Category Archives: RV Maintenance

RV Service a Must to Keep Your Trip on Schedule

As Spring gets into full swing, our thoughts turn to enjoying the great outdoors during our wonderful Manitoba summers. It’s time to think about bringing in your RV to Western Turbo for your pre-summer inspection.  

Many RV’s sit idle in the driveway for many months of the year.  Before you embark on the big road trip, your diesel will need some preventive maintenance including the topping up of all fluids, oil filter and oil change, checking batteries, as well as a new fuel filter. 

The New Diesel “Revel” RV from Winnebago

Your chassis will need to be inspected as well. The chassis is a key component for your motorhome’s well-being and should be inspected by the experts at Western Turbo every year. A chassis issue can end your trip dead in its tracks. 

Preventative maintenance for your RV from the experts at Western Turbo – the diesel service centre can save your trip and can save you thousands in costly repair bills and inconvenience.  Whatever your Winnipeg or Manitoba location, book your maintenance appointment today at the best RV service centre.

Getting the RV Ready for the Trip South – Chassis Maintenance

Many RV owners have interrupted their planned vacations because they didn’t take time to properly maintain their chassis. Whether your motor home is a gas or diesel, proper care for the chassis and its elements will ensure that your travels are enjoyable.

Motorhomes require scheduled preventive maintenance, just like your passenger car, SUV, or pickup truck. The difference is that they are much larger and more complex so they require a few extra (and bigger) steps to accomplish this.

The majority of the time, if there is a problem inside the RV, it won’t ruin the trip. It may become an inconvenience for example, a shower not working may mean having to camp where there is a shower. An RV owner can choose when to make those kinds of repairs, perhaps even waiting until they get back home.

A chassis issue on the other hand can end your trip dead in its tracks. Practicing preventive maintenance care for the RV chassis is the best step an owner can make. We recommend that every RV owner take the following preventative steps to help keep their RV’s  performing well:

Basic Engine Maintenance

Engine Oil and Filter

Fuel System Maintenance and Filters

Diesel & Gas Engine Cooling Systems

Engine Air Filters & Air Filter Restriction Gauge

Coolant Surge Tank

Transmissions Fluid & Filters

All Belts & Hoses

Chassis Maintenance

Brakes

Air Compressors, Tanks and Dryers

Air Dryer

Air Ride Suspension

Axles, Driveshaft and Universal Joints

Tire – Tread wear & Rotation, install Crossfire Tire pressure regulators for dual tires

Hydraulic System

Check your hydraulic Leveling system

Hydraulic Fluid Reservoir

Hydraulic filter restriction gauge

Generator

Oil & Oil Filters

Belts & Hoses

Fuel Filters

Coolant & Coolant Surge Tanks

Air Filters

We recommend you always travel with extra fuel filters, belts and hoses and take along a jug of DEF fluid, if your unit is equipped with SCR.

If you haven’t started up your RV in over a year consider putting an antifungal detergent into the diesel tank.

Preventative maintenance from the experts at Western Turbo – the diesel service centre can save your trip and can save you thousands in costly repair bills and inconvenience.  Whatever your Winnipeg or Manitoba location, book your maintenance appointment today at the best RV service centre.

Good News Snowbirds!

If you’re among Manitoba’s snowbirds, this time of year is doubtless a busy one, filled with anticipation as your departure for the sunny climes of the American south draws near.

Don’t forget routine vehicle maintenance and repair as one of the things that’s best done in advance, to prevent surprises out there on the road.

Have your motorhome or tow vehicle inspected for mechanical fitness and reliability now, and do any needed repairs now when your vehicle isn’t your home. You’ll benefit from increased peace of mind when travelling, and you’ll also be able to take advantage of the exchange rate by paying for your inspection and repairs in Canadian dollars.

When you bring your RV to our Diesel Service Centre, you are entrusting it to some of the most dedicated and best-trained technicians in the industry. Our large facility and state of the art equipment means that we’re able to diagnose and service your equipment to OEM standards. Western Turbo has exclusive distribution agreements with the major fuel injection, turbocharger, and diesel engine related product manufacturers.

We really are experts in all things diesel, and we service more vehicles than just about anyone else. When you’re heading out on the road on the way to your sunny spot, you can rest assured that your RV will be running at its’ very best.

Visit IamDIESEL at Western Turbo and Fuel Injection, 325 Eagle Drive in Winnipeg. Contact us online or by telephone toll-free at (800) 665-7556

Have You Had Your RV Safetied Lately?

RV repair, RV service, RV maintenance

When you get your vehicle safety checked, attention is paid to the brakes, lights, turn signals, and suspension. If one of these things malfunctions, your life can be in clear and present danger. One of the items that can be overlooked when you get a “safety” inspection is the vehicle’s powertrain. In some circumstances, your ability to “go” is almost as important as your ability to stop when it comes to the safety of your vehicle and its occupants.

If your car breaks down during your morning commute, it’s likely an inconvenience, but nothing more. You call for help, a tow truck arrives and takes your car to the mechanic, and you have to find another way to get to work for a day or so.

If you are travelling in your RV, however, a breakdown can be more serious. You and your family can be stranded somewhere out of the way, miles from help.

That’s why it’s important to include powertrain diagnostics as part of your safety inspection routine. Trust your diesel RV to the Diesel experts. IAmDIESEL is the diesel service centre at Western Turbo and fuel injection. We are Winnipeg’s premiere diesel service centre. Our technicians have expertise specific to diesel engines, heavy-duty transmissions, and the array of specific sensors and computer equipment particular to your vehicle’s engine.

We can assess your vehicle’s general roadworthiness, as well as the ability of your powertrain to provide you trouble free service on your upcoming travels.  Complete our online form for a callback or call us at 1-800-665-7556 today to schedule an appointment. IAmDIESEL has 9 fully equipped service bays and a staff of fully qualified technicians ready to take care of your RV’s needs.

Visit Us at the Manitoba RV Show – March 13-15, 2015!

“GO & GET EXPLORING!” at this year’s Manitoba RV Show and discover the latest in the RV camping and leisure industry. Western Turbo and IamDIESEL, The Diesel Service Centre, will be on hand as an exhibitor as the Manitoba RV Show fills two floors of the RBC Convention Centre in downtown Winnipeg.

The technicians at The Diesel Service Centre are experts in what it takes to keep your RV in tip top shape for even the longest summer road trips! Whether you’re in need of regular maintenance for your RV, repairs or maintenance of your diesel motorhome, or repair and maintenance of your tow vehicle, we have the expertise you need.

The show begins on Friday, March 13th at noon and ends on Sunday, March 15th at 5:00pm. Not only that, but ladies get in free and pay no admission all day on Friday, March 13th, so bring the whole family and come explore your next adventure.

The Joy of Driving A Recreational Vehicle

There’s a certain joy in getting away from home. When you choose an RV vacation, you can escape but take all the comforts of home with you. Thanks to several decades of evolution in materials and technology, today’s recreational vehicles (motorhomes and towables) offer a very high level of comfort while maintaining fuel efficiency and drivability that was unheard of in the past.

You don’t need a special license to drive most RVs or tow most trailers in Canada. If you’re an experienced driver, you should have no trouble picking up the skills required to take your vacation on the road. Here are some tips to help you get ready:

  1. Practice before you hit the highway. Because your RV or tow vehicle/trailer combination is bigger than you are used to, it can take a little bit to adapt to the larger turning radius and increased acceleration time and stopping distance. It’s better to test your skills and equipment out close to home, where you can easily return and make adjustments if you need.
  2. Make sure your equipment is in top shape before you take to the road. RVs and trailers have some specific maintenance needs – bearings need to be greased, propane systems need to be purged, etc.  Because you’ll be burning more fuel than a regular passenger vehicle, your pollution footprint will be bigger, too.  Take your vehicle for service to save money and the environment.
  3. When you’re planning your vacation, book as many campgrounds as you can ahead of time. Make sure you’re selecting a site that matches the type of equipment that you have.
  4. Remember – safety first. Many people schedule hectic drives between campgrounds on their vacation. Remember, the RV experience is as much about the journey as it is the destination. Stay safe, relax, and use the time to stay out of the rat race.

IamDiesel at Western Turbo and Fuel Injection has the knowledge and equipment necessary to help prepare your diesel RV or tow vehicle for the road this summer. Visit us at our clean, modern facility at 325 Eagle Drive in Winnipeg.

RV Season is Coming. Get your (Diesel) Motor Running!

Spring is late this year, but we promise you, it is coming.

With better weather come outdoor recreation opportunities.  If you’re one of the hundreds of thousands of Canadians who like to take to the roads in recreational vehicles as your home away from home, now’s the time to start thinking about your summer destinations, and the begin the preparations that are going to make for trouble-free travels this summer.

If your recreation involves a diesel engine, either as the power plant of your family motorhome or in your tow vehicle, you already know that diesel engines can’t be beat for hauling and towing capability.  You are also probably familiar with some of their specific maintenance needs.  Now’s the time to book yourself an appointment for service, to avoid the unpleasant occurrence of a breakdown on the road.

