March/ April 2014 Issue of RV Technician

Welcome to RV Technician

This spring edition of the magazine starts with an article on generator troubleshooting with a multimeter. Submitted by Greg Wischmeyer, standards inspector/certified technician for RVIA, it provides a detailed explanation of how to quickly and efficiently diagnose faulty generator systems. Using the multimeter to pinpoint problems, says Wischmeyer, is faster and easier than swapping out parts until things run properly again.

Next up is an article from Atwood on a common method for installing water heaters.  It includes diagrams and a chart for determining the proper dimensions for the cutout opening.

Finally, there are two companion articles about today’s battery technology and maintenance. These stories, by Vicki Hall of Trojan Battery Co., will tell you all you need to know about the different kinds of batteries used in RVs and how they vary by use and maintenance.

Don’t forget to check out the information on technician certification and cert preparation on pages 24-25 — make this the year you commit to taking your skills and knowledge another rung higher.

Table of Contents

  • Generators - Multimeter Generator Troubleshooting
  • Water Heaters - General Installation of Water Heaters
  • Batteries - Keeping the Spark Alive: Today's Battery Basics
  • Battery Maintenance - Deep-Cycle Battery Maintenance
  • New Products - Cleaning products, outdoor equipment, training and more

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