RV Maintenance Tips and Information for the DIY

RV Maintenance Tips and Information for the DIY

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Radio Arizona RV is dedicated to bringing you helpful and informative information about RV Maintenance & Repairs for the DIY. Eric Stark is the host and he covers all aspects of maintaining an RV for the DIY. Although, even if you don’t do the maintenance yourself this podcast is still for you. Eric helps all RV owners maintain their RV and will educate you about repairs and repair costs so you are armed and dangerous. Eric will cover topics from the ground the tires sit on to the roof of an RV and explain each topic in an easy down to earth way. Eric will also cut through the nonsense that tends to dominate the internet today. Each episode is about 30 minutes and is direct and to the point! Listen Now!


74 RV Black and Gray Water Tanks Do’s and Don’ts
Oct 16 • 29 min
In episode 74 Eric does the dirty work and discusses black and grey RV water holding tanks. You’ll learn everything involved in maintaining and making sure you prevent any possible issues regarding your RV holding tanks. He explains the differences…
↓RV 110 Volt Power Cords and Adapters
Sep 17 • 29 min
In episode 73 Eric discusses RV power cords and 110-volt adapters. Eric gives a follow up to previous topics such as properly greasing and caring for your wheel bearings, and reexamines statements regarding never buying products from certain companies…
72 – Motorhome Chassis Maintenance
Aug 14 • 27 min
In episode 72 Eric dives into how to properly maintain your motorhome chassis to help prevent issues down the road. You’ll hear an update on the state of the RV industry during the covid-19 pandemic and what you should do if you need parts. Keeping…
71 – Travel & 5th Wheel Trailer Chassis Maintenance
Aug 8 • 31 min
In episode 71 Eric talks about trailer chassis maintenance, whether it’s a travel trailer, a fifth wheel, or any number of other trailers, all the principles will still apply. You’ll learn how important and helpful keeping mileage and date records will…
↓ Episode 70 – How to Buy a Generator to Use With Your RV
Jul 26 • 32 min
In episode 70 Eric let’s you know the best brands to buy from when searching for inverter style generators. Eric goes through a list of a lot of current day brands currently making inverter style generators and talks about who has been making the most…
69 – RV Hydraulic Jacks – Get Rid of the Popping Noise
Jul 17 • 28 min
In episode 69 Eric gives a definitive answer on fixing the popping noise that can happen with hydraulic leveling systems. Eric goes through each step from making sure all hydraulics are retracted, to finding your hydraulics reservoir and replacing some of…
68 – RV Toilets What You Need to Know!
Jun 29 • 30 min
In episode 68 Eric reviews the biggest names in RV toilets and what to look for to find the right toilet for you and your RV. Eric gives a COVID-19 update from the perspective of the RV parts industry and gives advice for what to do in the coming weeks…
67 RV Sunshades for Windows and Awnings
Jun 13 • 29 min
In episode 67 Eric focuses on the cost-effectiveness and benefits of owning sun shades for your RV. With hotter temperatures already arriving, blocking out the sun and heat will help make your summer all the more enjoyable. Eric also gives an update on…
66 – RV Slide Out Awnings, What You Need to Know
May 23 • 30 min
In episode 66 Eric continues where he left off from the last episode to talk more specifically about RV slide out awnings. He explains why it’s a good idea to call or talk to someone before ordering a slide-out awning, due to how easy it is to order the…
65 What You Need to Know About RV Awnings
May 16 • 29 min
In episode 65 Eric gives a comprehensive guide to everything you need to know about RV awnings. He takes a look at each of the current best companies in the RV awning business, Dometic, Solera, and Carefree of Colorado with an evaluation on how they’ve…
64 Why You Need a Micro-Air Easy Start for Your RV A/C
Apr 24 • 26 min
In episode 64 Eric discusses the Micro Air EasyStart, a product that makes an air conditioner start easier and allows it to run on a smaller generator. It’s a newer product that works well at what it does and can potentially save you the hassle of getting…
