question: Our electric steps will not remain in, while the RV is at storage. The battery disconnect is shut off and the step switch is shut off. When …

Here’s what to do if your RV outlets are not working …

RV Mat
Question: Any suggestions on a good outdoor carpet for our RV?

Answer: Do an internet search for outdoor RV mats and you will get many results. …

Tow Bar or Car Dolly 
Question: What is the best and most cost-effective towing a car 4-wheels down or on a tow dolly or a trailer?

Answer: The answer depends on many …

Microwave does not have power 
Question: I would like to know if the LP generator and battery can run the Microwave in my new Keystone Springdale which I just bought two days ago. …

LP gas line 
Question: My Travel Trailer has a 1/2″ gas line running underneath along the frame. There is a Tee with a short stub which is capped off near the …

Fresh water hookup 
Question: I am brand new to RVing. Is there any thing else you must do when hooking up to fresh water? I hooked up my water hose and it is still drawing …

Trailer or RV? For road trip in US & Canada  
Question: We are planning on an extensive road trip throughout the USA and Canada and are having a hard time between deciding whether to purchasing an Rv 21′-25′ or a trailer. There seem to be pros and cons for each. Our main concern is when visiting larger cities of trying to find parking and negotiating the street, as I would assume that most camp sites a little out of town, whereas if we had a trailer we could park and drive into the cities.

We are green horns at this so would REALLY appreciate any input from any seasoned travellers. Any other hints or advise would be most appreciated. Many thanks!

Answer: Only you can answer that question. Most Motor Home Rv people I have seen usually pull a car with them. If you already have a small car that can be put on a dolly for towing all you need is the coach and a dolly. We have just downgraded our camper from a 5th wheel to a travel trailer because our truck is becoming unreliable and the cost to purchase a good truck to pull a 5th wheel is outrageous. The next truck will be a 1/2 ton version. There are lots of them around at a reasonable price. A smaller truck is easier to handle in tight city parking also. If you already own a tow vehicle and can pull a travel trailer that is the route I would suggest. We just bought a 22′ Viewfinder. It’s great for the two of us. Maybe an occasional grandchild or two.

Cricket Electric Golf Cart 
Question: : Does anyone have experience with Cricket Electric Golf Cart? Does it work well?

Answer: We have no input on this one, so we will post …

Best State for Fulltimer Residence 
Question: If you travel fulltime, where do you renew your drivers license and what state to you file taxes in? Do you still need to own property somewhere …

Healthcare Considerations 
Question: How do RVers handle health care? How do you get prescriptions, apppointments with MD’s for routine check ups, and emergency care? This might …

Sanitizing Water Lines 
Question: where can I find the place to add my water/bleach mixture to sanitize the water lines in a 1998 gulfstream yellowstone fifth wheel?

Answer: …

Permanent RV Living 
Question: We are looking for a fifth wheel to live in. We have heard, though, that some are made for permanent living, and some are not. Before we purchase, …

Blowing Breakers 
Question: I have a 2012 Springdale Fifth Wheel. I blow the circuit breaker at the campsite connection a lot, at any given time – mainly when running …

Water leakage by exit door in bedroom 
Question: We have a leak that caused the blinds screw to pull out of the wall. was wondering if anyone had this problem and how did they fix it? …

Fresh water tank fill inlet 1983 ford Jamboree 
Question: My RV is a 1983 Ford Jamboree. I began boondocking for about 6 weeks now.

There are two water inlet holes next to each other on the driver …

Toy Hauler Floor 
Question: I just bought a 2001 Sandpiper 33 ft. toy hauler fifth wheel. It is going to stay at a campground indefinitely. I need to know an idea …

Odor from Kitchen Sink 
Question: I have a 2013 27 ft Cougar 5th wheel. After stopping for the day, there is a sewer smell in the undersink area in the kitchen. I checked …

Flush Valve Stuck on Toilet 
Question: My young grandson pushed on the pedal to flush the toilet, and now it will not stop running water. We have to turn off the pump – how can …

Changing Black Water Valve to EZ Valve 
Question: My husband is getting older and so it is difficult to get down to pull valves, especially for the black water tank. We bought a EZ Valve …

Living in RV on Residential Lot  
Question: I want to build a house and use my RV as housing on site until completion. Will I be violating any Santa Rosa county or City of Gulf Breeze …

Flushing Tanks 
Question: : I have a 1995 Four Winds 5000 Class A gas 30 foot long motorhome. How do I flush the water supply?

