Northwest RVing 

The Northwest RVing Blog site is hosted by MHRV (Manufactured Housing and Recreational Vehicle) Show Association. Each year, MHRV presents three important trade shows in the greater Seattle area to promote and display the RV Lifestyle. We are all about RVing and hope you will enjoy the many articles posted here about RVing in general and about our upcoming shows. 

Editor's Note:  On April 17, 2020, Gary Bunzer passed away due to the COVID-19 virus, a very sad loss to the industry and to those of us at the MHRV Show Association.

Gary Bunzer, the RV Doctor, started his career in the industry in 1968 when he began helping his father’s Florida business repairing RVs. After a stint in the military, Gary relocated to the San Diego area and started working full time in the RV aftermarket and service business. Since that time he has been educating the RV industry, technicians and RVers about RV technical issues and providing his expert advice. He has authored technical articles, troubleshooting tips, product reviews and user manuals for RV owners, suppliers and manufacturers. Recognized in 2016 as an inductee into the RV/MH Hall of Fame, his career as an RV technician and training specialist was well known to everyone in the industry, with his name considered to be synonymous with RV technical education and training.

youtubeWhile most of us are grounded from enjoying any RVing due to the Covid 19 stay at home proclamations, this is a great opportunity to really spend some extra time making sure your RV has been thoroughly inspected and service some of those items that are seldom given any attention.

Following are 14 items that are typically overlooked by RVers when performing routine maintenance:

youtubeWhen the news of the severity of this health crisis hit on March 11, we happened to be in our “hometown” in the Blue Ridge Mountains.  As part of our 2020 Road Show, we were just days away from doing our next public presentations and open houses at both the local university and an outdoor outfitter, as well as visiting with old friends.  Needless to say, everything came to an abrupt halt overnight!

Like almost 1 million other Americans, we don’t have a traditional home in which to shelter.  We live 24/7 out of our RV’s, vans, or travel trailers.  Some of us never had a traditional home, others sold theirs and hit the road like we did.  Some folks are seeking a more sustainable way of life, some simply can’t afford a stick-built home, others are young families giving their children an educational experience of a lifetime, some work from the road or work seasonally in various parts of the country, and others are retired or partially-retired.  We are a very diverse group, but we all have one thing in common right now – we are all finding our own ways to social distance, stay healthy, and find an appropriate area to shelter in place without the comforts of a traditional home.

youtubeIn a previous "Ask Dave" article, we looked at RV tires and motorhome brakes. While motorhome braking systems are similar to what is used in the automotive and trucking industries, the braking system on towable RVs like travel trailers, tent trailers and fifth wheels is totally different. Take a break and learn more...

The following is an overview of the typical braking system found on the majority of towable RVs and what you should know about safety and service.

youtubePages have been written about How to Correctly Level Your RV, front to rear and side to side to keep the absorption refrigerator happy and functioning properly. In fact, you will find a wealth of information in books and on the internet as to why it’s important to level your RV and how to properly do so. Proper leveling is not only important for the refrigerator but also can play a part in proper operation of;  the slide-outs, entry doors closing properly, shower and sink drains, etc.

Those are all valid reasons for leveling your RV and I agree with most of the methods for doing so.

However, RV absorption refrigerators are not as temperamental regarding level as they once were and sometimes having your RV slightly off level one way or another can be advantageous.

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