An accumulator tank is a water chamber which has a pre-pressurized internal air bladder. They are installed in the pressured side of your pump and dampen water pressure ‘spikes’, reduce pump cycling, help increase the pump’s life and also save battery power.
ACCUMULATOR TANK BENEFITS:
Reduce Unwanted Cycling
Reduce Pressure Spikes
Increase Pump Life
Save Battery Power
TO CHECK IF YOU MAY NEED AN ACCUMULATOR
Water flow restriction in a plumbing system may cause a pump to ‘Rapid Cycle’ during low water flow demands. (Rapid cycle = On/OFF within 2 seconds). Cycling should be reduced to maximize pump life. To determine if pump adjustment is necessary, turn a tap ON to a lower than average water flow. The pump should cycle but its “OFF time” should be 2 seconds or longer.
* If cycling is correct, no accumulator in needed.
* If pump is rapid cycling, there may be procedure to adjust the pump (see your pump’s instruction manual).
* If cycling cannot be minimized, consider installing an accumulator tank.
“Flipping the RV’s axles” is usually undertaken to gain some height to the unit and most units will benefit from 3-6” of extra clearance from doing so. Generally RV’ers that are travelling into the back-country, have lower sitting RV’s or a lifted tow vehicle that will benefit from an axle flip.
An axle flip can prevent lots of avoidable damage to holding tanks, gate valves, jacks, or anything else hanging low that could potentially be damaged by limited clearance. Read more
Arguably one the most important parts of a RV maintenance check list is a wheel bearing repack.
Wheel bearings on an RV preform two basic functions: supporting trailer weight (loaded and unloaded) and to allow the wheels to turn with the least amount of friction possible.
Wheel bearings are the supports that hold the wheels onto the axles of the RV. And, since they’re spinning all the time, they need constant lubrication. Repacking the wheel bearings is simply “changing” the grease that lubricates the bearing — pushing out the old stuff and putting new, clean grease back in. Read more
Q. What is the difference between a deep cycle battery and an automotive battery?
A. A RV battery has fewer lead plates but also has much thicker plates to give a higher reserve. (More T.V. time, lights on, etc)
Q. Why are RV’ers going to 6-volt golf cart batteries instead of 12-volt deep cycle batteries?
A. 6 volt batteries have more reserve capacity because of their very high lead content and the track record for longevity is awesome. Therefore, if you plan on “boon-docking” or “dry-camping” (RV’ing without power) and you have the room for two 6-volt batteries (wired in series) that is the answer (below is an image of how to hook up two 6-volt batteries in series). Read more
Why Cover Your RV?
The best way to protect your RV is with some sort of shelter. If you don’t have some sort of covered area for your RV, a breathable RV cover is the next best thing to protect your RV.
- RV covers are ideal for high moisture climates like we have in the East Kootenays.
- PolyPro or PermaPro fabric top resists and repels rain and snow yet vents inside water vapor out.
- Prevents mold, mildew and ice buildup.
- Rugged UV and water-resistant polypropylene fabric side will protect your RV against moisture, UV rays, dirt and bird droppings.
- Strap and buckle attachments prevent billowing in windy locations and allow for custom look.
- A RV cover will save you time by reducing the need to wash & wax.
- A RV cover will protect the resale value of your RV by keeping it looking like new.
- Many looks to choose from and to closely match the size of your RV.
There are two main fridges that most RV manufactures install in their coaches. They are Dometic and Norcold and they both make absorption refrigerators.
RV absorption refrigerators depend on three main things in order to keep them running efficiently and if these three things are not correct, the cooling unit may fail. Like anything else, usually more than one of these three things are wrong when a cooling unit fails. They are as follows:
Level of unit
Most RV’ers prefer to camp on level ground; however it doesn’t take long with a fridge off-level to overheat a cooling unit. Even driving up a long steep hill can cause the liquid in the fridge’s boiler to shift and the boiler to sustain damage. Read more
If you own a RV there’s a very good chance that you have one or more roof vents. RV roof vents are installed in order for the RV’er to let fresh air in their unit. These vents are made up of a shroud, frame, screen, crank assembly, and lid. When the original vent was installed in the RV the entire vent (frame, screen, crank & lid assembly) was placed from above through a 14 X 14 hole in the RV roof and the shroud is installed from inside the RV for cosmetic purposes. The vent is then sealed from the roof with RV roof sealant.
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.
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.
These 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 recommend to keep your RV home warm in the cold winter months.
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 will 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!
Types of Holding Tank Chemicals: