How to find hidden fresh water leaks

  Dear Gary, Unfortunately, my husband did not properly winterize our Southwind. When we fill the fresh water tank we have no problems, but when the pump goes on the leaks start. When we roll under the RV the leaks are not around any plumbing pipes. There are leaks by the storage bins and around some electrical wires. There are... Read More

RV generator cannot carry a load

  Dear Gary, I read your column with much interest and one question regarding inexpensive water heater bypass valves caught my attention as I had a similar problem with my fifth-wheel. In my unit the hot water pressure was very low and flow was slow but the cold water was full bore at all taps. Living here in Calgary, I... Read More

Bottled water for RV toilet use — and more winter RVing tips

  Dear Gary, We are newbies at this, and it’s our first winter. If we winterize our 5th wheel and then want to go camping in the winter, is it safe to use the black tank with bottled water only? Since the black tank hoses appear to be quite large it’s hard to believe they would freeze. Or are there... Read More

Keeping water lines from freezing during cold winter RV use

  Dear Gary, We have a Class C motorhome. We have used it quite often this winter and have resisted winterizing it because we use the shower and toilet and such. I have heated it through the winter so far without any problems, but during a recent cold snap the bathroom plumbing froze. I believe the problem is where the... Read More

How to winterize an RV washer/dryer combo

  Dear RV Doctor: Please tell me the best way to winterize a washer/dryer combo. Thanks! —Jack O. Dear Jack: That’s what I like Jack: short and to the point! You can’t get any more direct than that! The simplest procedure that works best with all washer/dryer combos is to simply drain all the water from the machine and turn... Read More

Trail-Lite RV has pump and electrical issues

  Dear Gary, I recently purchased a 2007 R-Vision Trail-Lite RV. I live in Iowa and am trying to winterize it but when I put the RV antifreeze in, I can’t get it to circulate throughout the system. Am I doing something wrong or do you think I have a bad pump? The owner’s manual has very sparse information. I... Read More