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I wanted to create a group where we can share tips and tools that help make every trip and hook-up easy and quick so we can get started with the adventure and relaxation!

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  • James Berg
    James Berg:
    Hi. I have a '95 Fleetwood Southwind, Chevy Chassis. When I travel about 2-3 miles everything seems fine - then, suddenly, the vehicle locks up. It cools down and in about 30 minutes I can move again. Then it happens all over again. The brakes are only a...  more
    • July 14
    • James Berg
      David & Leslie "The vehicle locks up" meaning the engine quits, the transmission drops out of gear, the brakes go on,...?  Have you checked the oil levels in the engine, transmission, etc.?  Does the RV have air brakes?  If so, is there an air leak? ...  more
      • July 14
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      • James Berg
        James Berg Here is what I mean:  I'm on the interstate and the engine and the transmission are running fine - all of the sudden, I can't accelerate.  The RV comes to a slow stop and I have to pull over.  I can back up but not go forward.  As I sa...  more
        • July 14
      • James Berg
        David & Leslie From your more detailed explanation, my guess is you have a transmission problem.  Another thought might be a derating engine due to an engine issue.  Can you access the error codes, if any, that the engine or transmission may be generating?&nbs...  more
        • July 14
      • James Berg
        Tom&Laura Sounds alot different from what you said before , It either Electrical or Fuel. By electric I mean like a coil overheating ,or fuel could be a vapor lock from a heat issure or dirty.I would change the fuel filter and go from there.
    • James Berg
      Tom&Laura I would make sure the Emergency Brake isn't draging getting hot. Is it locking the Brakes to where you can't move??? , See if you can Backe up when this happens and check the temperature of all wheels ...
      • July 14
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      • James Berg
        James Berg I believe that the emergency brake is not locking up.  Yes, I can back up.  I will check the temperature of all wheels the next time I take it out to try again.  Thanks for your reply.
        • July 14
    • James Berg
      Benji Pull the dipstick on the transmission when it's hot, if it smells "burnt" it's the transmission.
      • July 14
    • James Berg
      Hoffie On my old Pace Arrow (96) the emergency brake was on the drive shaft and is solenoid operated. It was a drum style brake which was operated by a hydraulic cylinder. Had the solenoid lock up and could not move the vehicle - except sluggishly in reverse. Su...  more
      • July 15
  • Runaway parents
    Runaway parents:
    Haven't ng a problem with water coming in around outside shower and kitchen window when it rains. Called the dealer where purchased (still under warranty). Was told it was our responsibility to seal. Called Jayco and they were no help either. Any sugge...  more
    • July 12
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      SGM & Mrs G Under warranty??? let it sit in front of their shop with a lemon sign on it Hide 1 Reply
      • Runaway parents
        Runaway parents Their dealership is under construction, can not even get to their shop now without getting stuck in the mud.
        • July 13
    • Runaway parents
      David & Leslie I use clear Lexel.  It looks and acts like silicone but lasts much longer and doesn't get milky looking.  Lexel can be purchased at Ace Hardware stores for about $7 per squeeze tube.  Home Depot also has a very similar product - looks and a...  more
    • Runaway parents
      Ken W. Dicor products are most often recommended for RVs. They have products for horizontal and vertical surfaces.
      If it was mine, I would pursue the warranty issue.
    • Runaway parents
      Benji That Sucks! In a pinch Home Depot has a tube sealant the brand is called Henry's. The company makes great products as I've used different things but never the sealant. An RV tech told me about it.
    • Runaway parents
      Bandit455 If this unit is a new(er) unit, still covered by manufacturer’s warranty with documents to back it up, your first step is to secure it to prevent damage from the water intrusion. Your second should be to email their factory customer service dept outlining...  more Hide 2 Replies
      • Runaway parents
        Runaway parents I called customer service for Jayco, advised them of our problem with the dealer. They advised me they could not control what the dealers do or not do. I advised her I would be contacting the better business bureau and would never recommend or purchase a...  more
        • July 14
      • Runaway parents
        Benji There's no industry standard or overseer like the automotive industry. You'd think the RV industry would do a better job policing itself considering the growth has been almost 40%in the last three years alone.
