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RV Doctor Newsletter: Issue 15
Issue 15, January 20, 2013
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
Holy cow! Another year; where does the time go? It’s hard to believe it’s already 2013. I remember as a kid wondering what the year 2000 might bring. Now we’re heading into the 13th year of that millennium already. Yikes! And of course, a new month means another installment of the RV Doctor Newsletter.
This month I’d like to focus on a type of methodology that helps you help your service department whenever you take your RV in for professional service. Granted, some of you have learned to do some preventive maintenance yourself, but there are those times when professional care is simply a mandate. Check out this month’s “Topic of the Month” to learn how you can assist your service facility when it is necessary to seek out a professional. Just a click away as you scroll down!
Thank you for subscribing to the RV Doctor Newsletter! By all means, let me know if there’s a topic you’d like me to address in a future edition. I’m open to any and all suggestions! Until then, it is my hope you enjoy this issue.
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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This Issue's "Topic of the Month"
Assisting Your RV Service Shop
All recreation vehicles require servicing at various times throughout their years of providing us a home away from home. That’s an RV fact of life! The knowledgeable and proactive RV owner can fittingly perform some preventive maintenance on their own, while other services require professional care, specialty equipment and the attention of a qualified and certified RV service technician. Most pro technicians reside at a facility of some type, though some very qualified technicians man successful mobile operations. Regardless, if you must seek professional help for a technical problem with your RV, chances are you can still assist them in troubleshooting even the toughest of those issues. Check out my “Topic of the Month” and see just how you might help them diagnose the problem quicker, easier and hopefully, correctly. Click 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.
The RVSEF Lifestyle, Education & Safety Conference
Walter Cannon, Executive Director of the RV Safety & Education Foundation announces the upcoming Lifestyle, Education & Safety Conference to be held in Colorado Springs, Colo. in May this year. Here’s all the info you need!
In Case You Missed It
The Fox Landing -- a cool feature found only on Northwood Manufacturing truck campers. A very innovative entry step. Check it out here!
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.
Get to Know
From time to time, I’d like to introduce you to some of the people I know and respect in the RV Industry. Some you may know or at least have heard about, and some who are probably far from the forefront, yet steadily working to make the RVing way of life the best it can possibly be. So this month I’m introducing a new, “Get to Know” feature. It probably won’t be in every edition of the RV Doc Newsletter, but it will give me a chance to periodically introduce people who are ultimately working for you in some regard. This month I’d like to feature my good buddy, Walter Cannon. Get to know him right here.
Gary’s Speaking Schedule
Here’s where you can attend my live RV owner maintenance seminars in the coming months. Please come by and say hello if you’re in any of these areas! Hey, you have an RV! Just drive to one of them!
•February 7-10: Seattle RV Show, Seattle, WA
•March 1-3: Fredericksburg RV Show, Fredericksburg, VA
•May 13-16: RVSEF Lifestyle, Education & Safety Conference, Colorado Springs, CO.
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!
Your Invitation to Attend the 2013 RV Lifestyle, Education & Safety Conference
The RV Doctor and Walter Cannon invite you to attend this year’s RV Lifestyle, Education and Safety Conference. Check out this YouTube invite!
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!
As most of you know, I try to shy away from most motorhome chassis, engine and drive train questions in the RV Doctor Column. I’ve always believed automotive-type maintenance and troubleshooting scenarios are of a different ilk that requires an expertise greater than what I possess. Therefore, I ask the assistance of those more automotively gifted. So I bring back Jim Brightly to address a reader’s question. Check out Jim’s response to Art’s question here.
*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
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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. Here’s a few of the random RV Doc videos available on-line:
- Water pump problem.
- Inspecting propane containers.
- Why some 12-volt lamps work, but not others.
- Charging the motorhome battery.
Essential for owners of large RVs!
2013 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 eight 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.
The RV Doctor’s Puzzle Pix
Congrats to Jeff Glazer who was the 15th person to correctly identify last month’s Puzzle Pix as a badly fried 30-amp shore power plug. This month, all you have to do is identify a certain brand of RV from days gone by. Be the 19th person to correctly identify the brand of RV depicted in this month’s photo and I’ll send you a brand-new 2013 Rand McNally Road Atlas; an outstanding resource for your RV travels! By the way, if your puzzle appears to have missing pieces, change the “View” of your webpage by zooming in or out as necessary. Click here to begin your assembly of this month’s RV Doctor Puzzle Pix! Send your best guess to me at email@example.com.
Hot off the press!
2013 Good Sam
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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