May/ June 2014 Issue of RV Technician

Welcome to RV Technician

Temperatures and humidity levels have risen quickly, and that means you’re hearing from RVers who are discovering that their unit’s air conditioner isn’t up to the job. This edition of RV Technician aims to help everyone stay cool by focusing on the device that makes summer livable.  

First up is an overview on inspecting, cleaning, and repairing air conditioners. This article comes with a handy service checklist that can be used to help increase your shop’s AC service. 

Next is an article about the federal rules that regulate AC repair, including mandatory technician certification, use of proper recovery/recycling equipment, and a section about AC repair facts and fiction.

Hail and severe storms can do a number on rooftop air conditioners, but many of them can be fixed—it’s not always necessary to replace the entire unit. Find out more in “Storm Repair Tips for Air Conditioners.”

You’ll be able to diagnose ACs faster using the simple homemade tester that’s featured in the last air conditioner story. This easy-to-make device will save you time and steps in the heat—very cool!

Finally, learn the proper way to clean a slide topper and how to safely adjust the tension in “Keeping Slide Toppers in Top Shape.”


Table of Contents

  • Air Conditioner Special Section - Repairing and Maintaining, Service Facts and Fiction, Storm Repair Tips, and Faster Troubleshooting
  • Slide Awnings - Keeping Slide Toppers in Top Shape
  • 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