Answer: Here is a list …

Exterior Body Lights 
Question: I bought a new 2013 Coachman Freedom Express 246rks. We have been out camping a few times now and we notice a lot of other trailers exterior …

12 Volt Thermostat Power 
Question: I have a 1993 Fleetwood Prowler, 33ft camper trailer. I just replaced the rooftop unit and am ready to have air conditioning for the first …

Stairs 
Question: After the stairs go down, the stair motor will not stop running and I have to disconnect the 12 volt to make it stop. And then it runs as soon as I reconnect the 12 volt (vehicle battery). What could be the problem?

Answer: Without knowing the make or model of electric steps in your RV, we can only offer some general suggestions. One guess is
that perhaps the steps have a faulty limit switch. This is a switch that senses when the steps are fully extended and stops the motor. So if the limit switch is bad, the motor doesn’t know that its job is done, doesn’t know that the steps are extended and so it keeps running.

In some steps, such as the popular Kwikee brand electric stairs, the circuit board controls when the motor runs and stops. There could be a failure in the circuit board causing the motor to run continuously.

Another source of the problem might be stripped gears in the motor.

You might want to contact the manufacturer of your steps to see if they can help troubleshoot the problem and tell you how to fix it.

Microwave Convection Oven 
Question: I have a SHARP Carousel sensor Microwave Convection oven in my 2005 Monaco Windsor Coach. It works fine but if I have to use it for more …

Getting Water to RV 
Question: Hot water on Gulfstream RV. It is running very very slow – only a trickle. What is the probable trouble?

Answer: Our best guess is …

inclines 
Question: We own a 2009 Itasca Cambria. it is a 31 foot class C with air assist springs in the rear inflated to 50 PSI. Other than clothing and …

Tire Pressure 
Question: I just recently bought a Diesel Pusher. The recommended pressure on the tires is 110 PSI, but all the tires on RV are at 90 PSI. Should …

Electricity Question 
Question: If an electrical system runs off an 120 volt 30 amp electrical current, can you run an extension cord from a 110 standard electrical outlet …

Electronics and Humidity 
Question: We just purchased a new “toy hauler” RV and we are looking for tips. Is it alright to leave the vents (with covers) open overnight or for …

How to Operate TV  
Question: How can i operate the TV in a Pace Arrow 31 1999 without running the generator? Using only battery power?

Answer: We assume you are …

Dangerous Roads 
Question: For the western US states, does anyone have free internet maps showing pickup truck drivers towing travel trailers unsafe roads to avoid because …

RV Water System 
Question: I have a Coachman Catalina Lite and have question. I have potable water and city water ports on the side of my trailer, and was wondering …

No Dash Lights 
Question: I have a 2013 Georgetown RV. We have no dash lights, radio or clearance lights. What could be wrong?

Answer: It sounds like a …

Dimming Lights 
Question: We purchased this 1999 Class A Four Winds Hurricane RV used from a prior owner. It did not come with any manuals and we had some problems …

Water Smelling 
Question: Why does my water smell like rust in my camper?

Answer: The rust smell might be coming from your water source or your hot water tank. If the source of the rust smell is the outside water supply, you can try to get rid of the smell by filtering your water with a good whole house filter that eliminates rust, chlorine and other tastes.

Another source of rust smell could be your hot water tank. If it is your hot water tank then it will need to be drained and flushed. This is something that should be done every year anyway.

Go to this link for a how to on flushing and sanitizing your fresh water system: http://www.your-rv-lifestyle.com/sanitize-rv/.

Interior Lights 
Question: I have a 1993 Flagstaff tent trailer and neither one of my interior lights work. The bulbs are good and an outdoor light is on.

Answer: …

Fuel Tank Problem 
Question: I have 1985 classic motorhome with a 460 motor. My problem is there are 2 fuel tanks for gas. The rear tank works fine, but the front …

Leak in Front Panel Citation Camper 
Question: While readying my camper for our first weekend trip, I found a damp mattress, etc. I believe that I have traced the problem to an improperly …

No water at Kitchen Faucet 
Question: What do you do when your water will not come out of the kitchen faucet?

Answer We don’t know whether this is only an issue at the …

Do RVs have Fuses 
Question: Half of my fifth wheel camper electricity won’t work and the heat won’t come on. I am very, very new to campers, and know nothing.

