RV Clinic June 2015

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 »

No Compromise Performance

by Kevin Livingston
September 10, 2015

  A trio of kits from BD Diesel Performance keep the fuel at optimum pressure and protect injectors for maximum gains when adding power-enhancement products BD’s Flow-MaX V3 Lift Pump and Fuel Filter kits are packaged with all the hardware and small parts for installation by seasoned do-it-yourselfers. As... Read more »

Bearings and Brakes and Dirt, Oh My!

by Chris Hemer
August 31, 2015

  Keeping the bottom side of a trailer properly maintained will lead to good times down the road   Trailer maintenance and good times go hand in hand. This statement may sound odd from the outset, but it’s true. Properly maintaining your trailer means that your family vacations won’t... Read more »

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