63 Do You Need an Auto Former for Low Voltage
Apr 14 • 21 min
In episode 63 Eric helps you figure out if buying a Hughes autoformer is the right choice for you and your RV. If you’ve already been considering purchasing power surge protector and have worried about possible low voltage issues, it’s definitely…
62 – RV Lithium Ion Batteries
Apr 3 • 28 min
In episode 62 Eric discusses deep cycle batteries and the comparisons with the newer lithium-ion batteries for your RV. Batteries are an often overlooked but important part of keeping your RV running the best it can for as long as it can. Eric explains…
61 – Haloview Back Up Camera Systems
Mar 13 • 30 min
In episode 61 Eric emphasizes the importance of backup camera systems and how valuable they are not just for safety while backing up but moving forward as well. Eric discusses and reviews the Haloview brand of camera systems in-depth, from functionality…
60 – It’s Time To Upgrade the RV Furniture
Mar 6 • 23 min
In episode 60 Eric gives advice on upgrading your RV’s furniture to make it feel more comfy. As a follow up to the previous episode’s question (Do you enjoy your RV?) Eric takes a closer look at how and where to find RV specific furniture that will…
↓Do You Enjoy Your RV?
Feb 21 • 15 min
Do You Enjoy Your RV? In Episode 59 Eric asks an important and often taken for granted question: Do you enjoy your RV? Listen as he takes a deep dive into ways you can improve your RV experience and make it feel more comfy and like you are at home.…
58 Electrical Problems – DIY or Take to a Service Center
Feb 13 • 27 min
Full Show Transcript: This is Eric Stark with Radio Arizona RV. It’s about six o’clock in the morning on a Thursday. It’s snowing this morning. What a better day to talk about electrical systems in RVs. And the real question is whether to take it to a…
↓Pex Water Lines and Fittings – What to Keep in Your Tool Box
Jan 24 • 26 min
This the Full Transcript of the Podcast! This is Eric Stark with Radio Arizona RV. Today’s show is episode number 57 and it is going to be about water lines and fittings and what you should keep in your RV toolbox. And so this episode is based on the…
Winegard RV TV Antenna Trouble Shooting – King Satellite Bonus
Dec 10, 2019
Winegard Transcript: Hey everybody. This is Eric Stark with Radio Arizona RV. Today’s episode is episode number 56 we’re going to be talking about Winegard TV Antennas and a little bit about King Satellite Dishes, a particular model of King satellite…
RV Power Awning 12 Volt Motor Problems
Dec 9, 2019 • 22 min
RV Maintenance Tips for the DIY! In Episode 56 I explain the importance of understanding how your Power Awning can be retracted in an emergency. The emergency is usually when you want to leave in your RV and the Power Awning won’t come in. That poses a…
The Best Water Filtration for RV’s
Nov 12, 2019 • 34 min
In Episode 54 I have Keith Bernard on the show and we discuss water filters for RV’s. Keith is an expert in this field and is the owner of Clear 2O (https://www.clear2o.com/collections/recreational-vehicle) water filters. I have not come across such a…
Go Power Solar Panels & Inverters Part 2
Oct 4, 2019 • 27 min
Episode 53 (part 2) is all About Go Power Solar and as an added bonus Mark Spillsbury from Go Power Solar is my guest. Go Power Solar has been in the RV Solar Panel game for about 23 years making Go Power one of the first Solar companies to become a main…
Go Power Solar Panels & Inverters Part 1
Oct 1, 2019 • 27 min
GO Power Solar Interview Part 1 Episode 52 (part 1) is all About Go Power Solar and as an added bonus Mark Spillsbury from Go Power Solar is my guest. Go Power Solar has been in the RV Solar Panel game for about 23 years making Go Power one of the first…
How to Get Your RV Ready for Winter Storage
Sep 26, 2019 • 24 min
Follow These Steps to Get Your RV Reay For Winter Storage In Episode 51 I go over the essential maintenance steps that every RV’er needs to do to get ready for Winter if they live where it snows and or freezes. Even if you don’t need to do an official…
↓ Making Good Purchases and Not Throwing Away Cash!
