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RV Doctor Newsletter: Issue 14
Issue 14, December 23, 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
Well, as this issue of the RV Doc Newsletter “goes to press,” I’m sure many of you are; A: planning or enjoying your winter RVing excursion, or B: wishing spring would get here soon! Either way, I hope you are getting some useful advice from the newsletter. I appreciate hearing from you, so if you have suggestions for topics you’ve never seen addressed before and would love to hear about, do let me know!
In the last issue we discussed the precautions necessary in order to actually use your RV during the winter months. And as we progress into the dead of winter, I’d love to hear from you regarding your recent winter RVing experiences. So let me know the details of your latest winter RV trip and I’ll post the comments in the next newsletter. Who knows? You just may encourage another RVer to try winter RVing later this season or perhaps in the future.
This month I’d like to share with you the importance of diligence regarding the many safety devices found aboard every RV. There are some proactive steps you should take annually for cleaning, testing and verifying the integrity of those devices. After all, your safety depends on it! So check out this issue’s “Topic of the Month” below. Click when you’re ready!
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!
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tire pressure and temperature
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This Issue's "Topic of the Month"
RV Safety Devices
Every RV has them, some RVs have more than others, but all require some level of understanding to be sure you and those who travel with you have a safe and enjoyable excursion every single time you take that RV out. I’m talking about mandated RV safety devices. Do you know how many you have in your rig? Do you know where all yours are located? Do you know if they all work properly? These are all important questions every RVer and every family member should know the answers to. For answers, check out this month’s “Topic of the Month” right here.
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.
More carbon monoxide detection information
For a little more in-depth information regarding how carbon monoxide detectors operate, check out this on-line article.
In Case You Missed It
I received a lot of correspondence regarding the RV Chalet; a unique home base for you and your RV created by my dad. Your RV actually becomes a vital, integral part of the house. For those of you who might have missed it, check out the unique RV Chalet 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.
Mac the Fire Guy video
Mac the Fire Guy was recently interviewed by Chuck Woodbury and he reveals some additional information regarding RV fire extinguishers. Don’t miss his keen insight. Click here.
Still more fire safety information
Remember, you can’t be too safe when it comes to fire safety. Here’s an article published by Fleetwood you might find interesting.
34 fire facts that can save your life
The heading says it all; again, thanks to Fleetwood for providing this interesting article.
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!
•January 19-21: Boston RV & Camping Expo, Boston, MA
•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!
Speaking of safety - The Fox Landing
I believe just getting in and out of an RV demands an element of safety consciousness since all RVs require an entry step or multiple steps of some type. Truck campers, especially if they are towing a boat or other utility vehicle, requires a certain amount of care just to climb aboard. Check out this unique design of an entry step platform developed by Northwood Manufacturing as an option for their highly popular Arctic Fox line of truck campers.
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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!
Back by popular demand is Chris Dougherty of RV Medics, who operates a successful mobile RV repair business in Massachusetts. Chris responds to a reader with a slideout seal issue. Since Chris comes upon such repairs in the field all the time, I’ve asked him to respond to David’s question here.
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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:
- Broken Water Heater Drain Plug
- Preventing Sewer Odors
- Air Conditioner Blowing Warm Air
- Leaky Holding Tank
The RV Doctor’s Puzzle
Well I still haven’t been able to find a suitable replacement for the RV Doctor’s Puzzle Pix diversion, so I’ve used the same format as in past RV Doc Newsletters. But many of you have commented on how much you enjoy the puzzle, so I’m continuing my search for the perfect software, and until then, here’s the old format for this month’s RV Doc Puzzle Pix. This month, we’ll award the 15th person to correctly identify what it is and what is wrong with it with a copy of the RV Doctor’s eBook "A Technical Guide to RV Electrical Systems - the 120-Volt AC Systems." 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.
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RV Travel Guide & Campground Directory
This thick directory combines the Trailer Life and Woodall's campground directories of the past into one thick, comprehensive volume, with full descriptions & details for nearly 15,000 private & public campgrounds, information on over 900,000 RV sites, RV service centers, LP gas locations & tourist attractions. It includes military park listings & more than 2,000 Good Sam discount locations. Learn more or order at low discount price.
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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