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July 26, 2020
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 reliable and best products in the current market. You'll learn why inverter style generators are most likely the best choice of generator for your RV. Eric also gives a covid-19 update from the perspective of finding RV parts in the current climate. Making sure you own a generator that is reliable and dependable will bring you peace of mind so that you can focus more important things. The take away is really simple. If you can afford a Honda or Yamaha generator than purchase either one. If you want the same quality than purchase an Energizer generator. If all the above are out your budget then purchase any other brand. Listen to the podcast to hear why. Stay safe everyone and thank you for listening! Please subscribe, rate, and share if you enjoy! RV Parts & Accessories: https://arizonarvpartscenter.com/ (https://arizonarvpartscenter.com/) Our Sunshade Products: https://sunpromfg.com/ (https://sunpromfg.com/)
July 18, 2020
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 the fluids with fork oil, to precautionary measures and making sure the fluids are cycled properly. You'll also hear a covid-19 update and to help illustrate how it has affected the RV industry Eric discusses the availability of twist on valve's and how to make your own since they are scarce. With everything happening, it's a vital skill to make sure you know how to fix your RV. How to Make Your Own RV Twist On Valve! How to Instructions from Lippert Components. Introduction: If there is a popping noise in a Lippert Leveling system, Lippert has approved adding a quart of anti-stiction fluid. Approved fluids are listed by brand name and fluid characteristics below: 1. Torco RFF Grade 15 (Fig. 1) 2. Maxima Fork Oil Grade 15 (Fig. 2) 3. Caterpillar Hydraulic Oil Additive 1U-9891 (Fig. 3) For maximum results in the shortest amount of time, please follow the preparation and procedure exactly as written below. Failure to follow the preparation and procedure may result in delayed resolution of the audible disturbance. Preparation: 1. Obtain a clean container (large enough to hold a quart of fluid) 2. Obtain a fluid extraction device (siphon, turkey baster, etc.) 3. Fully retract all hydraulic cylinders and jacks. Process: 1. Using the fluid extraction device, remove one quart of fluid from the power unit reservoir. 2. Add 1/2 quart of the specified fluid. 3. Extend all hydraulic cylinders and jacks fully. 4. Add the remaining amount of the specified fluid. 5. Fully retract all hydraulic cylinders and jacks. 6. Run the Auto-Level feature on the Level-Up system per the instructions found in the Owner's Manual. NOTE: If the noise persists, the addition of a second quart may be necessary. Follow steps 1 through 6 Stay safe everyone and thank you for listening! Please subscribe, rate, and share if you enjoy! Reach us at our website: https://radioarizonarv.com/ (https://radioarizonarv.com/) RV Parts & Accessories: https://arizonarvpartscenter.com/ (https://arizonarvpartscenter.com/) Our Sunshade Products: https://sunpromfg.com/ (https://sunpromfg.com/)
June 29, 2020
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 and months. Eric will discuss his recommendation, how to go about installing it, common problems that can arise, and which toilets have easily replaceable parts. Knowing and understanding how to fix or replace your toilet is absolutely vital, so be sure not to miss this episode! Stay safe everyone and thank you for listening! Please subscribe, rate, and share if you enjoy! Reach us at our website: https://radioarizonarv.com/ (https://radioarizonarv.com/) RV Parts & Accessories: https://arizonarvpartscenter.com/ (https://arizonarvpartscenter.com/) Our Sunshade Products: https://sunpromfg.com/ (https://sunpromfg.com/) Boat Lines & Rope: https://hotbaotropes.com (https://hotbaotropes.com)
June 13, 2020
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 the current state of finding and obtaining RV parts through the COVID-19 pandemic. If you are looking for a more cost affordable DIY project in addition to keeping things cooler and protecting your RV's interior from the sun, sun shades are definitely worth thinking about! Stay safe everyone and thank you for listening! Please subscribe, rate, and share if you enjoy! Reach us at our websites: https://radioarizonarv.com/ (https://radioarizonarv.com/) RV Parts & Accessories: https://arizonarvpartscenter.com/ (https://arizonarvpartscenter.com/) Our Sunshade Products: https://sunpromfg.com/ (https://sunpromfg.com/)
May 23, 2020
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 wrong one and to prevent the hassle of needing to return an order. He also revisits the current big companies in the RV awning business, Dometic/A&E, Solera, and Carefree of Colorado, and gives an update on how they are adapting to the COVID-19 crisis. Eric even answers what company he considers the best when it comes to RV slide out awnings in addition to how to pick the best slide out awning for you. If you've had any questions regarding slide-out RV awnings be sure to listen to this episode! Stay safe everyone and thank you for listening! Please subscribe, rate, and share if you enjoy! Reach us at our websites: https://radioarizonarv.com/ (https://radioarizonarv.com/) RV Parts & Accessories: https://arizonarvpartscenter.com/ (https://arizonarvpartscenter.com/) Our Sunshade Products: https://sunpromfg.com/ (https://sunpromfg.com/)
May 16, 2020
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 been running while considering the covid-19 crisis. Eric will give advice for replacing your current RV awning and help you answer the question "How do I choose a brand or model?" Be sure to listen if you've ever had any questions regarding RV awnings! Stay safe everyone and thank you for listening! Please subscribe, rate, and share if you enjoy! Reach us at our websites: https://radioarizonarv.com/ (https://radioarizonarv.com/) RV Parts & Accessories:  https://arizonarvpartscenter.com/ (https://arizonarvpartscenter.com/) Our Sunshade Products:  https://sunpromfg.com/ (https://sunpromfg.com/)
April 24, 2020
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 a larger generator. It helps eliminate the issues of the AC coming on while using other electrical appliances and tripping the breaker. It can also allow you to run 2 ACs on a 30 amp cord with just a 2,000 watt generator! Eric also gives advice on installation and the importance of taking pictures before beginning any replacement or installation. Definitely a product to look into to save you a ton of time, hassle, and ultimately comfortability. Stay safe everyone and thank you for listening! Please subscribe, rate, and share if you enjoy! (https://arizonarvpartscenter.com/microair-easy-start-364-soft-starter/) Reach us at our websites: https://radioarizonarv.com/ (https://radioarizonarv.com/) RV Parts & Accessories: https://arizonarvpartscenter.com/ (https://arizonarvpartscenter.com/) Our Sunshade Products: https://sunpromfg.com/ (https://sunpromfg.com/)
April 14, 2020
