How to Replace RV "House" Batteries (& Chassis Batteries

How to Replace RV “House” Batteries (& Chassis Batteries, Too) While the “chassis” batteries start your RV’s engine, it’s the “house” batteries that power the interior lights, vent fans, water pump and other 12-volt equipment. Through the use of an inverter, which converts 12-volts DC into 110-volts AC, they also power the

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How to Hook Up Your Car to Your RV Tow Bar

4) How to Hook Up Your Car to Your RV Tow Bar. 4.1) Park on a Level Surface Whenever Possible. 4.2) Pull Up Behind the RV, as Straight as Possible with the RV Tow Bar. 4.3) Attach and Secure the RV Tow Bar Arms. 4.4) Attach Safety Cables and …

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Easy Trick For Setting Up a New RV Sewer Hose : TheRVgeeks

Okay, we get it… starting a new sewer hose isn’t rocket science. But sometimes it’s the little things that make RVing easier. Here’s a simple little trick that keeps us from struggling to get a new hose connected to the hard plastic fittings on our RV’s sewer system. How to Thoroughly Clean an RV Black Tank. RV Holding Tank Dumping 1-2-3.

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How to Sanitize Your RV Water System

Step 17: Leave the bleach water in the tank for about 4-8 hours to ensure it has enough time to thoroughly sanitize the tank and lines. If possible, take a long twisty drive in your RV to get all tank surfaces exposed to the bleach water solution, doing a thorough job of sanitizing it. Step 18: After the 4 to 8 hours are up (or when you arrive

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How to Level a Motorhome Plus an Awesome Giveaway!

↓↓ SCROLL DOWN TO VIEW THE WINNERS ↓↓ On Sunday, November 16th, 2014 at 5:00PM Pacific Time, five lucky RVgeeks viewers will each win a set of four Utility Blocks, with a total retail value of nearly $350! Use the form below to enter for your chance to win a set of these awesome jack pads.

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Maintaining Slide-out Seals: Reaching Under Slide Toppers

Maintaining Slide-out Seals – Part 2: How To Reach Under Slide Toppers. When we shared our tip about using baby powder to maintain slide-out seals like new, we didn’t treat the entire upper outside seals because the slide toppers prevented access. Then we figured out this simple trick to overcome that obstacle… without removing the slide

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How Long Can You Keep Fresh Water in Your RV Tank

Two weeks is the simple answer to how long to keep fresh water in an RV tank IF you aren’t using the water and refilling during that time. When water sits unused in a tank, it can become unsafe and therefore undrinkable. If you use all your fresh water and refill your tanks every week or two, there shouldn’t be issues as long as you keep a

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The Best Vehicles to Tow Behind Your RV For Max Fun

The 5 Best Vehicles to Tow Behind Your RV. We’ve put together a list of vehicles that fit into one or more of the categories discussed above. These are five of the best cars to tow behind an RV: 1. Honda CR-V. Our Honda CR-V is a versatile and practical vehicle to tow behind our motorhome.

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How To Connect a BBQ Grill to an RV's On-board Propane

Extend-A-Stay with 12′ Extension Hose. 1″-20 Female Throwaway Cylinder thread x 1/4″ Male Pipe Thread Adapters – you’ll need two. 15psi Propane Regulator (provides plenty of pressure for our 24′-long hose, but prevents oil build-up) 1/4″ NPT Brass Male-to-Male Nipple. 1″-20 Male Throwaway Cylinder thread x 1/4″ Female Pipe

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RV Oil Change: When, Where, and How

Locate the oil fill point inside your engine compartment, and pour in the replacement oil. It’s important to know the oil capacity of your engine before filling it. That will help ensure you don’t overfill it. Using your dipstick, check the oil level to make sure it’s close to the full mark.

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Easily Leveling Your RV With The LevelMatePRO

Now, the LevelMatePRO doesn’t do the leveling for you.Similar to some hydraulic systems, it tells you how much height to add and to which position to add it. But it’s FAR more precise, with an incredibly accurate digital level and very exact tolerances. And it displays all that information right on your mobile device (any smartphone or tablet).

