Maybe you are one of those people who have always been attracted to the world of RVing or who know someone who has a RV or who you may have seen somewhere you live, work or even on the road, and you have asked yourself out of curiosity how these houses work on wheels. For this reason, we have named this publication “RVs as it works”. We hope you will be of great help
From RVing K2 we are happy to give you the most basic notions of how a RV works inside and out. Like everything, in the beginning, there are many things and it seems very complicated, but you will see that it is much simpler than it seems. Our goal is to help you understand how these vehicles work, and maybe you decide to buy or rent a RV for your next getaway.
As in any house, a RV is distributed with living room, kitchen (with fridge, oven, stove, sink, etc.), bedroom and full bathroom (sink, shower, and toilet). Depending on the dimensions (height, width, and length) there will be more space or less.
-The RVs are divided into two zones, the driving area and the passenger compartment (or identity card), so all RVs come with two batteries for proper operation, one for the engine (such as the car) and the other for the cabin. Although, additional batteries can also be installed.
– One of the most frequent questions regarding “RVs as it works” is the one related to electricity. Well, they only have 12 volts (lights, water pump, TV, etc.). To have 220v current (the plugs), it will be necessary to supply current from the outside or have a current converter or a generator.
– Centering in the kitchen area, we find the fires, the refrigerator and in some models of RVs come with an oven and even microwave. Oven and stove always work with propane or butane gas. The cabin has space for 2 gas cylinders.
The refrigerators are trivalent, that is to say, they can work with gas, battery (12 volts) and 220 volts, automatic or manual to select the mode. All the appliances in the RV that run on gas (stove, hot water, fridge, and heating) have stopcocks that can be cut at any time.
-For heating and hot water to work the RV needs a heater (called a boiler), which is nothing more than a gas boiler. Inside the RV there is a control panel that allows us to perform two different actions: the thermostat (inside wheel), which allows to regulate the temperature of the heater and the selector (outside wheel) that allows us to select different functions; OFF position; selection of hot water 40 or 60 degrees and selection of hot water and heating at the same time (winter position we call). Many of our customers ask us if they can go to the snow or the mountain to temperatures below zero and our response is always the same: no problem since you can have hot water and heating at all times, as in your own home.
-In the WC, under the toilet, there is a deposit-box, called black water tank, that when it is full we will have to empty it. This deposit is extracted from the outside of the RV. Next to the toilet, there is a blue button that acts as a cistern.Deposit of clean waters. This tank is filled with a hose from the outside, which is usually on the left side of the RV and is a plug that puts WATER and obviously refers to the water tank that nourishes both the sink and the sink, shower, and water of the cistern. That is, it is the source of water input that the RV has.
-Grey water tank. The water that we use in the bathroom (shower and sink) and in the kitchen (sink) goes to a tank, which normally has a capacity of about 100-110 liters and is located in the lower part of the RV. In the lower part of the side of the RV, there is a handle or key, which by actuating it we open it to empty it. The waterfalls into the gutter or drain point of grey-water. It is recommended to empty the tank whenever possible to avoid bad odors (especially in summer with high temperatures), achieving a lower fuel consumption.