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stranded travelers simply need operational
guidance,” says Cipres. “For example, when
trying to level their RV, some owners unknowingly ‘dump the air’ in the suspension, causing
Reviewing the owner’s manual and checking system operation prior to use will help
travelers avoid this problem.
Third on the list is batteries. Ensure they
are well maintained—even new ones. If the
RV is in storage or at an RV park, charge the
engine battery every seven to 10 days by
running the engine for an hour. If the RV is
plugged into shore power, the house battery
charges automatically, but check the water
level weekly at a minimum. If power problems begin at a campground, question the
reliability of the shore power connection.
Slide rooms and leveling systems
Twenty-four percent of calls surveyed
reveal the most common “house” issues are
slide rooms and leveling systems that fail to
retract. Many times they stick from non-use.
Avoid getting stuck during vacation, and
test slide rooms beforehand to ensure they
are in good working order, especially if the
RV has been stored.
Fifth on the list of concerns is overload of
the alternating current (AC) 110-volt electrical system. RVs are rated to operate harmoniously with the appliances outfitting them. Be
careful about adding big amp draws, such as a
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air conditioner probably is the largest power
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connected to a home wall outlet.
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