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Keeps Your Fridge Cool for Your Vacation to be Cooler

The refrigerator is the only device in your recreational vehicle (RV) that can keep your steak edible and beer cold, no matter where you’re headed. It would certainly be a shame to let those prime steak cuts go bad when the fridge goes kaput while you’re on the road. Bill Gehr, writer for MotorHome Magazine, recommends having the RV fridge checked at least once a year.
If you own an RV, chances are it’s equipped with a gas/electric refrigerator. With the summer travel season on the horizon, now is the time to give your refrigerator a little TLC.
Absorption refrigerators produce cold from heat, so it’s imperative that all systems work together and function properly in order to maintain a desired temperature to prevent food from spoiling prematurely.
RV refrigerators have different maintenance requirements than home refrigerators. House models simply sit, whereas motorhome refrigerators must endure a strenuous existence of regular jostling, periods without consistent cooling and out-of-level situations. In addition, environmental factors such as high ambient temperatures combined with dust, dirt and rust truly challenge the operation of any absorption-type refrigerator throughout its service life. These combined stress points and other mechanical considerations make it important to service RV refrigerators annually.
Unlike the ones at home, RV refrigerators rely on the vehicle’s gas supply. This works when you’re camping in the great outdoors where electricity is typically unavailable. The fridge’s generator is responsible for converting heat from the gas to cold air by way of a water-ammonia mixture which functions as the main coolant.
Aside from professional Riverside County RV repair and maintenance, you can extend the service life of your RV fridge with a few storage tips. For instance, it is best not to overload your fridge so you don’t impede its ability to keep all of that food and drink cold and fresh. In this case, you may want to carry a cooler for the extra stuff, such as bottled drinks.
If you smell ammonia (which resembles the pungent odor of urine), turn off the fridge immediately and refrain from using it. Remove the contents from the fridge and transfer them to another container or cooler. As soon as you return home, schedule a service appointment with a Riverside mobile RV repair center like Chadwick RV Doctor for a thorough assessment of the damage.

Worry Less about Mechanical Breakdowns

Vacations have become fewer and farther in between for a lot of families across the country. With the cost of air travel and hotel accommodations continuing to soar at peak travel seasons, it has become less and less practical for many families to go on grand vacations out of the country or even just out of state. Consequently, a Fox34 News article dated June 22, 2013 points out that a growing number of consumers are opting to purchase motorhomes as a less costly alternative.
According to the Recreational Vehicle Industry Association, in February 2013, RV manufacturers shipped more than 26,000 units, an increase of six percent from the same month of 2012. This was the best February total since 2008.
Meanwhile, thanks to reliable San Diego RV repair  services from companies like Chadwick – RV Doctor, RV owners can worry less about encountering mechanical breakdowns while staying at any RV park in this part of Southern California. One can, therefore, fully appreciate the beauty of the great outdoors and occasionally call on mobile RV repair experts for assistance as necessary. Meanwhile, a certain consumer from Lubbock, Texas agrees that owning an RV is a truly rewarding investment that has brought joy to his whole family.
Wesley Stribling considers his RV money well spent. He’s had it for seven years, and said he and his family get as much use out of it as possible.
“We use it to go up the mountains in Colorado and camp and fish, and that’s our yearly vacation,” Stribling said. “We get to spend good, quality time. Family time. I’ve got two kids, and we take their bikes. They can ride their bikes anywhere they want to. We get to cook our own meals, and don’t have to go out and eat. So, that’s part of the advantage we see in it.”
Thanks to mobile RV repair in Oceanside, San Diego County’s third-largest city, vacationers can make the most out of their time away from home. While the whole family is out fishing or enjoying the marvelous Southern California coastline, fully equipped RV repair specialists like Chadwick – RV Doctor can drop by and carry out the necessary repairs all within one day. With such services within reach, consumers who are still on the fence about purchasing their own recreational vehicles can cast their fears aside and look forward to hassle-free vacations with their loved ones.

