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RV Doctor Newsletter: Issue 13
Issue 13, November 20, 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
Yep, it’s time for another RV Doc Newsletter! Thanks for subscribing and welcome to all you new subscribers! I hope this newsletter adds to your enjoyment of the RVing lifestyle! Speaking of which, many of us only get to enjoy RV travel on a part-time basis. Though we might like to, not all of us are full-time RVers. During the winter months, many of us are forced to put our beloved RV into a hibernating state until the warmth of spring beckons us back on the road.
Last month we discussed the many important steps for properly winterizing the RV to protect it and the major systems during a cold season of downtime. But some choose to keep going in the winter; many to warmer climates, but still many others to the colder portions of the country. Skiing, snowboarding, sightseeing and hiking are just a few of the many activities that might keep an RV on the road during snowy times. That’s all well and good, but to use a recreation vehicle in cold climates, precautions still must be taken in order to keep enjoying that RV, even in the harshest of conditions. If you’re wont to travel in your RV to the colder areas, you might have an interest in this month’s “Topic of the Month” below. Right now, you’re just one click away. Check it out 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 beginning next Monday, November 26. 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 one to two minute video tip. I urge you to sign up. This should be really good and really helpful! Sign up here.
Did you miss last weekend's edition of the RV Travel newsletter? If so, read it here.
tire pressure and temperature
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This Issue's "Topic of the Month"
Actually using your RV amidst snow and freezing temperatures involves understanding what precautions are necessary to ensure a safe, warm experience. Here’s an article you may find helpful.
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.
UltraHeat Tank Heaters
In compliance with this month’s “Topic of the Month,” and if you are contemplating continuing to use your recreation vehicle in very cold climates, you may just want to consider adding holding tank heaters to keep them from freezing as you use your coach and travel in the winter. UltraHeat Tank Heaters are considered the RV Industry standard. Here’s a YouTube video that explains why.
In Case You Missed It
Perhaps you actually attempted traveling in your RV during the cold winter months and realized it’s just not for you, so you decide it’s time to winterize the coach after all and wait for spring. Featured in the last issue of the RV Doc Newsletter, we posted a downloadable document, a checklist, so nothing falls through the cracks when winterizing any RV. I’ve posted it here again, you know, in case you missed it! Download your free copy here.
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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.
A Permanent Home Base for Active RVers - The RV Chalet
Have you ever thought about how nice it would be to enjoy the best of two worlds, an inexpensive home base and a great RV to travel with whenever the urge hits? Well my Dad, George Bunzer, expanded on that thought and gave life to it, creating what he called the RV Chalet. A low-cost home base that includes the RV as an integral, living portion of a conventional home. Check out the RV Chalet here.
Who Was George Bunzer?
Well, besides being my father, George was quite an influence on many people, especially within the mobile home industry in Florida back in the day. He’s been gone more than a decade now, yet many of his unique mobile home designs built back in the '50s and '60s are still around and looking great. In fact, just a couple of weeks ago I drove past the two-story mobile home mentioned in this tribute to the guy who influenced me in many ways. Click here to read about George!
Gary’s Speaking Schedule
I certainly enjoyed seeing many of you at the recent Good Sam Rally at the Daytona Speedway last month. Here’s where I’ll be speaking in the coming months. Stop by and say hello!
•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!
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.
Storage space in your RV
I sure appreciate the help from my buddies, the FOG contributors, and hope you enjoy reading their responses. Not only are they expert RV service technicians, authors and educators, they often bring a different perspective to issues that I may not have considered. This month, we rely on the wisdom of Chris Dougherty responding to a reader who simply doesn’t have enough storage space inside the RV (like that’s never happened before!). Check out what Chris has to say.
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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
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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. Also, the ole Doc is now featured on Rand McNally’s website. Be sure to check out the resources listed there. Here’s a few of the recent RV Doc videos found on the Rand site:
The RV Doctor’s Puzzle
Congrats to Larry Mapel for being the 30th reader to correctly identify the water heater tank rinser tool in the last issue of the RV Doctor Newsletter. It required a two-part answer; the name of the tool and what it is used for. Larry nailed it, as did many other subscribers.
Due to issues with last month’s puzzle, (evidently some of the pieces were hidden from view), I’m reviewing a new puzzle creator program, so the RV Doc’s Puzzle Pix contest will return in the next issue of the RV Doc Newsletter. Stay tuned!
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.
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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