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November 9, 2018

TT #108 Residential Fridge Conversion: A New Approach (Part 3)

By: Rob Lowe

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This is the third of what was planned to be two Technical Tips which provide a viable option to converting an RV refrigerator from an absorption to a ‘residential’ refrigerator. In the... [read more]

July 19, 2018

How many Maintenance Chemicals Do you need?

By: Rob Lowe

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I recently read an article in Family RVing (May 2018, Page 40) that listed a number of Specialty Products for RVs . I looked at the list and thought: Wow that is a lot!  ... [read more]

July 9, 2018

TT #105 Dash Air Issues Resolved - Finally!!

By: Rob Lowe

Sometimes taking a different approach to solving an issue yields results that have eluded those using traditional approaches. This Tech Tip details a story of an ongoing issue that finally was... [read more]

April 16, 2018

TT #104 Preparing a Coach for a Trip to Alaska and the Yukon (Part 2)

By: Rob Lowe

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In Technical Tip 103, I began this two-part article. What follows will give you some background and if you have not read Technical Tip #103 you will find it helpful to read it before this one.... [read more]

April 15, 2018

TT #103 Preparing a Coach for a Trip to Alaska and the Yukon (Part 1)

By: Rob Lowe

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I have presented seminars on travelling to Alaska and the Yukon and afterwards I am asked: "How do I (or did you) prepare (y)our coach for that trip?” That’s a great question and one that is... [read more]

March 31, 2018

TT #102 Installing a 12 Volt Charge Line to Maintain the Towed Vehicle Battery

By: Rob Lowe

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With more and more vehicle makers requiring some method of maintaining the battery in a towed vehicle while it is being towed, it seemed like it was a good time to bring this topic forward in a... [read more]

November 9, 2017

TT #101 Air Dryer Air Deflector & a Simple Fuel Spill Prevention Technique

By: Rob Lowe

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The RV community is known for sharing ideas which solve or deal with situations. The willingness of others to pass along their experience is what makes it easier for those new to the RV... [read more]

October 27, 2017

TT #100 Flat Screen TV: Power Supply Issues & TV Replacement

By: Rob Lowe

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While attending a RV Rally about a year ago, my wife turned on our front (over the dash) TV and heard a loud ‘pop’ sound. The TV did not come on and when I returned to the coach, I tried to... [read more]

October 4, 2017

TT #99 Let’s Check the Hitch Receiver and Towing System!

By: Rob Lowe

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While attending a RV Rally recently, a few attendees commented on the failure of their towing systems. Before going into details, I’d like to thank Bob Young of the Mid America Bounders Chapter... [read more]

August 26, 2017

TV Reception Rescued by using Corrosion Block®

By: Rob Lowe

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On a cross country trip this summer, we stopped for the night and discovered that our satellite TV Antenna was not working and that we had no TV reception. We confirmed that the receiver and... [read more]

July 30, 2017

TT #98 Is it Time to Update Your RV ‘Peripherals’?

By: Rob Lowe

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During a cross-country trip in which we boondocked (or dry camped) many nights, in addition to staying at a selection of RV parks, I reflected upon the equipment we use while RVing. Like many,... [read more]

May 9, 2017

Reinstalling a SMI Air Force One in a New Vehicle

By: Rob Lowe

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We recently removed an SMI Air Force One from our 8-year old Saturn Vue and re-installed, after refurbishing it, in our new Buick Envision. The refurbishing involved completely checking out all... [read more]

April 18, 2017

TT #95 Washer/Dryer Vent Replacement

By: Rob Lowe

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Many RVs are equipped with a combined washer and dryer made by Splendide. Our 2009 American Coach Allegiance 40X has a 2000 series, which has been replaced by the 2100 model in newer RVs where a... [read more]

September 30, 2016

When the Slide-Outs Don't Move!

