November / December 2013 Issue of RV Technician

It's wintertime, and the busy summer vacation season is now just a fond memory. But cold weather doesn't have to send the service department into hibernation.There are still jobs to be had--it just takes a plan and some perseverance. Read Tony Yerman's story, "Turning On the 'Off' Season," for ideas about how to gather winter work. 

 And with a conservative estimate of 8 to 9 million RVs on the road, there are lots of potential service opportunities, cold weather or no. The fresh water pump is an important component on those millions of units, and the number one cause of pump trouble is lack of proper maintenance, including winterizing. Find out how to troubleshoot, sanitize, and winterize these components in an article from Pentair-Shurflo.

Another good possibility for jobs at this time of year is detailing, specifically, replacing sidewall vinyl graphics. You'll find an article on that subject in this issue.

Speaking of winter, with freezing temperatures in many parts of the country, it's important to be aware of the dangers of hypothermia and other cold-related illnesses. Do you know how quickly frostbite and hypothermia can set in under varying weather conditions? Find out with OSHA's cold-stress factor card, and learn more about recognizing the danger symptoms.

Table of Contents

  • Water Pumps - RV Water Pump Maintenance and Troubleshooting
  • Accident Prevention - Get Serious About Slip, Trip and Fall Prevention
  • Exterior - Replacing Sidewall Vinyl Graphics
  • Seasonal Safety - OSHA Tips for Protecting Employees From the Cold
  • Repair Leads - Turning the "Off" Season On

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