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 something to consider. Eric also implores you to consider if you will be dry camping, where you will be camping, what appliances you have on board, and even if you are just the type of person who enjoys their peace of mind. If you are the type to want to prevent things ever becoming a problem a Hughes autoformer is probably a worthwhile purchase! Stay safe everyone and thank you for listening! Please subscribe, rate, and share if you enjoy! Reach us at our website: https://radioarizonarv.com/ (https://radioarizonarv.com/)
April 3, 2020
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 his experiences with different brands of batteries he's used and the specific batteries he sells and supports. He also goes over the pros and cons of each type of battery and what type of battery would benefit you and your RV the most! Stay safe everyone and thank you for listening! Please subscribe, rate, and share if you enjoy! Listen Now! #yourbestrvpodcast Reach us at our website: https://radioarizonarv.com/ (https://radioarizonarv.com/)
March 13, 2020
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 to installation and everything in between. Increased visibility, ease of use/installation, and above all else safety are the key components to these systems and why you should consider them for your next trip! Listen Now! (https://azrvpc.clickfunnels.com/haloviewcameras) Thank you for listening! Please subscribe, rate, and share if you enjoy! Reach us at our website: https://radioarizonarv.com/ (https://radioarizonarv.com/)
March 6, 2020
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 drastically improve your experience and comfort with your RV. From advising on specific brands to even cheaper solutions such as using smart tiles to spruce up your kitchen, this episode has something for everyone! (https://radioarizonarv.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/LippertFurniture.pdf) Listen Now! Thank you for listening! Please subscribe, rate, and share if you enjoy!
March 6, 2020
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 drastically improve your experience and comfort with your RV. From advising on specific brands to even cheaper solutions such as using smart tiles to spruce up your kitchen, this episode has something for everyone! (https://radioarizonarv.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/LippertFurniture.pdf) Listen Now! Thank you for listening! Please subscribe, rate, and share if you enjoy!
February 21, 2020
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. Whether it be minor things like a key ring holder to replacing a shower curtain or even the bedspread. You'll learn how to take it from an RV to your RV. Listen Now! Thank you for listening & please subscribe, rate, and share if you enjoy! #YourBestRVPodcast Reach us at our website: https://radioarizonarv.com/ (https://radioarizonarv.com/)
February 21, 2020
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. Whether it be minor things like a key ring holder to replacing a shower curtain or even the bedspread. You'll learn how to take it from an RV to your RV. Listen Now! Thank you for listening & please subscribe, rate, and share if you enjoy! #YourBestRVPodcast Reach us at our website: https://radioarizonarv.com/ (https://radioarizonarv.com/)
February 13, 2020
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 dealership, to a repair facility, or just tackle the problem on your own. So that's what we're going to be discussing today and this is episode number 58 about electrical systems. Basically, taking it someplace or doing it yourself. Now just as reminder, check out our website, RadioArizonaR.com that'll take you to all our other websites where we sell RV parts. If you're new to the show. We own sun pro manufacturing, which we make sunshade products for RVs slide out awning, fabrics. We sell a bazillion of them. They're flying out the door every day. Awesome product, great warranty, great prices, the problem free slide out awning fabric. 00:59 Now before we get into the show, I want to talk a little bit about scams. My mother is 82 years old and she's been a target for the last few years, but it seems like it's just getting worse. I am trying to convince her to not buy into these scams. And trying to get her to believe that they are scams has become somewhat of a challenge. My brothers and I are dealing with phone calls and problems and trying to keep the money in her bank, not in some foreign country for some guy who's, you know, bilking it from her. I'm sure everybody is getting robo calls. You're getting emails, you're getting all these different ways that people are coming at you in different ways to try to take your money. My mom's no different, I'm no different. I see the stuff all the time. We get the phone calls, get the emails, but she seems to want to fall for it. 01:53 And this is just kind of a word of warning. Be careful, be cautious. Most companies are not going to call you and ask you for banking information. Most companies aren't going to call you with some sort of story. That sounds kind of wild. One of the recent scams is a company calls her up and tells her that they do the antivirus software on her computer and they need to log in and change some settings because the company was just bought by a new company and they're updating everybody and rather than have the persons do it on their own, they're just making it part of their customer service package and just calling everybody and giving them access to their computer and going in and changing the settings that need to be set. Well my mom went for this and it almost cost her a thousand dollars and she gave out her bank account information. 02:45 The guy logged into her computer, changed some settings. He changed the password so she could not log back into her computer and he became the administrator locked her out. The only time if that computer is on the only person who could access it would be him. Now my mom had enough sense after the fact because he wanted her to go to Best Buy and get two gift cards for $500 each and call him back and give him the number on the gift cards. Well, on the way to Best Buy, she decided she'd go to the bank and run it by them, and they told her it's a scam. But she'd already given them her bank account information so they could see that he was already trying to get money. So, they closed the account, shut down her credit cards, everything. She had to start from scratch, which was a real chore. 03:32 And she didn't lose that thousand dollars or more. She just lost the money it took to take her computer to a shop so they could reinstall windows so she could access it again. And now I would have done that for her. But she's in California, I'm in Montana and my brothers aren't computer savvy, so it wasn't going to happen that way. She had to pay 120 bucks, which isn't bad, cheaper than a new computer. But two weeks later she did the same thing, gave someone access to her computer, they went in and deleted the antivirus program, tried to get some money from
February 13, 2020
