RV Daily Tips Newsletter Issue 1116


June 10, 2019

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Cleaning your RV roof

RV owners should get their roofs cleaned at least twice a year to prevent damaging substances from getting too embedded and creating permanent stains. This also will help avoid mold and mildew that grow on organic matter attached to your roof. Especially if your RV is parked under trees for extended periods of time, your roof can be a ripe target for bird droppings, mulberry stains, tree sap, mold, mildew, fungus and the like. For your cleaning technique, we suggest cleaning one manageable area at a time, such as a 3′ x 3′ section.

First, rinse the area with a hose or a power washer with a wide pattern nozzle and let it drain. Then spray on the cleaner and scrub with a medium bristle brush. Then rinse and move on.

If you are on the roof doing this, start in one corner and then move sideways to the other side and then down and sideways again to the side where you started and so on, working backward to the other end of the RV. But be careful! Note that by working in such manageable areas, you can also handle the whole job from a ladder or scaffold without getting on the roof.

Lastly, if you have some stubborn stains, you can try mineral spirits, but with a BIG CAUTION: Do NOT use mineral spirits unless you carefully follow these directions. Mineral spirits is a petroleum distillate, and a rubber roof can react with swelling, deterioration and discoloring.
DIRECTIONS: NEVER pour the mineral spirits DIRECTLY ONTO THE ROOF! Always pour a SMALL amount on a soft cloth (less is best) and then use the cloth to scrub out the stain, using only as much as needed and wiping it up with another cloth when the stain is gone. —From Dicor Products

RV Electricity – This week’s J.A.M. (Just Ask Mike) Session:

What are AC and DC power?

Feel like there’s more to know about your RV’s battery? This helpful article from KOA tells you everything you need to know, including how to maintain your battery and extend its life.


More help with floor vents

Jon Guenther responded to a recent tip that suggested putting tape over floor registers to keep undesirable objects out. “We have been adding screen material to our vents. We cut the screen material larger than the hole, screw down the vent and then trim away the access. It keeps out the things toddlers try to put down it, mice, and larger dirt particles. If the screen gets torn or dirty, we replace it.” The photo shows a new screen, partially installed. To complete the project, the screen will be trimmed down. Thanks Jon!

Tow rating – weakest link rule

Your tow vehicle may be rated to tow 7K pounds, but if the hitch receiver on the vehicle is rated at 5K pounds that is the most you can tow. Tip from Mark Polk, RV Education 101.

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I was told to use Dawn dish soap or wal mart with bleach laundry soap to clean the roof and camper. If the Dawn is good enough for wildlife cover in oil then it has to be good enough for the camper.


I am currently planning on spending the summer in Mesa, Arizona due to health reasons. To stop the heat from coming in thru my roof vents I put aluminum foil over the outside of the vent and tucked up inside and then closed the vents. It eliminated about 98% of the heat. You just can’t open and close the vents but then in this extreme heat so don’t open them anyway. I only had the small foil the next time I would get the wider foil I had to double up and tape the seam. So far so good!


Bill Bateman

On a somewhat related subject, how many of us have found mouse/rat nests in the intake ducts leading to the engine air filter? I fabricated a screen over the intake port from 3/8″ opening builders screen after I found a partially disassembled air filter with a nest in the airbox made from the filter material in my 2003 6.0 litre GM.
Wish I could attach a pic here.

George C

Not sure if I completely understand the question on tire age. From a point shortly after it was new in 2005, ours had had a mixture of ages as problem tires were replaced. With three axles and expensive tires, I don’t try to replace them all at once (ouch!) but rather by axle.

I just put new tires on the steer. The old steer tires (4 years old) went to the tag axle. The drive axle tires are just hitting 7 years and will be swapped out next spring.

Thomas Becher

The idea about screen in the duct may keep junk out of it but it will affect the furnace. Screen is 50% blockage so the fan may not get rid of the heat and may overheat the furnace and trip or blow the thermal fuse. My furnace had only 2 pipes leading from it and the air was really hot. I found one of the pipes bent on half which was reducing airflow. I also added 2 pipes to move more air. One I installed in the bathroom where there was none. Genius design.


4 new tires this past week. Bought my 5th wheel new in 2016 and it came with Castle Rock tires. 3 years and 4 months later 2 blow outs on the way to campground and 1 tire going flat as arriving home one week later. Guess when it is time for these tires to go they all go. I replace the load rated D to E rated tire. I inspect my tires before going anywhere and keep inflation rate at proper pressure. These tires looked almost new before we left home. Hope my new tires will last as long because my plan is to replace at 3 yrs. from now on. Replaced old tires with 4 new Hercules Power STRs.


Never put a screen over your Return or Supply air grills on your heating or cooling system. A screen can restrict airflow as much as 50% and cause overheating on your furnace and freeze ups on your AC. This is based on over 30 years as HVAC service tech.