RV Clinic August 2015

RV Clinic Aug Truck Scales

February 15, 2016

Truck Payload Capacity Q: I have a 2015 Ram 2500 4WD with the Cummins diesel and shortbed configuration. The maximum payload is listed at 2,360 pounds. I purchased a 2015 Montana High Country fiver with a loaded weight of about 13,000 pounds and a hitch weight of 2,075 pounds. I believe this leaves me... Read more »

RV Clinic July 2015

RVC July image brightened

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

RVC Thermostat for website

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 »

Demco Glide Ride Upgrade


by Emily and Mark Fagan
December 23, 2015

Replacing a worn kingpin assembly strengthens the truck-and-fifth-wheel connection and improves towing stability   We keep our one-ton diesel truck and 36-foot fifth-wheel trailer in top shape by inspecting key components on a regular basis. We check the kingpin assembly a few times a year, ensuring... Read more »

Plug That Leak


by Chris Hemer
December 2, 2015

Flat tires happen at the most inopportune times. Ideally, they should be repaired from the inside out, but in an emergency, that’s not always possible. The Stop & Go Deluxe Tire Plugger is designed for on-the-wheel repair to virtually any tubeless tire, according to the company, and it seals the... Read more »

Clear the Air


by Chris Hemer
December 2, 2015

  A good vent fan inside your trailer is important for a variety of reasons. It can keep the interior free from smoke and odor while cooking, and when kept open during storage, it can help prevent mold and mildew from forming. But for those of us who store our rigs outdoors, leaving roof vents open... Read more »

RV Tires 101


by Ken Freund
November 30, 2015

  Understanding the basics can help avoid costly blowouts and lead to safer travels Tires on tow vehicles or trailers run the gamut from passenger-car types to truck and trailer rubber — and each has its own specific design, construction and job to do. Problems with tires have become one of... Read more »

Break the Ice


by Kevin Livingston
November 2, 2015

  Getting an RV ready for winter travel will take the frost off the windows, holding tanks and plumbing fixtures The temperature has dropped dramatically, flakes are falling, and the moisture in the air is far more prevalent. All of these elements point a giant arrow at Old Man Winter and another... Read more »

Up Close and Personal


by Bill and Jenn Gehr
September 30, 2015

  Taking time at the end of the travel season to check all the components in an RV can make or break future trips   Planning a post-summer evaluation of your RV’s structure and systems is a critical step to ensure longevity — and that the RV will be ready to go when pulled out of storage.... Read more »

Cover to Cover


by Kristopher Bunker
September 30, 2015

RV covers come in all shapes, sizes and materials to protect every type of rig from the damaging effects of weather In a perfect world, we could all live in our RVs full time, roaming from RV park to RV park. However, in the real world, many times that’s simply not possible, as work, funds, family... Read more »

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