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May/June 2013 Issue of
Welcome to RV Technician.
With hot weather here, dealerships are sure to be getting calls about non-functioning air conditioners, so first up is a story on troubleshooting AC electrical systems. It starts with a quick checklist to help narrow down and diagnose the problem, followed by more detailed instructions for repairing various scenarios.
Also in this issue, RVDA Service Consultant Tony Yerman reveals his technique for dealing with small punctures to an RV’s roof or sides, holes that are too small to warrant replacing the entire roof or body panel. You know the kind—those one-inch punctures caused by things like small falling branches or “dings” while the unit is in tight quarters. Yerman demonstrates some ingenious ways to repair small damaged areas with less-invasive cover-up elements that are unobtrusive and blend right in. His story is called “Boo-Boo Patch Repair Technique.”
Next up is a story you’ll want to share with your customers—especially those who are new to RVing—called “Ten Tips for RV Safety.” This commonsense list of how-to’s will help them have a safer and more enjoyable experience. In fact, you might want to use this story as a hand-out for all service department customers.
Finally, this issue includes a new “Top This!” column, called “A Little Too Much Power,” that involves a problem familiar to all technicians: customers who won’t admit to you what repairs they’ve already attempted to make to their units. Read about how a misguided neighbor helped blow out the entire electrical system of the customer’s RV, not once but twice.
Table of Contents
Electrical System Troubleshooting for Air Conditioner Controls
- This story begins with a checklist to help quickly diagnose problems and then provides details on how to repair various scenarios.
Boo-Boo Patch Repair Technique
- Some punctures on RV roofs and side panels are just too small to bother replacing or resurfacing the entire area. Here are some clever, time-saving ideas for covering small holes.
10 Tips for RV Safety
Millions of RV enthusiasts are taking to the roads this month. Educate your customers on how to safely operate and enjoy their units
- A customer knew more than he was admitting about why his RV's electrical system had blown out not once but twice. The technician's first job was to get at the truth.
- 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
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 May/June 2014
Air conditioner special section; slide toppers; new products
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 Nov/Dec 2013
Water Pumps, Accident Prevention, Exterior
RVTech Sept/Oct 2013
The Essence of Integrated and Aftermarket Brake Controllers, Plus Basic Troubleshooting.
RVTech July/August 2013
Air Conditioner Frost Build-Up. Repair RV Flooring.
RVTech May/June 2013
Electrical System Troubleshooting
RVTech March/April 2013
The RV Roof Demystified, Servicing RV Rooftop Air Conditioners, Air Conditioner Regulations and Service and The Facts About Jacks
RVTech Jan/Feb 2013
Make 2013 All About Training