Maintain your RV to Prevent Disaster

The fire that blazed on the afternoon of May 27, 2013 in the Los Padres National Forest near Santa Barbara ravaged 2.8 square miles of dry oak, pine, and chaparral. More than 550 firefighters and a dozen aircraft struggled to get the upper hand on the fast-moving conflagration, which prompted as many as 6,000 campers to evacuate the forest area on the Memorial Day holiday.
Consider yourself lucky if you weren’t there at that instance. Then again, what if you were? Do you think your RV would have held up to the chaos of evacuating out of the place in the nick of time? Would it have held together behind a long line of RVs and other fleeing vehicles in the midst of anarchic  traffic? Such situations highlight how important visits to your local Los Angeles RV repair  shop could be.
When the fire began, witnesses reported seeing a giant smoke cloud rising over the mountains and blanketing Santa Barbara. Michael Devlin, a Santa Barbara local, recounts that “The sky was completely red, and you could just see red sunlight coming through. It’s pretty scary.”
Since your RV represents a significant investment on your part, you need to maintain it to ensure that it serves its intended purpose at optimal effectiveness. RV maintenance goes a long way in keeping your vehicle running smoothly. The good thing about quality Los Angeles County RV repair  experts like Chadwick  RV Doctor is that you don’t have to drive your vehicle to the garage; as their staff are willing to come to you. You simply make a call, and their mechanics could be onsite to get the job done. So in case of emergency or just plain old regular maintenance work, have their number ready with you at all times.
Aside from regular maintenance, here are a few other tips to keep you, your RV, and those around you safe: Know the prescribed inflation pressure for your tires, and monitor each one periodically. Know your vehicle’s weight limits and stay within those limits. Check all the vehicle fluids (engine oil, brake fluid, power steering fluid, transmission fluid, radiator coolant, window washer solution, etc.) and make sure they’re topped off. Above all else, be sure to drive at safe speeds.
By Wednesday, May 29, the Santa Barbara County Sheriff department reported that the fire was 90% contained. Winds held steady at 14 mph, and although humidity was still at 39 percent and temperatures were in the high 70s, firefighters were nevertheless able to make good headway. By Friday, however, the evacuated campers were still not permitted back into the fire zone to retrieve their belongings.
Although no one wishes for such events to happen, it pays to be prepared for them. Having your RV inspected and maintained regularly will ensure that on those long camping trips when the unexpected happens and you need to move on fast, you know you can rely on your RV to bear you safely through wherever you need to go.

Prevent Fires by Checking for Faulty Equipment

A Santa Cruz Sentinel special report dated September 26, 2013 recounts the tragedy that befell an RV and a home in Santa Cruz. The blaze consumed a camper and a nearby home, subsequently displacing one woman from her home yet injuring no one. The cause of the inferno is still under investigation.

A fire on the 100 block of Fourth Avenue burned an RV and the back of a home Thursday afternoon.

No one was injured but the blaze destroyed a Mercedes camper van and several rooms of the home. At least one woman who lives there was displaced.

Neighbors spotted the fire about 4:50 p.m., said Santa Cruz Fire Battalion Chief Rob Young. Neighbors saw smoke coming from the back of the camper van and called 911.

Firefighters arrived and found the van and the white, single-story house near it engulfed in flames. The response was upgraded to include more engines, and firefighters knocked down the blaze about 5:30 p.m., authorities said.
Californians sure love their RVs, so the loss of one can be a depressing matter for any owner who treats their RVs as prized possessions. Even more depressing is the possibility that the fire could have started from faulty equipment from within the camper. Folks should therefore check all appliances within their RVs, and must not hesitate to call for professional RV repair in Orange County, CA  as necessary.
RVs, like the homes they emulate, require constant maintenance for safety purposes. Devices like burners, furnaces, and ovens (among others) need to be kept clean and in good working order. Any oversight can easily result in a tragedy, such as the aforementioned fire, which is why RV owners should act with urgency the moment they notice any possible device malfunction.
It can be quite disconcerting when your RV suddenly develops leaks, electrical troubles, and whatnot in the middle of nowhere. Luckily for RV enthusiasts in southern California, reputable companies like Chadwick – RV Doctor offer the kind of mobile RV repair in Anaheim , San Diego, and LA County that enables prompt servicing and same-day parts replacement. In any case, it is certainly advisable for all RV users to keep a list of reliable service providers at all times.

Mobile RV Water Heater Repair Services

Are you worried about routine preventive service on your water heating system? Assuming you have a standard propane water heater (not an Aqua-Hot or Hydra-Hot or other on-demand system) Here’s what you’ll need to know;

All standard water heaters (ie. with tanks) will perform better if they are annually drained and flushed. This removes calcium and lime and improves the water quality and the heating efficiency. For your annual maintenance please follow these instructions:

CAUTION: If your water heater has an optional 120 volt electric heating element, NEVER allow this element to become energized (ie. Turned On) when the tank is empty, as the element will burn up in 15 seconds or less.