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Towing a Car Behind an RV: What You Need to Know

Flat towing a car behind an RV is a method that leaves all four wheels of the “toad” on the ground. The first way to tow your car while RVing is called flat towing. With this type of towing, the car has all 4 wheels on the ground. While this is the type of towing people are most familiar with, it …

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How To Sanitize an RV Fresh Water System

Use the same 1/4 cup of bleach to 15-gallons of water ratio as for sanitizing the fresh water system. But we’re thinking that a proper vinegar flushing of the tank should help a lot, and maybe solve the problem altogether. Best of luck and please let …

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How To Plug in an RV (Dog Bones 101)

The answer: Dogbones. A “dogbone” adapter (named for it’s resemblance to the canine treat) attaches to the end of your RV’s electric cord, and steps it up or down to match an available outlet. Since 50-amp service is often unavailable at smaller or more rustic RV parks, just about everyone driving a big motorhome (like us) carries at

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Do You Need A Class A RV License To Drive Your RV

Driving a Class A RV is not the same as driving a car or a van or even a smaller RV. While you may not be required to obtain a special Class A RV license, learning how to safely operate a large vehicle is critical. You might need a special license merely because a large vehicle can be dangerous in inexperienced hands.

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4 Ways to Clean Your RV Tank Sensors

Cleaning your RV tank sensors with a cleaning wand is quite simple. The first step is to dump your tanks. Next, hook the wand up to a fresh water source using a hose. ( Do not use your drinking water hose for this for obvious reasons)! Once you have the hose connected, bring the wand inside your RV to your bathroom.

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How To RV In The Winter

We show you all the steps we’re taking to winter in our motorhome. We’ll demonstrate how to keep the water hose from freezing and how to keep ourselves warm too. We’ll cover water hose insulation, heat tape, the differences between all five sources of heat we have available, moisture & humidity control, and even pest control.

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What Does an RV Mechanic Actually Do -vs- What Can You Do

A skilled RV service technician will be familiar with most aspects of your RV, and will be equipped to readily diagnose and repair issues of all kinds. Other components that your RV mechanic will be able to work on include wiring, various RV appliances, toilets, water pumps, and fixtures such as lights. In a sense, an RV mechanic is a jack of

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Category: Routine Maintenance

Using an RV fresh water tank is a relatively simple matter. How to fill it, how to hook up to city Read More. $500 Cummins Coach Care RV Service Giveaway & Motorhome Maintenance Discounts! 8. We’re excited to announce that RVgeeks has partnered with Cummins to offer special motorhome Read More. 5 Best RV Washes and Waxes to Keep Your RV

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Our RV Internet Solutions For 2021: Upgrading Our Tech

Our RV Internet Solutions for 2021: Upgrading Our Tech Cabinet (And $1,200 Giveaway!) Our last video about how we get reliable RV internet while living on the road full time, and what’s in our tech cabinet to achieve that solution, was in 2016. That was five years ago, and five years is an eternity where technology is concerned. As you might

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Do RV Batteries Charge When Plugged into Shore Power

When plugged into shore power, it feeds power to your appliances AND charges your house batteries. Now not all RVs are wired the same way, but the basics are the same. Typically, the converter is part of the power center, which is where the 120V AC breakers and the 12V DC fuses/breakers are located.

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How to Choose and Use an RV Tow Dolly

There are a few ways to tow a vehicle behind your RV. You can use a tow dolly, you can flat-tow as we do, or you can pull a full-size car trailer.In this post, we’re going to focus on the option of using a tow dolly, because full-size trailers are cumbersome, and not all cars can be flat-towed (towed with all four wheels on the ground).