Answer: …

Question: I purchased a travel trailer late last summer. How often should I grease the bearings? I have gone less than a 1000 miles with the unit. …

Unwieldy Mattress 

Question: We just bought a small Jayco with a queen mattress in the rear corner with storage underneath. I’m finding it very hard to lift the mattress up for storage access as it is heavy, floppy, bends … and snags on the window hardware to boot. The back half of the plywood support underneath is nailed in place and the other half lifts from the piano hinge running down the middle.

Once I manage to get the mattress high enough, the raised half-lid will support it up out of my way. Any practical, lightweight suggestions to getting at the storage without wrecking my aging back?

Answer: Any suggestions are welcome! Sounds like your mattress lifting arrangement is a bit more difficult than ours. Not having a real appreciation for your configuration, you might want to look into gas struts to help lift the hinged panel. A lighter mattress also comes to mind.

How to Add Fresh Water without a Manual Fill Spout 
Question: I own a travel trailer that doesn’t have a fresh water spout to fill/add fresh water manually, especially when dry camping using 5 gallon …

TV and Heater 
Question: Every time my heat comes on while watching TV, the TV gets snowy and sometimes loses the signal. As soon as the heat turns off, the TV …

Potable Water System 
Question: We have a brand new travel trailer that was filled to 30 of the 40 gallon tank. We will drain it now because we aren’t using it for 2 months. …

Mckenzie Lakota Hose Fitting 
Question: I have a ’06 Lakota 31skt. On the drivers side there is a small compartment with a fold up door. This is located right next to the storage …

Slow Running Kitchen Water 
Question: I have a Class C motorhome, Four Winds 28a. I have very slow running water (both hot and cold) from the kitchen faucet. The bathroom, shower and outdoor shower are fine, but the kitchen comes out very slow. This is the same whether I am hooked up to city water or use the water pump.

What could cause this?

Answer: It seems that you may have an obstruction in the faucet. The most likely culprit is the aerator at the end of the faucet. First step is to remove the aerator from the faucet (it unscrews) and clean it out well.

Next with the aerator off the faucet, open both the hot and cold water fully to flush out the line. Make sure no one else has a faucet open, you want full power. If you get a good stream of water then the aerator was at fault and just clean or replace it.

If the water still does not come out full force, then you may have kinked or obstructed supply lines. I think this would be unlikely, but if it is the case then you will have to trace the lines back to source of the problem or have a repair facility help you in diagnosing the problem.

Another possibility is that you have a clogged filter that only services your kitchen faucet, although it is uncommon to have a filter placed on the both the cold and hot water side.

Another long shot is that you may also have a water consumption reducer as part of the aerator assembly, although it is not likely. It is possible that a broken or misaligned reducer could cause slow water flow, but there are too many different configurations in faucet assemblies to go into any detail about how to troubleshoot this.

Power Plug

Question: While in storage someone pulled my power plug out of the camper and when I checked on the camper the plug was sitting in water. Will this create any type of problem?

Answer: We aren’t electricians, so we really can’t say. Perhaps things might be okay if you make sure the plug is thoroughly dry before you try to use it again. But we welcome electrical expertise on this question.

Rear Living Room or Bunk House 
Question: I have a traveling job. My wife and 6 and 8 year olds will be joining me full time starting in June. We are torn between rear living room …

RV Drifts in the Lane 
Question: I have a 30 foot class C that drifts back and forth in the lane , especially around 60 mph. It is worse when I am pulling my F-150 truck. …

Solar Charger and RV Covers 
Question: Is there a technique to cut an RV cover (Adco) around the solar trickle charger on the roof so it will function while covered?

Answer: …

Size of Black Water Tank 
Question: What size septic tank does a 1995 hornet travel trailer have? It’s 28 feet long.

Answer We really have no idea, but can offer some …

New RV Toilet Used 
Question: Is it normal to purchase a new travel trailer that has water in the toilet? Shouldn’t it be sealed and be removed by the purchaser? I …

Roof Rack 
Question: I want to install a roof rack to carry a kayak on our 1979 Dodge Sportsman Class C Motorhome. I am having trouble finding one that fits …

Replacing Tub Faucet 
Question: I have a 92 Pace Arrow and need to replace the tub faucet. Where is the access to be able to undo and replace it? Do I need to take the …

Draining Fresh Water Tank 
Question: I can’t find the water control panel on 2002 Coachmen Catalina 195 RK. I have read the owners manuals for Coachmen. They say to drain the …

Lighting Pilot 
Question: I have a 1999 Prowler Fifth Wheel. I just installed a new regulator for my Attwood heater and I cannot get the pilot to light. The pilot …

Holiday Ramber Jack Light On Dashboard 
Question: Our 1991 Holiday Rambler has a light on the dashboard that just started to light up “Jack”. We don’t have any jacks that came with it …

5th Wheel Puller 
Question: Do you need a dual-wheeled truck to pull a 13,000 lb. trailer?

