How to Maintain a Healthy Black Tank

As a mobile RV tech I have addressed many black tank problems, ranging from simple clogs to tanks that have fallen off their supports. An RV black tank has a very important job to do and works well when it is given the proper tools and conditions. The black tank is not complex, and works by breaking down the solid waste into a slurry, allowing it to exit the tank without clogging. The solids are broken down by bacteria and lots of water. Some of those bacteria give off methane, others do not, and methane is one of the chemicals …

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Broken Service door

On one of our hops across the country while hooking up our fresh water, the door fell off in my hand. The problem turned out to be a broken retracting plastic pin on one side of the door hinge. The door attaches to the utility cabinet with one fixed pin and one spring retracting pin. Both pins are plastic, the retractable one is the one that broke. When it broke, the spring and remaining bits of pin disappeared into the gravel, never to be seen again. I made a few inquiries as to how to get a new one but …

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Ram 2500 Airbag Suspension Installation

We travel full-time in our Keystone Laredo 335MK travel trailer and pull it with a Ram 2500 pickup truck. Our truck has no problem towing our trailer. We use an Equalizer brand weight distribution hitch to even out the load. While traveling, we have noticed the rear of the truck tends to bounce when we travel over rough roads. Even with the Equalizer hitch, the truck tends to squat in the rear just a bit, this can affect the vehicle stability and reduce the headlight effectiveness. We try not to tow at night but the few times we have we …

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Home on Wheels Alliance

Want to help out a good cause and have a chance at winning a nice trailer? I just donated to the Home on Wheels Alliance through one of their fundraiser programs with a chance to win a 6×10′ Nomad Trailer by WeeRoll. They are helping senior citizens, the working poor, and people with disabilities from becoming truly homeless by providing safe vehicles to live in. This fundraiser program ends on 11/12/2020 and they are still a bit short of their goal. Please help them out. Thank you. Follow this link to help donate with a chance to win the trailer …

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What happened to David!

Wow, what a whirlwind of happenings over the past few weeks. We had always planned to leave the Austin area when things started to get warm and humid. The original plan was to pack up mid April and head to higher ground in Northern New Mexico. We ended up heading out a couple months late but we made it. Taos and Questa New Mexico are beautiful, quiet, and the weather is nice and cool. After spending several weeks there it became clear that there was a small problem. For whatever reason I was not adapting well to the 7400’ elevation. …

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Thank you Austin and Bastrop Texas!

David’s Mobile RV Service is currently traveling to our summer location in the northern New Mexico area near Questa. We have enjoyed meeting and working with all of our new customers in the East Austin area. We are looking forward to returning in the future. Thank you to Jim and all the crew at the Highway 71 RV Park. If you are looking for a friendly and comfortable place to park your RV while visiting the Austin area I definitely recommend them. Special thank you to Amanda and the crew at Bastrop Mobile Home & RV Parts store in Bastrop …

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You never know what you will find

When ever I take the cover off someone’s roof top AC unit I repeat the same mantra over and over, “no bees, no bees, no bees”. I am not really worried about honeybees, it’s more than likely I will run into their hornet cousins or a family of mud dobbers. Don’t get me wrong, I have spray but I don’t like having to use it. On a recent call I had to investigate why a furnace in a recently purchased trailer was not working properly. It’s an older trailer and had been used in a warm dry desert area for …

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Sanitizing Our Fresh Water System

How long has it been since you sanitized your fresh water system in your RV? Did you know your fresh water system needs to be sanitized on a regular basis? Even with a good filter, algae, debris, and bacteria can build up in the fresh water tank and plumbing.

The sanitation process can take several hours, and will require access to a fresh water supply.

We have a Keystone Laredo travel trailer with a 43 gallon fresh water tank, and our water cabinet includes the fresh water fill inlet, fresh water tank vent to prevent overfilling, valve for switching between onboard water and city water, black water flush inlet, outside shower port, and the cable TV connections.

View of the fresh water fill cabinet on our Keystone Laredo travel trailer

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Doubling Our Usable Kitchen Drawer Space

I borrowed this idea from my father. My dad added several pull-out storage areas in their kitchen pantries as well as interior drawers similar to this project. This additional pull-out storage made much better use of the space, making the contents neater and easier to access.

Our utensil drawer is definitely in need of a space utilization improvement project. The standard silverware organizer does do the job, but the drawer itself was never more than half full.

View of the utensil drawer before the project to add an interior drawer started

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