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I am going to attempt to winterize my RV myself this year, do you have any tips for us DIYers?


Great question, we get asked this a lot when we sell antifreeze in our store. Here is the list that our technicians use. Good Luck!


RV Winterizing Checklist


1)      Drain water heater. Check condition of anode if equipped.


2)      Drain fresh water storage tank.


3)      Drain waste tanks and rinse out. Leave drain gate valves in the closed position.


4)      Bypass water heater and pump nontoxic antifreeze thru all water lines, faucets, toilet and drain lines. Don’t forget freezer ice makers, exterior shower and washing machines if you have them.


5)      Bypass any water filtration systems, drain filter housing and check filter condition.


6)      Cover tires to protect from the sun.


7)      Roll out awning and wash mildew and dirt from canopy. Let it dry thoroughly before rolling up.


8)      Inspect roof for broken vent lids and cracked sealant. Also check the condition of the roof membrane.


9)      Make sure all vents are closed and sealing properly. Close all windows.


10)  Empty the fridge and remove all condensation. Prop doors open for storage.


11)  Add fuel stabilizer to all gas tanks and run generator for 30 minutes before storing for winter.


12)  Remove AC filter and clean.


13)  Check under belly for possible voids where rodents might enter the RV.


14)  Close all propane supply valves.


15)  Disconnect battery and bring indoors for storage.




What should I consider when looking to replace my current RV?7 Dependable Tips to Avoid Buyer’s Remorse and Get the RV You Really Want. 1 OCTOBER, 2014 BY RENE AGREDANO FacebookTwitterPinterestEmailMore Before you jump in and buy your next RV, have a plan


7 Dependable Tips to Avoid Buyer’s Remorse and Get the RV You Really Want.


1 OCTOBER, 2014 BY RENE AGREDANO


Before you jump in and buy your next RV, have a plan to ensure you approach the process with a level head and avoid that awful feeling of buyer's remorse.


Is your RV getting too old or too small for your current lifestyle?


No matter the size or model of your first RV, it’s highly likely you’ll eventually want to upgrade or downsize your rig.


But making the switch can be a financially and emotionally tough thing to do.


If you don’t think this decision through – and let your emotions lead the way – chances are good that you’ll regret your choice.


If you’re thinking about buying a new RV, here are a few smart ways to ensure you want and avoid buyer’s remorse.


1.) Know The Features You Love the Most


Make a mental walkthrough of your current setup and list the features you know you can’t live without.


When shopping for your next rig, bring your list along for comparison.


You’re bound to forget one of your “must have” features if you don’t keep a list with you.


An RV’s layout and basic structure is difficult to change after purchase.


But don’t get caught up on the little stuff like wall décor and flooring.


You can update these with a little DIY elbow grease.


Try to envision the big picture.


If a rig seems to be lacking in only cosmetic areas – your dream RV might be right in front of you!


2.) Rank The Features that Annoy You


Even the most expensive RVs have something about them that needs modification or improvement. Usually we don’t discover these details until after we’ve lived in our rolling home for a while.


Look around your current RV and note which features you hated when you brought it home. Were these things remedied with upgrades or repairs – or were you stuck with them for the duration?


Survey your RV’s least loved features and categorize them into “Things That Can Be Modified” or “Things I’ll Never Put Up With Again.”


Use these categories to help compare features among RV candidates and narrow down your list of potential rigs.


3.) Get Nosy and Dream


Switching to another rig is filled with all sorts of possibilities. Many RV manufacturers redesign and upgrade their models every few years.


It’s fun to see what new options are available in different RVs, so why not visit an RV show to experience the latest industry trends? Even if you can’t afford to buy new, RV shows are an ideal way to talk to a lot of manufacturers at once.


This will give you a good sense of how models differ and which ones are constructed the way you want. If you can’t get to an RV show, talk to members of RV owners’ groups in online discussion forums to learn for your needs and budget.


Knowing more about various manufacturers will help you decide which are of acceptable quality. Choice is your friend.


4.) Create a Realistic Budget


Speaking of money, it’s OK to dream big for your next RV purchase. But the reality is that for maximum enjoyment you need the income to support that dream.


If you don’t have the cash to pay for your next RV and towed/towing vehicle in full, at least set your sights on a rig with a comfortable payment schedule that you can easily pay off in a couple of years.


Financial experts tell us that RVs are depreciating assets. Carrying debt on vehicles that lose value the instant they leave the lot is just dumb.


If you’re thinking of financing your new RV, know how much interest will accrue over the life of the loan: if the total amount paid will be greater than the value of the rig at the end of financing, ask yourself if that’s really a smart way to go.


Chances are, it isn’t.


Keep your purchase within your means and your RV vacations will be more stress-free than ever.


5.) Verify the RV’s History


An eager seller will have an RV Vehicle Inspection Number (VIN) report ready for potential buyers. If one isn’t available you can order an inspection report yourself.


Spending just a few dollars ahead of a major RV purchase can save you thousands later if the report reveals that the RV has accident damage or has been subject to manufacturer recalls.


To get the report you need to get the VIN from the seller first.


6.) Follow a Pre-Inspection RV Checklist


Whether you buy from a private party, on the open market, or trade in your existing rig at a dealership, study a Pre-Delivery Inspection Checklist (aka “PDI”) so you’ll be able to examine RV candidates in an unbiased and rational way.


Even if a rig is brand new, a PDI will help you walk into a deal with organized thoughts to carefully consider issues such as:



Print out your PDI and take along handy tools such as a notebook, flashlight, tape measure, work gloves and a small screwdriver set.


Let the seller know you’ll need extra time to perform this inspection and don’t be shy about it.


