RV Doctor Gary Bunzer Solves Motorhome Maintenance Problems

Gary Bunzer has spent much of his life diagnosing and healing recreation vehicle problems, and passing information he’s learned on to others. He will conduct several motorhome maintenance “clinics” during Family Motor Coach Association’s August gathering in Indianapolis.

For Immediate Release

June 28, 2012

Cincinnati, OH — Although he’s not a certified M.D., Gary Bunzer has certainly earned the right to be called the RV Doctor. For more than 40 years, he has conducted research and operated on all types of recreation vehicles (RVs). He’s treated a wide variety of RV afflictions, from leaking water tanks to erratic electricity, in the process amassing a wealth of information about the common — and uncommon — motorhome maintenance maladies that present themselves in these rolling residences.

gary bunzer the rv doctor - solves motorhome maintenance problemsWhat sets Gary apart from other technical experts, though, is that besides being a fixer, he’s also a teacher. He has gained recognition in the RV world because of his knowledge and his ability to explain things such as motorhome maintenance in ways that both the professional RV technician and the RV owner can understand. Not only that, but Gary has parlayed this skill into a successful career as the RV Doctor.

Gary’s earliest exposure to RV systems came as a teenager working in the service department of his father’s custom mobile home manufacturing company in Sarasota, Florida. Each summer his dad would pair him with a technician who specialized in a certain area. The experiences laid the groundwork for his future in the RV business.

Gary began his “residency” as a service mechanic and later a service manager at RV repair facilities and dealerships after he and his wife, Debbie, moved to San Diego, California, in the early 1970s. During this time he learned to identify problems and make repairs to all types of RVs. As a manager, he passed his knowledge along to other technicians as they learned the ins and outs of servicing “sick” RVs.

Since 1976, Gary — working under the business name Bunzer Consulting Inc. — has pioneered many education initiatives within the RV industry. He developed the first formal training school for RV service technicians, with much of that material still in use today; wrote the first monthly column targeted to professional RV service technicians; and produced service training videos that are utilized at nearly every major RV training school today. And he developed the first true Internet-based distance-learning RV technician training program at the community college level.

On the consumer end, Gary pens the monthly “House Calls” column in Family Motor Coaching magazine and is a prolific technical writer, with stories appearing in many national RV publications. A monthly question-and-answer column, “The RV Doctor,” appears on his Web site, The RV Doctor. He authored the RV Owner’s Handbook and was a technical consultant and contributor to The Complete Idiot’s Guide to RVing. Where Gary really shines is during his live appearances, sharing his knowledge and experience with RV owners

as a speaker and seminar presenter at consumer and trade shows. Interspersing his presentation with humor and added emphasis for particularly noteworthy aspects, the RV Doctor treats those attending with an easy-to-swallow dose of education.

“Of all of the activities within the RV industry I’m involved with, I get the most satisfaction teaching seminars,” Gary said, “helping coach owners get the most out of their recreation investment. I eagerly look forward to each opportunity to speak with FMCA members.”

Gary’s next major appearance will be at Family Motor Coach Association’s Family Reunion & Motorhome Showcase, August 27 through 30, 2012, at the Indiana State Fairgrounds in Indianapolis. During this event, he will present seminars on motorhome maintenance about optimizing the 12-volt-DC battery system, 120-volt-AC electrical safety, and separate sessions focusing on the fresh water and waste water plumbing systems. He also will be a featured panelist during the “Ask The Experts” seminar, where attendees can ask specific questions about motorhome maintenance.

All motorhome owners and owners of self-contained towable RVs are invited to attend Family Motor Coach Association’s gathering in Indianapolis. The owners of approximately 2,500 RVs are expected to travel to Indy for the event and to stay at the fairgrounds during the conclave. In addition to the RV Doctor’s seminars, nearly 130 other RV seminar sessions will be held. The $240 nonmember gate registration fee grants the motorhome owner a one-year Family Motor Coach Association membership, which includes a subscription to Family Motor Coaching magazine, the leading publication for motorhome owners; towable owners also will receive a one-year subscription to Family Motor Coaching magazine. Those who sign up by July 9 receive a $30 early-bird discount. This is one visit to the doctor that may actually save you money in the long run.

About Family Motor Coach Association • Enhancing The Motorhome Lifestyle

Family Motor Coach Association (FMCA) is an international organization for families who own and enjoy the use of self-contained, motorized recreation vehicles known as motorhomes. The association maintains its national headquarters in Cincinnati, Ohio, and currently has nearly 90,000 active member families. FMCA offers many benefits for motorhome owners, including a subscription to its monthly magazine, Family Motor Coaching; trip routing; mail forwarding; and group rates on an emergency roadside assistance program.. Perhaps the most important benefit of FMCA membership is the camaraderie and friendships that develop among people enjoying the common interest of motorhome travel and recreation.

