RV Repair Club Pays Tribute To Gary Bunzer “The RV Doctor”

On Friday, Chuck Woodbury editor of RVTravel.com posted on his site that Gary Bunzer known as “The RV Doctor” had passed away from complications due to COVID-19. Chuck was a friend, colleague, and neighbor of Gary’s and had reported several weeks ago on RVTravel.com that Gary was in ICU in a Seattle hospital in serious but stable condition. So it came as a shock when he posted the news on Friday night.

Gary was a 40 year veteran in the RV Industry as a technician, trainer, educator, author, and inductee into the RV Hall of Fame. His bio is available here.

Almost every company and organization in the RV industry benefited from Gary’s technical expertise through videos, blogs, articles, on site training, seminars, and written handbooks. He helped educate not only RV technicians but also owners, manufactures, and government agencies. Gary was truly a champion for education in the RV industry.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to Gary’s family and friends.

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29 Responses to “RV Repair Club Pays Tribute To Gary Bunzer “The RV Doctor””
  1. Hubert Wells
    Hubert Wells

    RV Make: Monoco, RV Model: Diplomat, RV Year: 2008, Brand: Lippert slideout, Model Number: Flush floor

    Keep having problems with broken shafts , gears on the main slide out .
    Any info on the adjustments on the height or depth adjustments.

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  2. Linda Gillis
    Linda Gillis

    RV Make: DYNAMAX, RV Model: CARRIGO, RV Year: 2004

    HAD TO PUT ON A NEW AWNING ABOVE SLIDEOUT AND NOW I HAVE HOLES IN THE FIBERGLASS WHERE THE SCREWS WERE. CAN THESE HOLES BE PLUGGED OR REPAIRED?

    Reply
    • Customer Service
      Customer Service

      Hi Linda,

      Thank you for your question, here is the experts reply:

      You can plug them with body filler, Bondo is a name brand. It is best to fill the holes with it and make a mound covering the opening. Let it dry and then sand it smooth. This will make sure it is sealed. You can then paint over it if you want to make it not as noticeable. I have seen people just use sealant in the holes and this can be fine but you have to keep an eye on it as over time it can break apart and open up again. The body filler makes for a better repair.

      Sincerely,

      Dan
      RV Repair Club Technical Expert

      Reply
  3. Dorene Bevins
    Dorene Bevins

    RV Make: Lance, RV Model: 1020, RV Year: 2000, Brand: Domestic, Model Number: 3663

    The power will not light control switches, elect ,propane, or battery
    It is a 3 way. Can’t tell what mode it is in. But it won’t light 5 amp was out but I changed it, it did not blow again. Fridge worked perfect when I parked it for winter. Suggestions please.

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    • Customer Service
      Customer Service

      Hi Dorene. I would need the model number of the fridge to tell you what components in it could be failing but if all controls are turned on at the same eyebrow control panel, most likely the panel is the issue. The 5 amp fuse is what protects this circuit when there is a high amp draw and most likely there was a short in this panel that blew the fuse. It is not blowing not because the circuit was most likely damaged and not complete now. The best thing to do to be sure is to test the 12v coming into the fridge. If there is 12v most likely the panel will need replaced.
      Thanks
      Dan RV Repair Club

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    • Customer Service
      Customer Service

      Hi Serge,

      Thank you for reaching out! Could you give me more details on what your question is?

      Sincerely,

      Shelley
      RV Repair Club Video Membership

      Reply
  4. GARY
    GARY

    RV Make: Heartland, RV Model: Landmark 365, RV Year: 2019, Brand: Landmark, Model Number: Charleston

    Love it

    Reply
  5. Fred Hebb
    Fred Hebb

    RV Make: Thor, RV Model: 35M, RV Year: 2020

    RIP Gary, I will missed your writings and opinions.