Aug 3, 2019 • 24 min
Episode 50 was produced out of frustration that companies make products that in my opinion are a dis-service to the RV Community and a frustration to the end user or the RV’er. As I said this is my opinion! The subject matter for today’s episode is a RV…
Buying a Used RV – Avoid the Pitfalls
Jul 6, 2019 • 31 min
Purchasing a used RV, Travel Trailer or 5th Wheel etc… In episode 49 I explain why it is so important to thoroughly check out an RV before purchasing regardless of how good the deal might seam to be. There are many things to check out – there are…
Leveling Trailers and Fifth Wheels
May 2, 2019 • 29 min
Hopkins Levelers Hopkins Level System Valterra Stackers Valterra Stabilizer Pads Super Dolly RV Pads In Episode 48 I dig into stabilizing pads for Trailers and Fifth Wheels and the difference between Plastic and Wood Pads for placing underneath the…
Stabilizing for 5th Wheels and Travel Trailers
Apr 20, 2019 • 29 min
Today in Episode 47 I get into the basic leveling for 5th Wheel Trailers and Travel Trailers. Most trailers come with 4 stabilizers, one in each corner of the trailer. Fifth Wheels will usually have a stabilizer in each rear corner and the landing gear in…
46- Untangling the Sewer Hose Confusion
Feb 13, 2019 • 25 min
Untangling the Confusion about RV Sewer Hoses In Episode 46 I try to untangle some of the confusion when replacing your RV Sewer Hose. The reason why the title of the podcast uses the word Untangle is due to the confusion that can happen when you go into…
45 – The What and How to Maintain Your Black Water Tank
Jan 1, 2019 • 30 min
RV Black Water Holding Tank Maintenance ↓ When it comes to maintaining your RV Black Water Holding Tank there are many opinions out there. In Episode 45 I give a little history lesson on Holding Tank Chemicals and the how they have evolved and made their…
44 – RV Deep Cycle Battery Storage
Dec 14, 2018 • 19 min
↓There can be a fair amount of confusion about the best way to store an RV Battery during the off season. In this episode I break it down to simplify the process and make some nice product recommendations along the way. In most scenarios the RV’er is…
43 – Adco and Classic RV Storage Covers
Nov 29, 2018 • 26 min
In Episode 43 I break down purchasing either an Adco or Classic RV Cover for storing your RV, Travel Trailer or Fifth Wheel in challenging climates. I am only going to spend time talking about Adco and Classic RV covers because they are mainly in the RV…
42 – How to Choose an RV Power Converter
Nov 17, 2018 • 32 min
In Episode 42 I discuss the 4 Major Brands of RV Power Converters that are commonly found in most RV’s providing power to the RV’s 12 volt system. This an interesting topic due to the similariteis of each power converter. Also, all 4 brands boast great…
41 – Everyday Minor Repairs that can Ruin A Trip
Jul 22, 2018 • 33 min
Episode 41 – This episode is about simple repairs that can keep your vacation on track. I recap some of the recent conversations I have had with customers about certain maintenance items that can ruin a trip if not taken care of. We are in fire season in…
40 – The Move to Montana and Some Lessons Learned
Jul 21, 2018 • 25 min
Episode 40 – I cover some ground on the move to Montana and explain why I bought so many new tires for the move. My Toy Hauler tires just made it to the tire shop 10 miles from my house. The Utility trailer tires didn’t make it out of driveway. There were…
39 – RV Surge Protection and UV-LED Water Filtration
May 10, 2018 • 29 min
Episode 39 covers RV UV-LED Water Filtration as the newest technology to provide Clean Pure Drinking Water in any RV at a an affordable price. We sell the Acuva brand RV LED Water Filter System. This system completely remove all of the nasty things in…
38 – Move Update and RV Prep for Summer
May 10, 2018 • 27 min
