Rangitsch Brothers RV & Home Center Missoula Blog

  • Published on Mar 18, 2015

    When it comes to Mr. or Mrs. fix it most of us don’t quite make the cut. It’s usually just easier to have someone else fix it. Well, that’s completely understandable, but let’s try saving you a few bucks for some of the easier fixes that you can take care of yourself. 

    Today, I’m going to talk about two easy fixes that anyone can do and one simple preventive maintenance that you can do to save you a lot of money. You won’t necessarily be the next Macgyver after you read this, but you will have the knowledge on how to fix simple issues. For the rest Rangitsch Brothers are always there to help. 

    How To Repair The Water Line

    Often times a water line will break due to the weather. The water in the lines freeze and expand causing the line to split, and you are left with a cut in the line. This can lead to big trouble, anywhere from damaging your electrical wires to molding and ruining part of your interior. 

    Usually there is enough slack or movement in the line to allow you to cut out the damaged section containing the split. Next you can rejoin the two ends with a new fitting.  

    If the damage requires you to take out a longer section of water line, then you will usually need two fittings and a similar length of replacement water line to make the repair.

    How to Seal a Metal RV Roof

    I understand not all roofs are metal, but for the ones that are, if they aren’t sealed properly this can lead to a bad day. Kool seal metal rv roof repair was the RV roofing material of choice before TPO and EPDM took over.

    Usually household roof coatings work to seal your RV metal roof, but it’s advised to stay away from them and use the right product for the right job. 

    Although we don’t generally recommend one product over the other products like Kool Seal are your best bet. They are usually white elastomeric roof coating that form a thick rubber-like blanket for protection against moisture, mildew and algae. The elastomeric film is durable, water resistant and easy to clean.

    RV Generator Preventive Maintenance

    Lack of use is one of the biggest problems with generators. In gasoline generators the fuel breaks down and gums up causing hard starting and surging problems. This can happen in as short a period as one month. 
    The best way to keep a generator running is to use it and to run it. Just warm up the engine once a month to make sure it works. 

    Also, you should use a fuel preservative whenever the unit will be in storage, but there are many other reasons to start and exercise the generator on a regular basis. 

    The bottom line is, do not hesitate to use your generator and when you do use it put a load on it. A little exercise and preventive maintenance will keep you generator in top operating condition and provide many years of faithful service.

    There are a lot of easy fixes out there. Google is always a great tool, but for anything too advanced for google or out of your comfort zone we are here to help. For more help with anything relating to the service of your rv contact our service department.  

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