  1. Turn off the water supply to your RV. Turn off the water pump if it’s on. Turn off all switches for the water heater and disconnect the power cord between the RV and the city electricity supply. Find a faucet where you can easily unscrew the aerator, and remove the aerator. Turn that faucet on, (hot and cold) until the water stops flowing.
  2. Go outside and open the hatch cover for the water heater, and remove the drain plug which is located near the bottom of the water heater. Atwood water heaters utilize a heavy white plastic ½” plug, while water heaters made by Suburban Manufacturing utilize a long metal anode rod. (more on that later)
  3. With the drain plug (or anode rod) removed, let all the water drain out of the hot water tank. The water will “burp” out of the drain plug hole. Don’t lift the lever on the brass Pressure/temperature Relief valve (to let air into the tank) as it may leak afterwards.
  4. After draining the tank, attach a water heater flush tool (available in the Parts section of my website) to your white supply hose and force water into the hot water tank by inserting this tool into the drain plug hole. Use a stroking & rotating action to direct water to all surfaces of the tank, especially the bottom. You may notice a “sandbar” or calcium on the bottom of the tank. Keep flushing and draining the tank until all the calcium is gone. It’s going to make a mess on the ground but it’s not a health hazard
  5. If the drain plug was a heavy white plastic ½” plug, buy a new Atwood drain plug from your RV store, (or on this website) and insert it. It is Atwood part number 91857. Plugs obtained from sources other than Atwood will likely not be water tight and will fail prematurely due to the heat of the water.
  6. If the drain plug was actually a metal anode rod with a threaded end, you must check to see if it is mostly eaten away. Swap it out if it is seventy five percent gone or more. The anode rod is installed to protect the steel walls of the tank from being rusted by the water. A new anode is 8-1/2” long and ¾” in thick, and can be purchased at all RV shops or at the RV parts section of this website. The Suburban part number is 232768. When installing the anode, use Teflon tape or paste.
  7. Turn off the hot + cold faucets inside the rig and turn on the water supply or water pump.
  8. You’ll hear the water heater tank start filling up, and you might hear a strange “singing” sound from the water heater. This is air being forced past the one-way valve at the output of the water heater. It will stop singing when the air is all expelled. Go to the faucet where you removed the aerator and turn on the hot side, and notice water and bursts of air coming out of that open faucet. The water being expelled may look cloudy from floating calcium & lime debris, which would have plugged up the aerator.
  9. When the air pockets have stopped coming out of this open faucet, and the water is clear of calcium, turn off the faucet and reinstall the aerator. Test the faucet with the aerator installed. The water should have normal flow and appearance.
  10. Check for leaks around the new drain plug (or anode) and tighten if needed. Turn on the propane side of the water heater and confirm that it ignites. If there is no electric heating element, leave the propane side on until the propane burner shuts itself off, and then make a final leak inspection. Turn off the propane side and turn on the electric side if equipped. You can’t hear or see the electric side operating, but the water will be hot in about 30-40 minutes with the propane side off. Congratulations, you’re done!

Fast and Affordable Mobile RV Repair in Riverside

There’s nothing worse than staying in your RV when a problem develops. Because you can’t easily can’t get your rig to a service center. We understand and sympathize.  That’s why you should keep your Doctor’s number handy.  Not your medical doctor, your RV Doctor!

Howard Chadwick provides mobile RV repair in Riverside, and he’s known as the RV Doctor.  His company will diagnose your ailment, prescribe the appropriate course of action, and monitor the patient until the repairs are complete ?  Typically repairs are wrapped up within 60 minutes of arriving on site.

When you need mobile RV repair in Riverside we won’t show up in an ambulance with red lights flashing, but we will arrive on time in a fully loaded 1 ton super long cargo van, loaded with test equipment, tools, spare parts and a large technical library.  Our goal is to arrive on time, and complete the repair within 1 hour using parts we have on-hand. Sadly, we’d need to arrive with a tractor-trailer to house every part for every year/make/model of RV, so that’s not gonna happen.  But we do carry more parts than any of our competitors and often have parts that the RV repair shops would not have. 92% of our calls are completed in 1 trip and almost always within 1 hour of our start time.