By: Rob Lowe

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Many RVer’s occasionally experience a slideout that fails to move when the switch is depressed. We had this situation occur on our last major trip and just as many before have experienced, the... [read more]

July 20, 2016

TT #93 Replacing the Transfer Switch & Automated Electrical System Protection Unit (Part 2)

By: Rob Lowe

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In Technical Tip #92, I detailed how we determined that our RV’s Automatic Transfer Switch had failed and that it was contained within an integrated Transfer Switch and Electrical System Protection... [read more]

June 1, 2016

TT #92 Replacing the Transfer Switch & Automated Electrical System Protection Unit (Part 1)

By: Rob Lowe

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Our RV came equipped from the factory with an integrated Transfer Switch and Electrical System Protection (ESP) unit supplied by TRC... [read more]

May 31, 2016

A Great Way to Check Tire Pressures on your RV, Motorcycle, Trailer or Car

By: Rob Lowe

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Most new cars and light-duty trucks come with a Tire Pressure Monitoring System as standard equipment. Many higher end motorized RV have such a system as standard equipment or as an option.... [read more]

May 27, 2016

TT #91 Marker, Signal and Docking Light L.E.D. Conversion

By: Rob Lowe

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Upg rading RV Exterior Lights to L.E.D.’s In TechTip #85, I discussed upgrading the rear incandescent light fixtures on our RV to L.E.D. ones. With that improvement completed... [read more]

December 31, 2015

Hadley Horning Cleaning & Servicing Instructions

By: Rob Lowe

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Every so often people contact me with information they found useful in repairing their RV and they send it along to me. Such was the case with this set of instructions for servicing and... [read more]

December 29, 2015

Used RV Parts Sources

By: Rob Lowe

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With more and more orphaned RV’s and the many used RV’s that just need a standardized part at a fraction of the cost of a new one, the Used RV Parts business is flourishing. The challenge for... [read more]

December 28, 2015

TT #88 Tire Maintenance and Pressure Monitoring (Part 1)

By: Rob Lowe

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With an increasing number of people joining the ranks of RV owners, some of the basics need to be passed along to provide safety while travelling. One basic precept is proper tire maintenance... [read more]

October 22, 2015

What is the best way to store my RV’s batteries?

By: Rob Lowe

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A question, RVers frequently ask in the fall when planning to store their coaches over the winter, is: What is the best way to store my RV’s batteries? Generally speaking, it is always... [read more]

October 15, 2015

TT #87 RV Leveling Systems

By: Rob Lowe

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RV Leveling Systems: Most RVs are equipped with a leveling system which allows the RV to be levelled prior to extending slide-outs. There are two common styles: Electrically operated and... [read more]

September 23, 2015

Day-Night Shade Adjustment & Re-Stringing

By: Rob Lowe

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I have included a series of photos in a PDF file that you can refer to as you read this blog posting. Shade Repair Photos   It should add some clarity to a number of... [read more]

July 16, 2015

TT #86 Replacing a Side View Camera

By: Rob Lowe

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Replacing a Side View Camera   There are a number of situations where the side view cameras on our RV’s fail and need to be replaced. While these cameras can be physically damaged... [read more]

March 13, 2015

Horst Miracle Probes are Available Again!

By: Rob Lowe

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Horst Miracle Probes that make conventional RV tank monitoring systems read accurately, are available once again. When the original inventor shuttered his company, it looked like these... [read more]

November 19, 2014

Day-Night Blind Re-Stringing

By: Rob Lowe

I receive many questions from RVers that are investigating whether they can repair the Day-Night blinds in their RV. We sell the United Blind First Aid Kit for blinds, however many want... [read more]

October 24, 2014

TT #81 Lubricant Analysis: A Modern Maintenance Technique

By: Rob Lowe

Introduction:   Lubricant analysis is a new service option available to RVers now. Many large vehicle fleet operators have taken advantage of this service and they have enjoyed more... [read more]

May 19, 2014

Ready to Tow (Part 1)

By: Rob Lowe

As towing and braking systems have evolved to be mainstays of the RV experience, maintenance of these systems becomes part of the regimen of using the towbars and braking systems. Braking... [read more]

April 24, 2014

Are We Almost Ready to Go?

By: Rob Lowe

Sometimes it seems that it takes a long time to get a RV out of storage and ready for a season of RVing. From my experience, and that of many others, proper preparation before storage reduces... [read more]

April 17, 2014

Let’s Get Everything Inside Ready to Go!