7.) Check Your Emotions at the Door


Keeping emotions out of your purchase is difficult – but it pays off.


Do as much pre-sale research as possible before you ever step foot into a potential RV.


Once you’re surrounded by fancy late-model RVs, you’ll have a tough time keeping your needs separate from your wants.


Conclusion


When the buying fun finally begins, maintain a level head and don’t jump into any final purchase decisions until you’ve followed all of these recommended steps.


You’ll stand a much higher chance of getting the RV you really want.


Even it takes more time than you imagined, sticking to your plan will eliminate any chance of buyer’s remorse, and leave you with the confident feeling of having picked the best RV for you.




I am getting ready to use my RV next weekend. What should I do now so that we have a trouble free outing?


That is a great question! We have 10 tips for insuring that you have a fun, safe and trouble free camping trip. Here they are:


1) De-winterize your RV by flushing fresh water thru the plumbing system. Be sure to plug all drain lines and the water heater. Also make sure that your water heater is NOT in the by-pass position, if you forget this step you will only get luke warm water from the faucets. This is a good time to check stock of toilet chemical, water hose, pressure regulator and sewer dump hose.


2) Clean the cabin air filter on the air conditioner. The filter is located at the return air grill. Clean with soap and water.


3) Plug your coach into shore power so that the batteries can get a full charge before the trip. Be sure to engage any battery disconnects at this time.


4) Check the water level in the house batteries. Fill to the top and only use distilled water!


5) Start your fridge cooling at least 2 days prior to filling it with food. RV fridges take much longer to get cool than your home fridge. Also be sure to put pre-chilled food and beverages in the fridge. This is also a good time to clean the fridge door gaskets.


6) Fill the propane tanks and inspect the hoses and regulator for possible damage or cracks in the hoses. light all appliances and test for proper operation.


7) Replace the batteries in all smoke and carbon monoxide detectors and test operation. Check the date and charge of the fire extinguisher and replace if needed.


8) Check the roof seams for dried and cracked sealer. Also look for broken or missing vent lids. While you're up on the roof, also check the air conditioner for any debris in the condensor coils.


9) Check the condition of your tires, look for cracks, worn tread, bubbles and check the date code. Replace if they are over 6 years old or are showing any adverse conditions. Inflate all tires to the recommended side wall pressure. And don't forget the spare!


10) Perform an annual safety maintenance service that includes: re-packing the wheel bearings, adjusting the brakes, checking all lights, checking the emergency break-away system and the hitch.


Have a safe and fun camping season!


 




What do I need to do to get my RV ready for use after it has been stored?


How to Get Your RV Ready for Camping Season


 

How to Get Your RV Ready for Camping Season







   


For most RVers, the best cure for spring fever is getting their RV or motorhome ready for the first camping trip of the season. The promise of rising temperatures and longer days signals the time to prep the home away from home for another spring and summer full of family fun on the open highway.

To get the most out of your RV this season, follow our tips for preparing your RV for camping season.

Inspect the Outside of Your Rig. Your tires get a workout every season and are susceptible to damage caused by changes in climate. Look at them closely for cracks in the sidewalls and between treads. Replace any tires that have seen better days. Check the tire pressure on all tires, including the spare, and make sure the reading on the pressure gage meets the manufacturer’s recommendations. While you are outside, take a close look at the caulking around windows, doors, vents and seams, and repair any cracks, so water will not leak inside.

Test the Awning. Open your awning and examine the fabric for tears and holes. If extending the awning seems more difficult than usual, take your RV to your dealer’s service department to have the spring tension adjusted. Do not attempt to adjust the spring yourself.

Service Batteries and LP Items. Make an appointment with your RV dealer’s service department to check and maintain your RV’s batteries and products that use LP gas. Have a professional perform a load test on the batteries and replace them if necessary. A professional service technician should also test for and repair any LP leaks.

Check the Refrigerator. Vacuuming the back of the unit is a good way to keep it running efficiently. While you are back there, look for rust on the cooling unit and burner flap, and take it to a servicer if you find any corrosion. Make sure the inside is clean also, then turn it on and let it run for several hours to see if it is cooling properly.

Inspect the Sewage Dump Hoses. Because dump hoses have a limited lifespan, check them for tears and holes, and replace them if needed.

Maintain Security Devices. Replace the batteries in smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, and make sure your fire extinguishers are in good working order.

Evict Critters. Unfortunately, your RV or motorhome provides great winter shelter for rodents and spiders. Check inside and out for signs that unwanted guests have taken up residence. Open outside compartments, and look for spider webs and debris. Inside, open cabinets, and look for droppings and other evidence of pests. Remove anything you find.

The time you spend getting your RV ready for camping season is time well spent if it means peace of mind that lets you relax and enjoy friends, family and the RV life! Get your RV ready today, and enjoy the spring camping season!




Neither my furnace nor my fridge will light on propane but everything else works fine.


We get this question a lot, especially in the Winter time. We are going to assume that your fridge works fine on the other modes (120 VAC and 12 VDC). Chances are that you may have a low propane pressure situation that prevents those more sensitive appliances from igniting. The reason they wont ignite is because the LP pressure is not strong enough to produce a flame that will satisfy the appliance circuit board. A Manometer is used to measure the RV's LP pressure, it should be no lower than 10.5" of water column with 50% of the coaches LP appliances running. If the LP pressure is low, it may be adjusted at the regulator, if the regulator is defective, it will need to be replaced. In most cases this will correct the problem of low LP pressure. Remember that you should ALWAYS use a licensed LP technician when it comes to making repairs on the LP system.



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