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RV Lifestyle Blog

Enjoy Roadside Assistance with Coach-Net

Posted by Bill Tuttle on Tue, Aug 23, 2016 @ 08:08 AM

Many RVers don’t have any type of roadside or towing assistance program or they use the towing program offered through their insurance carrier – which provides baseline coverage.

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Tags: RV Maintenance

Identify and Prevent RV Water Damage

Posted by Bill Tuttle on Fri, Aug 12, 2016 @ 08:08 AM

Recreational vehicles live a hard life. They are continually exposed to the weather – including heavy amounts of rain, snow and ice. Plus, unlike houses, RVs face the additional stress of traveling at speeds of 55 hours per mile – or more. 

The conditions create multiple opportunities for water to sneak inside your RV and cause considerable damage. So, as an RV owner, chances are you’re going to be dealing with water leaks at some point. 

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Need to Know RV Jack Basics

Posted by Bill Tuttle on Thu, Jul 21, 2016 @ 08:07 AM

RV Jacks

Because campground sites may not be level and RV suspension systems are still active, even when parked, RV jacks are used to stabilize and level RVs. If you are shopping for an RV, pay attention to the jiggle and sway as you walk through each RV. Leveling and stabilizing your RV will add to your comfort. It’s important to level your RV so that the refrigerator will work properly and you won’t tilt to a side or end of the bed when sleeping. Even cooking is difficult when the RV isn’t level since liquids in a pan will pool to the low side of the RV.

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Tags: RV Maintenance, RV Safety Tips, RV Appliances

What You Should Know About RV Slide Outs

Posted by Bill Tuttle on Thu, Jun 16, 2016 @ 08:06 AM

RV Slide Outs

If you attend an RV show, you’ll likely feel at home in many of the RVs displayed. Slide outs add up to 20% more square footage to floor plans while removing the narrow constraints of RVs without slide outs. Many new RVs feature one to four slide outs, with each one adding to the RV sticker price. Before you buy an RV with slide outs, it’s a good idea to ask a lot of questions to better understand the slide out functionality.

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Tags: Different Types of RV, RV Maintenance

Do It Yourself (DIY) RV Pest Control

Posted by Bill Tuttle on Mon, May 23, 2016 @ 08:05 AM

Your RV home may be your castle. But, there are plenty of pests that may think it’s their castle, too, and look for an opportunity to move in.

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De-winterize your RV

Posted by Bill Tuttle on Fri, May 06, 2016 @ 08:05 AM

If you’re like most avid RVers, you look forward to warmer weather because it means more opportunities for RV travel adventures and fun. However, it’s best not to jump into this renewed activity without taking some basic precautions with your RV. De-winterizing your RV makes RV travel safer and more enjoyable.

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Taking Care of Your RV

Posted by Bill Tuttle on Mon, Mar 21, 2016 @ 08:03 AM

Purchasing an RV is a major investment, probably one of the largest investments of your life. Because you will want it to last for a long time, you will need to know how to properly maintain it.

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Resolve RV Holding Tank Woes

Posted by Bill Tuttle on Thu, Jan 14, 2016 @ 08:01 AM

Even if you feel you have taken excellent care of your RV, there may come a time when an odor or foul tasting water tries your patience. Or a time when your tank indicators may fail, showing a full tank right after you have dumped it. This false positive reading is usually due to blocked tank sensors. The first step toward solving the problem is to check your RV user guide for instructions on fixing the situation. Before proceeding on the path recommended by your RV manufacturer, it helps to understand what causes the odors or sensor failures, and ways others have prevented or fixed the problem.

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What Value do Diagnostic Scanners and Readers Provide?

Posted by Bill Tuttle on Thu, Dec 10, 2015 @ 08:12 AM

Diagnostic Scanners and Readers

Most RV drivers experience the dreaded “Check Engine” light (CEL) at some point during their travels. Diagnostic trouble codes (DTC) are designed to warn the driver about vehicle trouble, ideally before a catastrophic vehicle failure. Today’s code readers and scanners can help you understand what’s wrong with your RV or tow vehicle. You may experience a common problem, such as a loose gas cap that has caused a vacuum leak in the fuel system. A DTC may also signal a more serious problem.

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How to Winterize Your RV for Storage

Posted by Bill Tuttle on Mon, Nov 30, 2015 @ 09:11 AM

Once your RV travel season is over, it’s time to winterize your RV. This effort takes some time and energy, yet ensures that your investment is well cared for and ready to enjoy when it is time to start traveling again. If you are new to the winterization process, you will want to pull out your user manuals to make sure you follow your specific manufacturer’s instructions for your RV itself, as well as its compressor, washing machine, ice maker, etc. The information in this article will give you a guideline for RV winterization.

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Tags: RV Maintenance