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Moisture & Your RV- How to Keep it out: Putting a Tarp on your RV is the WORST thing that you can do! Why? It traps moisture against the surface of the roof. This can cause ROT. What should you do? If you do not have access to a dry, covered place to store your RV, then use a BREATHABLE, WATER RESISTANT cover specifically designed for your RV. Helpful Products: Vent Covers (Max Air, etc.) allow you to keep your vent lids open, to allow air to circulate (ventilate) during the Winter months. Products that remove moisture from the interior air also help. “Damp Rid, Dri Z Air are some trade names. Use 1 unit for every 10-12 feet of RV length. These units should be checked regularly and the collected liquid drained (DO NOT POUR DOWN YOUR SINK) Don’t forget to fill up the pellets again. If you have access to 110 volt (shore) power while storing your RV, then use a “STOR DRY”. It is a fan & heater combined into one unit that uses very little power. If you will be using your RV in the winter, remember that: Burning Propane gives off water vapour as a by-product. Good Ventilation is a MUST! Hot water freezes up to 5 times faster than cold water. Water freezes faster in smaller areas (toilet valves, pipes, fittings).
You went through your pre-storage checklist and made sure all breakers and lights were off but your batteries are still DOA. You even plugged in the RV and charged the battery for a few days to make sure it was topped up before storage. What’s going on? Almost every RV has some sort of parasitic current draw on the 12-volt electrical system. The most likely offenders are the LP gas detector, the refrigerator, and the radio. Even an inverter, although switched off, can have a small current draw. Over time, these seemingly harmless draws can eventually bring even the largest of battery banks to their capacity death. A simple device called a battery cut off switch will prevent this from happening. Battery switches come in a variety of sizes and functions. There is the simple cut off switch that goes in between the positive connection to the battery and the battery itself. One type has a removable key that is turned to break the connection and you can take the key with you. This prevents someone from maliciously switching back on your power when say; your RV is in storage.
Keep in mind that every RV roof, regardless of material used needs the following RV roof maintenance: 1.Inspect the Roof – Look for weak seams, cuts in the RV roof, and degrading sealants to repair. 2. Preparation is Key – Make sure your RV roof is clear of debris, dust and that is is dry before beginning work on it. 3. Use the Right Products – Using the right cleaners, sealants, and materials for the RV roof type you have. Particularly important on EPDM and TPO (rubber RV roof). 4. Follow the Direction on the Products you Choose to Use – Give them time to cure, set, dry, etc 5. While performing RV Roof Maintenance… – Be sure to lookover your skylights, AC unit, vents, and ladder as they can also attract mold, dirt and get cracked. Don’t seal around your AC unit in most cases, it may disrupt the condensation drainage system and push that water inside your RV.
How To Keep Mice Away (…And Other Rodents Too) Travco has come to the conclusion that there is no one thing you can do to eliminate the problem completely. It takes a multiple front attack to make much of a difference when you have a rodent infestation inside your RV. These are the tools we use in my war on critters: • Mouse traps – Baited with either cheese or peanut butter, the standard mouse trap has been very effective. • Rat traps – These are large enough to take out a good sized squirrel. Squirrels are the most destructive of winter pests, they will do a lot of damage in their quest to build the perfect nest. • Ultrasonic rodent repellers – makes a high frequency pitch needs batteries or 110v power. • Mothballs –place small bowls of them throughout the motorhome — on the bed, in corners along the floor and countertops, etc. • Fresh Cab scent pouches– All natural no smell of moth balls or poisons. 3 month average life. Sells at Travco with good feedback $32.99
When to check your RV or trailer tire pressure: • Before and after storing your vehicle • On long trips, every morning • On short trips, before you leave and when you return home • At least once per month while the vehicle is in storage
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RV SPRING CHECK LIST 1. Battery Test & Check: Check the water level (if applicable) Using a Battery Hydrometer, test the battery cells. Check for any corrosion at terminals. Book an appointment for a “LOAD TEST”. 2. Tire Check: Check tire pressure, don't forget the spare tire. Is there a valve cap on all wheels? Examine tires for splits, cracks. 3. Wheel Bearing/Brake Check: Book an appointment. 4. Running Lights: Test operation, & clean lenses. 5. Locks/Stabilizers: Lube all locks/stabilizers using “ MOOVIT” $15.95 6. Water Heater: Flush out tank using the”TANK SAVER FLUSHING TOOL” $19.99 Check the condition of your Anode Rod or Drain Plug 7. Fresh Water Tank: Freshen water system with “TANK FRESH” $16.99 Sanitize water system with “THETFORD WATER SANITIZER” $24.95 8. Slide-Out: Lubricate hardware using “PROTECT ALL SLIDE OUT DRY LUBE” $27.99. Lubricate rubber seals using “THETFORD SLIDE OUT RUBBER SEAL CONDITIONER” $20.99 9. Propane System: Book RV in for a “LEAK TEST & LIGHT APPLIANCES” 10. Awning: Wash awning with “THETFORD AWNING CLEANER” $11.99 11. Exterior Seals: Check for cracking, bubbles & lifting. 12. Exterior: Wash RV with “TRAILER GLITTER RV WASH” $8.99 “THETFORD RV WASH &WAX” $10.99
Don't Forget The Rubber Roof Seams And Seals Keep in mind that more than simply the integrity of the roof material needs to be inspected. All seams are a potential source of leaks. The area where the rubber roof meets the front and rear edges of the roof is probably covered with a sealing caulk. Around any items such as sewer vents, refrigerator vents or ventilation covers, a sealing caulk has been applied to prevent water infiltration. A self-leveling sealant is commonly used for sealing over all roof joints. Dicor is one of the best. It comes out of the tube rather runny, settles over the whole seam area, then sets up to a long lasting hard rubber consistency that will protect the area from water. Over time, as the caulking material ages, cracks can develop. By inspecting all seams every year, you can catch this cracking before it gets deep enough to cause a leak. A simple touch-up with a tube of sealer will assure no water gets into the structure. Rubber roofs have proven to be an easily maintained long-lasting roof system. With a history of over 20 years of successful use, you will find rubber roofs on practically all RVs today. Their durability and the ease with which they are repaired will assure that rubber roofs will continue to play a vital role in the RV industry for many years to come