Keeping spare light blubs is a great idea

By Chris Dougherty Certified RV technician These days many new RVs are coming equipped with all LED lighting, which is great. LEDs last a long time and are very energy efficient. The rest of us still have good old-fashioned light bulbs that burn out. Keeping a selection of light bulbs in your rig’s tool box is a great idea. This... Read More

Prepare for autumn weather to be safe

By Chris Dougherty Certified RV technician Written in the month of September Welcome to autumn! Well, not officially yet, but here at the Pennsylvania RV and Camping Show in Hershey, I am surprised at the amount of leaves on the ground. The nights have that fall crispness to them, and while I hear the distinctive crunch of leaves under the... Read More

Thoroughly clean black water tanks with flusher system

Many RVs now come with black tank flushing systems built in at the factory, but some don’t — and some folks actually want to add them to their grey tanks, as well. What are tank flushers? They are special nozzles that are attached to a holding tank and piped to a convenient connection point on the coach where a garden... Read More

Three-year old boy killed when he touched RV: Why?

By Chris Dougherty Certified RV technician As of 2011, approximately 8.9 million households owned an RV, and with numbers like that RV accidents are very few. That said, we were recently reminded that even a safe RV can kill if plugged into a bad electrical source. I was reminded twice. RVTravel Channel viewers saw our special video where we reported... Read More

Caring for you RV cabinets, furniture and carpet

By Chris Dougherty Certified RV technician Here are some ideas about caring for your RV’s cabinets, furniture and carpets Cabinet and furniture care Hardwood: RV cabinet doors and drawer fronts are often hardwood, while the remaining cabinet parts are particle board covered with a thin lamination. Cabinet parts and dinette chairs that are made of wood (oak, cherry, etc,) and... Read More

See what’s coming out your sewer hose to be sure you’re done

By Chris Dougherty Certified RV Technician Dumping your holding tanks is as much about art as science. If you want to know if your tanks are absolutely clean, the only way to know is to be able to visualize what’s coming out. Okay, I know this sounds gross — and it is! But please believe me, if you have a... Read More

RV technician names favorite glues, sealants and tapes

By Chris Dougherty Certified RV technician There are many different types of materials in an RV, from flooring to wood products, plastics to metals. Having the appropriate ways to join these materials can go a long way to a professional-quality and lasting repair. RV Goop — This universal adhesive is great to have as it will bond and seal most... Read More