Why use an RVDA/RVIA certified RV technician for repair work

By Chris Dougherty Certified RV technician In 1984 the RV industry, led by our friend Gary Bunzer, the RV Doctor, developed some of the first formal testing methods for RV technicians. The idea, according to Gary, was to have a baseline to determine how much a technician knew, a platform to determine how new technicians were to be trained, and a basis... Read More

How to protect your RV’s electrical system

By Chris Dougherty Certified RV technician A reader wrote in recently who had heard about RVs getting fried by bad wiring in campgrounds, and asked if I would recommend purchasing a surge protector for an RV to help prevent this. I highly recommend surge protectors. I have worked on numerous RVs over the years that suffered electrical problems caused by... Read More

Electrical gremlins? Multimeters to the rescue

By Chris Dougherty Certified RV Technician There are many brands and kinds of multimeters, from inexpensive dollar store specials to Flukes and Extechs. While I’ll refrain from recommending any particular brand or mode, I will make a few recommendations for features. AC/DC Amp Clamp: Power is measured by volts (pressure) and amps (flow). Since more than half of the electrical... Read More

Tools for RVers: Battery-powered screw gun

By Chris Dougherty Certified RV technician One of the most useful tools you can carry in an RV is a good battery-powered screw gun. As a professional technician, I use a DeWalt 12-volt screw gun every day. I’m never without it. What’s nice about this tool is it’s lightweight, compact, pretty powerful, has a huge array of bits available and... Read More