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How To Install a WeBoost Drive 4G-X Cellular Booster & 4G

Our latest video provides a complete overview and step-by-step installation of the WeBoost Drive 4G-X cellular booster, including our custom flat-mount of the spring-loaded 4G-OTR truck antenna on the roof of our RV.

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Repairing or Replacing an RV Door

Sealing a leaking door is an incredibly important maintenance item and not one to delay. While water may seem harmless at first glance, it’s anything but – and it can create headaches and costly repairs for RV owners.

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Our Top 5 RV Trip Planner Apps for Easy RV Travel

2) What to Look for in RV Trip Planner Apps. 3) Our Top 5 RV Trip Planner Apps for Easy RV Travel. 3.1) The Dyrt PRO. 3.1.1) Why The Dyrt PRO Is Great. 3.1.2) Get A Deal On The Dyrt PRO. 3.2) RV Trip Wizard (part of RV Life Pro) 3.2.1) Why RV …

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How To Tidy Up Your RV in 10 Minutes

We picked up our new RV on May 17th, 2005. For its 8th birthday today, we’re going to do a quick exterior cleanup to show you how we keep it looking good between washings. As long as you haven’t driven in the rain since the last time you washed your RV, …

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Behind the Scenes: Kitchen Slide-Out Plumbing

Behind the Scenes: Kitchen Slide-Out Plumbing. We returned from a 5-week trip away from the RV to find the drain pipe from the kitchen sinks leaking. Since we’ve already completed the repair, this is just an overview of how the plumbing system is designed to move in and out with the slide-out, not a How-To. Our kitchen is in a slide-out, and

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How To Make Easy-Peeling Hard-Boiled Eggs

We’ve read about, and tried, an awful lot of techniques…. “Use eggs that are near their expiration date”…. “Use really fresh eggs”…. “Let the eggs warm to room temperature before putting them in the boiling water”…. “Put the eggs into cold water, then heat them to a boil slowly”….

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How to Replace RV Patio Awning Fabric

A few years ago, we showed how to replace one of the most popular patio awnings on the market – the manual pull-down Dometic/A&E. We’ve now learned a new way to do the job… a considerably easier method than the old way. Here’s a step-by-step tutorial, as we replace the awning on our friends Tom & Cait Morton’s 5th wheel.

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5 Places to Dump Your RV Black Water

Managing the various tanks of an RV water system can be confounding at times, and dumping the black tank is often the most intimidating. Newer RVers in particular are likely to benefit from a short overview of how the water systems in motorhomes and trailers work, including how, when, and where to flush their RV black water tanks.

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How to Get Stains Out of RV Awnings

Soak Awning with Cleaner. First, add the awning cleaner or car wash mixed with water until your awning is well-coated. Then, roll it up and let it sit for 5-10 minutes, so the cleaner can get to work on those tricky stains. You can certainly let it sit for longer if you’d like, especially if it’s badly stained.

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How to Keep Invasive Mice Out of Your RV, For Good

An RV is a nice cozy place to hang out and relax while camping. But the last thing you want is for your RV to be a nice cozy place for mice! Not only is having mice in your RV gross, but they also have the potential to do serious damage to your rig.

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RV Tire Age, Care & Replacement

Most RV tires have to be replaced due to age long before the tread is worn out and our tires are no exception. Even though there’s plenty of tread left, it’s almost time for new rubber. We’ll be replacing our original tires soon, because this spring our motorhome will be 10 years old. Now before you start e-mailing to tell us that RV

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Onan RV Generator Maintenance — DIY or Take It To The Pros

Of course, not everyone is in a position (or inclined) to go DIY on the regular maintenance for their Onan RV generator. These tasks require tools, the ability to crawl under the RV to access various parts of the generator, a location that’s conducive to working on the RV, and the time and inclination to do it all.

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The Complete Guide to Your RV Roof

Keeping your EPDM roof clean is an integral part of ensuring a long life. Depending on how much you use your RV, you’ll want to clean it thoroughly a minimum of once a year. But if used regularly, you should ideally plan to wash and condition it at least once every 3-6 months. Start by gently sweeping loose debris off the roof.