In Episode 38 I do a brief update on our move to Victor, MT and spend most of the show talking about prepping for summer and some of the important basics that go along with vacation prep. Everybody has their own routines that match their RV and that…
37 – Big Announcement, We’re Relocating
Apr 8, 2018 • 16 min
We are moving to Victor Montana! Yes, that is correct, we are relocating to Victor Montana in the middle of May 2018. Due to family illness Karen and I have decided the best thing to do is move to Montana so she can be closer to her mom in the the last…
36 – Exterior Sealant for an RV
Mar 26, 2018 • 20 min
In this episode I cover the essentials of what type of sealants to use on your RV. I briefly cover what is needed for a Rubber Roof because I have done a previous on sealing a rubber roof and the Sealants I recommend are made by Dicor, they specialize in…
35 – The RV Tool Box Essentials
Mar 11, 2018 • 30 min
Not sure of what tools you should carry in your RV Tool Box? As an RV’er you never know when your RV is going to need a repair whether it is on the road or camping at your favorite get away. The one thing you do know is that you will experience problems…
34 – Solera RV Awnings by Lippert Components
Feb 26, 2018 • 29 min
Episode 34 is about Solera RV Awnings by Lippert Components and the quality that has made Solera my new favorite RV Awning. In the past I expressed a low opinion of Lippert Components and now I changed my view point as time has passed. Not only have they…
33 – The Ford V10 Spark Plug Project
Feb 25, 2018 • 30 min
Ford V10 Engine Rebuild Due to Spark Plugs Blowing Out! In this episode I explain the Spark Plug problem that Ford V10 Engines experience and how a spark plug problem turned into an engine rebuild on a Ford E350 Super Duty Van. I explain the overall…
32 – Plugable Technologies for the RV
Feb 6, 2018 • 26 min
Episode 32 explores the possibilities of using new technology to make computing in an RV easier while expanding potential possibilities. The simple way to add a second monitor to any PC or Mac. The living space in an RV can become a little tight at times…
31 – Maintenance for Atwood & Suburban Water Heaters
Dec 30, 2017 • 22 min
Epsisode 31 breaks down the basic Annual or as needed maintenance for RV Water Heaters. Atwood and Suburban need to have the Tanks Flushed, Anode Rods replaced and the Pressure Relief Valves replaced as needed. I delve into each area for Atwood and…
30 – Why Shop Local for a Weekend Project
Oct 6, 2017 • 13 min
You have this Saturday marked on you calendar to do some long needed repairs on your RV. Do you shop at the Local RV Parts Store or go online and try to snag a super deal and have the parts in time for the Saturday set aside to get the RV ready for the…
29 – Answering Questions From Randy
Jul 13, 2017 • 18 min
In this Episode I answer the questions Randy submitted via email. My rig is a 50 amp, 2 a/c units and wondering what I would need for a generator to operate 5th wheel safely when we are away from campgrounds and what brand. Ok another question, don’t know…
28- Answering Questions about Purchasing Slide Out Awnings
Jul 13, 2017 • 14 min
In this Episode Eric Stark explains in simple terms the steps you should take to get an accurate price quote and what brand Eric prefers. Eric also explains why there could large gaps in price quotes if you are price shopping. Some points might seem to be…
27 – The RV Manufacturer Today Disregards Quailty
Oct 15, 2016 • 24 min
Today we see that the automotive industry does everything in it’s power to build a better product and provide a customer service experience that will make you want to be a loyal customer. Where as, the RV Industry is building RV’s with more electronics…
26 – Lippert Components & Power Gear
Oct 15, 2016 • 15 min
The purchase of Power Gear by Lippert Components took place in June of 2014 and has resulted in a decline in customer service for dealers and RV’ers alike. Power Gear was a good company to work with before being purchased by Lippert Components. Although…
25 – Entertainment w/ TV, Movies & Pico Projectors