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 dealership, to a repair facility, or just tackle the problem on your own. So that's what we're going to be discussing today and this is episode number 58 about electrical systems. Basically, taking it someplace or doing it yourself. Now just as reminder, check out our website, RadioArizonaR.com that'll take you to all our other websites where we sell RV parts. If you're new to the show. We own sun pro manufacturing, which we make sunshade products for RVs slide out awning, fabrics. We sell a bazillion of them. They're flying out the door every day. Awesome product, great warranty, great prices, the problem free slide out awning fabric. 00:59 Now before we get into the show, I want to talk a little bit about scams. My mother is 82 years old and she's been a target for the last few years, but it seems like it's just getting worse. I am trying to convince her to not buy into these scams. And trying to get her to believe that they are scams has become somewhat of a challenge. My brothers and I are dealing with phone calls and problems and trying to keep the money in her bank, not in some foreign country for some guy who's, you know, bilking it from her. I'm sure everybody is getting robo calls. You're getting emails, you're getting all these different ways that people are coming at you in different ways to try to take your money. My mom's no different, I'm no different. I see the stuff all the time. We get the phone calls, get the emails, but she seems to want to fall for it. 01:53 And this is just kind of a word of warning. Be careful, be cautious. Most companies are not going to call you and ask you for banking information. Most companies aren't going to call you with some sort of story. That sounds kind of wild. One of the recent scams is a company calls her up and tells her that they do the antivirus software on her computer and they need to log in and change some settings because the company was just bought by a new company and they're updating everybody and rather than have the persons do it on their own, they're just making it part of their customer service package and just calling everybody and giving them access to their computer and going in and changing the settings that need to be set. Well my mom went for this and it almost cost her a thousand dollars and she gave out her bank account information. 02:45 The guy logged into her computer, changed some settings. He changed the password so she could not log back into her computer and he became the administrator locked her out. The only time if that computer is on the only person who could access it would be him. Now my mom had enough sense after the fact because he wanted her to go to Best Buy and get two gift cards for $500 each and call him back and give him the number on the gift cards. Well, on the way to Best Buy, she decided she'd go to the bank and run it by them, and they told her it's a scam. But she'd already given them her bank account information so they could see that he was already trying to get money. So, they closed the account, shut down her credit cards, everything. She had to start from scratch, which was a real chore. 03:32 And she didn't lose that thousand dollars or more. She just lost the money it took to take her computer to a shop so they could reinstall windows so she could access it again. And now I would have done that for her. But she's in California, I'm in Montana and my brothers aren't computer savvy, so it wasn't going to happen that way. She had to pay 120 bucks, which isn't bad, cheaper than a new computer. But two weeks later she did the same thing, gave someone access to her computer, they went in and deleted the antivirus program, tried to get some money from
January 24, 2020
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 amount of customers I have. They come into my store or call and have questions about water lines and what fittings they need, what fitting's are going work. And quite often there's some confusion thinking that the RV Parts guy just knows what an RV has, what fitting goes to the toilet, what fitting goes to a faucet. And in a lot of cases those fittings are narrowed down to one or two. But the question of what size line that the RV has comes up, a faucet takes a 1/2 pipe thread fitting a female pipe thread fitting. Same with an RV toilet, but the waterline going to it might be 3/8 or it might be 1/2. Timing 00:54 So those are the questions. And then is fitting a 90 degree or is it straight? So trying to narrow this down a little bit and help you to understand before you go to the store and be a little more prepared, take pictures, bring a sample. Samples are always the best. Pictures help quite a bit, especially with water fittings and lines. Sometimes you can’t really tell what it is. Sometimes it's harder to tell, but with a sample you walk in the door that this is what I need, who can't argue with that. So breaking this down, I want to go into the different types of fittings, the different types of lines this is not going to take real long. And then kind of a pricing structure too. If you compare the different brands and fittings, that might be what makes the decision for you. Timing 01:37 You might say “I don't want to spend that much and this cheaper fitting will work or this feels and it looks a little bit better, might be a little more expensive, but Hey, I think it'll be easier to use”. But before we get into that, talking about the different fittings and tubing that goes in an RV as well to remind everybody to check out our website, RadioArizonaRV.com and remember that takes you to all of our other websites, SunPro, Hot Boat Ropes, Arizona RV parts Center, you know where we sell all of our products online. And also to join our emailing list and subscribe to our channel on YouTube. Check out our page on Facebook. You know we're going all in on social marketing so we have to advertise this or I have to talk about it, but it just makes it easier, more places for you to get connected. Timing 02:21 And I also want to throw this out there. I would like to know if you would appreciate a Facebook group. I'm thinking about starting one. This is a show about RV Maintenance and Education for the do it yourself so, the group would be designed for like-minded persons to share ideas and thoughts. And I would throw in stuff from time to time along with some tips and tricks and things like that and also answer questions. So if you'd appreciate something like that, email me, go to RadioArizona RV.com and use the contact us page there and you can just email me, tell me what you think. So I'd love to start something like that, but want to make sure that you guys want it, that it'd be beneficial to you. Okay, so now back to the show. Timing 03:08 Again, this is episode 57 this is about PEX fittings and PEX waterline for RVs. Most RVs use PEX tubing in them, they might use some soft vinyl tubing, some reinforced vinyl tubing. There's going to be a little variety there, but most all the time it is going to be a 90% PEX tubing. I think the tubing is straightforward and it might be gray, red, blue, white or opaque white. It's all PEX tubing and it is all interchangeable, if you have gray and you go to the store and they hand you white there shouldn't be any problems. The PEX tubing is pretty straight forward I believe. Now the fittings are a little bit different. I'm sure most stores carry Flair It fittings. That's probably going to be the most popular...