Answer: It’s not necessarily a matter of whether you need a dual-wheeled …

TV Only in Black and White 
Question: Why do the rear and outdoor TVs come in only in black and white when using satellite and DVD?

Answer: We suggest you check the video …

Main Breaker Went Out 
Question: Four days ago my main breaker went out inside my trailer. I have replaced the breaker but with no good results. The power is still off. …

In Need of Fifth Wheel Recommendations 
Question: Our family is looking for a fifth wheel that is relatively lightweight (preferably 10,000 lbs or less), with a bunkhouse that has only 2 …

Brake Light and Turn Signal Not Working 
Question: We have a 2002 Citation travel trailer that we just bought. The right side light does not work – no brake light or turn signal. We have …

City Water Overfilling Fresh Water Tank 
Question: My camper is acting weird. My city water is filling my fresh water tank up and it is leaking out of my fresh water filler hose and running …

VIN Number on Trailer 
Question: Where can I find the registration number on my 28 ft. 1988 Prowler camper?

Answer: If you are referring to the Vehicle Identification …

Canned Goods in Slideout Storage  
Question: I have 2 storage seats in my slideout. If I load them with canned goods, would that cause a problem for my slideout?

Answer: Probably …

Furnace Circulation Fan on 1999 Fleetwood Savanna 
Question: Is the furnace circulation fan located in the heat exchange/plenum box in the forward storage area? If so, how is it accessed? Thank you …

No Generator in Cold Weather 
Question: I have a 1987 motor home with no generator. I am going to NJ where it is cold – how can I heat it at night when it’s parked in my brother’s …

Jayco Kitchen Pluming Schematic  
Question: I need a schematic for the kitchen plumbing for a Jayco Eagle Class C. Our kitchen sink is leaking into the underbelly and we think that …

Battery Recharging While Driving 
Question: We travel south in the winter with our fifth wheel and on the way down stay in Walmart parking lots. The first night we turn on the furnace …

Dealer Stock Only 
Question: What does the phrase “dealer Stock only” mean when visiting RV websites?

Answer: We think it means just what the dealer has on the …

Dish Network  
Question: I am going to Alberta, Canada, and currently subscribe to Dish Network. I am wondering if it will work up north or do I have to change over …

Heating a Stored RV 
Question: Is it best to keep the interior of a stored RV warm (or cool) or allow it to cool and heat as ambient temperature changes?

Answer: …

Malfunctioning Furnace 
Question: My furnace won’t heat air. The blower works okay. Both AC and heater are on the same thermostat, like a house thermostat. Someone told …

No Water in Trailer  
Question: What does it mean when there’s no water running any more from the trailer? Does that mean I need a water tank? And are they easy to install? …

Trip across country 

Question: My wife and I plus 3 small dogs are planning on a trip from Washington state to NJ and then down the east coast to Alabama. From there to the Grand Canyon, on to San Diego, then up to WA.
This is a one time trip to visit family on the east coast & see some of the country. I’m not sure if renting a 25/26 class “C” RV or buying a older used class “C”, with the capability to tow a small SUV, is the right way to go. This will be our first time in a RV. We plan to take four/five weeks for the full trip.

Answer: We invite other opinions on this question. Here are a few comments of our own.

  • You will have to weigh the alternatives of renting versus buying (financial and otherwise), but if you have never been RVing, it might be best to rent and have a safety net with the rental company if something should malfunction.
  • If you do buy a used RV with an intent to tow, you will have to set things up to tow the SUV (base plates, tow bar, cables, etc.)
  • At the end of the trip you will have an RV on your hands to try to sell, store, etc. This might be a good thing if you plan to use it again, but not so good if this is truly a one-time trip.
  • Be sure you have realistic expectations on how much time it will take you to drive, visit, sightsee. Figure in some leeway to handle delays and avoid going at too hectic a pace.
  • If you have never traveled in an RV, do some reading and/or get a good walkthrough so you know how to operate the different components. Also know how you will get help if something breaks or you need roadside assistance.

Clearance Lights 
Question: My 2002 Fleetwood Expedition clearance lights won’t work. Does anyone know of some secret fuse or switch that I might not know about?

