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

Be prepared for RV breakdowns

By Chris Dougherty Certified RV technician It really doesn’t matter what form of “transportation” you use, breakdowns happen. Whether it’s a car, plane, cruise ship, yacht or RV, you have to be prepared for the possibility that you might get stuck on your vacation. As Forrest Gump said, “It happens.” I have had a number of breakdowns over the years... Read More

Tools for RVers: Infrared thermometer

By Chris Dougherty Certified RV technician   I get questions all the time regarding RV temperatures. People ask about their heating and air conditioning, their wheel and brake temperatures, refrigerator temperatures, oven temperatures . . . you get the point. A quick and easy way to see various temperatures is to use an infrared thermometer. These battery-powered units fit easily... Read More

Tweak your RV and have fun by accessorizing

By Chris Dougherty Certified RV Technician The RV season is underway in all of the U.S. by now, and as people are using their coaches they may be wondering how to fix little issues like a leaky roof vent, or a broken handle or a broken light. How about fixing by accessorizing! I’ve been in the business for years, but... Read More

Steel wheel chocks keep you from rolling away

By Chris Dougherty Certified RV Technician Parking an RV on any kind of incline, especially if it’s a trailer, can be a dangerous proposition. In the case of a motorhome, a parking pawl (metal pin or lever) in the automatic transmission and the parking brake are all that’s preventing up to 56,000 pounds of hardware from rolling away and crashing... Read More

Leave roof vents open even in rain with MaxxAir covers

By Chris Dougherty Certified RV Technician Imagine this: You are dry camping in the rain in July. Stuck in your RV, you can’t run the air conditioner, and because it’s raining you can’t open the roof vents. So there is almost no ventilation. No fun, right? Ventilation of an RV’s interior is of primary importance. During the warmer months, using... Read More