  • Rudi schaffner
    Rudi schaffner:
    looking for someone that can repair electric window shades in seattle area
    • July 12
    • Rudi schaffner
      Corkey and Hallie I cleaned mine with alcohol, applied good aluminum tape and a good coat of white flexseal in the can. Next time I will try the new flextape.
    • Rudi schaffner
      Rudi schaffner thank you
      • July 14
  • M&M R and Sadie too!
    M&M R and Sadie too!:
    While cleaning my EPDM roof recently, I found a few small holes/tears along the passenger side of the trailer. I'm guessing a tree branch or something caught it on our last outing.
    I am planning on using Dicor Lap Sealant to get it fixed up as quickly a...  more
    • July 5
    • M&M R and Sadie too!
      Gary and Luann i have used the Estabond tape on my last trailer. I filled in any cracks with Dicor lap sealer the covered all the seams with the Estabond tape. was still looking good 2 years later I when I sold the trailer. I will be doing the same to my new tt this fal...  more
    • M&M R and Sadie too!
      Jim & Sharon Ham I have used Eternalbond tape and had good results.  I purchased a spray can of the primer and that seemed to seal down the edges a bit better than without.  I have used Duck Coat and Kool Seal EPDM elastromeric roof coatings and they worked well...  more
    • M&M R and Sadie too!
      M&M R and Sadie too! Thank you for the comments.  I've ordered the Eternabond tape.  Still deciding what I want to do about the sealant. Hopefully somebody with Dicor Coating System will share their opinions.
      • July 6
    • M&M R and Sadie too!
      Corkey and Hallie I cleaned mine with alcohol, applied good aluminum tape and a good coat of white flexseal in the can. Next time I will try the new flextape.
      • July 14
  • Gregg & Lori
    Gregg & Lori:
    Hi All, our back up camera quit working. We live on Whidbey Island Washington and usually service the RV in Mt Vernon Wa but we have had a couple of bad experiences there and we were looking for someplace else to service the camera. Does anyone know wher...  more
    • July 1
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    • Gregg & Lori
      Hank & Shirleen We love Whitney island, but alas can’t help on your camera. 
    • Gregg & Lori
      Bernie & Carole P When our rear view camera quit working I went to a car radio shop and they disconnected the feed from the camera to the control box and plugged directly to the monitor and now I have rear view camera only without the side cameras and all the switching whe...  more
    • Gregg & Lori
      Corvallis Campers Looks as if issue is resolved. We just today arrived at NAS Whidbey for a week's visit. Beautiful vistas but just a tad cool with a chilly breeze (63) blowing in from the sound.
      • July 1
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      • Gregg & Lori
        Gregg & Lori Hopefully you will stay long enough to experience the area while the weather is better. Welcome!
        • July 2
    • Gregg & Lori
      Guy & Zita Pryor http://www.jrsrvrepair.com/  JR's RV Repair & Rebuild is located at 1162 State Route 20 in  Sedro-Woolley, WA. I have used JR's a coupel of times vary happy with service
      • July 1
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  • Benji
    Benji:
    Does anyone know definitely whether or not rv's use an isolated ground on the 120 volt side of the power supply?
    • June 29
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    • Benji
      Barry & Millie-Ambassadors No they dont
    • Benji
      Wncol As Barry & Millie said,  no.   But it is safe to do so.  But if you do combine the two, you will pop the gfci on the 20 amp Campground gfci outlet.   With that said.  Basically, you wire the 120 volt distribution panel in your rv ...  more
      • June 29
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      • Benji
        Benji That's what I did, as usual, second guessing myself.
  • Andy H
    Andy H:
    Has anyone recently traveled Yellowstone NP from the Northwest entrance to to the South entrance with a class A and toad?? I hear there is major road construction bun the Northwest entrance..... will be using that route (if open) in the next three days.