December 24, 2019
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December 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 dish, Winegard Antennas are pretty popular. It's been the RV Antenna staple for decades now, so that's what we're going to discuss. What might be wrong with it when it's not working correctly? When you can't watch that TV show and you're not getting any channels, but first I want to remind everybody to go to RadioArizonaRV.com from there you can find links to our other websites such as sun pro manufacturing and hot boat ropes and Arizona RV parts center. Those websites are where we sell the products that we either make or that we just sell online, so check those out! Timing: (01:08) I'm would suggest just going to RadioArizonaRV.com and also while you're there at RadioArizonaRV.com sometimes you only hear the show because you're listening to it through iTunes or Google podcast or Stitcher, Spotify, one of those channels, but sometimes on the website there's things there that you don't normally get by just listening to it. You can go look at the website, you can peruse it and learn a little bit more about me. See what's going on. Links to the other websites. As I said, you can sign up for our newsletter. Sometimes in the show notes per for each episode there's things in the show notes that I did not put in the show when I was recording it. Winegard Antenna RVs have them. They've had them for years, decades now. Timing: (01:51) It's a pretty popular antenna and they've stayed the same over the years. They've changed very little. A handle that works on one today can work on one that's 20 years old. Couple of different style of shafts, but that's about it. And all the RV stores or most of the RV stores carry parts for them. So it's a pretty straightforward antenna, it's stood the test of time, you know, they don't fall apart on the roof. They're not like a super high end looking thing. They're pretty basic, but they actually work pretty darn well. So it's a nice impressive antenna. And what I appreciate too is that Winegard hasn't tried to fix it, you know, or quote unquote fix it. They've left it the same because it's a good design. So they haven't come out with a worse version of it. In other words, I know, let's do this and make it better, which actually makes it worse. Timing: (02:36) We've all seen that, it doesn't even have to be the RV industry. It could be any industry they do that try to improve and it makes it worse. So now with Winegard Antenna, you know the whole point of the antenna, the TV Antenna and your RV’ing or you're camping. Wherever you're at and you want to watch broadcast television, you want to dial in or tune into the local channels and see what's in the local area or just to get some entertainment, kill some time, whatever it might be. You turn on your TV, you turn on the amplifier to the antenna and you expect to see some sort of TV shows, right? You might have to move the Antenna a little bit, adjust it. Maybe you look outside, see your neighbors antenna and where it's pointing, you kind of adjust yours the same way, you know, so you don't have to spend as much time adjusting it and it doesn't work! Timing: (03:25) What happened? It worked the last time we were camping, worked yesterday at this other RV park. Why does it work today? Well, the simple thing could be just that it's not tuned in. You don't have it pointing in the right direction, you know, you didn't get it high enough, low enough, whatever it might be. So you might have to mess with the adjustment. And you know, we've had, or I've had people over the years coming into the store and quite often it's the same thing. It's just that my neighbors works, mine doesn't work. I'm not getting any TV channels and I've, you know, set it right where theirs is. We've stood outside, they've...
December 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 dish, Winegard Antennas are pretty popular. It's been the RV Antenna staple for decades now, so that's what we're going to discuss. What might be wrong with it when it's not working correctly? When you can't watch that TV show and you're not getting any channels, but first I want to remind everybody to go to RadioArizonaRV.com from there you can find links to our other websites such as sun pro manufacturing and hot boat ropes and Arizona RV parts center. Those websites are where we sell the products that we either make or that we just sell online, so check those out! Timing: (01:08) I'm would suggest just going to RadioArizonaRV.com and also while you're there at RadioArizonaRV.com sometimes you only hear the show because you're listening to it through iTunes or Google podcast or Stitcher, Spotify, one of those channels, but sometimes on the website there's things there that you don't normally get by just listening to it. You can go look at the website, you can peruse it and learn a little bit more about me. See what's going on. Links to the other websites. As I said, you can sign up for our newsletter. Sometimes in the show notes per for each episode there's things in the show notes that I did not put in the show when I was recording it. Winegard Antenna RVs have them. They've had them for years, decades now. Timing: (01:51) It's a pretty popular antenna and they've stayed the same over the years. They've changed very little. A handle that works on one today can work on one that's 20 years old. Couple of different style of shafts, but that's about it. And all the RV stores or most of the RV stores carry parts for them. So it's a pretty straightforward antenna, it's stood the test of time, you know, they don't fall apart on the roof. They're not like a super high end looking thing. They're pretty basic, but they actually work pretty darn well. So it's a nice impressive antenna. And what I appreciate too is that Winegard hasn't tried to fix it, you know, or quote unquote fix it. They've left it the same because it's a good design. So they haven't come out with a worse version of it. In other words, I know, let's do this and make it better, which actually makes it worse. Timing: (02:36) We've all seen that, it doesn't even have to be the RV industry. It could be any industry they do that try to improve and it makes it worse. So now with Winegard Antenna, you know the whole point of the antenna, the TV Antenna and your RV’ing or you're camping. Wherever you're at and you want to watch broadcast television, you want to dial in or tune into the local channels and see what's in the local area or just to get some entertainment, kill some time, whatever it might be. You turn on your TV, you turn on the amplifier to the antenna and you expect to see some sort of TV shows, right? You might have to move the Antenna a little bit, adjust it. Maybe you look outside, see your neighbors antenna and where it's pointing, you kind of adjust yours the same way, you know, so you don't have to spend as much time adjusting it and it doesn't work! Timing: (03:25) What happened? It worked the last time we were camping, worked yesterday at this other RV park. Why does it work today? Well, the simple thing could be just that it's not tuned in. You don't have it pointing in the right direction, you know, you didn't get it high enough, low enough, whatever it might be. So you might have to mess with the adjustment. And you know, we've had, or I've had people over the years coming into the store and quite often it's the same thing. It's just that my neighbors works, mine doesn't work. I'm not getting any TV channels and I've, you know, set it right where theirs is. We've stood...