    Reply
  6. Ginna Witters-Evans
    Ginna Witters-Evans

    RV Make: Holiday Rambler , RV Model: Alumalite , RV Year: 1995, Brand: Suburban , Model Number: 5186A, 620015 or IW60

    Ticket 35302 Hello I need help I’m want to change to an on demand water heater as I’m a fulltime RVer but want to know if this unit is good all around for different locations around the USA? If they are reliable units? I’m kind of confused. Thank ya for your time and help.

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    • Customer Service
      Customer Service

      Hello Ginna,

      Thank you for contacting us. Here is the experts response:

      It is possible to change to an on demand water system but some more electrical and plumbing modifications are needed. The tanks are roughly the same size so that isn’t an issue but the plumbing on the back needs to be taken apart and built new to fit. You also need to run new wires into the RV living area for the controls. On demand systems have different settings and require a control unit to be place somewhere. You can put it where you want but it is best located near the kitchen or bathroom. The hardest part really is just modifying the plumbing and then running wires for the controls. As for if you have a reliable unit it is best to check forums and see what other users are saying. Even the best manufactures can have a bad line of RV’s made certain years so it is best to see what others experiences are with them.
      https://www.rvrepairclub.com/article/rv-repair-club-pays-tribute-to-gary-bunzer-the-rv-doctor/
      Sincerely,

      Dan
      RV Repair Club Technical Expert

      Reply
  7. WILLIAM
    WILLIAM

    RV Make: forest river sierra, RV Model: 345 ret cch, RV Year: 2011

    i cannot find an access to the shower control valve plumbing, do i need to remove the shower to change the water control valve. i cannot find any other way to access the shower valve and plumbing.thanks for any help you can offer.

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    • Customer Service
      Customer Service

      Hello William,

      Thank you for contacting us.

      I’m not sure what control valve you are looking for. The water lines connect directly to the back of the faucet. There won’t be a shut off valve for the water lines. They are all connected together and don’t have individual shut off’s like residential water lines. You just need to turn off the water supply to the camper and disconnect the faucet connections to remove it. Normally the shower faucet is connected to a mount with a few screws and sealant around it. You just need to remove these screws and pull the mount forward then you can disconnect the faucet connections. Some RV’s have an access panel to the back of the faucet to disconnect these connections. Under rare circumstances you have to remove the shower surround to gain access to these. I have seen a few though.

      If you have any other concerns, please contact us at 1-855-706-3536, or chat with us on our site.

      We greatly appreciate your business!

      Sincerely,

      Lindsay
      RV Repair Club Video Membership

      Reply
  8. Ronald Large
    Ronald Large

    RV Make: Forrest River, RV Model: Wildwood Xlite, RV Year: 2018, Brand: Wildwood Xlite, Model Number: 233RBXL

    There is no rear ladder, does this mean you can not walk on this roof?

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    • Customer Service
      Customer Service

      Hi Ronald! To get the best possible answer for you from our experts can I please have you send over the year, make, and model of your RV?
      We’ll be glad to help further when we here back.

      Sincerely,
      Codi
      RV Repair Club Video Membership

      Reply
  9. Gina Williams
    Gina Williams

    RV Make: Itasca, RV Model: Spirit, RV Year: 2004

    Having a hard time figuring out what could be the problem and fixing it…We are beginner RV’ers. 1. How do we check the RV’s wiring for inside plug receptacles that do not work without completely taking the inside completely apart? 2. Both stereos are not working, seems no power to them. Any ideas of why and what we can do to fix? 3. Why the engine battery completely drains after sitting a few days? Vehicle is plugged into external source.
    Hopefully someone can give us ideas, we are at a loss.

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    • Customer Service
      Customer Service

      Hello Gina,

      What is the year, make, and model of your RV?

      If you have any other concerns, please contact us at 1-855-706-3536, or chat with us on our site.

      We greatly appreciate your business!

