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RV Doctor Newsletter: Issue 12
Issue 12, October 26, 2012
A monthly newsletter from Gary Bunzer, the RV Doctor
Greetings from Gary
Click the video to hear Gary talk about this issue's featured topic
You’ve just opened another edition of the RV Doctor Newsletter; thank you! As I mentioned in the short “intro” video, it’s already starting to turn more fall-like with blowing leaves, cooler temperatures and more precipitation, (like that’s a big shock here in the Great Northwest), but it’s a definite reminder that winter is on its way!
Fall is one of my favorite seasons here in the Northwest. The fall colors are beautiful this time of year, as they are in many locations around the country. But unless you are fortunate enough to live a full-timer’s lifestyle, it’s probably time to start thinking about giving your faithful RV a rest, which involves preparing it properly for a period of storage or non-use. And if temperatures below freezing are expected in your area this coming winter, it is crucial that the coach be winterized properly so no damage is incurred during its downtime. Systematically organized procedures are necessary so nothing is neglected or forgotten. Overlook something and it could lead to expensive ramifications! So be sure to check out this month’s “Topic of the Month,” just a mouse-click away, below.
New eBook coming soon.
I’m well into writing the next eBook, (on the topic of the 12-volt DC electrical systems), but you can order Part 1 of my Technical Guide to RV Electrical Systems -- the 120-Volt AC Systems -- right now! It can be on your computer within minutes of ordering!
Sign up for new RV Daily Tips newsletter.
My friends at RVtravel.com will begin publishing a daily (M-F) online newsletter in November. Each issue will include one brief article about how to improve your RVing -- including lots of maintenance and repair tips -- many from me -- as well as a daily 60 to 90 second video tip. I urge you to sign up. This should be really good and really helpful! Sign up here.
Did you miss last week's edition of the RV Travel newsletter? If so, read it here.
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This Issue's "Topic of the Month"
RV Hibernation, aka
Winterizing Your Recreation Vehicle
If you forget to prepare your RV correctly for winter, and temperatures should plummet to below freezing, it could lead to expensive repairs come next spring. Click here to learn how to ensure your coach is properly “hibernated!"
Get rid of your uncomfortable RV mattress!
Excel Distributors is a leading manufacturer of RV mattresses, pillows, sheets and mattress protectors for true “home away from home” comfort. All mattresses are designed and made in the USA, in Tualatin, Oregon. Free shipping on all orders. Jump into Fall! $100 off the Adventurer mattress (short queen 60"x74"). EXP 10/31/12 Call 888-691-6801 or visit www.exceldistributors.com. Get rid of that cheap mattress that came with your RV!
In Case You Missed It
As mentioned in the main “Topic of the Month” article, it is important to clean and flush the RV waste holding tanks completely as part of the winterizing procedures. I’m reminded that many new RVers (as well as some veterans), might be a little unsure about how to properly flush and drain the holding tanks during any season. So in case you missed it, check out this post about the “first in -- last out” rule of thumb.
eBook: The RV Doctor's
Technical Guide to RV Electrical Systems
Learn from Gary about the 120-volt electrical system on an RV. While the voltage and current we use in our RVs may seem the same as what we're accustomed to at home, it's not and Gary graphically explains why. This should be essential reading for RVers. This is a digital PDF file that is instantly delivered to your email address. Learn more or order. Part 2, (12-volt DC Systems) is being finalized as you read this.
The RV Doctor’s Handy Dandy Winterizing & Storing Check-off List
So you can be assured nothing will fall through the cracks while preparing your RV for any period of non-use, use this check-off list. Simply make copies of the blank form and check off each item when completed. Download your free copy here.
Gary’s Speaking Schedule
Consumer RV Shows continue all year long, so here’s where I’ll be speaking in the next few months! Do stop by during my seminars and say hello.
•November 2-4: Good Sam Rally, Daytona Beach, FL
•February 7-10: Seattle RV Show, Seattle, WA
•March 1-3: Fredericksburg RV Show, Fredericksburg, VA
If you'd like to have the RV Doc present RV owner maintenance seminars at an RV event near you, be sure to let the show promoter know. Feel free to send them this link!
Deciding Where to Store Your RV - Some Do’s and Don’ts
Many RVers, unfortunately, do not travel full time in their RV. So where should you store your rig? Perhaps you’ll find some things to think about in this article.
2013 RVSEF RV Lifestyle, Education & Safety Conference Headed to Colorado!
I’ve been fortunate to be one of the featured speakers at the annual RV Lifestyle, Education & Safety Conference every year since the RV Safety & Education Foundation began producing this outstanding event. Here’s their latest press release regarding the 2013 Conference. Check it out and see if it is something you’d like to attend!
