Driveline Overhaul

Drivetrain

by Gary Wescott
April 2, 2014

  Proper Maintenance, Long Before Components Are Worn Out, Will Keep the Wheels Turning   It seems like everything is getting bigger these days. Trailers and fifth-wheels are longer and have more slideouts. Pickup campers and Class C motorhomes are heavier. Engines are more powerful. But there... Read more »

Refrigerator Power

Dometic Refrigerator

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 »

Trailer Storage Platform

RV Clinic

March 20, 2013

Q: I have a 33-foot Mountaineer fifth-wheel by Keystone. It has a rear kitchen with the 60-gallon fresh water tank and a gray water tank also in the rear. It also has a standard 4-inch-square steel bumper. I want to install a hitch receiver and a platform so I can carry a 4,000-watt generator that weighs... Read more »

Idling Inquiry

RV Clinic

March 19, 2013

Q: Something I’ve not seen in your column: Idling. Back when I was a kid (and there was a war going on) I remember that my dad warned me not to idle a car very long because unburned gas would bypass the rings and pollute or thin the oil. A lot of decades later I’m wondering if this still holds... Read more »

Trailer Brake Lockup Solution

RV Clinic

March 18, 2013

Q: I saw the letter from Larry Thompson in the December 2012 issue about the brakes on his SunnyBrook locking up. I had a similar issue, and it also happened after having the backing plates worked on. It turned out to be that the backing plate had not been seated properly and it was warped, causing the... Read more »

Sofa-Bed Snafu

RV Clinic

March 15, 2013

Q: I have a 2004 Forest River SV233T Surveyor expandable with a sofa bed. I bought it used in October this year. When I store the bed it does not retract fully. The left side is the problem while the right side tries to retract. It has one electric motor and a piston shaft connected to a pillow block... Read more »

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