December 9, 2019
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 real problem. I break it down by the awning manufacturer. This applies Only to 12 volt RV Power Awnings. Dometic/A&E 9100 and Weatherpro Awnings are the same when it comes to retracting them if the motor has failed. The process to override the motor and bring the awning in is the most effective if the awning is fully extended. There is a reason for this being necessary. The awning roller tube has three grooves in it and one of them is for a Pull Strap to be inserted to enable you to be able to control how the awning retracts. You should have the Pull Strap, if not you will need to purchase one from any RV Parts Store and you can use any Pull Strap for a Dometic/A&E Manual Awning. A Carefree pull strap will work as well. The 9100 or Weatherpro awning will need to be extended for you to insert the pull strap into the available groove on the Roller Tube. The rear of left end of the roller tube has a Torsion Assembly with a spring on it used for tensioning. You need to be aware of that so you understand how the awning operates. Before you do the next step you should have a person holding the awning pull strap to keep the awning from retracting out of control. After the strap is attached you will loosen the Hex Head Screw on the 12 volt motor that is located on the front of the awning, also called the right side. With the screw loose you can walk the awning towards the RV. To lock the awning in the closed position tighten the screw on the motor, the same screw you loosened to retract the awning. (http://www.ericstark.net/downloads/DometicPowerPatioUsersGuide.pdf) Carefree of Colorado have their own unique spin on retracting an awning with 12 volt drive motor problems. It doesn’t appear that there is a simple solution to retracting a Carefree power awning with a bad motor. If there isn’t 12 volts going to the motor it is a little easier to work with. In this podcast I explain the process to manually override and a couple models of their awnings but not all of them. Carefree has about 8 different power awnings on RV’s. Carefree just can’t help themselves when it comes to reinventing their own awnings. Not all of their awnings are available at the retail level, some only come on new units and they are referred to as OEM models. Currently they have 4 Vertical Arm Awnings, 3 Lateral Arm Awnings and 1 Box Awning. Although, they are similar in how to override them, they are all a little bit different. Usually with a little know how you can overcome an obstacle just by a little examination of the motor and how it is attached. That is why I am including a link to Carefree’s website for you to download your manual and get a much better understanding. Carefree of Colorado Awning Instructions: (http://www.ericstark.net/downloads/Altitude-Service-Manual.pdf) (http://www.ericstark.net/downloads/EclipsePowerAwning.pdf) (http://www.ericstark.net/downloads/TravelR-Service-Manual.pdf) (https://www.e-carefree.com/ecarefree30/product-library) Solera has got this figured out! On the Front arm where the motor lives there is a rubber plug in the motor cover. You pop the plug out and run the awning in or out by using a 7/16” socket on a cordless drill and pull the trigger. It goes kind of slow but, it is a life saver compared to Dometic and Carefree of Colorado. There is no reason to see a manual on how to perform this procedure, it is really that simple! I highly recommend that you perform the manual override on your awning to become familiar with it so you can save your own hide when the fails or to assist a fellow RV’er. The Dometic/A&E and Carefree certainly are good awnings they just aren’t as friendly when the motor fails the day you want to pack up and leave. Listen...
December 9, 2019
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 real problem. I break it down by the awning manufacturer. This applies Only to 12 volt RV Power Awnings. Dometic/A&E 9100 and Weatherpro Awnings are the same when it comes to retracting them if the motor has failed. The process to override the motor and bring the awning in is the most effective if the awning is fully extended. There is a reason for this being necessary. The awning roller tube has three grooves in it and one of them is for a Pull Strap to be inserted to enable you to be able to control how the awning retracts. You should have the Pull Strap, if not you will need to purchase one from any RV Parts Store and you can use any Pull Strap for a Dometic/A&E Manual Awning. A Carefree pull strap will work as well. The 9100 or Weatherpro awning will need to be extended for you to insert the pull strap into the available groove on the Roller Tube. The rear of left end of the roller tube has a Torsion Assembly with a spring on it used for tensioning. You need to be aware of that so you understand how the awning operates. Before you do the next step you should have a person holding the awning pull strap to keep the awning from retracting out of control. After the strap is attached you will loosen the Hex Head Screw on the 12 volt motor that is located on the front of the awning, also called the right side. With the screw loose you can walk the awning towards the RV. To lock the awning in the closed position tighten the screw on the motor, the same screw you loosened to retract the awning. (http://www.ericstark.net/downloads/DometicPowerPatioUsersGuide.pdf) Carefree of Colorado have their own unique spin on retracting an awning with 12 volt drive motor problems. It doesn’t appear that there is a simple solution to retracting a Carefree power awning with a bad motor. If there isn’t 12 volts going to the motor it is a little easier to work with. In this podcast I explain the process to manually override and a couple models of their awnings but not all of them. Carefree has about 8 different power awnings on RV’s. Carefree just can’t help themselves when it comes to reinventing their own awnings. Not all of their awnings are available at the retail level, some only come on new units and they are referred to as OEM models. Currently they have 4 Vertical Arm Awnings, 3 Lateral Arm Awnings and 1 Box Awning. Although, they are similar in how to override them, they are all a little bit different. Usually with a little know how you can overcome an obstacle just by a little examination of the motor and how it is attached. That is why I am including a link to Carefree’s website for you to download your manual and get a much better understanding. Carefree of Colorado Awning Instructions: (http://www.ericstark.net/downloads/Altitude-Service-Manual.pdf) (http://www.ericstark.net/downloads/EclipsePowerAwning.pdf) (http://www.ericstark.net/downloads/TravelR-Service-Manual.pdf) (https://www.e-carefree.com/ecarefree30/product-library) Solera has got this figured out! On the Front arm where the motor lives there is a rubber plug in the motor cover. You pop the plug out and run the awning in or out by using a 7/16” socket on a cordless drill and pull the trigger. It goes kind of slow but, it is a life saver compared to Dometic and Carefree of Colorado. There is no reason to see a manual on how to perform this procedure, it is really that simple! I highly recommend that you perform the manual override on your awning to become familiar with it so you can save your own hide when the fails or to assist a fellow RV’er. The Dometic/A&E and Carefree certainly are good awnings they just aren’t as friendly when the motor fails the day you...
