July 28, 2015
Are the batteries in your RV lasting as long as you would expect? Summer heat can wreak havoc on RV systems, including your battery. Avoid setbacks in your road trip and keep your battery stronger with these tips. Some of the common causes of premature battery failure include overcharging – especially during hot temperatures. Batteries have a shorter lifespan in hot climates than ... Read More
July 28, 2015
When it comes to RV maintenance and inspection, many RV owners don’t pay enough attention to their RV’s roof. Considering that it’s the first line of defense against water infiltration, it’s important to understand what the roof is made out of and where to inspect for potential seal failure. To keep your roof in good shape you should keep it clean and inspect it at least three ... Read More
July 21, 2015
Before a RVer can do routine maintenance or deal with unexpected issues during a trip, they need to make sure they their repair kit has the right tools for the job. Here’s a good starter list for your RV maintenance and repair kit: Wrenches: Depending on the available space in your tool kit, try to include Allen, crescent and socket wrench sets. While a set of combinations ... Read More
July 21, 2015
Appliances, while a necessary part of any kitchen, always have moving parts. And if it moves, it rattles. One of the worst "rattlers" is the range vent above your stove. An easy way to keep the flapper from rattling is to install a small bead chain and (if you please) a decorative handle on the end. Then gently, bend a short piece of 1/4-inch copper tubing into a 90-degree angle. Drill a ... Read More
July 15, 2015
How many times has someone accidentally bumped the switch for your slideouts when trying to turn the lights on/off in your rig? It's dark inside, they can't see anything and all of a sudden the walls start closing in. There is a simple solution to this problem. Head over to a home-improvement center and purchase a wet-location electrical switch plate, which comes with a clear flip-up cover. ... Read More
July 15, 2015
When camping in high-temperature locations, few RV components may be as important as your air condition system, so its important to know its workings. In case of failure, this information may be invaluable in diagnosing the issue, but if youre a Good Sam Roadside Assistance Platinum or Platinum member, you can consult directly with a certified RV technician over the phone. To ... Read More
June 30, 2015
Driving in extreme heat can be dangerous if you haven’t taken proper precautions before you leave to go on your trip. Take time to make a checklist prior to your departure for potential service issues. Check all fluid levels in the engine, generator and cooling system. Carry extra vital fluids such as engine coolant, motor oil with the proper viscosity for summer driving and transmission ... Read More
June 23, 2015
Good Sam Roadside Assistance has noticed a pattern of suspension failures that might have been prevented by routine inspection and maintenance. Let’s examine a towable’s running gear and what can be done to prevent costly roadside breakdowns. Your travel trailer’s suspension is made up of three primary components: leaf springs, shackles and equalizers. The leaf springs are attached ... Read More
June 16, 2015
Slide-outs have become more and more common, to the point where you rarely see an RV without one. The demand for more room to sleep, to sit and to store has increased. This has forced manufacturer’s to add one to four more slides per RV. The hard part for the manufacturers is making the slide-out to operate smoothly and seal plush against the wall of an RV. RVers with one or more slides must ... Read More
June 15, 2015
Recently while traveling, we had a mechanical problem requiring my husband to crawl under the RV to repair it. Since we had no choice on where to stop, we ended up parked near a colony of ants and assorted road debris.I was extremely concerned about him being bit or cut, so I quickly grabbed the sun reflector and laid it over the problem area. He was able to safely finish the repair - and a bonus ... Read More