News release source:  Family Motor Coach Association.

Fast Flow Pipe - learn about the best sewer hose around - Waste Master

Does Dumping the Black Tank 1st & the Gray Second, Clean the Hose?

Every RVer knows that dumping the Black water, then the Gray water is to insure any residual Black water will be flushed down with the Gray water—but is this really true? After we answer this age old question, stay tuned for information on the best sewer hose we’ve found that works wonders in keeping you and your RV clean.

Actually it is, providing your Gray water dump valve and drain piping is 3″. Unfortunately many RV manufacturers still use 1.5″ piping and valves on the Gray water tank outlets. What actually happens in this case, is that only a very small portion of the inside of the sewer hose is cleaned.  Probably looking a lot more like this

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But this theory of dumping the gray water second, assumes that the water flow goes a little more like this

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To get maximum hose flushing action, the Gray water exit valve and piping needs to be 3″.

Here are the reasons:

1. It takes 2.56 times longer to empty a 35 gallon tank through an 1.5″ hole than it does with

a 3″ hole.

2. With the overall flow slowed so much, the water doesnt rush down the hose as it should,

cleaning the whole interior of the hose.

3.  As your Gray tank fills, a scum forms on the top of the water, generated from soap, oils,

shampoo, toothpaste etc. When the valve is opened, the faster the water exits, the

more it creats a whirlpool sucking the scum out. This action is minimal to non existant

through a 1.5″ hole.

Converting your existing system from 1.5″ to 3″ on the Gray tanks can only be done if the Gray holsing tank has a 3″ collar with a 3″ to 1.5″ reducer in it. You will be able to tell by looking at it. The first sign is, there is a band clamp around the tank collar.

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Second is some white looking paste around the fitting area where the reducer was inserted. This material doesnt ever harden fully, so you can loosen the band clamp and by moving the reducer back and forth with pulling pressure on it and a little patience the reducer will come out. If your tank has a 1.5″ tank collar you are better off aborting the project.

If and when you look for a new RV, make sure you look to see the plumbing system detail, it is the area you do not like to go near, so be sure to check this area out before you buy. The devil is in the details and most folks buy the bling first, then are stuck with the issues that they didn’t look for in the first place. Finding the best sewer hose for you is also important, so do some research on various systems before getting something you won’t be able to use or clean.

For some great holding tank tips, be sure you have requested our 7 Essential RV Holding Tank Tips

As promised, here are the details of our favorite system aka the one with the best sewer hose! The Waste Master system provides an opportunity for greater cleanliness and less hassle. What a deal, right? Learn more by reading the product description here.

Ever Get Sewer Gas Smell Inside your RV? Time for a P-Trap

If you have ever experienced that unmistakable smell inside your RV, you absolutely know it is not supposed to be there EVER! Why it came into the living space of your coach is in all probability for one or two reasons. If you have been travelling down the road when you smell it or enter the coach when you stop, the possible problem is water has escaped out of one of the P-traps in your sink or shower, breaking the “water seal” created in the RV P-trap and allowing the sewer gases back into the living space of the RV.

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The other possibility is that the holding tank roof vent allowed the outside air to enter the vent stack, creating a positive air pressure in the holding tank and the air is seeping into the living space through a poor seal somewhere.

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With our most recent partnership with 360 Products Inc. we are in a position to help eliminate sewer odors in your RV once and for all, guaranteed. As you may already be aware, we sell the HepvO waterless RV P-trap which eliminates the issue of water spilling out of the traditional P-trap, however, if you have positive air pressure in the vent system, the potential for sewer gases to permeate the living space still exists.

We have looked in the past at carrying a roof vent but any of the units that worked required moving parts. The first on the market to address this problem was the 360 Shark Fin that turns in the breeze, causing a negative pressure in the vent stack and holding tanks. It’s popularity with consumers caught the eye of a couple of companies known in the RV Industry for “knocking off” good products and two more appeared on the market. The original inventor of the 360 Shark Fin knew this device had limitations, and his goal was to make a product with no moving parts that was very low profile and would never allow a negative pressure in the vent stack, under any wind condition. Five years in development and hundreds of models tested, the perfect unit emerged and they could not make it fail in any of the test labs it was sent to!

We are proud to be partnered with 360 Products Inc. and with the 360 Siphon added to our waste management product family, we feel all our products are designed to make your RVing experience uneventful when it comes to dealing with human waste issues.

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