There are many things to learn about and take care of in an RV. You can do it! RVillage members are happy to show you how.
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Caring for an RV is similar to a stationary house—only much smaller. You'll have many of the usual appliances, and some very different RV components to learn about. Plus, it moves! Living/traveling in an RV has been described as constantly putting your home through a hurricane and an earthquake. Shake, rattle & roll! The result? A need for continual vigilance and staying on top of the upkeep. Checking, fastening down & tightening things all the time, as well as routine maintenance and care.
Gas Furnace won't start up? See some trouble-shooting ideas here.
Water heater not staying on? Possible solutions here.
Refrigerator not running? View RVillagers helpful suggestions.
Related post: RV Refrigerators
Replacing “house” batteries
Electrical outlets suddenly quit working? It might be caused by this.
Can you run the on-board generator in a motorhome while driving around? See the answer here.
Related post: RV Electricity
Do hydraulic levelers need any special care when deployed to extended periods? See RVillagers helpful responses here.
See care suggestions here and add your own tips!
What are some possible causes of a leaky slide?
RV Roof care
See LOTS of recommendations for this very important task.
Tanks & water systems
Your RV has its very own municipal water supply and sewer system that you are responsible for—and RVers just love to share their dump station stories around the campfire! You'll probably have at least one tale to add, and it helps to have a sense of humor about these things.
Even if you don't drink the water out of your fresh water tank, it helps to have at least a basic filter to prevent sedimentation build-up in your tanks and lines. RVillagers share about their favorite water filters. Add yours!
How do you sanitize the fresh water system? Helpful advice here.
Dumping & flushing tanks
Scroll down this discussion to see how to find dump stations.
More than you'll ever need to know about emptying and cleaning black tanks.
What's a “Blue Boy?" And a macerator? Experienced RVillagers discuss all that here.
LOTS of suggestions on clearing a gray tank of kitchen sludge.
Winterizing your rig
Storing, living in or traveling with your RV during the winter? This post covers it all: Getting you & your RV winterized—it's not just about the pink stuff!
So many helpful tips for cleaning black streaks, windows, and more.
Routine maintenance/repairs on the engine and chassis.
Apparently, there are differing perspectives on annual checks, etc. View & add to this discussion.
Browse businesses in the RVillage marketplace to find repair and service centers recommended by fellow RVillagers.
Or submit a business you're satisfied with, so your fellow travelers can easily find them when needed en-route!
Join these RVillage groups to ask questions and learn, or offer your expert tips!
- Handy RV Tools and tips
- Routine Maintenance
- RV Education 101
- Why Didn't I Think of That? Tips and Tricks
- Ford Motorhome Group
- Fix It Yourself - pre 2000 Vintage
Disclaimer: The information gathered here is compiled from the posts and opinions of RVillagers, and not of RVillage itself. RVillage assumes no responsibility for any inaccuracies or omissions.
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