Engine Compartment 
Question: I have a 2011 Fleetwood Bounder Classic. How do you get in the engine compartment from inside the motor home?

Answer: It depends on …

Tie Down RV 

Question: I have a 35 foot fifth wheel. It is properly leveled on wooden blocks. Is it necessary for it to be tied down? The RV sits on a concrete slab.

Answer: We don’t know of any reason to tie down a fifth wheel that is only temporarily in a campground.

However, if the fifth wheel is in a permanent park location for an extended period of time, there may be local ordinances that apply. If you are permanently placing the fifth wheel, check with the campground management regarding any specific local rules or ordinances.

Fulltime RV Types 
Question: We have been looking at RV’s for about a year. We are planning to fulltime RV beginning in the summer of 2013. We have decided to purchase …

Slideout Questions 
Question: We are new to this and have a 2006 Fleetwood Discovery 39′. The full side slide is never level with the main area of the coach, is this normal? …

Seals on Roof Accessories  
Question: As a rule of thumb, how often should seals be replaced on roof-mounted features/accessories (Skylights, air conditioner, antenna, etc.)? …

Question: I am looking for a Holiday Rambler master electrician to find an electrical drain on my coach. Jim Harrod jim@avart.com

Answer: …

Question: When I hook the cable to the RV and hook up the TV inside, the picture is bad. I can run the cable straight from the RV park connection, …

Jayco Eagle Fifth Wheel Winterizing 
Question: I got two sets of instructions from dealer reps on winterizing my fifth wheel. Neither that or the manual worked. Antifreeze was coming …

Splendide 
Question: If we purchase an RV with a Splendide combo unit, do we have to be hooked up to water in order to use it or can we dry camp and use our fresh water supply?

Answer: It is possible. You will have to run your generator to provide electricity for the washer/dryer. You can use your fresh water supply – your water pump will get the water to the machine.

However, bear in mind that while dry camping, water conservation is usually important. If you run the machine, you will end up using a fair amount of fresh water to run the wash and rinse cycles, and will fill up your gray water tank quicker as well. The water pump will operate on your battery, although the generator will recharge your battery simultaneously.

Check the specifications for the particular Splendide model you are considering. The Splendide website indicates that their machines use 9-16* gallons of water. (* Average. Your Splendide may use as little as 5 gal. per wash load.)

RV Manuals  
Question: Where do I light the furnace for a 1996 23lv series Prowler travel trailer? Also, where is the electrical power distribution center located? …

RV Furnace 
Question: My furnace works great throughout the night, but I shut it off to go to work. When I restart it the next evening, I have to prime by lighting …

Rocks Side to Side 
Question: When moving down the highway my RV rocks side to side and steering wheel shakes. Is this normal?

Answer: No, it is not normal and …

Running the Coach AC while Driving 
Question: Sometimes when we travel it gets so hot outside that the dash air conditioning isn’t sufficient. While driving we will run the genset and …

Oven Doesn’t Come On 
Question: I have a 99 Jayco Eagle travel trailer and the oven won’t come on. I get the pilot light on, but as soon as I engage the oven, the main …

Hooked Up 50 amp to 30 amp 
Question: I bought my 5th wheel 2006 Cedar Creek from a dealer in Louisiana. For display they had it hooked up to 30=amp breaker with the plug adapter …

Propane Use 
Question: We are planning a trip in Florida that will include boondocking. We have a 35 foot fifth wheel and will be leaving the AC running during the …

Cable TV Jack Location 
Question: I know…I SHOULD know. But somehow I missed the part about where to plug in the exterior cable TV cable on the outside of the trailer. …

Run Both Air Conditioners 
Question: I have a 1998 Holiday Rambler (30 Amps). How do I run both rooftop air conditioners.

Answer:

Usually the older the RV and the larger …

Lint Filter on Splendide Combo 
Question: Do all Splendide washer-dryer combos have a lint filter? If so, where? We just bought a 2005 and can’t find one in here.

Answer: It depends on the model. Please see this FAQ on the Splendide website: http://www.splendide.com/consumer_tips.htm#lint_filter.

Splendid has a comprehensive website, so you may find other useful information.

RV Overnight Parking 
Question: I am thinking about purchasing a Class A RV and was wondering if it is possible to just pull over for a day or two without being in a campground. …

DVD with HDMI Output 
Question: I just purchased a used 2000 Holiday Rambler. The external TV antenna is broken and I really do not mind that. We have older TV’s with all …

Motorhome Drain Cover in Shower 
Question: How do you remove a drain cover in the shower of a 2006 Dutch Star Motorhome?

