Friday, December 2, 2022


Google your way to RV repairs


By Bob Difley

In the early days when many of us were just starting our RV lifestyle, keeping our RVs repaired usually required a trip to the RV tech or mechanic knowing it was going to take a chunk out of our wallets.

Our alternate options at the time were to seek help from a friend (often more harm than help), or go to the library and pour over repair manuals — if you could find one that you needed for a particular job.

But that all changed with the internet age, especially with search engines like Google and Bing, and altruistic RVers who post clear and concise step-by-step directions, photos, even videos of everything from testing and analyzing your RV systems and appliances to completing the necessary repairs or replacements — including the tools and parts you will need to do it.

If you haven’t tried it yet, the next time you have something fail, Google it. Look at several different web pages and find the one that makes the most sense to you. You will be surprised how much maintenance and repair you will be able to take care of yourself with proper instructions — as well as all the money you can save on shop repairs.

You can find Bob Difley’s e-books on Amazon Kindle.

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Tommy Molnar
2 years ago

YouTube is my go-to for just about everything. Just last week one of my turn signals went out on my truck. So I went out to change it. Just a simple bulb change. To make sure I knew which bolts to take out, I went to YouTube and watched a couple videos, one of which also told me what size socket to get. Since my shop is not where I park the truck, this little tidbit of info saved carrying several tools that I wouldn’t need just to make sure I had what I DID need. Easy peasy, as they say. So, much as I complain about a lot of this new ‘technology’, YouTube is NOT part of that. As another poster said, “You can almost learn brain surgery on YouTube”. That’s probably coming . . .

2 years ago
Reply to  Tommy Molnar

Tommy, it was you who said that, 3 years ago.

Patrick Granahan
6 years ago

I needed a better solution for my sewer hose storage and found many great storage solutuons and made one for my travel trailer that was far better than any “factory” original could ever have been.

Tommy Molnar
6 years ago

You can almost learn brain surgery by watching YouTube videos!

J French Rennier
6 years ago

I have saved $thousands$ of dollars, learned how to operate something new right, managed to make repairs that lasted simply by using search engines & YouTube watching video’s.
My personal preference is Bing, have it now set as my Home Page. Enter your question, hit enter & watch a video or several clicking on the video tab at the top.
No one is born knowing everything.

Calvin Rittenhouse
6 years ago

I know a certified auto mechanic who, realizing that he is not familiar with every model, modification, etc., goes directly to Youtube, tells his tablet what he needs to do, and chooses the best video or watches several. I use Google or other search engines for my bicycle repairs because I like video for some repairs but other formats for other jobs.

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