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RV Winterizing is Around the Corner


It's been a beautiful summer and hopefully it will last as long as possible. But we all know the inevitable will be coming: Winter. Ready or not it's time to get your RV ready to store for the winter if you're not a snowbird. Whether you winterize yourself or have a service center winterize for you. Advanced RV Center is here to do both. We've already stocked our shelves with antifreeze, blowout plugs, vent pillows, and all the winterizing products you might need. If you want to do the service y...
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Norcold Training School


We we're privileged this year to have Norcold put a training school on at our shop. Nathan went into depth on Refrigerators and brought the "guts" of the Fridge to show the different components and how they work. This was a great refresher course for our seasoned technicians and an excellent opportunity for the rest of us that are off working in other aspects of the company. Our shop is a dealer for Norcold/Thetford, so if any questions come about on their products give us a call. Also we perfor...
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New Roofing System

PVC Roofs have been used for generations on commercial buildings and have done exceptionally well. XTRM PVC vinyl roof material is ideal for RVers because it doesn't require any maintenance. Chemical cleaning, and UV treating your roof will be a thing of the past. This highly reflective material doesn't fade, dry out, oxidize, crack, or shrink in harsh conditions. Also, cleaning your PVC roof is easy with soap and water, no costly chemical agents to purchase.  While installation time remain...
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Maintaining Motor Home Health over Winter

Now is the time to start preparing for the summer months so you and your family can get the maximum usage out of your trailer or RV this year. Here are a few helpful tips that will prevent breakdowns and unexpected problems this summer!  Check Battery Health: If you have "wet" batteries (meaning they require water to operate) check water levels and top them off as needed. Low water levels or no water at all can lead to battery cell damage, which is never good for your pocket book. None...
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Save Your Batteries Over the Winter


Solar Power is natural energy! To save your batteries while your RV is waiting out winter, I would recommend a battery maintainer. Zamp Solar panels now offer an affordable and portable product that is ideal for the RV. Their 20, 10, and 5 watt battery maintainers are a great way to keep your batteries charged during winter. They can extend the life of a battery up to 3 times longer. You can have the solar panel wired into your coach or go with the convenient portable folding model. Learn more a...
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How to Winterize your RV with Air

Materials: A compressor capable of maintaining 100 PSI minimum output City water inlet hose thread to air hose quick connector adapter ½" drive ratchet with long extension and sockets One gallon of non-toxic antifreeze Shop towel or rags to wipe up splattered water Channel lock pliers Step 1: Drain the Fresh Water Tank To find the drain, first locate the fresh water fill The fresh water will be inside the trailer at the point of fill Some RV's have sub-floor water tanks, but they will always be ...
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How to Winterize your RV with Antifreeze

​ Materials:  Two gallons of non-toxic RV antifreeze  Paper towels or shop rags to wipe up small spills  A water heater by-pass kit, on the water heater water inlet line  A 5' length on ½" tasteless water hose  Step 1: Drain the Fresh Water Tank  To find the drain, first locate the fresh water fill  The fresh water will be inside the trailer at the point of fill  Some RV's have sub-floor water tanks, but they will always be located by the water fill locati...
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Out of Sight, Not Out of Mind: Protecting your Rubber Roof


Protecting your rubber roof is one of the most coast efficient ways an RV owner can save their pocketbook. Simply cleaning and treating your roof yearly keeps the roof material pliable, reduces chalking (streaking cause by the breaking down of roof material), mold & mildew, damaged caused by the sun, as well as expands the life expectancy of your roof. Anyone who has replaced a roof knows how expensive that can get. Laid out below is step-by-step process to complete a roof clean and conditio...
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