To learn more about the RVSEF and Walter Cannon, read this expose.
Special low price!
Woodall's RV Owners Handbook
Woodall's RV Owner's Handbook by the RV Doctor Gary Bunzer is a complete, illustrated guide to preventive maintenance and repairs. This updated fourth edition covers RV issues such as towing with a motorhome, winterizing your RV, holding tank systems, heating systems, water pumps, trailer towing, spring shakedown, water systems & much more. Learn more or order.
This Month’s FOG Feature!
I receive a bunch of emails from our friends north of the border in Canada every month (where it can get really cold!). So this month, I’ve asked FOG contributor and BC resident, Steve Froese, to answer a cold temperature question from a fellow Canadian. Click here to read this month’s FOG question and answer.
*Friends of Gary
DVD: Do It Yourself RV Care
In this best-selling DVD, the RV Doctor shows you how to maintain and care for your RV. Gary provides you with visual instructions for inspecting and maintaining the AC system, LP appliances, liquid propane, air conditioning, battery systems and plumbing systems. There is also specific information about motorhomes and towable RVs. The 63-minute DVD was produced in cooperation with the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association. Learn more or order.
Interesting Questions to the RV Doctor
Concerning Winterizing an RV
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2012 Big Rigs
Best Bets Campground Directory
If you drive a king-sized RV, this directory is for you. The authors provide details about RV parks in 49 states and seven Canadian provinces that welcome long RVs. All parks personally visited by the authors, who even recommend best sites in each one plus nearby attractions. A must for big rig owners. Learn more or order.
RV Doctor Videos!
You may not be aware, but the RV Doc has another website, www.RVdoctorVideos.com, a collection of some of the videos we've produced over the years. Some are product reviews while others are simply one-off responses to individual questions posed by readers and subscribers like you. Here are a few that pertain to our "Topic of the Month."
- My water pump will not pump RV anti-freeze.
- Controlling moisture and musty odors in the RV.
- How do I drain my fresh water tank?
- I have a plugged holding tank; now what?
Revised in 2012
Living Aboard Your RV
Anyone who has dreamed of living on the road in an RV will find Living Aboard Your RV invaluable in planning and living the lifestyle. Author Janet Groene, with her vast experience as a full-time RVer, has put all the essential information in one volume, covering all the necessary topics from choice of RV to electronic communication, costs, banking issues and so much more. Even those who plan to travel only a few months of the year - or seasonally - should read this. Learn more or order.
The RV Doctor’s Puzzle
Congratulations to Bill Robinson for correctly identifying the stick-on bubble levels in last issue’s puzzle. Literally everyone identified the levels correctly, (I told you it was an easy one), but Bill’s was the 15th entry to correctly identify it.
Be sure to Check out this month's puzzle. This month, we’ll award the 30th person to correctly identify this month’s puzzle with a copy of the RV Doctor’s eBook "A Technical Guide to RV Electrical Systems - the 120-Volt AC Systems." To correctly identify this month’s puzzle, I’ll need to know, 1) what it is, and 2) where it is used? As usual, be very specific. You must answer both questions correctly to qualify! Use your mouse to move the puzzle pieces around, complete the puzzle and send your best guess to firstname.lastname@example.org .
Now 50% off!
Ten Minute Tech, Volume 2
Wow! This is awesome – 600 illustrated tips from the editors of Trailer Life and Motorhome Magazines and their readers about ways to fix, modify, repair or otherwise improve an RV. No kiddin' – this book is terrific! And you have never seen it at such a low bargain price (and likely never will again)! Learn more or order.
Have a Question for Gary?
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About the RV Doctor
Gary has been authoring the RV Doctor column every month since 1976. Many of the RV magazines that have carried the column have gone by the wayside, yet it endures! Currently you can find the printed version of the RV Doctor column every month in FMC Magazine.
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The RV Doctor Newsletter is a free subscription newsletter. All effort is made to ensure the correctness of all content. It is imperative that if you choose to follow any instructions or procedures outlined in the newsletter, you must first satisfy yourself thoroughly that neither personal nor product safety will be compromised or jeopardized. If you are in doubt or do not feel comfortable about a procedure, do not continue. Simply call your local RV service facility and make an appointment with them. Remember, the advice, recommendations and procedures offered by the RV Doctor are solely those of Gary. They do not necessarily reflect the opinions, procedures and recommendations of RVtravel.com, our sponsors or advertisers.
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