Mar 6, 2016 • 9 min
The big deal about the small projector is that you can connect it to just about any Computer, iPad, iPod, iPhone and Android device with simple and inexpensive adapters. You have the technology to connect to an awesome projector. Here is the other plus to…
24 – Pest Control w/ Sniff n Stop
Mar 6, 2016 • 9 min
Sniff n Stop is a product that works and in this Episode I break down how well it works based on my own personal experience with it. Sniff n Stop is distributed by Valterra Products to the RV Industry and they offer some of the best products in the…
23 – LP Fittings & Adapters Part 2
Dec 12, 2015 • 14 min
In this Episode I talk about safety and how to Identify and explain what you are looking for to the parts guy. Quite often the terminology makes it hard for you to explain and harder for the Parts Guy to see your vision. I lay it out in simple terms. I…
22 – Propane Fittings Part 1
Dec 12, 2015 • 12 min
This is Part 1 of the LP Fitting episodes. The point of this episode is to help RV’ers to keep safety at the forefront when repairing their LP system. The proper tools should always be used along with properly checking for leaks after any repair that is…
21 – Riding Your Bike in an RV Park
Oct 24, 2015 • 7 min
RV’ers everywhere stay in well kept, safe and secure RV Parks. Rv’ers everywhere bring their bicycles with them and should take advantage of the security found in most RV Parks. To ride a bike on a busy street takes the fun right out of it and it creates…
20 – WASPcam Action Cameras
Oct 24, 2015 • 10 min
Wasp Action Cameras are nice way to capture those moments on your ATV, 4 Wheel Drive, Pedal Driven Bicycle or whatever your passion is. This is a great product available at reasonable prices. GoPro is the Gold Standard but Wasp is the undisputed Champion…
19 – New Window Awning Replacement Fabrics at Low, Affordable Prices
Jun 17, 2015 • 8 min
Introducing High Quality Window Awning Fabrics at Low, Affordable Prices. These are available from Sunpro Mfg and come in 7 Solid Colors with a 3 Year Warranty. The high quality 13oz material is will last for many years to come. Sunpro Mfg makes them to…
18 – Treating a Rubber Roof – Part 3 of the Rubber Roof Series
Jun 17, 2015 • 8 min
This episode is the last of a 3 part series about Repairing, Cleaning and Treating an RV Rubber Roof. Treating the Rubber Roof is the final step of the 3 main steps to Maintaining and Extending the life of the RV Rubber Roof. Treating the Rubber Roof…
17 – How to Clean a Rubber Roof – Part 2 of the Rubber Roof Series
May 26, 2015 • 12 min
Cleaning Your RV Rubber is important to do because it can extend the life of it. Dicor recommends cleaning the roof 2 times a year, I would recommend cleaning it 3-4 times a year. When you are on the roof cleaning it, you will possibly find other problems…
16 – How to Maintain a Rubber Roof – Part 1 of the Rubber Roof Series
May 26, 2015 • 8 min
This is Part 1 of a Multi-Part series about Rubber Roof Maintenance and Care.This episode is about Rubber Roof inspections and finding problems before they become disasters. Rubber roofs are a great roof for any kind of RV and there are many reasons why.…
15 – How the New UPS and Fedex Rates Will Adversely Affect Shipping Costs
May 26, 2015 • 9 min
This Podcast explains why at the beginning of 2015 UPS and Fedex not only raised their rates but, at the same time introduced Dimensional Shipping Rates (DSR). DSR has been created to offset additional shipping costs created by companies like Amazon.…
14 – When to Change & Why to Maintain LP & Carbon Monoxide Detectors
May 26, 2015 • 8 min
Safety First! Have you ever wondered why your LP or CO Detector just starts beeping for no apparent reason? It has died! They have a expiration date and as a safety precaution it lets you know when it is dying and that it is time to replace it. To many…
13 – Water Softener, Reverse Osmosis or Water Filters, which is best for you?