    • June 29
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    • Andy H
      Jim and Carol Ann There are two roads at that entrance to get to the south entrance. The right road at the fork should be open. It was under construction last fall.
      • June 29
    • Andy H
      John & Terrie As mentioned, there are two ways to go from the North entrance to the South entrance. The road down the West side of the park past Norris junction, Madison junction and Old Faithful is the route with most of the road construction but is also the shortest....  more
  • Rudi schaffner
    Rudi schaffner:
    Looking to buy a left front automation electric shade. or find somebody that repairs them in Seattle area
    • June 28
  • Brenda Jones
    Brenda Jones:
    Hi guys! My (new to me) older rig needs a facelift (like replacing the floor and curtains, redoing the upholstery), and I would like attempt it on my own. I've seen lots of great ideas on various blogs and photos on pinterest. I've got the inspiration! So...  more
    • June 22
    • Brenda Jones
      Barbara & Byron If you don't already own one, a cordless power drill/screwdriver is almost required for doing the floor(and a lot of other jobs).  But doing the floor is a major job, unless you just do the exposed areas.  And that is just overlaying.  If y...  more
    • Brenda Jones
      Jim & Sharon Ham Congrats on your start to a new adventure.  Most of the common building materials found in any large home improvement store will work in an RV.  Interiors colors seem to date an RV more than the exterior.skin design.  Menards, Home Depot, L...  more
      • June 22
    • Brenda Jones
      Benji Start with some little projects they seem to grow into bigger than expected. Tools wise, buy Stanley, Makita, Milwaukee well made but reasonably priced for what you'll do. As a pro in the construction industry a 12 volt battery drill will do everything yo...  more
      • June 22
    • Brenda Jones
      Barbara & Byron https://www.sewcanshe.com/blog/2015/7/21/my-pop-up-sewing-project-cushion-deconstruction

      This popped on my facebook and I thought about you.
      • June 23
    • Brenda Jones
      MaxAndSusan I would add a battery oscillating multi-tool to the list of really helpful tools., not cheap but useful for weird cramped spaces that need sanding or cutting.  Also a ratcheting screw driver with a bunch of tips is really helpful.   This an...  more
      • July 7
  • Linda and Gary Schultz
    Linda and Gary Schultz:
    Ok, folks! We need your help.....we went over to get our RV out of where we store it for an upcoming trip and whenever my husband would press the drive or reverse button to move the RV, it blows a 10 amp fuse. Then it doesn't move. We tried replacing t...  more
    • June 21
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    • Linda and Gary Schultz
      Norm and Ann yes are the jacks up, battery charged, 
    • Linda and Gary Schultz
      Paul & Doris Cunningham What is the circuit label for the 10A fuse.  Have you called the manufacturer to see if they can help.  Also try Freightliner to see what they have to say.  If you downloaded the schematics for your rig, have you followed the circuit to see...  more Hide 1 Reply
      • Linda and Gary Schultz
        Ross & Melanie When we had that problem there wss a shorted solenoid in the transmission. We had a warranty and replaced with factory rebuilt with 36 month or 36,000 miles whichever comes first. Other than a week delay, cost to us was less than $100.
    • Linda and Gary Schultz
      Windychic Any chance rodents may have chewed some wires? Hide 1 Reply
    • Linda and Gary Schultz
      Linda and Gary Schultz Update:  When we replace the fuse and try to put it in drive to move it, before the fuse blows, we do have a lit panel indicating things are ready to initiate forward or backward movement.  Unfortunately, when we then press D, the fuse blows. &n...  more
      • June 22
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      • Linda and Gary Schultz
        Paul & Kay Legare Not to be a jerk, but what happens when you press R? Still blowing a fuse?
        • June 22
    • Linda and Gary Schultz
      Linda and Gary Schultz Yes, no matter what button we push, it does the same thing.
      • June 23