By: Rob Lowe

With my last post I spent a lot of it dealing with items that relate to motorized RV’s. This Blog Posting will cover both motorized and non-motorized RV’s interior systems. So far we have... [read more]

April 4, 2014

Let’s Get our RV Ready to Travel

By: Rob Lowe

In my last posting I walked through some exterior items to look at after a long, cold winter. Let’s turn to the inside next. While I am biased, many RVers have found our book:  ” All the... [read more]

March 21, 2014

Spring 2014 is here!

By: Rob Lowe

It looks like the long and cold winter is finally behind us. For those living in "snow country”, we no longer need to worry about digging out our RV, however if it was stored outside this past... [read more]

February 7, 2014

Battery Issues / Charging Issues (Part 4)

By: Rob Lowe

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    Case Study 2   Dead Chassis Batteries   The second case involved a RV that had experienced "dead” Chassis/Starting batteries even though all batteries... [read more]

February 6, 2014

TT #78 Foggy Window Repairs - Part 1

By: Rob Lowe

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Foggy Window Repairs Part 1   One constant issue with RVs over the years since double pane were introduced in 1994 has been their propensity to "fog up” or lose their seal.... [read more]

January 31, 2014

Lubricant Analysis - A New Way to Maintain

By: Rob Lowe

Lubricant Analysis   Introduction:   Lubricant analysis is a new service option available to RVers now. Many large vehicle fleet operators have taken advantage of... [read more]

February 1, 2013

TT #70 The "29 Point" Inspection

By: Rob Lowe

I have always been a do-it-yourself RV owner, preferring to carry out the routine maintenance of our RV myself. That approach has proved cost effective over the years and allowed me to understand... [read more]

February 1, 2011

TT #63 Original Equipment Part Sources

By: Rob Lowe

Technical Tips #63      Notes And Updates: The contact information for the REV Group, Fleetwood RV Parts and... [read more]

December 1, 2010

TT #62 Paint or Restripe?

By: Rob Lowe

Technical Tips #62    Paint or Restripe? One of the decisions older Bounder owners face as their Bounder ages is "Should I replace the vinyl accent stripes or should I... [read more]

June 1, 2010

TT #61 Velvac mirror replacement and adjustment

By: Rob Lowe

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Technical Tips #61    VELVAC ® MIRROR REPLACEMENT AND ADJUSTMENT Since Velvac ® brand exterior rear view mirrors are standard equipment on most Bounders, I thought... [read more]

December 1, 2009

TT #60 Slide Topper Replacement

By: Rob Lowe

Technical Tips #60    Slide Topper Replacement After seven years of use, I noticed that my slide-out awning cover known as a Slide Topper was deteriorating. The fabric section... [read more]

November 1, 2009

TT #59 Holding Tank Monitoring

By: Rob Lowe

Technical Tips #59    Holding Tank Monitoring After installing the Horst Miracle Probes on my coach, I discovered that the wiring to my Holding Tank Monitor System was... [read more]

August 1, 2009

TT #58 Accurate Holding Tank Levels - Horst Miracle Probe Installation

By: Rob Lowe

Technical Tips #58    Accurate Holding Tank Levels - Horst Miracle Probe Installation Last month I highlighted a new product that simply provided accurate holding tank levels... [read more]

June 1, 2009

TT #57 Finally! Simple, Accurate holding tank levels

By: Rob Lowe

Technical Tips #57    Finally! Simple, Accurate Holding Tank Levels Every month, I receive a collection of trade journals that layout the industry trends, RV related business... [read more]

June 1, 2008

TT #54 Back to Basics RV Refrigerators

By: Rob Lowe

Technical Tips #54    Back to Basics: RV Refrigerators Does anyone remember the old style RV refrigerators which were a giant leap from the ice boxes we had in our pop-up... [read more]

December 1, 2007

TT #52 Electrical Connections that Do not Work

By: Rob Lowe

Technical Tips #52    Electrical connections that don't work I have received email requests for information on various electrical components that seem to be acting in an... [read more]

February 1, 2007

TT #51 Slide-Outs

By: Rob Lowe

Technical Tips #51    Slide-Out's That Don't I have received a few requests for information about Slide-out rooms (slides) that do not slide out or come back in when the... [read more]