      Sincerely,

      Lindsay
      RV Repair Club Video Membership

      Reply
  10. Arnold Sartin
    Arnold Sartin

    RV Make: winnebago, RV Model: vectra, RV Year: 2004, Model Number: 36gd

    just installed 2 new batterries for the for the interior but they will not hold a chrge , both the engine and generator are charging them but they wont hold a charge overnight, any thoughts

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    • Customer Service
      Customer Service

      Hello Arnold,

      Thank you for contacting us.

      What is the year, make, and model of your RV?

      If you have any other concerns, please contact us at 1-855-706-3536, or chat with us on our site.

      We greatly appreciate your business!

      Sincerely,

      Lindsay
      RV Repair Club Video Membership

      Reply
  11. Michael Riley
    Michael Riley

    RV Make: Monaco, RV Model: Camalot pdq, RV Year: 2006

    no power to house,all batteries fully charged

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    • Ed fulp
      Ed fulp

      RV Make: Mountain high ford, RV Model: Residency, RV Year: 1999

      My roof ac units won’t come on….. breakers are on don’t see a turn on switch thermostat on cool ?

      Reply
      • Customer Service
        Customer Service

        Hello Ed,

        Thank you for contacting us.

        What is the year, make, and model your RV please?

        Sincerely,

        Sarah
        RV Repair Club Video Membership

        Reply
  12. Helen
    Helen

    RV Make: Forest River, RV Model: Lexington , RV Year: 2006

    Wondering about how to increase of double bed in our Lexington model

    Reply
    • Customer Service
      Customer Service

      Great question! The ‘Ask an Expert’ section is currently for members of our online community. I would be happy to send your question off to the experts. To get started, please send the email associated with your paid membership account. Thanks!

      Reply
  13. Jess Parker
    Jess Parker

    RV Make: Grand Design , RV Model: Reflection MK273, RV Year: 2019

    My slide will not go completely flush with the side of the RV. The slide sticks out about 2” at the bottom of the slide and the top is flush. The Forester 30’ motor home I had had two slides and they were flush top to bottom.

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    • Customer Service
      Customer Service

      Hello Jess,

      Here’s what the experts had to say about your question:
      There are some slide systems that have a stop on the actuator arm below the slide room. They usually look like a can and it presses against the side of the frame to create the stop. It is possible this stopping can just needs adjusted for the room to sit flush. There could also be an issue of something being wedge somewhere preventing the room from closing all of the way. If you have a hydraulic system the adjustment is at the end of the arm in between the two stopping nuts. The best thing to do is to check under the slide and inspect what is hitting when trying to close and see if it can be adjusted. We do have a video showing some adjustments that can be made on the slide arms.
      https://www.rvrepairclub.com/video/adjusting-rv-slide-out-seal-011521/

      Sincerely,
      Dan
      RV Repair Club Technical Expert

      Reply
  14. Karen Tousek
    Karen Tousek

    RV Make: Newmar, RV Model: Dutch Star 4028, RV Year: 2006

    Kitchen slide will not go out, slide locks opened but slide will not go out. Can move slide manually and did replace the circuit board with new but still will not work. Pressing switch will start the process voice works but that is all. All other slides work.

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    • Customer Service
      Customer Service

      Hello Karen,
      Here’s what the experts had to say about your question:

      Since the board was replaced there are only a few other things that could be causing the issue. The motors or the harnesses from the control board to the motors. Depending on the system and control board, there are usually error codes on the board when you try to operate the slide and it doesn’t move. Look at the board when trying to operate and see if something comes up saying what the issue could be. If there is no error code and no lights at all it could be a voltage issue. This depends on the slide system and board as well. There are many types of systems but ones with a control board usually have a code when there is an error. Most of the time when there is an error it has to to do with the harnesses, connections or the motors. There aren’t too many things from the switch to the motors so if you have already replaced the board then the issue is most likely with the motors or harnesses.

      Sincerely,
      Dan
      RV Repair Club Technical Expert

      Reply