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Old 05-31-2020, 02:40 PM   #1
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Hello Everybody,

DH and I are completely new to RVing and would greatly appreciate any suggestions for a good DIY repair manual. Gary Bunzer's(may God rest his soul) was one that came highly recommended to us, but it's going for over $100. What others have you more experienced campers found to be most helpful? We're not trying to be our own RV technicians, but do want to be able to understand our systems, how to troubleshoot, and do basic repairs.
Thank you all in advance for your help.
P.S. We're talking about a Thor Majestic 28A if that makes a difference.

Thanks again.
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Old 05-31-2020, 02:57 PM   #2
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Welcome aboard. This is a great site for information.
No doubt there are manuals on rv repairs available but I've found that by checking threads and asking questions, I think you will find a tremendous amount of expert knowledge and advice.

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Old 05-31-2020, 04:06 PM   #3
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Some possibles:

The RV Repair Manual

A little bit dated but was excellent in its day:
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I would suggest you make a list of all the model numbers of your components/appliances (i.e. refrigerator, AC, hot water heater, furnace, etc) and look for manuals for them. I think you will find they will give you much more info re parts, troubleshooting, etc.
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Old 06-01-2020, 06:09 PM   #5
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Happy travels.

Others have provided sound advice re repair manuals and such and there is a wealth of info on YouTube, but I recomend that you not only get "How-To" material, I suggest that you get every manual that is explicit for your RV that includes electrical diagrams (schematics) and find out how everything on your particular RV works.

There are good online support sites also. Just do a google search.

The following is just a bit of gratuitous info that you may find useful.

Seasoned RVers with plenty of experience and technicall savvy are in every campground and most are willing to provide tutorials and support. You should have some basic tools of course, that includes a multimeter and the wherewithal to use it. A basic understanding of electricity is a must for electrical work and one should never tinker in lethal voltage areas without subject knowlege. Safety first.

On every RV I have owned since the early 60's, I have copied a schematic or some case even made schematics and did voltage checks at many places under different locations and I recorded these readings for future reference. I put a number on the schematic with a legend stating voltages under all operational conditions for example. I have found this method has really paid off when something goes awry. (Usually it is not a matter if it something goes wrong, it is when something goes wrong, has been my experience.)

In addition to manuals, there are RV online maintenance courses available. Having the knowhow and tools to do most basic DIY repairs is most often the best way to enjoy your RV.

Of course this website provides access to many who can offer guidance and advice. Good luck but preparedness that includes aforehand knowledge, tools and the wherewithall to use these tools often makes RVing a better experience.


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