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

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