33 Technical Points Of Interest For The RVer (In No Particular Order)

By Gary Motley

Master Certified RV Technician

It is always tough to come up with a subject, I enjoy writing these articles once I decide on a subject. I have chosen to write on a variety of points (in no particular order). Most of these are a result of someone not being aware of these statements. Some, for sure, will be real elementary and none are real long and detailed. They are simply to make your RV experience a little more enjoyable. There is more detail to some of these tidbits on other articles at

1. If you have a Norcold refrigerator, you should contact your dealer to find out if your refrigerator is under a safety recall. You will need the model number and serial number.

2. Atwood DSI water heaters now have an adjustable thermostat available from Atwood.

3. Both major manufacturers of water heaters have bulletins out warning against after market heating elements.

4. Altitude and heat adversely affect the efficiency of generators.

5. When cleaning a rubber roof, any cleaner with petroleum distillates or citrus products can damage the roof.

6. Marshall Brass now has available an add-on warning light for automatic changeover regulator systems when one bottle goes empty.

7. As a safety precaution, you should unhook the remote start plug at your Genset when storing your RV.

8. Contrary to what you may hear, use only distilled water in your Wet Cell batteries.

9. Keep the top of your batteries clean. A dirty battery top can help discharge the battery.

10. Turning your refrigerator on the side, upside down or whatever is at best a stop gap temporary fix sometimes for an ailing refrigerator.

11. If you ever smell ammonia from your refrigerator, your cooling unit is bad and it must be replaced.

12. Low propane levels and low temperatures can cause your propane appliances to work at less than peak efficiency. If you intend to use your propane heater in really cold weather, keep your propane container as full as possible.

13. Covering your RV with a tarp can trap moisture and condensation inside your RV, resulting in the possible formation of molds and mildews .

14. When unhooking your toad from your Blue Ox towbar, be sure to set the park brake first.

15. A beeping propane detector can also be an indication of a low battery.

16. Before starting your refrigerator, check for bird and rodent nests. I have seen failure to do so create fires in the back of the refrigerator.

17. You should inspect all the sealants on your RV a minimum of every six (6) months. Check for cracks, voids, gaps, breaks, looseness or any sign of physical deterioration.

18. Do not use silicone sealants on rubber roofs. Use self-leveling lap sealant.

19. Never permanently screw shut the escape portion of any RV window, door or roof vent.

20. The major axle manufacturers for towable RV¹s recommend packing the wheel bearings at six (6) months or 6,000 miles for one manufacturer and 12 months, 12,000 miles for another.

21. Always unhook your batteries when electric welding on an RV.

22. Using too small or too long of an AC electric cord can pose a safety hazard as well as eventually burn up your appliances. (The air conditioner is generally the appliance that is most damaged.)

23. Before using your slide, check your clearances.

24. Test your GFCI circuits monthly.

25. Purchase and use a 110V Volt Meter. 105V is the minimum and 132V is the maximum one should have.

26. Before you rely totally on your 110V Volt Meter, be sure it is accurate.

27. Before each use of your RV, check all your brake lights, turn signals, clearance lights, etc. The same goes for your toad.

28. It is a good idea to take an inventory of the fuses and light bulbs in your RV and develop a stock of spares.

29. You should have your propane system checked out yearly for correct operations and no leaks.

30. Never turn your 120VAC heating element on when there is no water in the tank of your water heater.

31. Keep the return air filter clean on your air conditioner.

32. Keep the contact fingers on your shoreline plug-in cord clean and bright.

33. Never use your trailer jacks, landing gear jacks or leveling jacks to change a flat.

For further safety information there is now a nonprofit organization dedicated to the safe use of your RV.

The RV Safety & Education Foundation is a nonprofit organization with its principle place of business in Merritt Island, Florida. It is dedicated to the improvement of recreation vehicle safety, with a focus on consumer education. The organization is tax exempt under Internal Revenue Section 510(C) (3). RVSEF began as A’ Weigh We Go (AWWG) in 1993 as an RV weighing program, including seminars on RV Weight and Tire safety.

RVSEF, as was AWWG, is not a consumer, nor industry “advocate” program. But rather a “safety advocate” program. RVSEF does not rate, endorse, or criticize products or services. It does not get in involved in disputes between RV owners and their dealers or manufacturers. It does not teach or publish opinions that cannot be validated, but sticks to the facts.

Today RVSEF brings safety education to over 100,000 RVers and RV enthusiast annually, through seminars at over 100 RV rallies, dealer shows and industry events as well as life on wheels education conferences.

RVSEF exist solely through industry support. the supporters are sincerely interested in the safety and welfare of the RVing public as well as the health of the RV industry. Visit our "supporter" page for more information on the companies.

For more information please visit WWW.RVSAFETY.COM.

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