RVer wants info for DIY onboard systems diagnostic work

Hello Gary, I was wondering if you could recommend a comprehensive technical publication for doing diagnostic work on RV refrigerators, hot water tanks and air-conditioning units? I realize there may be multiple publications involved and also may be specific to type, but I am looking for somewhat more basic tech publications, at least at first.  I am fairly comfortable technically... Read More

Read this before replacing nonworking absorption fridge

Dear Gary, I have a refrigerator that needs to have the cooling unit replaced.  Do you know of any place that I can get a new or rebuilt cooling unit for it? Thanks! —Tom R. Dear Tom, Any respectable RV dealer or service center can order a new or reconditioned cooling unit from a number of rebuilders around the country.... Read More

CONTOURE introduces ventless washer/dryer combo

National Quality Products, LLC, makers of CONTOURE space-saving appliances, announced that its deluxe ventless washer/dryer combo was a featured new product at the Jan. 22-23 NTP-STAG EXPO. According to a press release, NTP-STAG will distribute the product to the RV aftermarket. The washer/dryer combo features advanced laundry technologies with reduced power, energy and water consumption. Their all-in-one combo comes standard... Read More

How important is leveling for an RV absorption fridge?

Dear Gary, We recently purchased a used 2007 motorhome and haven’t actually camped in it yet but have done some local driving to get used to it. We’ve been reading about the leveling for the refrigerator and understand the necessity. We have a two-door unit (top freezer and bottom refrigerator). My husband is concerned about leveling while driving such as... Read More

Power requirement for a residential style fridge

  Here’s a question from a reader of RVtravel.com about boondocking.  Hi Bob, In the latest newsletter you talked about boondocking and charging your batteries. We have a residential refrigerator in our 2016 Holiday Rambler Vacationer. It is not a three-way. How do I keep the fridge going while boondocking without harming the batteries? —Judy and Mark  Hi Judy and Mark,... Read More

Defrosting RV fridge makes for icy relationship

  By Chris Dougherty Chris Dougherty is a certified RV technician. Here is a letter he received from a reader while he was serving as RVtravel.com’s technical editor. Dear Chris, Thank you for all your available helpful advice! Can you please tell me the best and fastest way to defrost the Dometic fridge in our coach? The fins get completely... Read More