How to quiet a noisy water heater

Dear Gary, I have a question regarding the Atwood water heater, model GC10A-4E, in my 2013 Jayco Eagle Premier. When running on propane with the outside access door open the heater appears to operate normally and burns quietly with a light blue flame. When I close the access door, the heater seems to adopt a dual personality. Part of the…

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RV Electricity – No~Shock~Zone by Mike Sokol – Issue 10

Issue 10 • August 26, 2018 MIKE SOKOL, editor Brought to you as a public service by RVtravel.com. Support comes from our sponsors, advertisers and the contributions of readers, who believe that an educated RVer is a safe, happy RVer. Subscribe to one of our many online newsletters (including this one) about RVing. Welcome to RV Electricity Issue #10 (or should…

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When should you replace your tires? How old is “too old”?

RV Tire Safety with RV tire expert Roger Marble A lot of folks talk about tire age and when they “age out.” Here is what a few tire companies have to say about passenger and light truck tire service life: Japan Automobile Tyre Manufacturers Association (JATMA) recommendation: At 5 years have tires inspected by “Qualified tire service person,” and no…

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Plumbing inspection not high on RVers’ lists

By Russ and Tiña De Maris If you’re old enough to remember The Hardy Boys or Nancy Drew mysteries, perhaps you’ll recall “The Mystery of the Crappy Crapper.” No? Okay, so we made that one up. After all, most of us were born after the advent of indoor plumbing, and we all just take “the throne” for granted. Flush it,…

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On any RV you’ve purchased did you check the toilet’s plumbing design beforehand?

In Issue 859 of the RVtravel.com newsletter, we discussed the inefficient, even problematic design of some RVs’ plumbing systems, where the piping from the toilet to the holding tank caused problems when flushing solids. With any RV you purchased, did you ever inspect the plumbing’s path from your toilet to the holding tank? It may take a moment for the…

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Internal vs. external TPMS comparison – Hot ambient temperature

RV Tire Safety with RV tire expert Roger Marble Since March I have been conducting a comparison of a couple different Tire Pressure Monitoring Systems (TPMS). One from TST has internal sensors, as seen below right. Please note this shot shows the TPM sensor and the steel band retainer. I was in the process of removing the extra band material…

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How to figure mpg when generator and engine use same fuel tank

Dear Gary, We have a diesel generator on our motorhome. The generator uses the same fuel and same tank as what runs the motor. How much fuel will the generator use, let’s say, in an hour? How can I figure out my gas mileage when using the generator once in awhile? —Janice F. Dear Janice, When the generator and the…

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