Poorly designed RV makes winterizing it very difficult

Dear Gary, Winterizing my motorhome is a joke. There are no bypasses and to reach the pump you have to crawl over the bed to access it. There’s hardly room to add a winterizing kit and there are no valves to bypass the hot water tank. Accessing the back of the water heater, you have to get on your knees…

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RV Electricity – Start me up … Generators and rooftop air conditioners

Dear Readers, I saw a lot of cool stuff at the Hershey RV show last month, and the manufacturers are sending me demo gear to try out. Pretty cool, as I love setting up experiments, gathering empirical data and coming to meaningful engineering conclusions. I don’t do guesses – I do science.  Here’s a topic that I’ve pondered for years but…

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Guide to maintaining the RV heating system

If you are a serious winter RVer or if you travel in your coach during the chilly fall or early spring months, then you fully understand the importance, convenience and comfort of having a fully functioning RV heating system. If not, spend an involuntary cold night in temperatures near freezing or below without heat and you’ll soon wish you did…

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Winterizing an RV washer/dryer

Dear Gary, Please tell me the best way to winterize a washer/dryer combo. Thanks! —Jack Dear Jack, That’s what I like: short and to the point! The simplest procedure that works best with all washer/dryer combos is to simply drain all the water from the machine and turn off the water supply at the spigot for the washer fresh water…

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Sanitizing the RV’s fresh water system

Dear Gary, I saw an RV seminar on YouTube that suggested using hydrogen peroxide to sanitize the fresh water system since bleach can damage the rubber seals. Any comments? Thanks! —Ed C. Dear Ed, Hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) certainly has the capability to disinfect and sanitize potable water supplies. I have a buddy in England who states it’s done there and…

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RVers: Can you get the lead out?

By Russ and Tiña De Maris On August 30, all Detroit public schools shut off drinking water due to elevated levels of copper and/or lead. Prior to that, the Flint, Michigan, water crisis spotlighted the dangers of lead in drinking water. Even though the city’s water supply has now been declared safe, some residents may still be stuck getting their…

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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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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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Rhino Heavy-Duty Portable RV Tote Tank is odor- and leak-free

The Camco 39000 Rhino Heavy-Duty 15-Gallon Portable Waste Holding Tank is constructed of extremely durable blow-molded, UV-stabilized HDPE that won’t leak or deteriorate in the sun. The ready-to-use kit includes everything needed to transport waste from your RV or trailer to a dump station when you’re parked too far away for an RV sewer hose. The kit includes accessories to…

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