RV Service Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

In a recent Lichtsinn RV Live, Brian Buffington, Lichtsinn RV Service Director, answered some of our frequently asked questions of the service department and answered our audience’s questions live. Here are our RV Service FAQs –

Watch our video on Service FAQs and Winnebago’s Fiberglass Roof here.

Can I hook up a 2 Amp trickle charger to a Class A gas or Diesel without disconnecting the batteries? 

It is always recommended to unhook the battery when working with any chassis items to prevent damage or health hazards. 

When winterizing an RV using the dry method, is it required to charge the system with antifreeze? 

Not necessarily, but there are a few other steps you have to do with that method. It is best to refer to your owner’s manual to see the recommended steps to winterize using air. We like to suck up a little RV antifreeze in the pump to protect it and then make sure to put antifreeze down all the drains. 

What is the recommended installation for solar on a fiberglass roof? 

Most manufacturers’ panels come with the mounting brackets. 98% of the solar panels we install are done by mounting the panel by cutting into the roof and resealing it. There is an option for mounting a panel without cutting into the roof and we do that as well. 

What is the max height for a solar panel? 

It depends on the layout of the roof. Generally, the lower the better. You don’t want to get it too high and get a parachute effect.

With a diesel engine how do you recommend you break it in?

Our recommendations are based on the chassis manufacturers recommendations. 1,000 mile break in at various speeds without a tow car to properly seat the cylinders. 

Can I upgrade my house batteries to lithium?

Yes, we do it all the time. There are some additional considerations we would need to take into account based on your RV. If you are interested please call our service department at 1-800-343-6255 and we will assist.

Is it difficult to remove the stabilizer jacks?

 Stabilizer jacks are not difficult to remove if you have the right tools. It can be difficult to access the bolts that would need to be removed. 

How should I maintain the house batteries?

If you have flooded lead acid batteries with a water level – watch the water level in the batteries, don’t leave it plugged in all the time, and keep the batteries clean.  

What should I do of the tank levels are not reading correctly? 

Make sure you are doing black tank flushes frequently if you have that feature. Thetford also makes some good products to help clear out your tanks. 

Is it better to use the electric function of a heater instead of LP, if you have access to electricity?

We always recommend using electricity to conserve LP. 

What cleaners should you use on the roof of a Winnebago View? 

As needed, use general soap and water and be very careful it can be very slippery. 

Do all Winnebago motorhome models have fiberglass roofs? 

Winnebago’s more price conscious products like the Intent, Outlook and Vita have a dicor roof membrane. However, underneath the dicor membrane the roof is still constructed with the same industry-leading SuperStructure Construction method as Winnebago’s fiberglass roofs. 

How do fiberglass roofs hold up to hail?

Fiberglass roofs hold up excellently to hail. We used to own an auto dealership when we would have hail we wouldn’t worry about the fiberglass roofs on the RVs. 

Experience the Best℠ at Lichtsinn RV, the #1 Winnebago Dealer in North America for the last five consecutive years. Lichtsinn RV is located 1 mile north of Winnebago Industries in Forest City, IA and we proudly sell new Winnebago motorhomes and pre-owned RVs from various manufacturers. While at Lichtsinn RV, you can expect no delivery miles on new RVs, a complimentary half-day educational orientation of your RVexcellent guest reviews, an assigned support team from sales, parts, service and the business officesuperior accommodationsno-hassle pricing and competitive financing. See our extensive new and used inventory here.

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Gifts for RVers: Parts Gift Certificate

Looking for gift ideas for the RVers in your life? A gift certificate to the Lichtsinn RV Parts Store is the perfect gift for any RVer.

Lichtsinn RV is the Top Winnebago Parts Dealer in the Country, carrying a large selection of Winnebago, Itasca, Workhorse and Winnebago Touring Coach parts and RV accessories. The RVer in your life will be able to find whatever part they are looking for. We also offer same-day shipping for in-stock parts and we ship nationwide. Plus, we offer 10% discount on Winnebago Parts to all WIT Club Members.

We carry the gear RVers are looking for like Weather Tech Mats and accessories, Surge Guard Electrical Protection, Ram Mounts, Aluminess Cargo Gear, and more.

To order a Lichtsinn RV Parts Store gift certificate please call 1-800-343-6255 to speak with one of our parts consultants or visit our website at www.lichtsinn.com/rv-parts

Experience the Best℠ at Lichtsinn RV, the #1 Winnebago Dealer in North America for the last five consecutive years. Lichtsinn RV is located 1 mile north of Winnebago Industries in Forest City, IA and we proudly sell new Winnebago motorhomes and pre-owned RVs from various manufacturers. While at Lichtsinn RV, you can expect no delivery miles on new RVs, a complimentary half-day educational orientation of your RVexcellent guest reviews, an assigned support team from sales, parts, service and the business officesuperior accommodationsno-hassle pricing and competitive financing. See our extensive new and used inventory here.