Vacation should be a carefree time, and vehicle performance out on the highway is not only important to prevent breakdown, but to ensure your safety.  When you expect your tow vehicle or motorhome to accelerate to facilitate a merge, you need the engine to respond.  And there’s nothing more nerve-wracking than being stranded by the side of a strange highway in the middle of the night.

IAmDiesel is Winnipeg’s diesel engine specialist.  We have experience working with diesel vehicles of all sizes, and are knowledgeable about all your engine’s systems.  Whether you need glow plugs, injector service, or just a knowledgeable eye to look over your engine and assure you that it’s ready for summer fun, you can turn to IAmDiesel for all your RV maintenance needs.

IAmDiesel is the diesel service centre at 325 Eagle Drive in Winnipeg.  Our technicians are trained, certified, and second to none.  Let us help you get your tow vehicle or motorhome ready for summer fun.

Conservation Tips – RV’ers Do Their Part

Because the natural scenery is a huge part of what makes RV travel appealing, it’s important for RV’ers to keep the health of the environment in mind. Travelers should make sure to keep recreational vehicles on roads that it can navigate safely, and maintain the engines properly in order reduce emissions. Additionally, camping should be restricted to clearly marked campsites; recycling facilities and categories may be different from those you use at home, so it’s best to pay close attention to signage. Keeping disposable item usage to a minimum is a great way to reduce the amount of garbage you generate on the road. Packaging and excess materials should be discarded at home if possible; also, campers should be very careful about using fire to dispose of refuse. Items that will not burn, such as plastic and metals, should never be placed into a firepit. Additionally, carefully observing fire rules is imperative, as weather conditions may change the regulations regarding the building of campfires.

Saving energy and reducing usage of finite resources can also be as simple as configuring your RV’s placement on a campsite properly; natural shade and awnings can help keep your vehicle cool during summer months, while shielding from north and west-blowing winds can help you retain heat during colder ones. Labeling for tank additives and cleaning supplies should be read carefully in order to ensure earth-friendly ingredients; there are many options available to reduce your impact on the planet. In order to prevent damaging the bark of surrounding trees, it’s best to use a screw-in stake to restrain pets rather than tying leashes to the trees. The dump stations and showers provided by campgrounds should be left as you found them, with any messes that you made cleaned up before departing as a courtesy to other campers.

Choosing an RV Diesel

Choosing a recreational vehicle seems like a fairly straightforward task to the uninitiated — at least, until they actually begin the search. With so many available options and features, finding the right model to suit your needs can be a daunting task indeed.

Motor homes are grouped into three classes: Class A, Class B and Class C. The first option, a Class A motor home, is a bus-type motor home with a boxy design. RV bodies built onto a van-style chassis are called Class B motor homes; the Class C variety is an RV body on a truck chassis with the cab of the truck sticking out from the front of the structure.

For beginners, the Class C is a great starter motor home; they typically have many great features for a relatively low cost, and are a good introduction into the world of recreational vehicles. For the most avid and devoted RV fans, however, the Class A coach is the preferred option; the increased space and amenities, not to mention the view from the front window are all motivating factors even before the question of fuel and power come into play. Class A coaches allow the buyer to choose between gasoline and diesel engines, which is a very important aspect of the decision-making process, due to the increased fuel economy and performance of diesel models.

Many Class A coaches are referred to as “diesel pushers” because of the powerful diesel-powered rear engine similar to those used in eighteen-wheeler trucks. For lower-air-density travel, such as through desert areas or high-altitude mountain ranges, the sheer power of diesel engines make them the ideal choice for recreational vehicles.

RV Maintenance Tips: Fuel for Thought and Idle Suggestions

With fuel costs soaring, like most RV’ers you’re scrambling for ways to save both diesel and dollars.
Fortunately, there are some effective means for cutting down on your engine’s fuel consumption and at the same time extending the life of your RV’s engine.

One of the most common practices among RV motorists which can make a significant difference in fuel cost as well as engine performance is over-idling. Often done under the mistaken assumption that it is necessary for proper engine performance, idling for extended periods has some adverse consequences beyond the cost of wasted fuel.

Your RV’s diesel engine has a specific operating temperature, with a cooling system matched to those specifications. The coolant is most effective at higher engine RPM’s. Idling for too long, consequently, runs a greater risk of engine overheat than driving the vehicle at speed from a stop.

Additionally, over-idling will result in carbon build-up in your engine, which will not only hinder its performance, but increase required maintenance and potentially shorten its life.

When it does come time to roll up to the pumps for refueling, it’s also time to check a few other items: tire pressure, fuel filter(s); look for signs of leakage under your engine. It’s also advisable to refuel more frequently so as to avoid water condensation in your fuel lines.

Every little bit helps when it comes to getting the most out of your fuel dollars, and your RV’s diesel engine.