Answer” We don’t know specifically how to do this for your …

Fulltiming in UK 
Question: I am just wondering if you could advise me please. I am thinking of selling my flat and purchasing a fifth wheel to go touring around this …

Fresh Water Tank 
Question: We have (new to us) used Kit Companion and have heard to insure clean water in water tank to fill, put in liquid bleach and drive around for …

Inverter-Charger 
Question: My Xantrex Freedom 458 modified sine wave inverter/charger has bit the dust. Should I replace it with a pure sine wave model? My wife …

RV Rental in my Driveway 
Question: I’m thinking about buying a used RV and renting it out to someone who will live in it in my driveway. I know nothing about RVs and how they …

Electric Stabilizer Jacks 
Question: All four jacks quit working as soon as you put pressure on them and they won’t level the trailer. Any suggestions?

Answer: We can offer …

Slide Out Topper 
Question: I recently had a topper installed over my slide out which is 154″ wide. Rain water collects in the topper and weights it down. What can I do …

Holding Tanks 
Question: What do you suggest to use to clean your holding tanks and sensors?

Answer: For flushing the tanks, we have never used anything other than …

Question: I have a small Quicksilver, new. When plugging in, a high pitch noise occurs at fuse box. Help…what is wrong? I have camped all week …

Water Pressure Regulator 
Question: Do you need to use a water pressure regulator if you are using a disposable water filter?

Answer: We think you should always use a water regulator. Your RV may come equipped with one built in, or you can buy a separate unit. Use of a water regulator helps prevent damage to your fresh water lines that could occur from high water pressure.

Storing Fifth Wheel Hitch 
Question: I am wondering where and how to store your fifth wheel hitch.

Answer: From what we see, most fifth wheel owners leave the hitch in the back of their truck. So we are puzzled if that is what you are referring to.

Question: We’re planning a trip in our 5th wheel for 6 – 7 months next year and will be buying a satellite antenna. Our questions before we do this, …

Generator while Driving 
Question: What is the law about a generator running on the back of a camper as you are going down the road?

Answer: We are not aware of any laws against …

Solar Charger 
Question: I have a 2010 Timber Ridge 260RLS travel trailer. It came with a battery solar charger mounted on the roof. My question is if I turn on …

Question: Can a 30-amp be converted to a 50-amp?

Answer: We aren’t sure if you are asking about adapting a 50-amp power source to your 30-amp RV, …

Replacing RV Gas Oven  
Question: My RV oven is too small in my Fleetwood Cougar Fifth Wheel. Can I replace it with a larger one? Where would I buy one? Where would I get …

Question: I’m having a problem around my air conditioner – the ceiling is bubbling down. How can I repair that?

Answer: We would start by finding …

50 Amp for 30 Amp RV 
Question: Can I run a 50 Amp service to my RV that has a 30 Amp cord and is it safe?

Answer: The first thing to check is whether there is also …

Dometic Air Conditioner 
Question: I can’t figure out where the condensation drain is for a Dometic Model 57915.351 Air Conditioner. Can you help?

Answer: We suspect …

Short Term RV Storage 
Question: What do I need to do to keep the freshwater system from getting nasty when we do not use the RV for a month or two during the warm months? …

RV Water Pump Leaking

Question: We think the water pump in our travel trailer is leaking but we can seem to find out where the leak is coming from. Any ideas on how to find …

Microwave 
Question: Can a household microwave be used in a Fleetwood travel trailer?

Answer: There is no reason why you could not use a household microwave …

Flagstaff Travel Trailer Awning 
Question: How hard is it to let down the awning on a 2005 Flagstaff Travel Trailer? What are the steps I need to follow?

Answer: There are a lot of …

RV Satellite TV 
Question: I am looking for information on RV Satellite TV. I am interested to know where to find the best price and what brand to buy.

Answer: This …

Pounding in Rear Jack 
Question: I have noticed the recent onset of a pounding in the rear jack on my 05 Monaco Knight. The bolts on jack to frame look good. There doesn’t …

Power Converters

Question: Is there oil in a power converter? We plugged into a 30 AMP and smoke was coming from what looked like our converter. Then oil was dripping from one corner. We have a Gulf Stream 5th wheel.

