Start Your Summer of RVing With Some Great Tips

Hello all! Hope your summer season of RVing is off to an incredible begin! This month we’ve received some questions on widespread RV issues. Bear in mind to ship your RVing inquiries to [email protected].

Howdy Mark,
What product can I take advantage of to take away “sap” from my rubber roof and journey trailer?

Hello Frank,
This can be a widespread downside, and the rubber roof complicates it a bit as you shouldn’t use petroleum solvents on it. You possibly can all the time use a cleansing product designed for rubber roofs, like Thetford’s Rubber Roof Cleaner & Conditioner, however there are another potential options. Of us report good outcomes utilizing rubbing alcohol (or consuming alcohol), and a few of us have efficiently used Goo-Gone, however I might counsel warning as it’s highly effective stuff! You might suppose I’m a loony after I inform you that mayonnaise could be very efficient on tree sap. Actually! I examine it someplace years in the past, tried it, and was amazed at how nicely it really works. It is going to dissolve tree sap on pores and skin, clothes, auto paint and even on rubber roofs. Unfold it on, let it sit for a couple of minutes, and wipe off. Then clear the realm with soapy water to take away the residue.

Drops of sap poised to drop from a tree branch.

Photograph: Frantisek Krejci

Hello Mark,
What’s one of the simplest ways to flush out the galley tank and the grey-water tank? For the black tank, you may pour water down the bathroom. Do you do the gray water and galley the identical manner? It will take some time to fill the 2 tanks that manner.

Hello Tom,
Most likely one of the simplest ways to successfully flush your gray tanks is so as to add completely mounted tank flushers to them. These flushers are nice for the black tank, too. They are going to simplify the flushing course of drastically and maintain your tanks clear. Try the Camco Quickie Flush for an instance. The diagram on this hyperlink from the Camco Quickie Flush instruction sheet exhibits particulars on how the flusher is often put in. These are an incredible add-on gadget, and the package is definitely put in by the common do-it-yourselfer for those who can entry your holding tanks beneath the rig or by a compartment. Right here’s a tip: determine the place the extent gauge sensors are put in in your tank and set up the tank rinser spray head able throughout the tank from the sensors. That manner, the water stream from the rinser will spray straight on the sensors and assist maintain them working correctly.

A pari of gray house batteries for an RV.

Photograph: Julie Chikery

Hey Mark,
What precisely does the “battery disconnect” do in my motorhome?  Ought to the sunshine on the panel board by the battery disconnect be on? Please clarify this to me in layman’s phrases. I’m a widow and this glorious motorhome is mine. I want to know every part about it, however I simply don’t perceive the battery disconnect. Thanks a lot for taking the time to reply my query.

Hello Cathy:
The battery disconnect swap is designed to disconnect the battery system from home equipment and lights in your RV. When the swap is on, the pilot mild (in that case outfitted) will glow, and 12V energy shall be equipped to all the lights, followers, and home equipment inside your rig. When the swap is off, it shuts every part off, successfully isolating the battery to stop it from being run down. Your rig might have two separate switches, one for the “home” or “coach” battery and one for the engine beginning battery. They each work the identical manner. You’d usually solely flip these switches off for those who have been going to retailer the rig for a number of weeks or extra with out being plugged into AC energy.

I’ve an older class-A Scottsdale by Newmar. My downside is that when a number of lights are on on the similar time, they start to flicker. We have now 30-amp service. Do I’ve an issue with the converter? 

A circuit breaker against a gray background.

Photograph: Mark Nemeth

Hello John,
I assume that every one 12V lights present the identical symptom, no matter which of them are turned on. If that’s the case, then the converter is the most probably offender if the extra load you placed on it, the more severe the glint will get. If the converter is weak or develops an issue, it may well act that manner. Verify to ensure that the cooling fan, if the converter is provided with one, is popping and never clogged with fuzz and dust. Sometimes, a foul home battery will trigger the converter to overheat as a result of it can not cost it correctly. Have you ever checked your batteries these days? Additionally it is potential that you might have a circuit safety system, like a breaker, that’s failing. Some rigs make the most of self-resetting circuit breakers on the 12V provide strains to guard the wiring. These gadgets, which appear to be the instance proven to the proper, are designed to open the circuit when their amp ranking is exceeded. Typically these can get weak and journey and reset again and again, however you often see the lights blink moderately than flicker when these gadgets fail. Substitute breakers may be discovered at most auto elements shops or RV elements sources. If the issue continues, it’s worthwhile to have the converter and battery system checked out by a professional particular person.

Thanks for the nice data! We plan to journey over about 40 miles of a gravel/dust street this summer season and needed your ideas on decreasing the tire strain on our small class-C motorhome for that a part of the journey to get a smoother experience and assist with any mud alongside the way in which. I usually have 60 psi on all six tires (80 psi max), so I would scale back that whereas driving 35 mph or much less, then utilizing my transportable air pump to return to 60 psi when again on pavement. Your concepts on this is able to be appreciated.

Hello Richard,
Whereas I’ve sometimes “aired down” when driving my truck in tender sand or on a seaside, that was primarily to extend traction. Driving your RV with diminished tire strain, even at lower than 35 mph, is just not a good suggestion. Most RV tires are loaded very closely and want the correct air strain to deal with that load. Operating tires under-inflated impacts their dealing with, their skill to deflect street hazards, and their skill to remain on the rim when cornering. In twin wheelsets, decrease air strain will increase sidewall bulge, which might result in the tires touching. That’s a foul factor. My suggestion is to go away the tires on the right inflation strain and decelerate to scale back the rattles and bumps. Driving slowly may even assist forestall rock impression and gravel “erosion” injury to under-vehicle elements and equipment.

Hello Mark,
Is there a approach to completely drain the freshwater tank? I’ve opened all of the valves however often have a few inches of water left within the tank. I’m assuming what doesn’t drain out will get stale. I bought a pump with a hose that I stick down the water inlet pipe and might get some water out that manner, but it surely nonetheless leaves fairly a little bit of water within the tank. One factor I haven’t tried is to park the trailer on an incline, so many of the water runs to the facet of the tank with the retailers. Any strategies shall be appreciated.

Hello Robert,
You’ve already hit on the reply! Work out which facet of the tank has the drain hose connection, then use a few leveling blocks beneath the tires to boost the RV on the facet reverse the tank drain. It solely takes a little bit little bit of slope to encourage all of the water to exit the tank. When you’ve got a big motorhome with hydraulic levelers, simply increase the right facet of the coach a little bit to encourage draining. This additionally works nicely to enhance the way in which your holding tanks drain at a dump station.


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