November 12, 2019
In Episode 45 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 water filtration systems. I have always been a firm believer in filtered water and I have often brought bottled water with me on trips in my RV, not any more. I will do it the easy way and filter my water with Clear 2O water filters. I have not come across such a useful product that does what I really want it to do, filter my water so I can drink it. The following are the questions that we covered in the interview. 1.     Why is clean water so important in your RV? 2.     What are the different types of filtration available for the RV (in-line filters, countertop, water pitchers, etc.)? What are the pros and cons of each? 3.     How does the RVer ultimately decide what solution is best for them? Is it based on how often they use their RV, what they’re using the water for, or some other parameters? 4.     Your filtration systems use solid-block carbon. Why is that a more effective medium than granulated carbon? 5.     It’s just as important to have a filtration system that leaves in the good minerals as it is one that takes out the bad ones, correct? 6.     Would you recommend the same filtration solutions to the occasional RVer as you would the serious, full-time RVer? By the same token, would you recommend different solutions based on the size of the RV? 7.     You’ve just come out with a new Dual Canister System for RVs. Tell us about it and what benefits it brings to the serious RVer.  8.     You’re competing in the marketplace with some pretty big players. How have you been successful against this kind of competition? 9.     A little off the topic of RVs, but with the crisis a few years back in Flint, Mi and the recent one in Newark, NJ, it seems that many of our water supplies are not as safe as we thought. In fact, studies have shown that some supplies can make you sick, even if they meet legal health standards. How bad is our nation’s water?
November 12, 2019
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 useful product that does what I really want it to do, filter my water so I can drink it. The following are the questions that we covered in the interview. 1.     Why is clean water so important in your RV? 2.     What are the different types of filtration available for the RV (in-line filters, countertop, water pitchers, etc.)? What are the pros and cons of each? 3.     How does the RVer ultimately decide what solution is best for them? Is it based on how often they use their RV, what they’re using the water for, or some other parameters? 4.     Your filtration systems use solid-block carbon. Why is that a more effective medium than granulated carbon? 5.     It’s just as important to have a filtration system that leaves in the good minerals as it is one that takes out the bad ones, correct? 6.     Would you recommend the same filtration solutions to the occasional RVer as you would the serious, full-time RVer? By the same token, would you recommend different solutions based on the size of the RV? 7.     You’ve just come out with a new Dual Canister System for RVs. Tell us about it and what benefits it brings to the serious RVer.  8.     You’re competing in the marketplace with some pretty big players. How have you been successful against this kind of competition? 9.     A little off the topic of RVs, but with the crisis a few years back in Flint, Mi and the recent one in Newark, NJ, it seems that many of our water supplies are not as safe as we thought. In fact, studies have shown that some supplies can make you sick, even if they meet legal health standards. How bad is our nation’s water?
October 4, 2019
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 stream solar supplier…
October 4, 2019
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 stream solar supplier…
October 4, 2019
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 stream solar supplier…
October 1, 2019
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 Solar companies to…
October 1, 2019
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 Solar companies to…
October 1, 2019
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 Solar companies to…
September 27, 2019
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 winterizing project for the winter…
September 27, 2019
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 winterizing project for the winter…
September 27, 2019
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 winterizing project for the winter…
August 4, 2019
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 Awning Fabric that I will call Brand…
August 4, 2019
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 Awning Fabric that I will call Brand…
August 4, 2019
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 Awning Fabric that I will call Brand…
July 7, 2019
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 companies that provide this service -They might be…
July 7, 2019
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 companies that provide this service -They might be…
July 7, 2019
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 companies that provide this service -They might be…
July 6, 2019
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 companies that provide this service -They might be…
May 3, 2019
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 stabilizer legs. I don't get into Motorhome leveling systems or the type pads they would use.…
May 2, 2019
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 stabilizer legs. I don't get into Motorhome leveling systems or the type pads they would use.…
May 2, 2019
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 stabilizer legs. I don't get into Motorhome leveling systems or the type pads they would use.…
April 21, 2019
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 the front of the trailer. The stabilizers are for…
April 21, 2019
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 the front of the trailer. The stabilizers are for…
April 21, 2019
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 the front of the trailer. The stabilizers are for…
February 14, 2019
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 an RV Parts Store. As you gaze…
February 14, 2019
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 an RV Parts Store. As you gaze…
February 14, 2019
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 an RV Parts Store. As you gaze…
January 2, 2019
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 way onto the shelves of an RV Store near…
January 2, 2019
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 way onto the shelves of an RV Store near…
January 2, 2019
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 way onto the shelves of an RV Store near…
December 15, 2018
↓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 storing his battery during the cold winter months and typically…
December 15, 2018
↓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 storing his battery during the cold winter months and typically…
December 15, 2018
↓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 storing his battery during the cold winter months and typically…
November 30, 2018
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 Cover business and have great reputations. I have…
November 30, 2018
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 Cover business and have great reputations. I have…
November 30, 2018
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 Cover business and have great reputations. I have…
November 17, 2018
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 products, excellent customer service and a very small defective/return…
November 17, 2018
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 products, excellent customer service and a very small defective/return…
November 17, 2018
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 products, excellent customer service and a very small defective/return…
July 22, 2018
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 many parts of the country and rather than…
July 22, 2018
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 many parts of the country and rather than…
July 21, 2018
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 lot of things…
July 21, 2018
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 lot of things…
May 10, 2018
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 water that other systems can’t remove. Call us for prices. Surge Protection…
May 10, 2018
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 usually works so, I just give some…
May 10, 2018
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 water that other systems can’t remove. Call us for prices. Surge Protection…
May 10, 2018
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 usually works so, I just give some…
May 10, 2018
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 water that other systems can’t remove. Call us for prices. Surge Protection…
May 10, 2018
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 usually works so, I just give some…
April 8, 2018
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 months of her…
April 8, 2018
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 months of her…
March 27, 2018
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 rubber roofs. I also am…
March 26, 2018
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 rubber roofs. I also am…
March 11, 2018
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 that…
March 11, 2018
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 that…
March 11, 2018
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 that…
February 26, 2018
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 become a better company, they are providing a great line of RV Awnings. The Solera brand has proven to be a Rock Star for my customers and our new go to awning. I go into the 3 Solera products that we have sold the most of this winter season in Arizona. The 18 Volt Universal Awning Arm Sets and the Universal Fabrics are two awesome products but, I have to say the Sliders or more commonly known as Slide Out Awnings are the best Slide Out Awnings we have ever installed. They are very similar to the Old Style A&E Slide Toppers except, they have been improved upon not only in style and appearance but also the performance is like none other.