The dealer says a converter doesn’t have oil in it. Maybe it is from the slide hydraulics. The electrician says converters have oil in them.

Answer: Here is the short answer – get your RV to an RV service center. You do not want to mess around with smoke and dripping oil. We wouldn’t even attempt to diagnose something like this remotely.

Don’t take any chances – get your RV someplace where there are qualified RV techs who can look at the problem in person and resolve it for you.

Motorhome Length Short or Long 
Question: I’d like a 42 foot diesel pusher but I have heard some discussion about longer motorhomes not being allowed in National Parks. Could you …

Jacks Down on Parked RV 
Question: We have a 2002 Fleetwood Exp. 36′. We wonder when parking your RV until the next use, is it recommended that you empty the air bladders and …

Making RV fulltime stationary home 
Question: If I purchase a 5th wheel RV and not use it for travel, but rather use it as a stationary home, would I need to change the holding tanks to …

Spare Tire 
Question: We have purchased a used 2001 39-foot Tiffin motorhome. It does not have a spare wheel and tire. Is that something I should invest in? The only place to put it would the basement, yet I cannot imagine getting such a heavy item out easily. We are novices and any advice would be appreciated.

Answer: It is not very practical to cart around a spare tire for a large motorhome. As you mention, it is difficult to store and manhandle such a large object.

We recommend a couple things. First, make sure you have good RV Emergency Roadside Assistance, designed for RVs.

Second, take very good care of your tires. This means keeping them properly inflated and covering them while stationary as protection from the sun and ozone.

And it also means replacing them every 5-7 years, regardless of whether they still appear to have sufficient tread. This interval of 5-7 years is recommended across the industry, due to the significant weight supported by your tires and the ongoing environmental damage. You do not want to have a blow-out, which could cause extensive, deadly and costly damage.

So, maintain your tires, be prepared with RV Emergency Roadside Assistance and hopefully you will never need a spare.

Towing combination 
Question: I have a 2012 Expedition and was wondering if I could pull a 35 foot camper with it, and would it be safe?

Answer: It is very important that you research any possible towing combination thoroughly and with a good understanding of the various RV weight definitions.

You may find this page on the Ford website to be of help: www.ford.com/expedition/specifications/towing.

We also suggest you consult the manufacture of both the tow vehicle and the camper to get their official standards for towing capabilities for the specific models involved. Also remember tongue weight.

We also suggest the following pages on our web site:

Extended Warranty  
Question: My husband and I are purchasing a new Thor Chateau Class C motorhome (model 28A). We are considering purchasing the extended warranty protection …

Generator Size 
Question: What is the minimum size generator that I need to run my 26’trailer with air conditioning as well as the microwave or TV?

Answer: …

Travel Trailer Bearings 
Question: I have repacked trailer wheel bearings many times. Just take off the cap, remove cotter pin, back off the castellated nut, remove bearing clean, dry, and repack with new grease.

The problem is: No cotter pin, no keyway, no tabbed washer like on a outboard engine prop. The nut turns slightly in each direction but is stopped by something I can’t see.

How do I remove it? I was thinking off putting the wrench on it and force it of but I don’t want to break anything and get in a worse mess.

Answer: We really don’t have an answer to this, so we put your question out there in case others have ideas and will comment.

Storing Dishes  
Question: Do I need to remove dishes from cabinets before traveling?

Answer: You will probably have to decide that for yourself, depending on …

Washer Dryer combos vented 
Question: Have you any recommendations for vented washer/dryer combos? Are any considered better than others etc? I need to get something soon but …

Toilet for RV 
Question: I would like to take out the RV toilet of our RV and put a regular household toilet in its place. Is this possible?

Answer: Not knowing …

Summer Florida motor home storage 
Question: I will be storing an RV in summer in Florida. What do I need to do in the interior of a class A coach to protect it from mold and or bugs? …

Question: I do all of my own RV repairs and maintenance. I am getting ready to FullTime and wonder what it is going to be like finding a place to work …

Septic antifreeze 
Question: Should I put plumbing antifreeze in the septic tank (black water/toilet) along with the septic treatment? I’m going snow skiing for 3 days. …

RV Fuel Stops 
Question: Is there a listing of the better places to stop when refueling – i.e., easy enter and exit for a novice RVer? This fall will be my first …

Double Towing 
Question: I currently pull a 30-ft 2000 Coachman Catalina travel trailer with my 2004 3/4 ton Dodge Ram (Cummins Diesel. I want to put a bumper mount …

Electric 50 to 30 AMP 
Question: My RV has 50-Amp connections. Is there a way to hook up to use 30-Amp service? What do I need to do and will everything work properly? …

Motorhome Size 
Question: How big is too big? What is the ideal size to live in an RV fulltime?

