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  • RV Air Conditioner Not Blowing Cold Air? 5 Easy Troubleshooting Tips (No Multimeter Required)

    RV Air Conditioner Not Blowing Cold Air? 5 Easy Troubleshooting Tips (No Multimeter Required)

    Is your RV rooftop air conditioner not blowing cold air? At the risk of being obnoxiously obvious, that’s not a good sign. Unlike your residential or automotive air conditioner, an RV air conditioner cannot be recharged. So you can’t just pump another can of Freon into the tubes and cross your fingers. No, it’s time…

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  • Sure, You Can Run Your RV Air Conditioner on Batteries … If You’re Rich!

    Sure, You Can Run Your RV Air Conditioner on Batteries … If You’re Rich!

    “Hey Andy, can I run my RV air conditioner on batteries alone? I want to go boondocking for the weekend, and I don’t have a generator.” If I had a dollar every time I’ve been asked this question, I could (maybe) afford one payment on the new iPhone. I’ve even helped warranty service and customer techs…

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  • RV Furnace Not Turning On? RV Tech Shares 7 Easy Tricks!

    RV Furnace Not Turning On? RV Tech Shares 7 Easy Tricks!

    A veritable encyclopedia of bad information has been published online about the humble RV furnace. If your RV furnace is not turning on, I highly advise you to take the Top 10 pages on Google and stuff ‘em in the digital trash can. For instance, I saw several articles that suggested “poor gas flow” could…

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  • An RV Technician’s Guide to Replacing Your RV Skylight

    An RV Technician’s Guide to Replacing Your RV Skylight

    Last week, I replaced an RV skylight – and I’ll show you how to do it, too. Like many DIY jobs, 90% of the work is the preparation. It’s a simple job that most anyone can do, but if you want the installation to last for 10-20 years, do it right! Here’s my in-depth, step-by-step…

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  • Why Does Everyone Love to Hate on the Schwintek Slide-Out System? +5 Maintenance Tips

    Why Does Everyone Love to Hate on the Schwintek Slide-Out System? +5 Maintenance Tips

    Every RVer loves to hate the Lippert In-Wall (formerly known as Schwintek) slide-out system. It’s a simple motorized rack-and-pinion drive system that pulls your slide room in and out of your RV, driven by two motors each no bigger than a mouse. And it’s rather infamous for breaking down at the worst possible time.  Why…

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  • Does More Weight Really Reduce RV Fuel Efficiency?

    Does More Weight Really Reduce RV Fuel Efficiency?

    In a previous article about why motorhomes don’t have MPG ratings, I gave you a few tips how to calculate your own fuel efficiency and how to improve it. This is a quick follow-up about some of the physics behind the fuel efficiency of an RV. If you’re shopping around for full-time traveling, you might…

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  • No, You Shouldn’t Apply New Lap Sealant Over Old Lap Sealant!

    No, You Shouldn’t Apply New Lap Sealant Over Old Lap Sealant!

    Everything on your roof – except for your air conditioner, which uses a thick foam gasket – is waterproofed with a butyl tape gasket underneath (where you can’t see) and a self-leveling cap sealant on top (what you can see). Flashing details vary by manufacturer, but the gasket-and-cap-sealant method is the de facto standard for…

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  • Did Your RV Water Tank Fall Off? Not My Problem …

    Did Your RV Water Tank Fall Off? Not My Problem …

    In the same way that a jack-o-lantern represents Halloween or a bald eagle symbolizes ‘Murica, an RV is supposed to embody freedom: the open road, tomorrow’s adventures, fighting The Man.  But nothing is more disappointing than realizing your home-on-wheels wasn’t really designed for the road you love. Don’t You Know You Can’t Travel with Water?…

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  • Is Your Propane Tank Empty – Or Is It Just Too Darn Cold Outside?

    Is Your Propane Tank Empty – Or Is It Just Too Darn Cold Outside?

    It’s November 14th. You’re using the RV as a base camp during hunting season. After a long, icy day in the blind, you’ve returned to the RV dreaming of a steamy shower – and the d*mn water is coming out cold! Most of us would think, “I’m out of propane.” And if, like most RVs,…

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  • RV Furnace Not Working – Is It Always the Sail Switch?

    RV Furnace Not Working – Is It Always the Sail Switch?

    “My RV furnace isn’t working!” is a common distress signal across many RV forums and Facebook groups. I’ll bet $100 that the first (and second) response to this SOS will be, “Check your sail switch. Probably needs replaced.” Is this advice accurate? Is the furnace sail switch the suicidal culprit it’s so often made out…

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  • I Recommend a Water Pressure Regulator to All RVers

    I Recommend a Water Pressure Regulator to All RVers

    A water pressure regulator is one of the top three items I command recommend to all RV owners (the other two are a surge protector and a valid driver’s license). This simple $20 device is a vanguard for your water system, protecting your delicate plastic fittings from the evils of high water pressure. Plastic and…

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  • Old, Decrepit RV Roof? 5 Options for Repair!

    Old, Decrepit RV Roof? 5 Options for Repair!

    Unfortunately, RV roofs age less like fine wine, more like milk. Within 10-25 years, most RV roofs look like an abandoned petri dish experiment. But with full roof replacements commonly costing $150 to $400 per linear foot, is replacement always a feasible option? If your RV roof looks uncomfortably similar to this … … then…

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