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Why do you Need a Certified RV Technician

The RVDA-RVIA RV Service Technician Certification Program is designed to assist the RV industry and the public in identifying those professionals who have demonstrated the knowledge and ability to satisfy established standards in RV diagnostic and repair procedures. All Lichtsinn RV service technicians are Master Certified RV Technicians, meaning they have undergone additional testing beyond the RVDA-RVIA RV Service Technician Certification Program meaning they have over 5 years of experience as a RV Service Technician and have tested for additional competency. IMG_3195

So when you are looking for a service technician to work on your RV, you need to ensure they are qualified to perform the repairs or work you asked them to. To check for additional service credentials, ask the dealer if they are”Flying W” Award Winners. The Flying W Award, formerly the Circle of Excellence Award, signifies excellence in service and customer satisfaction. Lichtsinn RV has won this award for the last 26 years. Winnebago Flying W Award

 

Experience the Best℠ at Lichtsinn RV, the #1 Winnebago Dealer in North America for the last five consecutive years. Lichtsinn RV is located 1 mile north of Winnebago Industries in Forest City, IA and we proudly sell new Winnebago motorhomes and pre-owned RVs from various manufacturers. While at Lichtsinn RV, you can expect no delivery miles on new RVs, a complimentary half-day educational orientation of your RVexcellent guest reviews, an assigned support team from sales, parts, service and the business officesuperior accommodationsno-hassle pricing and competitive financing. See our extensive new and used inventory here.

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Winnebago View, Navion and Era Winterizations

With the winter months fast approaching many RV owners must get their motorhome winterized, and ready for storage. We have recorded several RV winterization videos that will walk you through step-by-step on how to get your RV ready. In all of our videos, one of our RVDA/RVIA certified RV technicians will show you exactly what to do.

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If you are not interested in winterizing your RV yourself, we can help! Call our service department at 1-800-343-6255 and schedule your winterization service today.

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RV Winterization Videos in Our Video Library 

RV Winterization Videos

With the winter months fast approaching many RV owners must get their motorhome winterized, and ready for storage. We have recorded several RV winterization videos that will walk you through step-by-step on how to get your RV ready. In all of our videos, one of our RVDA/RVIA certified RV technicians will show you exactly what to do.

Watch our videos on winterizing below: 

If you are not interested in winterizing your RV yourself, we can help! Call our service department at 1-800-343-6255 and schedule your winterization service today.

Experience the Best℠ at Lichtsinn RV, the #1 Winnebago Dealer in North America for the last five consecutive years. Lichtsinn RV is located 1 mile north of Winnebago Industries in Forest City, IA and we proudly sell new Winnebago motorhomes and pre-owned RVs from various manufacturers. While at Lichtsinn RV, you can expect no delivery miles on new RVs, a complimentary half-day educational orientation of your RVexcellent guest reviews, an assigned support team from sales, parts, service and the business officesuperior accommodationsno-hassle pricing and competitive financing. See our extensive new and used inventory here.

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The New Standard in Advanced Hose Design & Performance: Zero-g RV Marine Hoses

Research with hose purchasers overwhelmingly indicates a preference for hoses which offer light weight, easy handling, kink resistance and lasting performance. The zero-G™ advanced hose design takes these must-haves to a higher level than ever before.

Compared to traditional heavy and professional water hoses:

  • Up to 40% lighter weight than heavy duty vinyl hoses
  • Kink-free uninterrupted flow
  • Easy to store – small and compact
  • Tough G-Force™ woven fiber jacket resists leaks, abrasion and punctures.
  • 600+ psi burst rated
  • Consistent, high flow equal to a conventional 5/8” hose
  • Flexible and easy to maneuver even in cold weather down to 35°F
  • Lead Free – Drinking Water Safe

The Zero-G Hose is best used in all drinking water applications and recreational use such as RV and Marine applications. To learn more about the Zero G hose or order one please Contact us at 1-800-343-6255 or email parts@lichtsinn.com.

Experience the Best℠ at Lichtsinn RV, the #1 Winnebago Dealer in North America for the last four consecutive years. Lichtsinn RV is located 1 mile north of Winnebago Industries in Forest City, IA and we proudly sell new Winnebago motorhomes and pre-owned RVs from various manufacturers. While at Lichtsinn RV, you can expect no delivery miles on new RVs, a complimentary half-day educational orientation of your RVexcellent guest reviews, an assigned support team from sales, parts, service and the business officesuperior accommodationsno-hassle pricing and competitive financing. See our extensive new and used inventory here.