Answer: There is no one answer to this question. It is truly …

Inverter Questions 
Question: I have a 24-foot BT cruiser. Currently I want to use the TV and DVD player while I am driving. However the TV and DVD player only work when …

breakaway cable 
Question: The trailer you are towing can become disconnected in two ways. 1) It disconnects from the hitch (or the hitch itself disconnects from the …

Diesel Engine Oil 
Question: We found a motorhome we want to purchase soon, went and looked at it, and it looked fine. It is a diesel pusher and I asked the owner how …

Roof mounted Duo-Therm Air Conditioner and Heat pump 
Question: I have water dropping from the ceiling after turning on the air conditioner. This has never happened before.

Answer: The simplest source …

Monthy Cost Living in RV 
Question: What is the cost to live fulltime in an RV?

Answer: Regarding the cost to RV fulltime – there is no “one size fits all” answer. We assume …

Snow Chains 
Question: I have a Class C motorhome and I am going from LA to Colorado. Do I need snow chains and where can I buy them?

Answer: Local regulations …

Triple Towing  
Question: Can I tow a 3500 lb. Cherokee with a 12′ UTV trailer and UTV (1800 lbs. total) with my 37′ diesel Motorhome? The motorhome weighs 22,000 …

Cold Weather RVing 
Question: What should we do to prepare our fifth wheel for winter weather if we are going to be living in (not storing) it?

Answer: We can provide …

Televisions 
Question: Can a RV be wired so that all TV’s can be operated independent of each other?

Answer: You have many options where this is concerned. All of them are dependent on your TV Signal and where it comes from.

We don’t pretend to be experts in this area, but here’s a brief summary based on what we know:

  • If your TV signal is coming over the air from broadcast TV then all you need to do is tune the TV’s to different channels. You will of course require converter boxes if you have old TV’s or if new then they should already be High Definition compatible.
  • If your signal comes from a cable company, and you have cable ready TV’s then you just need to get a cable splitter and add a cable to the other TV. However, if you also have premium channels then you will need an additional cable box to get the premium channels.
  • If you are getting your signal from a satellite then you need at a minimum two separate satellite receivers from your satellite company, two separate LNBs and pay the satellite the additional fees. You will also need to add additional cabling from the satellite dish to the other satellite receiver. Check the latest capabilities with DIRECTV and DISH Network.

Question: I have a 2008 Prowler trailer with a slight fiberglass bulge in the side. There doesn’t appear to be any water damage and it’s a local trailer …

How much does a 5th-wheel weigh loaded vs. unloaded 
Question: I’m shopping for a truck and fifth wheel RV. Is there a rule of thumb that I can use to calculate the loaded weight of the 5th wheel vs. …

Type of Driver License Required 
Question: What kind of license is required for a large Class A RV? And which states are the best to use as your residence for fulltimers?

Answer: …

Awning spring load has unraveled 
Question: Winnebago Adventurer 2002. Awning is spring loaded and rolls itself up. The spring load has unraveled (my bad) and now I must hand roll …

Does RV Need to be Level 
Question: Does it cause problems if the travel trailer is not level when the unit is parked and not in use?

Answer: We would make every effort …

Traveling with full water tanks

Question: I was wondering if you travel with your fresh water at half full, would you not save a little on gas due to less weight?

Answer: We think there might be some improved fuel efficiency, but we have not done any testing to check it out. We make our decision on filling the fresh water tank based on how far we are traveling and how likely it is that we might want to boondock. We also tend to be prepared for any unexpected travel delay.

Is buying an RV a good investment? 

Question: Is buying an RV a good investment? We are wondering if it would be a good idea.

Answer: An RV is a depreciating asset, so it is not …

Portable Propane Gas Grill 
Question: Can I hook up a portable propane gas grill to my existing RV propane tank?

Answer: Yes you can. Many RVers do this and can be a do-it-yourself …

RV Furnace problem 
Question: Our 2005 Jayco Jayfeather has an Acorn furnace that is giving us fits. When running off the batteries: (2 deep cycle 6 volt – fully charged …

Exit Strategy: Hanging up the Keys 
Question: Do you have an exit strategy for going back to a permanent home when you get too old or ill to be on the road full time?

Answer: This …