Why Doesn’t My RV Water Heater Work?

This is the face of a suburban water heater, available at Westland Camping

This is the face of a suburban water heater, available at Westland Camping

RV water heaters are fairly simple appliances.  they are basically a large metal bucket that has a burner chamber running through it, that when the water heater is… well… heating, the lp flame jets into the chamber and the water in the tank heats up.

Fancier water heaters also run on 110v electric as well, which is nice because it doesn’t use any of your lp, and the cost of electric is already in the cost of your site. I want to discuss some common water heater problems and solutions that we see on a weekly basis, to help you get on the road faster and cheaper. Continue reading

How Do I Manually Operate My Slide Out?

manual slide out crank

manual slide out crank

Though we don’t see very many problems with today’s slide outs, occasionally problems can occur.  Situations where you have no power, or your battery is dead for example.

One of the most common questions we are asked is how to manually operate slide outs.  Here is a helpful video I found that covers this question.  Though this happens to be a Lippert slide out, most slide outs operate in approximately the same way.  Make sure you read your owners manual, or talk to your dealer or manufacturer for specifics on your RV.

RV Slide Out Maintenance Video

2013 FOREST RIVER FLAGSTAFF 8528 RLWS

2013 FOREST RIVER FLAGSTAFF 8528 RLWS

Most travel trailers and fifth wheels being produced today have some sort of slide out.  Some are small wardrobe-only slide, and some are the “Super Slides” that run a significant length of the side of the trailer.  In all of these cases, some sort of maintenance will be involved.  Here is a short little video about how to maintain and lubricate your slide system.