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Mark My Phrases: December – Storage Points, Tank Screens, Batteries and a Troublesome Air Conditioner

Mark My Words - Easy Fixes to Common RV Problems - Mark NemethHello, People. I hope you all had a merry Christmas and are wanting ahead to a New Yr of RVing! Hold these questions coming!

Hello, Mark,

We’re new to RVing and reside in Northern Michigan the place we get plenty of lake impact snow.  We retailer our fifth-wheel camper outdoors at a storage facility.  How a lot snow can a 30-ft. journey trailer deal with on the roof through the winter?  We seen a number of RV sellers within the space that retailer their stock outdoors, however I don’t know in the event that they periodically take away the snow from the roofs. Thanks, Al

Hello, Al,

I bumped into this after I stored my RV in Tehachapi, CA. The typical RV roof can in all probability tolerate 10-20 lbs per sq. foot of snow load, and that equates to about 6” to 12” of moist, heavy snow. Each time the snow accumulation on my camper approached 12”, I shoveled it off. In case your RV roof feels fairly robust if you stroll round on it, chances are you’ll be OK with permitting extra accumulation, but it surely’s a threat I wouldn’t take. You’ll be able to cope with the issue in numerous methods: The most effective reply (in fact) is to search out coated storage for the winter months, however not everybody can afford that. Some of us merely maintain a heater working contained in the RV, which can assist soften off the snow because it accumulates, however that may be costly and requires an influence supply. Others have used shoring contained in the rig to assist the roof, sometimes 2×four and a couple of×6 lumber, however that’s no assure that the roof gained’t be broken anyway. The ultimate possibility is to manually take away the snow accumulation each time it approaches a harmful depth. Check out this Equal Snow Load desk. Chances are you’ll be shocked at how a lot that white fluffy stuff can weigh!

Hello, Mark:

I’ve a 2004 Cedar Creek 5th-wheel with four slideouts.  They’re hydraulic slide outs and I’ve a sluggish leak.  My guide says to make use of computerized transmission fluid if I’ve so as to add any oil to the system.  The opposite day I grabbed the flawed bottle and stuffed them up with 30-weight motor oil.  I needed to shut the trailer so I attempted them and it closed OK. Ought to I attempt to flush this out, or will or not it’s OK? If essential to flush, may you advocate the right means to do that? Thanks, Murray

Hello, Murray,

How a lot oil are we speaking about right here? Did you add a number of ounces to prime off the reservoir, or a quart or extra? In my view, in case you solely added a small quantity of 30-Wt., it in all probability won’t be an enormous downside to depart it in there. If the amount was quite a lot of ounces, you actually ought to contemplate draining the system and refilling it with the right oil. If you are at it, it’s worthwhile to repair that leak! A leaky seal is just going to worsen and may trigger injury to different elements. Once you take it to a service facility to get the leak mounted, have them drain and flush your complete system and put in new fluid on the identical time.


My RV had an under-counter water filter.  The chilly water circulate to the sink began to sluggish significantly so I assumed the filter wanted to get replaced.  The price to exchange it was round $40 minimal.  Since I take advantage of an out of doors filter additionally, I made a decision to remove the under-counter filter.  I did this simply by getting a brief size of tubing and fittings.  Now the water circulate is again to regular.  Is there any motive I shouldn’t have eradicated this filter?


Hello, Ray,

Eradicating that filter shouldn’t trigger you any issues. Some RVers choose to filter all of the water that comes into their RV, and that makes the extra filter on the sink considerably superfluous. For those who ought to resolve later that you simply nonetheless desire a water filter on the sink, you may at all times set up a residential-style water filter and make the most of the less-expensive substitute cartridges. Right here’s an instance of what I’m referring to:

Substitute cartridges for these filter housings are within the $10 – $15 vary.


I’d like to start out staying in my mini-van at RV parks. I’ve pulled the again seats out for a sleeping space.  What different gear would I want or can be allowed in a typical RV park? Do I want a conveyable bathroom and privateness shelter? Would most RV parks enable me to arrange a folding kitchen desk for cooking on a propane range, or would these items solely be allowed in an RV park that has tent websites? Thanks, Jordan

Hello, Jordan,

Anytime you might be utilizing a conversion car as an RV, chances are you’ll encounter some minor issues with acceptance. With regards to a passenger car or utility trailer that has been transformed to RV use, you may anticipate to be turned away from some parks that cater solely to RVs. I believe a superb rule of thumb can be to anticipate high-end RV resorts to be lower than thrilled along with your camper. However, most campgrounds that provide websites for vacationers and tent campers would in all probability be snug along with your van. There shall be exceptions, however I believe you’ll discover that extra rustic campgrounds, moderately than RV parks, shall be your finest guess. In most campgrounds, you must be capable of use their bathroom and bathe services, so that you wouldn’t have to hold a conveyable bathroom. Cooking outdoors is frequent at campgrounds, so I wouldn’t anticipate any issues there.

Hello, Mark, 

I’ve a Jayco Eagle class-C motor residence. I’m having issues with the generator. It’s an Onan Emerald Plus mannequin: 4BGEFA26100. I wish to take away it from the motor residence to have it labored on. Are you able to inform me how or even when this may be accomplished? It’s a large inconvenience to take the motor residence to a restore facility to have it checked out. Thanks, Ray

Hello, Ray,

That generator weighs about 200 lbs., so it’s no straightforward process to take away it. Some producers who set up the generator present for a approach to drop the generator out from beneath the rig. Have a look and see if the body that the generator attaches to is designed to permit the entire thing to be lowered as a unit. Whether it is, it will likely be doable, however extraordinarily tough and harmful, to make use of jacks to decrease the unit. I don’t advocate it. If the generator is mounted in a compartment and have to be eliminated horizontally, there’s actually no means for the typical shade-tree mechanic to soundly take away it. In all circumstances, it’s worthwhile to have entry to a forklift or specialised lifting gear to soundly take away and reinstall most RV mills. Given the extent of issue concerned, it should in all probability be finest to chunk the bullet and take the RV to a Cummins/Onan service facility.

Hello, Mark,
Are you able to inform me why our contemporary water smells like rotten eggs and what we are able to do to assist with the odor? Thanks, Kathi

Hello, Kathi,

You will have some bacterial progress or some buildup of odor-causing compounds within the tank. The easiest way to repair the issue is to sanitize your water tank and plumbing system. You need to sanitize the system anytime it has been unused for an prolonged time frame, like a number of months, or in case you suspect that you could have gotten some icky water or discover a odor or discoloration within the water from the tank. Seasonal RVers ought to sanitize their fresh-water tank and plumbing system at first of every RVing season. To sanitize the tank and the fresh-water system, comply with your RV producer’s directions or do the next: Put together a chlorine answer in a 1-gallon jug by including 1/four cup of Clorox or Purex family bleach (5% sodium hypochlorite answer) for every 15 gallons of tank capability.  Prime off the jug with water, then pour the answer into the contemporary water tank. As soon as the bleach answer is in, fully fill the tank with contemporary water.  Activate the pump, open every faucet and let it run till your complete fresh-water system is full of the bleach/water answer. You need to be capable of odor chlorine strongly at every faucet. Enable it to face at the very least 4 hours, in a single day is healthier. Lastly, drain and flush the tank and fresh-water system with potable contemporary water.

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