July/August 2013 Issue of RV Technician

Welcome to this issue of RV Technician.

It seems a little odd to be writing the words "frost build-up" when the temperatures outside are still hovering near triple digits, but the frost in question here is the kind that forms when an air conditioner is installed improperly or has a mechanical problem. With hot weather still firmly entrenched in some parts of the country, you're no doubt still getting calls about malfunctioning AC units; take a look at "Air Conditioner Frost Build-Up" for tips on troubleshooting and repairs.

Speaking of hot weather, OSHA has started getting aggressive about inspecting workplaces for heat-related issues. Check it out in "OSHA Cracks Down on Heat Stress."

While on the subject of staying cool and keeping things light and airy, you'll find a detailed demo of how to clean and service fan vents from Atwood Mobile Products.

 The generator has been called the heart of an RV--if it doesn't function, neither do a lot of other things. Master Certified Technician Gary Motley details how to diagnose basic problems with gasoline gensets in his story.

Finally, RV Technician has run a number of stories recently on maintaining and repairing roofs; now it's time to take a look at an equally important surface. In "Repairing RV Floors," RVDA Service Consultant Tony Yerman discusses how they're constructed and how to repair and recover them.

Table of Contents

  • Air Conditioner Frost Build-Up - A light frost formation can be a sign that a unit was improperly installed, has a mechanical problem, or is being improperly operated by the owner.  Find out how to diagnose and repair the problem. 
  • OSHA Cracks Down on Heat Stress - OSHA is aggressively inspecting businesses for heat-related issues. Is your shop doing everything it can to keep employees cool?
  • How to Clean a Fan Vent - Here's how to disassemble, clean, and reassemble fan vents, using the proper cleaning materials.   
  • Troubleshooting Basic Gasoline Generator Problems - Use this detailed, step-by-step article to figure out why a generator is malfunctioning, starting with the reasons why it might be failing to run.
  • Repairing RV Floors - RV floor repairs can't always duplicate the original floor, but it's not necessary to replace the complete floor to make effective, good-looking area repairs.
  • Certification How-To - There's more than one path to certification, and it's easier than you think. There are online courses, study guides and tests, and more. Choose your path.

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