If you have an electrical power failure be sure to check the main power switch usually located near the house entry door. If the main power switch is ‘ON’ check breaker switches and or fuses that may apply, located inside or outside of the RV. Breaker switch will shut off automatically if it becomes overloaded with air conditioners and appliances. If you have difficulty locating breakers, the owner’s manuals will help you to locate them.
When loading, don’t create road-handling problems by concentrating heavy items on one side, or at the real overhead. Items stored in the overhead cabinets, especially heaver objects, can fly out in a panic stop or collision. It is a good idea to place any bottles that may break and spill liquid inside a plastic bin.
When Backing Up
Always have someone at the rear of the RV to check for clearance. There can always be an object such as a short post that would be impossible to see from the side mirrors and much damage results when the bumper is caught on such items. When you take your RV into boondocks areas for hunting or fishing, always point the vehicle headed out toward the road. Then, should an emergency require quick departure, you lost no time maneuvering to turn the vehicle around, or risk getting bogged down or backing off the road into a ditch in the darkness.
Emergency Roof Exits
Are to be opened only in the event of an emergency. They are easily cracked if not opened properly and closed in the same manner.
Lock Outside Doors and Compartments
All outside access doors to outside compartments are to be locked, latched or secured to prevent any lost items stored inside them.
Locking Entry Door
Lock entry door from inside before traveling. The door can come open while moving and do damage to the door as well as the RV.
Secure Refrigerator Door
If food or bottles are not stored properly in the refrigerator, upon opening after traveling they will fall out and possibly stain the flooring.
Don’t Take your RV Off Road
This is not an off-road vehicle. If you take it off-road, you stand to lose considerable money in repair bills.
What to do if…
Water backs up into the shower
The holding tank for waste-water from shower and sinks is probably full. If you are not near a dumping station, you can run excess water into a large pail placed beneath the waste-water (not the sewage) outlet while at a campground. But before you leave the campground, carry the pail to an emptying facility. Because some campers have spoiled campsites by pouring waste-water on them, some states outlaw use of the open pail for this purpose.
Year hear a motor cutting off and on all night
It is probably the water pump, installed in many RV’s to pressurize the water system. Turn off the switch, and make sure all faucets are turned off.
You have a flat tire
Call in a pro with a strong back and good equipment. They can jack up the vehicle and handle the heavy wheels easily.
You turn on the faucet and water sputters out
It is probably caused by air in the water tank or lines. Turn on the water pump and open a faucet and let it run to clear the air from the lines. Make sure you do not run the water tank empty with the pump on, this could cause air in the lines and burn out the water pump.
We have a variety of RV’s and every one is different in some respect. If the above hints do not apply to your particular rental, then check the manual for further details and information.