RV’s power outlets are melting. Help!

Dear Mike, I noticed the outlet for our microwave in the motorhome had started to melt. Upon removal of the outlet I saw that the wires connections were not screws but pressed into a pronged connection. I replaced the outlet with a standard screw-type outlet. I checked other outlets and discovered the one to the washing machine also was burned…

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Refrigerator failure: Replace or repair?

By Tammy Williams www.theladyisatramp.net While visiting Jackson, Mississippi, I noticed things were not as cold in my RV refrigerator or freezer. After an Internet search, I learned about high temperature switches installed on Norcold refrigerators. Apparently some Norcold models had a bad habit of bursting into flames, and this recall box shuts the refrigerator off when the boiler gets too…

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RV Mods: Don’t let appliance control boards throw you into fits

By Russ and Tiña De Maris Perhaps some of the most mysterious of RV technical issues surround electronically controlled appliances. “Back in the old days,” as some of us recall, we didn’t have fancy control boards on refrigerators, furnaces and water heaters. Of course, “back in the old days” a lot of us had to go outside in the cold…

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RVer wants info for DIY onboard systems diagnostic work

Hello Gary, I was wondering if you could recommend a comprehensive technical publication for doing diagnostic work on RV refrigerators, hot water tanks and air-conditioning units? I realize there may be multiple publications involved and also may be specific to type, but I am looking for somewhat more basic tech publications, at least at first.  I am fairly comfortable technically…

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Read this before replacing nonworking absorption fridge

Dear Gary, I have a refrigerator that needs to have the cooling unit replaced.  Do you know of any place that I can get a new or rebuilt cooling unit for it? Thanks! —Tom R. Dear Tom, Any respectable RV dealer or service center can order a new or reconditioned cooling unit from a number of rebuilders around the country.…

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CONTOURE introduces ventless washer/dryer combo

National Quality Products, LLC, makers of CONTOURE space-saving appliances, announced that its deluxe ventless washer/dryer combo was a featured new product at the Jan. 22-23 NTP-STAG EXPO. According to a press release, NTP-STAG will distribute the product to the RV aftermarket. The washer/dryer combo features advanced laundry technologies with reduced power, energy and water consumption. Their all-in-one combo comes standard…

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How important is leveling for an RV absorption fridge?

Dear Gary, We recently purchased a used 2007 motorhome and haven’t actually camped in it yet but have done some local driving to get used to it. We’ve been reading about the leveling for the refrigerator and understand the necessity. We have a two-door unit (top freezer and bottom refrigerator). My husband is concerned about leveling while driving such as…

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