Tire Protection

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January 25, 2013

Q: I have a travel trailer that is parked under a metal RV carport. The ground under the trailer is gravel. I have big heavy metal tracks that the tires sit on. I was wondering if the metal will deteriorate the tires when not used.Sigrid Wharam, Lanett, Ala. A: The idea behind placing something under... Read more »

Power Problem

RV Clinic

January 24, 2013

Q: I have put two 6-volt golf cart batteries in my trailer and that has made a big difference in making everything work better. The other thing that seemed to help was to solder all the crimp connections in the system regarding my solar panel. We have a 26-foot travel trailer. When the trailer is plugged... Read more »

E-Z Lube Service

RV Clinic

January 21, 2013

Q: Our travel trailer has E-Z Lube axles, and this appears to be a great thing as many fifth-wheel and travel trailer advertisements make a point of telling a potential purchaser that they are installed on the unit being advertised. However, I have not been able to find any information on how often the... Read more »

Tire Wear

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January 18, 2013

Q: I have a couple of questions relating to the type, style and brand of tires that would be recommended for our pickup truck. We have a Chevrolet Silverado 2500 Duramax diesel that we use to pull a 35-foot Keystone Montana fifth-wheel with a gooseneck hitch. Our first set of aftermarket tires are the... Read more »

Truck Sag

RV Clinic

January 14, 2013

Q: I tow a 35-foot Open Range fifth-wheel with a 2011 Ford F-250 four-door crew cab powered by a 6.7L diesel. When I hook up the trailer the back of the truck sags about 4 inches. The trailer is level when towing and when I make turns there is ample clearance between the truck bed and the trailer. My... Read more »

Battery Drawdown

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January 9, 2013

Q: I have a 2009 Skyline Malibu 24-foot travel trailer and have been careful not to leave the shorepower connected for more than four days at a time for fear of “cooking” the battery. I disconnect the battery at the end of the season, take the battery in the house and put it on the battery charger... Read more »

Slideout: In or Out?

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January 1, 2013

Q: We leave our fifth-wheel trailer at the campground for extended periods of time because we have a yearly camping spot. My question is, should I leave my slideout room extended, or retract it each time before we head home? There are times the camper sits empty for two weeks at a time. Some of our camping... Read more »

Delaminating Sidewall

RV Clinic

December 31, 2012

Q: We have a 2005 Jayco Eagle 281RLS fifth-wheel trailer and have noticed an area at the front, left-hand corner sidewall, just behind the front cap, that appears to be delaminating. My question is whether or not this is repairable. The area is 3 feet by 2 feet in size and it is noticeable when looking... Read more »

Intermittent Trailer Brakes Tip

RV Clinic

December 30, 2012

Q: In the Oct. 2012 issue, Dave Arrasmith of Warsaw, Mo., talked about having intermittent trailer brakes. I had a similar problem with my 2002 Montana fifth-wheel. After lengthy troubleshooting I found the problem to be in the brake wiring that goes through the axles from one side to the other. After... Read more »

Water Heater Failure

RV Clinic

December 28, 2012

Q: We have a 2009 Fleetwood Formula toy hauler with a 10-gallon Atwood gas-only water heater. Last year during a trip we noticed water coming out on the floor from the water heater area and found the water heater dripping from the bottom, not the fittings. This messed up our trip due to keeping the water... Read more »

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