April Featured Item – Satellite Systems

April’s Featured Parts are our Satellite Systems including the portable winegard carryout G3, the In-Motion Winegard Roadtrip T4, the Winegard Traveler, the King Tailgator Pro and King One Pro.

Wanting to select the perfect satellite for your needs? Use our exclusive satellite finder here.

Portable Winegard Carryout G3 – 

The Winegard Carryout G3 offers the ultimate in flexibility! Use as a portable or roof mounted antenna. Change providers, keep your antenna.

Carryout G3 Features:

  • Compatible with multiple providers
  • Easily switch providers at power inserter
  • Powered over coax through power inserter
  • Permanent & temporary mount options
  • Fully automatic satellite acquisition
  • Simple setup
  • Multi-TV viewing
  • Ultra-small and compact

In-motion Winegard RoadTrip T4 – 

The RoadTrip T4 is both smaller and quieter than previous Winegard in-motion satellite antennas. This sleek, compact unit is ultra lightweight, with the smallest footprint, and requires minimal roof space. New motors and updated tracking algorithms reduce noise levels and improve tracking capabilities.

RoadTrip T4 Features:

  • Fully automatic roof mounted antenna with one button on/off operation
  • Watch LIVE programming while traveling down the road
  • Quiet system with improved tracking — updated design reduces noise and improves tracking
  • Winegard’s smallest in-motion antenna — requires minimal roof space and no storage space

Stationary Winegard Trav’ler – Designed to bring you everything that satellite television offers, TRAV’LER automatic multi-satellite antennas provide the same satellite TV viewing experience in your RV as your home! Available with DirecTV or Dish.

Portable King Tailgator Pro – With KING’s next-level satellite antenna technology, your choice for satellite TV is clear. Bring the best entertainment to any outdoor event with the completely reengineered DISH® Tailgater® Pro. This reengineered, fully automated, premium HD satellite TV antenna includes an ultramodern, clear cover – always know where your antenna is pointing, an industry first! It’s simply better, by design. With the Tailgater Pro, enjoying your favorite HD DISH satellite TV service is easier, faster and more reliable than ever before. The Tailgater Pro starts scanning faster and completes the scan more quickly than ever before. Includes 100% nationwide coverage (western and eastern hybrid arc: 61.5, 110, 119). Ideal for RVers, sporting and outdoor enthusiasts, tailgaters, long haul truckers or anyone with an active mobile lifestyle, the Tailgater Pro allows you to take DISH satellite TV service with you anywhere in the continental U.S. Compatible DISH HD Solo receiver required.

Portable King One Pro – One antenna, all providers: Enjoy the KING One Pro™ advantage. With the introduction of next level satellite antenna technology, the KING One Pro fully automated premium satellite TV antenna gives you the freedom to take your favorite TV programming – on DIRECTV®, DISH® or Bell™ (Canada) satellites – with you on the road, to the great outdoors, or anywhere you go.  It’s the only antenna on the market that automatically configures for U.S. satellite service without the use of DIP switches – taking all the guesswork out of getting started. Ideal for RVers, sporting and outdoor enthusiasts, tailgaters, long haul truckers or anyone with an active mobile lifestyle. The KING One Pro is highly portable, easy-to-use, and includes our ultramodern clear cover – Always know where your antenna is pointing. It’s simply better, by design

To order any of the satellite systems featured, please contact the Lichtsinn RV Parts Department by calling 1-800-343-6255 or emailing parts@lichtsinn.com.
Experience the Best℠ at Lichtsinn RV, the #1 Winnebago Dealer in North America for the last four consecutive years. Lichtsinn RV is located 1 mile north of Winnebago Industries in Forest City, IA and we proudly sell new Winnebago motorhomes and pre-owned RVs from various manufacturers. While at Lichtsinn RV, you can expect no delivery miles on new RVs, a complimentary half-day educational orientation of your RVexcellent guest reviews, an assigned support team from sales, parts, service and the business officesuperior accommodationsno-hassle pricing and competitive financing. See our extensive new and used inventory here.

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Prest-O-Fit Ruggids Step Rug

Ruggids RV Step Rugs have deep treads that trap dirt at the door. This rug is made of heavy-duty outdoor carpet with a solid rubber backing. UV protected for all-weather durability. Easy to install with zip-ties (included). Fits most manual & electric steps. 23″ wide.

