Sept/Oct 2014 Issue of RV Technician

Welcome to RV Technician. 

With temperatures starting to fall now, RVers are going to be having a moment of truth—when they turn on their thermostats, will heat come blowing out or…not?  

Furnace problems can run the gamut from the complex to the simple. Is it a voltage problem, or is it a mouse nest in the blower? You’ll find a detailed guide to furnace troubleshooting in this issue that covers the entire system, starting with the thermostat and working through the other components. RV Technician thanks writer Greg Wischmeyer for this story and the accompanying photos.

Next up is a story from Steve Savage describing a simple approach to replacing batteries in a battery bank. Replacing one or two batteries might not be a big deal, but when you’re dealing with six, things can get dicey. Savage says he’s seen his share of terminals melted on batteries when the connections were incorrect. Try his method for keeping track of what goes where and see if it saves you time and headaches.

If you’re a certified technician, you’ve put in the hard work and long hours to attain that status – don’t risk losing it. Be sure you get the continuing education credits needed for recertification. There are more training sources out there then you might think. RVDA Service Consultant Tony Yerman has started a list of offerings that qualify for CEUs and will update it periodically.

Finally, RVDA’s convention is also a source of training and CEUs. Check the special convention section for what’s available.  The convention is Nov. 10-14 in Las Vegas.

Table of Contents

  • Furnaces - Troubleshooting common furnace problems 
  • Batteries - A simplified method for replacing multiple batteries in battery packs
  • Training - Sources of training that qualify for continuing education units (CEUs)
  • Convention/Expo - The 2014 RV Dealers Convention/Expo offers educational opportunities for techs

Other Issues

  • RVTech_Jan_Feb_2015 

    troubleshooting common furnace problems; avoiding injuries caused by jacks; certified warrant administrator Regina Kerr is recognized by Society of Certified RV Professionals; new Service Management Guide has more labor times; properly grounding port
  • RVTech Nov/Dec 2014 

    35 technicians are honored by a new society for RV dealership professionals; developments in wireless TV technology make wiring inside RVs easier
  • RVTech Sept/Oct 2014 

    Troubleshooting furnaces, a simplified method for changing batteries in a battery pack, available training that qualifies for continuing education credits
  • RVTech July/Aug 2014 

    Diagnosing electrical problems, adjusting labor rates according to skill, a must-have safety standards text for technicians
  • RVTech March/April 2014 

    Generators, Common Method for Installing Water Heaters, Battery Technology and Maintenance
  • RVTech Jan/Feb 2014 

    New online self-study courses available; online prep courses that can be used for recertification; Distance Learning Network offers certification prep; Northampton Community College's online program for techs
  • RVTech Sept/Oct 2013 

    The Essence of Integrated and Aftermarket Brake Controllers, Plus Basic Troubleshooting.
  • RVTech March/April 2013 

    The RV Roof Demystified, Servicing RV Rooftop Air Conditioners, Air Conditioner Regulations and Service and The Facts About Jacks