RV Refrigerator, how level?

Q: How level does my RV fridge have to be?

A: Based on specifications from Norcold Training Manual,

Off-Level Operating Limits

Side-to-Side: 3 degrees maximum tilt off from level.
Front-to-Back: 6 degrees maximum tilt off from level.

Most people have a level(or can get a free app) on their phone, I use this:

Jacks Slides

Jacks under slide?

Q: Can I put jacks under my slides?

A: NO never, it will mess up the slide and structure of your RV, RV body settles some and brunt of the weight is then being held by the slide, oops no give due to jack, now the slide mechanism will get messed up, seen it, helped repair it to the tune of thousands of dollars since it is NOT warranty work due to owner making the mistake and yes they can tell that is what happened.

Safety Seat Belts


Q: Is there a listing of states where I need to wear seat belts?

A: Sure go here: Seat belt Laws for 50 states

Gray/Grey/Galley Tank Grey Tank Sanitation Toilet

Two grey tanks?

Q: It appears I have three tanks, a black and two grey tanks? What goes into each one?

A: Normally 3 tanks, a black tank, and 2 grey tanks(with one known as galley tank), that being said, black is toilet and two grey tanks are for kitchen sink, bathroom sink, bathroom shower/tub, dishwasher and washing machine(last two you might not have), then it is split with one being kitchen sink(galley tank) and the bathroom sink/bathtub/shower). At least all of the RVs I am seeing on a daily basis, those are the common setups.

Carbon Monoxide

Carbon Monoxide

Q: Should I worry about CO poisoning in my RV?

A: As long as you have a CO (Carbon Monoxide) detector and a propane detector you will be fine, they do have a life on them somewhere between 5-7 yrs usually, some will beep when gotten to the end of their life, some will not, so check to see when it was manufactured or the stated expiration date on it. Welcome to RVing

Freshwater Tank Sanitation Sanitize Water Systems

Should I use (drink) water in my freshwater tank?

Q: Freshtank water, safe to use?

A: Yes but keep some things in mind (from Leroy Kreider, RV Newbies group on Facebook).

It’s perfectly safe to use the fresh water in your freshwater tank if you follow these few simple rules:

  • Sanitize your tank and freshwater system annually as directed in your owners manual.
  • Only fill the tank from potable water sources. Potable water is, “water fit for drinking, being free from contamination and not containing a sufficient quantity of saline material to be regarded as a mineral water.” Water supplied at individual campsites is potable water. Water provided for flushing at dump stations is not.
  • Sanitize the water supply spigot before connecting your freshwater hose to it. I use a spray bottle containing a mixture of 1 part chlorine bleach to 8 parts water and I always thoroughly spray the spigot and the end of my hose before connecting. I do this because you never know what the previous users connected to the spigot. (– added by owner of this website: Be sure to use a food grade hose, one made for drink water, not your normal garden variety house to hook between the spigot and your RV)
  • Never use your black water flushing hose to supply potable water to your RV.
  • Use a quality sediment filter. You can get one designed to be connected in line with your freshwater hose or the one built into many RVs. I use both. Optionally you can use filters designed to improve the taste and smell of the water supplied. Most of these use some sort of activated carbon. An example would be those that are used in residential refrigerators for the water supply and ice maker.

If you follow these simple rules you can safely use the water in your fresh water tank and you can save a ton of money over using bottled water.

Added by owner of this website: I also use a Zero Water filter as a last thing before I drink the water whether from city water hookup or the freshwater tank)

Freshwater Tank Shower Toilet Water Water Systems

Water Pressure Regulator

Q: Do I really need a water pressure regulator?

A: Water lines in RVs should have no more than 60-65 psi. That is a very comfortable pressure for faucets and showers in your RV, could it handle more, probably but do you want to risk it? Here is the water pressure regulator I use (which is currently unavailable on Amazon a/o 1/8/2020. But any of the ones that can regulate it and have a dial to see what the water pressure is fine. The ones I don’t like are the ones w/o a gauge.

Appliances Shower Water Water Systems

NO water pressure at one of my faucets?

Q: Why does only of my faucets(fill in the blank, kitchen sink, bathroom, etc) have little or no pressure, yet the others work fine?

A: Keep it simple, unscrew the end of the faucet where the screen/filter is, see if it is clogged up, if so, clean it out, put it back on and then see if it is fixed. If not, soon I will continue the next steps to check 🙂

Appliances Furnace Propane

Propane Issue

Q: Stove top burners lite but only about half flame when set to high. Hot water heater is about the same – low flame. The furnace will light but immediately go out.

A: This happens most commonly for this reason: There is a part of the propane regulator subsystem that controls amount of propane in the event of a rupture of one of the propane lines and will slow down the flow or stop it completely. Try this before doing anything else:  Shut off the propane valve, make sure all propane appliances are turned off, then SLOWLY open the propane valve. Check your stove to see if that resolved your issue.

120VAC Electricity Shore Power

NCVT – Non Contact Voltage Tester

Q: What is a NCVT and why do I need one?

A: A noncontact voltage tester detects electricity in a wire or outlet, just by getting near it. It is the size and shape of a fat Sharpie and the detection occurs at the probe tip, which, in many cases, is designed to be pushed into an outlet. Why do you need one? Electricity rates right up there with high blood pressure. HUH? It is a silent killer. Take for example, you pull up to the campground, back your new RV right into the spot all is good. You get ready to hookup your 50 amp/30 amp plug, you grab the metal electrical pedestal, 99%+ of the time, it is all good. But there is that rare instance where the plug might be wired badly and the metal electrical pedestal is electrified and you get shocked. Maybe it is just a small tingle you feel when touching it or maybe you get a serious shock and it knocks you to the ground. Get yourself a NCVT and touch it to the shore power pedestal BEFORE you touch it with your hand and make sure it does NOT beep. Want to know more? My contact info is Joe Testa, text/call 740-206-5822 or email