New to fifthwheeling? Take care of your hitch needs Our first fifth-wheel was a "pre-owned" model, as was our fifth-wheel hitch. It didn't take long for us to find out that that hitch needed care and feeding. Left to itself, a fifth-wheel hitch can be awfully most cantankerous.
Avoid waiting games at the RV service center An RVer relates a tale of taking his rig to a service dealer. With plans for using the RV in a week, he explains his deadline and the dealer agrees service will be done in time. Sure enough, on day six the owner calls the service facility and is told, "Sorry, we're still waiting for parts." Other RVers have similar complaints: Seems like their rigs spend more time in the shop than out on the road. What's to be done?
Maintain and test your carbon monoxide detector Lightheaded? Confused? Have a headache? All unpleasant enough things to have, but also all symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning. Most people know that given enough "CO" you can go beyond those unpleasant symptoms to one really nasty one – death.
This isn't a situation we can afford to neglect: In a recent five-year period, over 400 people died every year from accidental, non-fire related CO poisoning in the U.S. Sadly, that's not surprising, when you consider that you can't see CO, nor smell it. Victims are often overcome at night, safely – or so they thought – tucked away in their beds. The only way to know whether your RV is safe from CO is with a working CO detector. Do you have one? Does it work?
RV tires: How old is too old? A man goes into an RV dealership, interested in a seven year-old motorhome with 10,000 miles on the odometer. The tires on the rig have plenty of tread left on them, but on learning that they're the original tires, he wonders about them being too old to be safe. The salesman tells the customer that worrying about the age of the tire is nothing more than buying into a myth. Should the customer walk away?
New RVer asks: What batteries for my RV? When it comes to batteries for RVing, things can get a bit fuzzy. Starting batteries? House batteries? Flooded or glass mat? We unravel the mystery of choosing RV batteries.
New RVer asks: Should I have my trailer tires balanced? Tire balance may be one of the most hotly debated subjects among RVers. Motorhomers will agree, balancing tires on their rigs is critical--after all, it's a motor vehicle. But trailer tires? Perhaps the most frequent argument is: "I've never balanced my trailer tires, and I haven't seen a bit of difference. It's just a waste of money!" Hang on, there's more to the story than that.
New RVer asks: How do I keep my water lines from freezing? With winter coming at your (if not already there) a parked RV is one that's susceptible to the ravages of Old Man Winter. An area that can hurt you the most: Water. RVs are full of water, both in fresh water systems and in the back end, too. If you donï¿½t get the water out, expansion can break pipes and create misery.
New RVer asks: How will my batteries cope with winter? Not every RVer uses their rig throughout the year. Some do a winter lay-up and wonder: Just how will my batteries cope with cold weather? Taking care of RV batteries will add to longevity--ignore them and you may wind up replacing come spring.
New RVer asks: Why is my air conditioner dripping? It can be a bit disconcerting: You've got the RV out for a trip and you notice water dripping down the side of the rig. There's not a cloud in the sky, but water is flowing away merrily. Or it could even be worse: You flip on the air conditioner on a hot day and after a short while, a nasty drip, drip, drip of water falls from your air conditioning unit--onto the floor--INSIDE your RV. What goes on here?
RV holding tanks: Use treatments? It's a stinky job, but it's gotta be done. Guess what: That's where you come in. We explore the controversial topic of holding tank treatments.
Why keep your RV leak free? Keeping up with RV maintenance is always a job. For many RVers, this means an exercise in do-it-yourself. Happily, most RV maintenance is not out of the realm of the self-doer, and kept up, not expensive. One area that you simply can't afford to let up on is keeping moisture at bay. A leaky door or window seal isn't just inconvenient: it can destroy your RV in a hurry.