October 1, 2006

TT #50 Whistling Grilles and Paintball Bombs and Graffiti Removal

By: Rob Lowe

Technical Tips #50    Whistling Grilles With the restyling of the Bounder and the new front cap design, there have been reports of various whistling sounds emanating from the... [read more]

August 1, 2006

TT #49 Day-Night Shade Adjustment & Repair

By: Rob Lowe

Technical Tips #49    Day-Night Shade Adjustment & Repair Most late model coaches are equipped with pleated window shades, commonly known as "day-night blinds" with a... [read more]

April 1, 2006

TT #47 Another Summer of Travel

By: Rob Lowe

Technical Tips #47    Let's Get Ready for Another Summer of Travel! With Spring here, most of us are ready for another season of traveling. Now is the time to carry out some... [read more]

February 1, 2006

TT #46 "Ground" Maintenance, Auxiliary Start, and Generator Start Tips

By: Rob Lowe

Technical Tips #46    "Ground" Maintenance, Auxiliary Start, and Generator Start Tips I have often read messages on the Bounder "Yahoo Group" about a vehicle or a generator... [read more]

October 1, 2005

TT #45 Tow Bar Safety and Maintenance

By: Rob Lowe

Technical Tips #45      Notes And Updates: Since more and more SUV's and pickups are being towed the "Drop"... [read more]

August 1, 2005

TT #44 Storage Compartment Door Maintenance

By: Rob Lowe

Technical Tips #44    Storage Compartment Door Maintenance The basis of Bounder's claim to fame is the basement which, when introduced, changed the way motorhomes were built.... [read more]

October 1, 2004

TT #41 New Plumbing Fittings & Corrosion Block

By: Rob Lowe

Technical Tips #41      Notes And Updates: We no longer have an online parts catalogue. Check with your RV... [read more]

February 1, 2004

TT #37 Dometic Refrigerator Door Hinge Repair Replacement and Adjustment

By: Rob Lowe

Technical Tips #37      Notes And Updates: The link to the Bounder Yahoo Group is... [read more]

April 1, 2003

TT #35 Water Heater

By: Rob Lowe

Technical Tips #35      Notes And Updates: The link to the Bounder Yahoo Group is... [read more]

April 1, 2002

TT #32 RV Walkaround Hints

By: Rob Lowe

Technical Tips #32      Notes And Updates: For a Copy of the Seminar Notes which included color photos and... [read more]

February 1, 2002

TT #31 Signal Flashers - Again!

By: Rob Lowe

Technical Tips #31    Signal Flashers - Again! This past summer I experienced a situation with my Bounder, built on a Ford F53 chassis, that gave me cause for concern and for... [read more]

October 5, 2001

TT #29 Dometic Refrigerator Service Tips

By: Rob Lowe

Technical Tips #29      Notes And Updates: The battery powered fans are no longer sold by RV Parts Plus. Check... [read more]

October 4, 2001

TT #28 Brakes: Upgrading pad, Fluid changing and upgrading

By: Rob Lowe

Technical Tips #28    Brakes While some of you have a Chevrolet/Workhorse Chassis, the following information may be of use not only to you, but also to many which have a... [read more]

October 2, 2001

TT #26 Exhaust Manifold Leaks, Tires Aging & Dating, Intellitec Info

By: Rob Lowe

Technical Tips #26    Exhaust Leaks One of our members called during Spring Break to ask about replacing an exhaust manifold, and cylinder head on their engine. Apparently... [read more]

October 1, 2001

TT #25 Bounder and Tow Car Electrical Problems

By: Rob Lowe

Technical Tips #25    Bounder and Tow Car Electrical Problems A reader wrote that his 1996 Bounder four way hazard flasher works for about five minutes then quits. The... [read more]

August 1, 2001

TT #24 Recommended Sealants

By: Rob Lowe

Technical Tips #24      Notes And Updates: The part numbers contained in this article may have been superceded... [read more]

June 1, 2001

TT #23 Window problems: Early Production 1994 Bounders

By: Rob Lowe

Technical Tips #23    Problem Windows on Early Production 1994 Bounders There were two problems with the "rectangular windows" found on early production 1994 Bounders. These... [read more]

May 2, 2001

TT #22 Fuses, Relays, Circuit Breakers & Signal Flashers - Part 2

By: Rob Lowe

Technical Tips #22     Notes And Updates: Bounder Classic RV's mentioned in this TechTip refer to the original... [read more]