Prest-O-Fit Ruggids RV Step Rug

 

To order Prest-O-Fit Ruggids Step Rug please contact the Lichtsinn RV Parts Department by calling 1-800-343-6255 or emailing parts@lichtsinn.com

Lichtsinn RV is America’s closest RV dealer to Winnebago Industries, located just one mile north of the Winnebago and Winnebago Touring Coach factory in Forest City, Iowa. We have the largest Winnebago Parts Department in the Country and with the proximity to Winnebago we are able to provide you with same-day Nationwide shipping on in-stock parts from our warehouse and Winnebago’s. We offer Winnebago, Itasca, Workhorse and Winnebago Touring Coach Parts at competitive discounts with fair shipping quotes, and you can avoid sales tax on out-of-state shipments! We also offer a 10% Discount on all Winnebago Factory Parts to all Winnebago International Travelers Club (WIT) Members.

Experience the Best℠ at Lichtsinn RV, the #1 Winnebago Dealer in North America for the last four consecutive years. Lichtsinn RV is located 1 mile north of Winnebago Industries in Forest City, IA and we proudly sell new Winnebago motorhomes and pre-owned RVs from various manufacturers. While at Lichtsinn RV, you can expect no delivery miles on new RVs, a complimentary half-day educational orientation of your RVexcellent guest reviews, an assigned support team from sales, parts, service and the business officesuperior accommodationsno-hassle pricing and competitive financing. See our extensive new and used inventory here.

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Top Questions from our Webcast on WiFi and Cellular Boosters

RVers increasingly are looking for technology that enables them to stay connected to family and friends, work remotely, or stream media. So we covered the options for WiFi and cell boosters in one of our webcasts. Below are the top questions from our webcast. We also created a step-by-step tutorial on how to choose a wifi, cellular or combined wifi and cellular booster for your coach. See it here.

WATCH OUR LIVE WEBCAST ON WIFI AND CELL BOOSTERS HERE

What is the best way to stream Netflix, Hulu, etc. on your RV TV?

There are a couple ways of streaming onto your TV. One of the easiest ways of doing this is using an adapter from your smartphone, tablet or computer and connect it to your TV utilizing an HDMI cord. There are also separate devices, like Blue Ray players, already connected to your TV with streaming services built in. Most Blue Ray players that come with Winnebago’s RVs have streaming services like Netflix and Hulu built in. The third way is an adaptor that is plugged into the HDMI port with the streaming services built in. Examples of these are Amazon Fire Sticks, Google Chromecast, Roku stick, and Apple TV. These range from $39.99 for the firestick to $149.99 for the Apple TV.

What considerations with the weboost you have to take into account with shorter coaches?

With the WeBoost 4GX the amplifier connects to the internal antenna and needs to be far enough away from the external antenna to prevent oscillation, but very close to the objects you are trying to boost. So a shorter coach can prove to be difficult.

Is there an additional monthly fee for the Winegard Connect 2?

There is not an additional fee if you use your own SIM card, however, if you don’t you can purchase data through Winegard.

Are there options to boost over-the-air TV options?

Yes, if you have an older coach with an older Winegard antenna you can add the Winegard RV-Wing Wingman to boost your over-the-air reception.

If someone primarily uses their computer to stream videos are they better off buying a WiFi booster or a combined WiFi and 4G Booster?

It depends on where you are planning on RVing. If you are planning on primarily staying in campgrounds with WiFi a Wifi Booster will probably be sufficient, but if you are planning on staying off-the-beaten path in campsites

Lichtsinn RV, America’s closest dealer to Winnebago Industries, has been named Top North American Winnebago Dealer by Winnebago Industries for the last four consecutive years. We proudly sell New RVs manufactured by Winnebago Industries as well as Used RVs

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WeatherTech Mats at Lichtsinn RV

Keep your vehicles floor clean from debris with All-Weather Floor Mats from WeatherTech. These All-Weather Floor Mats were designed to give the best possible protection for your vehicle floor and are made to stay in one place! They will not curl, crack or harden in sub-zero weather.  If you do happen to make a mess, cleanup is a breeze due to the protective, non-stick finish!

We carry WeatherTech mats for the Ram ProMaster (Travato, Solis and Trend), The Mercedes-Benz Sprinter (Era, Revel, View and Navion), the Mercedes-Benz VS30 Sprinter (Era, Revel, Boldt, View and Navion) and the Ford Transit (Paseo and Fuse).

Featured Part WeatherTech Indoor and Outdoor Mats

To order WeatherTech Indoor and Outdoor Mats please contact the Lichtsinn RV Parts Department by calling 1-800-343-6255 or emailing parts@lichtsinn.com

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