RV Clinic July 2015

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January 19, 2016

Towing in Reverse Q: I have a 2005 Dodge Ram 3500 longbed 4×4 with a 5.9-liter diesel engine, a 48RE automatic transmission and single rear wheels. I tow a 33-foot fifth-wheel that weighs approximately 11,000 pounds loaded. When I back up on level ground, it does fair. When I try to back up a 5... Read more »

RV Clinic June 2015

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January 8, 2016

Overheating Furnace Q: I have a 2001 33-foot fifth-wheel, a National RV Palisades. It has an Atwood Hydro Flame furnace. I set the temperature to 75 degrees, and the furnace gets too hot and will not turn off. I have to turn it off at the wall. It is dangerously hot! I think the furnace might catch fire.... Read more »

RV Clinic May 2015

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Jeff Johnston and Ken Freund
January 4, 2016

RV Furniture Q: We have a 2008 Dutchmen Victory Lane toy hauler. We no longer ride motorcycles and want to turn the back into a den. The trouble is, where do we find RV furniture? We would like to get an L-shaped couch and replace the bench-type dining table with a table and chairs. Tim and Claire Kirkland,... Read more »

RV Clinic April 2015

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Jeff Johnston and Ken Freund
December 14, 2015

Where to Level? Q: We recently purchased a 2015 Forest River Sierra fifth-wheel that has the kitchen in the rear. My understanding is that the unit should be leveled at the refrigerator for optimum efficiency. Since the refrigerator is in the rear of the RV, the slideouts have to be extended to access... Read more »

Bearing maintenance and lift

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May 20, 2015

We have a 2007 Keystone Montana with Dexter E-Z Lube axles that have approximately 40,000 miles on them. They’re greased with high-quality lubricant and regularly checked for metal fibers. The owner’s manual recommends yearly inspections of the bearings and seals. Is this really practiced by fifth-wheeler... Read more »

Refrigerator Power

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March 29, 2013

Q: We have a 2008 Gulfstream 21-foot travel trailer with a two-way refrigerator. I would like to run it when traveling, but I am not comfortable running the gas while driving. I tried to connect it to an inverter. This runs the refrigerator fine but runs my battery down in less than an hour even when... Read more »

Another Tire Question

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March 27, 2013

Q: I have a tire question that I’ve had about six different answers on from RV dealers. We have a fifth-wheel trailer with a dry weight of 7,794 pounds and its tires came filled with nitrogen gas. The tire size is ST225/75R15 with a 65-psi-cold tire pressure printed on the tire. I have two questions:... Read more »

Trailer Squeaks

RV Clinic

March 25, 2013

Q: We have a 2010 18-foot Puma travel trailer that has developed quite a few loud “rusty hinge” sounding squeaks. I have contacted Forest River and the only information they could give me was to contact the manufacturer of the axle. Any suggestions on what I can check, or is there a lube maintenance... Read more »

Trailer Hitch Height

RV Clinic

March 22, 2013

Q: I have a 2010 Keystone 26B towed by a bone-stock Silverado 2500-HD pickup. I guess because the truck is a heavy-duty model and has such strong springs, the trailer hitch weight barely squats it down at all when hitched. This is with the adjustable hitch in the lowest position. This causes the trailer... Read more »

Generator Selection

RV Clinic

March 21, 2013

Q: We are owners of a 2004 Northern Lite 9-foot, 6-inch camper that we bought used. The camper has two 12-volt batteries and no generator. We are looking for generator recommendations on size and manufacturer. We assume an inverter generator is appropriate, and that 2,000 watts is sufficient, but 3,000... Read more »

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