May 1, 2001

TT #21 Fuses, Relays, Circuit Breakers & Signal Flashers - Part 1

By: Rob Lowe

Technical Tips #21    Fuses & Relays, Circuit Breakers & Signal Flashers: (Part 1) As a result of receiving an E-mail regarding the location of the fuse for the solar... [read more]

January 1, 2001

TT #18 BOA Berne Rally: Armrest Removal, Bounder Diesel update

By: Rob Lowe

Technical Tips #18    BOA International Rally at Amishville, (Berne) Indiana (continued) This is the third article on events at the Rally. Bounder Armrest Removal: Have you... [read more]

December 4, 2000

TT #16 BOA Berne Rally: Kwikee Step Seminar & Coleman A/C Hard Start Kit

By: Rob Lowe

Technical Tips #16      Notes And Updates: Kwikee no longer supports direct consumer contact. If this kit is... [read more]

December 3, 2000

TT #15 Misc #2 Failure of A/C fan

By: Rob Lowe

Technical Tips #15    Miscellaneous # 2 This is the second article on those problems that occur with our Bounders that have elusive solutions. I present these solutions to... [read more]

December 2, 2000

TT #14 Misc #1 Electric Step with Mind of its own

By: Rob Lowe

Technical Tips #14    Miscellaneous # 1 With the onset of spring and summer many Chapter members attending the Rallies have time to discuss some quirks or problems that have... [read more]

December 1, 2000

TT #13 BOA Williamsburg Holding Tank Maintenance, Short tips: Rear Brake Rotor Rusting

By: Rob Lowe

Technical Tips #13      Notes And Updates: We no longer have the order forms for the product mentioned in this... [read more]

October 2, 2000

TT #12 Short Tips HWT drain plug Fridge HWT hints Intermittent Exterior Lighting

By: Rob Lowe

Technical Tips #12      Notes And Updates: We recommend using Corrosion Block® rather than Di-electric... [read more]

August 1, 2000

TT #10 BOA Paxinos #3 Onan Generators, Chevrolet Chassis Spring problem

By: Rob Lowe

Technical Tips #10    Paxinos Technical Seminar Overview (#3)  The Fall BOA Rally in Paxinos covered many seminars about our Bounders. The following is some additional... [read more]

June 1, 2000

TT #9 BOA Paxinos #2 Onan Generators

By: Rob Lowe

Technical Tips #9      Notes And Updates: Modern RV's are equipped with elecrtrical systems that automatically... [read more]

December 1, 1999

TT #8 BOA Paxinos #1 Suburban Furnaces, Hints, Cleaning Fridge Burner tube

By: Rob Lowe

Technical Tips #8      Notes And Updates: Furnaces in present day RV's are equipped with sealed Limit switches.... [read more]

October 1, 1998

TT #7 Dometic Fridge Door Adjustment

By: Rob Lowe

Technical Tips #7    Dometic Refrigerator Door Adjustment One of our Chapter members obtained the following information while at a winter rally. He discovered that if you do... [read more]

September 2, 1998

TT #6 Instruments And Gauges Part 2

By: Rob Lowe

Technical Tips #6    Instruments & Gauges (Part 2) The Transmission Temperature gauge is a valuable instrument, protecting one of the most delicate components in the... [read more]

September 1, 1998

TT #5 Instruments And Gauges Part 1

By: Rob Lowe

Technical Tips #5    Instruments & Gauges (Part 1) One of the questions asked by Bounder owners is "How accurate are my gauges?" This often leads to a follow-up question:... [read more]

November 2, 1997

TT #2 Transmission Oil Change, Dometic Refrigerator Circuit Board Problem

By: Rob Lowe

Technical Tips #2    Transmission Oil Change: Most of us know that the automatic transmission fluid should be changed periodically (i.e. every 24 months or 20,000 miles/30,000... [read more]

November 1, 1997

TT #1 Step Lubrication and Cube Style Heater

By: Rob Lowe

  Technical Tips #1    Beginning in the fall of 1996, when I was appointed as the 1st Canadian Bounder of America Chapter Technical Representative, I began writing... [read more]