Summer Ready Check List

Signs of Spring are finally appearing in the East Kootenay’s as the Winter snow FINALLY melts. RV owners are bringing their units out of storage in preparation for for another summer full of exciting adventures. While you may be anxious to hit the highway, some spring maintenance is in order if you want to enjoy a problem free travel season.Image result for spring

Here at Snowy Peaks RV we are starting to book appointments to get RVs de-winterized and prepared for the summer season. The following checklist contains several helpful hints to get your camper or coach ready so you can begin with your travelling adventures.

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RVing in the Winter

20161213_111207These days we are seeing more and more RVers using their RVs in the cold Winter months. There isn’t much of a difference if you are travelling down south to a warmer climate; however if you plan on staying in Canada for the winter there are some things that we reccomend to keep your RV home warm in the cold winter months.

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What is the difference between Holding Tank Chemicals?

If you own an RV you most likely know that when using a holding RV tank you need to treat it with a holding tank treatment and certain things such as weather with affect the effectiveness of the treatments. However many have wondered why there are so many treatments and which one is right for them so we thought we’d narrow it down for you!

                                       Formaldehyde Based Tank Treatments: $

thetford-toilet-chemical-aqua-kem-32oz-09852_1Formaldehyde based tank treatments are the original tank treatments. These treatments combine formaldehyde, methyl alcohol and coloring to mask odors in holding tanks and kill bacteria. The issue with formaldehyde based products is the environmental harm that they may cause and therefor they are banned in some places.

monochem-T-5Chemical Based Tank Treatments: $$$
Chemical based tank treatments are very aggressive in breaking down organics. Unfortunately while breaking down tank odor they release gases and form what is called struvites in the tank and lines. The odor from the gases is quickly cover up by a deodorant, but the stuvites formed remain in the tank, lines, and even on the sensors. This can cause blockages when draining and/or misleading tank sensors. Chemical bases tank treatments are usually labeled natural as their ingredients can be found in the environment and can be used in most parks.
09083_2Enzyme/Bacteria Based Tank Treatments: $
Enzyme/Bacteria based tank treatments use naturally occurring enzymes and/or bacteria to break down the solids in the tank and use some sort of deodorant to mask the tank odor. When the solids are broken down they create a sludge in the bottom of the tank similar to that of septic tank treatments. Enzyme/Bacteria based treatments are usually approved for grey water treatment and septic. These treatments work really well in tanks that are pumped out with septic trucks on regular bases. These treatments are usually recommended by parks with strict environmental precautions.
TankTechsProbiotic Tank Treatments: $$
Probiotic tank treatments are effective in breaking down waste, controlling odor (even in high or low temperatures), killing germs, and being healthy for the tanks (black, grey & septic), humans and the environment all at the same time! Don’t be fooled by the higher cost on the bottle, as there are more treatments inside!
Grey Water Treatments: $$$
Grey water treatments are usually enzyme or probiotic based. They provide a fresh smell to the sink and lines, and dissolve grease and organic sludge. Most grey water tank treatments are biodegradable and formaldehyde-fee.
$ = less than $1.00
$$ = less than $2.00
$$$ = less than $3.00
Lindsey Roberts
Snowy Peaks RV

What you need to know about RV Roofs

The RV roof is one of the most important parts to a RV- and also one of the most neglected. Every year RVs are destroyed due to lack of maintenance to their roofs. Outlined below are the required steps to keeping your roof in top shape!


Rubber Roofing 

If your RV has a soft surface white roof it is most likely an EPDM rubber roof. This roof is very common from 1990 to current units. The roof will be made up of inside panelling, trusses, plywood (or OSB material), and then the final one piece of rubber roof membrane is glued down. In order to care for your rubber roof follow the following steps.


1. Inspect all seams (Vents, skylights, and front and back seams)

2. Repair cracked seams (Dicor caulking or Eternabond tape) by either touching up caulking or removing and replacing sealant.

3. Clean and Treat rubber (Protect-All 2 Part System)


1. Reinspect all seams and repair where necessary.

Water damage to a rubber roof can only be repaired by replacing the entire roof membrane and any wood exposed to rot.

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Most recreational vehicles are equipped with or have provisions for some sort of awning. Awnings provide shade for the RV user or for parts of the RV itself. There are two major awning brands for RVs, Dometic/A&E and Carefree. These awning manufacturers make many different kinds of awnings. The most common are manual awnings, power awnings, bag awnings, slide-out awnings & window awnings. With proper maintenance and care awnings can make RVing more enjoyable.

The awning most RVers are familiar with is the manual awning. This awning is permanently awning 1.2mounted to the side of the RV and rolls up for travel. There are three main components to the manual awning- the fabric, roller tube and hardware. The fabric is the material that
provides the shade for the RVer. Fabric is usually of vinyl or acrylic based material. Most awning fabric spreads eight feet outwards and is between eight and twenty-five feet in length. The roller tube is the metal tube that rolls out with the fabric when in use. Tension is applied to this tube with the hardware so that the fabric rolls straight in and out with ease. Finally the hardware is the metal arms (or commonly referred to as legs) attached to the side of the unit that allow the awning to angle and extend. Hardware for Carefree awnings is brand specific and generally requires a model number for replacement. Ordering hardware for Dometic awnings require a length, shape, and color with the exception of fabric over twenty feet which requires an extra arm for support. Manual awnings require a bit of knowledge to operate; however are quite simple to use once taught.

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Solar VS Generator

RV owners often want to find a way to extend their camping time while off-grid camping (camping away from electrical hook-ups). So inevitably the question arose; which is better, a generator or solar panels?

The answer to this question is more questions. What are your camping needs? What appliances are you running? And do you use the outlets in your unit frequently?

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