February 26, 2018
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 become a better company, they are providing a great line of RV Awnings. The Solera brand has proven to be a Rock Star for my customers and our new go to awning. I go into the 3 Solera products that we have sold the most of this winter season in Arizona. The 18 Volt Universal Awning Arm Sets and the Universal Fabrics are two awesome products but, I have to say the Sliders or more commonly known as Slide Out Awnings are the best Slide Out Awnings we have ever installed. They are very similar to the Old Style A&E Slide Toppers except, they have been improved upon not only in style and appearance but also the performance is like none other.
February 26, 2018
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 become a better company, they are providing a great line of RV Awnings. The Solera brand has proven to be a Rock Star for my customers and our new go to awning. I go into the 3 Solera products that we have sold the most of this winter season in Arizona. The 18 Volt Universal Awning Arm Sets and the Universal Fabrics are two awesome products but, I have to say the Sliders or more commonly known as Slide Out Awnings are the best Slide Out Awnings we have ever installed. They are very similar to the Old Style A&E Slide Toppers except, they have been improved upon not only in style and appearance but also the performance is like none other.
February 25, 2018
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 process I went through and why I did it. I…
February 25, 2018
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 process I went through and why I did it. I…
February 6, 2018
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 and being able to use a Compact Wireless Keyboard with iPads and Android Devices can be extremely helpful. Many RV'ers find that just recharging all of the devices can be a chore, the Plugable Power Adapter/Charger cleans up the charging cables and simplifies the charging process. Plugable provides computing adapters of all types and styles to make life easier and using technology more enjoyable and absolutely hassle free. In this Episode I review many of the Plugable Items I use at work and at home on a regular basis. There many ways to make and RV more PC and Tablet Friendly and with the help of Plugable you can certainly find out how.
February 6, 2018
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 and being able to use a Compact Wireless Keyboard with iPads and Android Devices can be extremely helpful. Many RV'ers find that just recharging all of the devices can be a chore, the Plugable Power Adapter/Charger cleans up the charging cables and simplifies the charging process. Plugable provides computing adapters of all types and styles to make life easier and using technology more enjoyable and absolutely hassle free. In this Episode I review many of the Plugable Items I use at work and at home on a regular basis. There many ways to make and RV more PC and Tablet Friendly and with the help of Plugable you can certainly find out how.
February 6, 2018
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 and being able to use a Compact Wireless Keyboard with iPads and Android Devices can be extremely helpful. Many RV'ers find that just recharging all of the devices can be a chore, the Plugable Power Adapter/Charger cleans up the charging cables and simplifies the charging process. Plugable provides computing adapters of all types and styles to make life easier and using technology more enjoyable and absolutely hassle free. In this Episode I review many of the Plugable Items I use at work and at home on a regular basis. There many ways to make and RV more PC and Tablet Friendly and with the help of Plugable you can certainly find out how.
December 30, 2017
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 Suburban Water Heaters on what to check, how often and the tools needed…
December 30, 2017
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 Suburban Water Heaters on what to check, how often and the tools needed…
December 30, 2017
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 Suburban Water Heaters on what to check, how often and the tools needed…
October 6, 2017
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 next trip? In most cases, you won't snag a super deal online for RV Parts at best, it will be a good deal. A good deal is alright if you save a buck or two. Or is it? The point of this episode is bring to the front some easy steps to make sure you have the needed parts by Saturday and making sure there is a Plan B. Lets say your RV Water Heater needs a new circuit board, your almost 100% sure! If you go to the local RV Parts Store they will be able to test your old one and confirm your theory and sell you a need board. You have your new board and you go back to your RV and install the new circuit board and your water heater still doesn't work! If you bough this circuit board Online you would now start wonder how the return process works? What if I can't return? Is this going to be a big hassle? The anxieties mount up but, you did save a few bucks! Now, if you shopped locally you could just back to the RV Parts Store and they will most likely hand you a new circuit board. This time you make sure they test before you leave. It is the same thing with a lock or any other part, if you bought it locally you can return it and get the repair right away. It is just like shopping at Home Depot, if you buy a faucet and it leaks after installing it, you can return it and get a replacement the same day and finish the project. It might be a hassle to do it twice but, you got the job done. In this episode I share some other thoughts based on the years of experience I have from selling online. There many misconceptions and getting the Best Price on Amazon is just one of them. Listen to Episode 30 and hear the whole story!