May 26, 2015 • 8 min
Check Episodes 11 & 12 First - It will make better sense. The decision is yours! A RV Water Filter, Reverse Osmosis system, Water Softener? Do you need any of the aforementioned? Maybe just a Water Filter is all you need? In this episode I will explore…
12 – Water Softener Basics
May 26, 2015 • 4 min
Today there are many Portable Water Softeners for the RV’er to choose from. At the end of the day they all virtually do the same thing just some with salt others with potassium. They are pretty simple to hook up and use and store when not in use. A Water…
11- Reverse Osmosis Systems for RV’s
May 26, 2015 • 7 min
Reverse Osmosis Systems for RV’s can be a great addition if you have the space for it. For an RV the RO System is the same as a house for the most part, just a little smaller. An RO System is the proven way to remove salt from the water source and gives…
10 – How to Properly Inquire into RV Appliance Parts
May 26, 2015 • 6 min
Seriously, You Need To Listen to This! Buying an appliance part should not be painful although quite often it is. Taking the right approach and going to the Parts Counter with the right information will simplify this sometimes painful process. Bring your…
9 – Portable Battery Jump Starter about the Size of a Cell Phone
May 26, 2015 • 6 min
The Portable Power Pack is a great tool to have to charge Cell Phones, Tablets, iPads, iPods, iPhones and any other device that requires charging. The best thing is, these Power Packs can jump start a Full Size PU Truck! I was very skeptical when these…
8 – Managing the Sun by use of Awning Drops & End Panels
May 25, 2015 • 6 min
RV Awning Drops and End Panels are a great way to create an outdoor space that actually expands the living area. You can create a shaded area to enjoy the sunny days or it can double as a wind barrier at night to create a warm space for enjoying the…
7 – Tire Covers / Fender Covers
May 25, 2015 • 5 min
Fender Covers are a simple way to cover your RV tires and protect them from the sun. Fender Covers are easier to put on than traditional vinyl tire covers and they look great. Either type of Tire Cover will protect the tires and reduce the potential for…
6 – Patio Awnings & Fabrics
May 25, 2015 • 8 min
All most all RV’s have a Patio/Main Awning installed to provide cover from the elements. If you are one of the many and enjoy using your RV Awning you will need to maintain some part of it sooner or later. An awning can function properly for decades or…
5 – RV Slide Out Awning Fabrics
May 25, 2015 • 8 min
In this Episode I discuss the value of Slide Out Awnings and Replacing the Slide Out Fabrics. Sunpro Mfg offers 13 oz and 18 oz Slide Out Awning Fabrics for all brands of Slide Out Awnings. Sunpro has 7 different colors in the 13 oz and 2 colors in the 18…
4 – Leaf Spring Maintenance & Repair
May 25, 2015 • 7 min
In this episode I get into the importance and simplicity of Travel Trailer Leaf Springs and the importance of inspecting them and being prepared to replace a damaged Leaf Spring before it leaves you stranded. Most Travel Trailers and 5th Wheels have leaf…
3 – Trailer Tire Safety
May 25, 2015 • 17 min
In this episode I discuss Trailer Tire Safety and how Trailer Tires are unique and require more attention than most other tires on the road. This is what most Rv’ers Don’t Know and Need to Know. Trailer Tires basically face the same issues or have the…
2 – Trailer Wheel Bearings and Brakes
May 25, 2015 • 10 min
In this episode I discuss the importance of maintaining the Wheel Bearings and Brakes on Travel & 5th Wheel Trailers. It is extremely important to give attention to these 2 systems, failure can mean a break down on the highway leaving yourself and family…
1 – What this Podcast is About
May 25, 2015 • 7 min
This Podcast is an introduction to Radio Arizona RV and who we are and in what ways we are involved in the RV Industry. My name Eric Stark and I am the owner of Arizona RV Parts Center located Wellton, AZ just east of Yuma. Radio Arizona RV is my creation…