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Replacing An RV Faucet — Your Options Aren't Limited

Hi Ken. Thanks! But we’re sorry to hear the previous owner did something like that! Guess they didn’t want to have a leak! We’ve had good luck finding most fittings we’ve needed for our RV at big box hardware stores like Lowe’s/Home Depot/RONA… and the few we couldn’t find there we picked up at either a plumbing supply store or local RV repair place.

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How To Whiten a Corian Kitchen Sink

Here’s a quick, easy tip for whitening a Corian or similar solid-surface kitchen or bathroom sink. Whether in your RV or in your house, this simple technique will rejuvenate even the dingiest and most discolored sink. When our RV’s sink first began getting dingy and stained, we tried whitening it with bleach, which we’d heard was very

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Change The Oil In Your Diesel Onan RV Generator

Onan RV Generator Maintenance: Change the Oil in Your Diesel Generator. One of the greatest freedoms we get from RVing is the ability go anywhere, any time, completely self-contained. Our Onan 7.5 kW QuietDiesel RV generator is a key part of that freedom. Proper care and maintenance of the “genny” will lead to a long life of trouble-free

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RV LED Lights Technology: Everything You Need to Know

RV LED lights typically have three color choices: warm white, cool white, or natural white. This gives you more of a selection of “mood lighting,” in your RV and allows you to select which color is easier on your eyes (you can even mix and match… with different colors in different fixtures, depending upon your need): “Warm white

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How To Make Your Own Heated RV Water Hose

The first step to making a heated RV water hose is to wrap your standard RV drinking water hose in aluminum foil. When you finish, the aluminum foil should be snuggly around the hose. The aluminum foil is there to even out the heat all the way around the hose, rather than having it create a hot spot against one side of the water hose.

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Carefree of Colorado Omega Slide Topper Fabric Replacement

Dear RVgeeks, We used your how-to tutorial methodology to remove/repair/reinstall our Omega Slide Topper. Although one RV repair specialist prescribed complete replacement, we found the 15 year old topper fabric was fine; the original thread used to stitch the channel rod had begun to disintegrate, however, causing the topper to partially pull away from our RV.

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The RV “Toilet Talk”: How Does an RV Toilet Work

Once you’ve used the toilet, you’ll depress a foot pedal which will open the flap, and the contents of the toilet will drop down into a tank that sits under the RV called the “black tank” or “wastewater tank”. As you depress the foot pedal, your RV’s water pump introduces more …

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How to Make an Emergency Mousetrap

Even if we had been anywhere near a store that might carry mousetraps, they’d surely be closed this late at night. But we were eager to catch him before he could do any damage to wiring or other important RV systems, so we had to figure out how to make a mousetrap with items we had around the RV. Watch our short video to see how we did it.

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Windshield Stone Chip

Act Fast to Prevent a Crack! Maintenance & Repairs : Household | 17. We had our windshield replaced last year due to a stone chip that spread into a crack before we spotted it. If you get hit with a flying rock, the best way to salvage the glass is to act quickly. Last month, our brand new windshield caught another stone from a passing vehicle.

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Inverter Upgrade: Xantrex 3000-watt Pure Sine Wave

A Magnum 2000W inverter provides 16.7A of power (2000 watts divided by 120V = 16.66666667A). So, in all likelihood, the breaker (s) mounted on the inverter are actually 20A capacity (to handle the surge capacity of the inverter), not 30A. Our Xantrex SW3012 has a 30A breaker on it (3000 watts divided by 120V = 25A, again with surge capacity on

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Replacing The Air Cleaner in our Diesel Pusher RV

Our rig specifies that we should replace the air cleaner every three years, or 75,000 miles, or when the filter minder reaches the red “Change Filter” line (which indicates that airflow is no longer sufficient). As is typical with big diesel engines on larger motorhomes, many of our components are built with heavy-duty truck use in mind.

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