Jan/Feb 2015 Issue of RV Technician

Welcome to RV Technician.

First up in this edition is an article about furnace troubleshooting. It details the various components that need to be checked when the furnace isn’t working, starting with testing for proper voltage,  checking thermostat functionality, removing debris (such as dead bugs and animal nests) from the blower motor and wheel, and through the rest of the furnace’s key components.

There are also two safety related stories. One discusses the proper care and maintenance of jacks and how often to inspect them, and the other explains how to ground portable electric tools and equipment. 

If you haven’t heard, there’s a new, updated edition of the Service Management Guide available from the RV Learning Center. More than a dozen industry experts—including certified master technicians—spent a year revising and adding new material to this popular manual, which now includes more than 100 pages of labor times for repairs technicians perform most often. It's available in print and CD-ROM formats.

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Table of Contents

  • Troubleshooting Furnace Components - Covers key furnace parts and components, starting with ensuring proper power
  • The Facts About Jacks - How to avoid jack injuries  
  • Recognition - Certified warranty administrator Regina Kerr also took tech training to better understand her own job
  • New 11th Edition Service Management Guide Has More Labor Times - The updated Service Management Guide has more than 100 pages of labor times for operations that techs perform frequently
  • Proper Grounding of Portable Electric Equipment -  Even minor shocks can cause falls that result in serious injury 

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