October 6, 2017
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 next trip? In most cases, you won't snag a super deal online for RV Parts at best, it will be a good deal. A good deal is alright if you save a buck or two. Or is it? The point of this episode is bring to the front some easy steps to make sure you have the needed parts by Saturday and making sure there is a Plan B. Lets say your RV Water Heater needs a new circuit board, your almost 100% sure! If you go to the local RV Parts Store they will be able to test your old one and confirm your theory and sell you a need board. You have your new board and you go back to your RV and install the new circuit board and your water heater still doesn't work! If you bough this circuit board Online you would now start wonder how the return process works? What if I can't return? Is this going to be a big hassle? The anxieties mount up but, you did save a few bucks! Now, if you shopped locally you could just back to the RV Parts Store and they will most likely hand you a new circuit board. This time you make sure they test before you leave. It is the same thing with a lock or any other part, if you bought it locally you can return it and get the repair right away. It is just like shopping at Home Depot, if you buy a faucet and it leaks after installing it, you can return it and get a replacement the same day and finish the project. It might be a hassle to do it twice but, you got the job done. In this episode I share some other thoughts based on the years of experience I have from selling online. There many misconceptions and getting the Best Price on Amazon is just one of them. Listen to Episode 30 and hear the whole story!
July 14, 2017
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 if you deal with tires. My new 2017 Forest River Rockwood Signature Ultra Lite 5th wheel has Castle Rock ST225/75R15 tires and I read numerous postings that these are China tires and they call them China bombs and they are rated load range D. I am sure we are will be running heavy with all they new stuff. We should be ok with these tires for a while I hope. I am thinking about maybe American made Goodyear endurance tires load range E. Any thoughts. The 5th wheel came with a grill to hang on the side of the slide out and it has a propane hose to quick connect to the rv, we want to use the road pro grill we have had for several years but I need to adapt from my auxiliary propane bottle hose we was using to our new quick connect on the 5th wheel to about a 15' hose and fitting to the road pro grill, our road pro has what I think is a pressure regulator at the grill, so do I need this regulator if I am tapping into my new rv quick connect which I assume would be coming through the rv's pressure regulator ? On the slides measurements: Left large slide 151" outside edge to outside edge. (Has stove, refrigerator, couch) Left closet slide 69 1/4" outside edge to outside edge. Right large slide 115 3/4" outside edge to outside edge. (Has dinette set, tv, fireplace) Thank you Randy
July 14, 2017
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 elementary but I base my information on and how questions related to Slide Out Awnings are asked. I also find if the question is not asked right or properly understood the results will be less than satisfactory.
July 14, 2017
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 if you deal with tires. My new 2017 Forest River Rockwood Signature Ultra Lite 5th wheel has Castle Rock ST225/75R15 tires and I read numerous postings that these are China tires and they call them China bombs and they are rated load range D. I am sure we are will be running heavy with all they new stuff. We should be ok with these tires for a while I hope. I am thinking about maybe American made Goodyear endurance tires load range E. Any thoughts. The 5th wheel came with a grill to hang on the side of the slide out and it has a propane hose to quick connect to the rv, we want to use the road pro grill we have had for several years but I need to adapt from my auxiliary propane bottle hose we was using to our new quick connect on the 5th wheel to about a 15' hose and fitting to the road pro grill, our road pro has what I think is a pressure regulator at the grill, so do I need this regulator if I am tapping into my new rv quick connect which I assume would be coming through the rv's pressure regulator ? On the slides measurements: Left large slide 151" outside edge to outside edge. (Has stove, refrigerator, couch) Left closet slide 69 1/4" outside edge to outside edge. Right large slide 115 3/4" outside edge to outside edge. (Has dinette set, tv, fireplace) Thank you Randy
July 14, 2017
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 elementary but I base my information on and how questions related to Slide Out Awnings are asked. I also find if the question is not asked right or properly understood the results will be less than satisfactory.
October 16, 2016
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 and taking advantage of new technologies and giving the perception of building a better product. The RV Manufacturer has long been known for cutting corners and doing things to save money that no other reputable industry can get away with. The point of this Podcast is not to discourage someone from buying an RV or giving up on the RV Lifestyle, it is an effort to educate the RV'er to become a better consumer and avoid some the pitfalls of buying a new RV.
October 16, 2016
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 and taking advantage of new technologies and giving the perception of building a better product. The RV Manufacturer has long been known for cutting corners and doing things to save money that no other reputable industry can get away with. The point of this Podcast is not to discourage someone from buying an RV or giving up on the RV Lifestyle, it is an effort to educate the RV'er to become a better consumer and avoid some the pitfalls of buying a new RV.
October 15, 2016
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 Power Gear did raise their prices substantially before the purchase. We experienced 20%-40% price increases. For example: A power Gear motor that cost $200 went to $500 my cost. That is a substantial increase and Power Gear could never give a good explanation for the radical increases. After the purchase Lippert Components raised the prices again and also started the unfriendly task of assigning all Power Gear and Kwikee parts with Lippert part numbers. This will create confusion for years to come. Power Gear and Kwikee numbers have been populating the internet for decades and all of the dealers have only used Power Gear and Kwikee numbers. It will take years to get the world transformed to Lippert numbers. It was a ridiculous move and it just exemplifies the "who cares' attitude by Lippert. It is also displayed in the quality most of Lippert products.
October 15, 2016
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 Power Gear did raise their prices substantially before the purchase. We experienced 20%-40% price increases. For example: A power Gear motor that cost $200 went to $500 my cost. That is a substantial increase and Power Gear could never give a good explanation for the radical increases. After the purchase Lippert Components raised the prices again and also started the unfriendly task of assigning all Power Gear and Kwikee parts with Lippert part numbers. This will create confusion for years to come. Power Gear and Kwikee numbers have been populating the internet for decades and all of the dealers have only used Power Gear and Kwikee numbers. It will take years to get the world transformed to Lippert numbers. It was a ridiculous move and it just exemplifies the "who cares' attitude by Lippert. It is also displayed in the quality most of Lippert products.
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