What are the blue flakes coming out of the water heater?

Dear Gary, I was winterizing our 10-year-old coach and flushing out the water heater. Some scale, I know, is usual, but what came out were lots of blue flakes. I am assuming that this is the glass lining of the tank and that the heater is basically totaled and not usable. I’d be very pleased if you could confirm that…

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Not all RV antifreeze is created equal

By Russ and Tiña De Maris If your rig is sitting in cold country and you haven’t already done so, it’s high time to get it winterized. We’ve written on this important subject before. Keeping your RV water lines from freezing (and breaking) is serious stuff. One question that pops up when discussing winterizing is this: Is there a difference…

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Winter is almost here – Time to prep that RV!

Courtesy of Dicor [Editor’s note: This information is provided by roof membrane manufacturer Dicor. While there’s plenty of “promotion” for their product included, some of the information and principles may be of assistance to our readers.] Fall is a great time for RVing. The air is crisp and cool, and the leaves are changing every shade of yellow, orange and…

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Okay to jack motorhome off ground for winter storage?

By Chris Dougherty (posted when he served as the RVtravel.com technical editor) Dear Chris, I live in Canada where the temperatures get well below 0 degrees F at times during the winter. My motorhome is stored outside in the snow. My question is, “Is it okay to use the leveling jack system to level the unit and even to raise…

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RV covers — Are they a good thing?

By Chris Dougherty Chris Dougherty is a certified RV technician. Here is a question he received from several readers  while he was serving as RVtravel.com’s technical editor. To cover or not to cover? That is the question. I’m often asked if it’s a good idea to cover an RV during the winter. There are a number of commercially available RV…

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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…

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