We are not the only company that provides mobile RV repair in Riverside County , but we’re definitely the best. Our service staff are;

  • certified as Master RV Technicians
  • covered with a $1,000,000 liability policy
  • fully current on their continuing education requirements (i.e. Continual technical training)
  • available 7 days a week
  • usually available within 3-4 hours or sooner.
  • provide a 90 day written guaranty on all work
  • arrive in a fully stocked service van
  • have a toll free phone # for your convenience
  • and guaranty to fix your problem or the call is free!  (see website for details)

Any unemployed, uninsured, untrained wrench turner can call himself a RV Technician.  That is why it’s so important to use a company that meets all the above criteria.  The RV Doctor does!  Call any RV park where we provide service and they will give us an enthusiastic recommendation.  Our reputation  is built upon a consistent track record of “under promising and over delivering”.  We get the job done and make you feel good about your decision to use us.

We charge less than the service shops and provide a much higher quality of repair. We accept extended service contracts and work with all the manufacturer’s warranty programs.  We rescue vacations, and restore RV’s to better-than-factory condition. If your RV is sick, you need the Doctor.  The RV Doctor.  Call us now for a quick cure for your RV ailment.  Our toll free # is 1-866-783-6286.  Nurses are standing by!

Committed to Providing Quality RV Repair in Riverside, CA 

There are more RV’s in Riverside county than any of the surrounding counties and many of those RV’s are permanently set up, or are occupied on a long term basis.  When those RV’s need service, it isn’t viable to take them to a repair shop.  They need an expert mobile technician to make the needed repairs on-site.

If this describes your situation please call us.  We’re “Chadwick – RV Doctor” and we provide the best mobile RV repair in Riverside, CA.

Whether you’re staying in Riverside for a few days or a few years, we can help with your RV service requirements.  All our technicians are Master Certified RV Technicians. This is the highest level of credentialing in the RV industry and requires constant continuing education classes to maintain this certification.

In addition to being fully credentialed our technicians travel in fully stocked one ton service vans carrying tools, test equipment, spare parts and a huge technical library. When we arrive on site there is a 90% probability that your issue will be fixed within 1 hour. And if we can’t fix it, the call is free! (see website for details). No other mobile RV repair in Riverside CA dares to offer that promise because no other company has our level of technical competence.

Also consider these points

  • Are the competition technicians Certified?
  • Do they carry liability insurance?
  • Do they have a toll free number?
  • Do they carry a huge selection of parts on-hand?
  • Are they a warranty center for dozens of manufacturers?
  • Do they give you a 90 day written guaranty?
  • Do they arrive in a professional uniform?
  • Do they arrive in a proper service vehicle?
  • Do they offer a “We Fix It Or It’s Free” guaranty?
  • Do they offer service 7 days a week?

Our technicians meet all of the above criteria and still cost less than the repair shops.

When you take your RV to a shop, the staff will insist that you remain outside the service area, citing some OSHA regulation. Our technicians don’t mind if you watch closely and ask questions during the repair. Just don’t get so close that you slow as down. ? During the repair it is common for the technician to update the customer as to what exactly is being done, and what steps the customer could take in the future to avoid this problem.  This might result in fewer service calls in the future, but generates tremendous goodwill and customer satisfaction.

RV’s are complicated vehicles, with moving walls, multiple electrical systems, and control switches all over the place. It’s not surprising that most RV problems are beyond the abilities of the owner and really require an expert.  When your situation requires an expert RV repair in Riverside County  you can be assured that “The Doctor” has your best interest at heart.

If your schedule is tight and you don’t have time during the day to wait around your RV while repairs are being made, …no problem. Just tell us where you’ve hidden your keys and we’ll make the repairs  while you’re away.  When we’re finished we’ll call you for your credit card number.  Easy!  We accept Visa, Master Card and Discover. If you’re home and want to pay with cash, we offer a $10 cash discount. Easy and convenient!

We can even order major appliances (fridges, air conditioners, water heaters etc) and deliver them to your doorstep on the day we’re installing them. For customers who want parts shipped to them for themselves to install, they can order the parts from our web page at

Whether you need parts or an on-site RV repair in Riverside, CA, you will receive the highest level of service from “The Doctor”. Please call our offices now at 1-866-783-6286  to schedule your appointment.  Our medical staff is waiting to assist you.

Skilled RV Repair in San Diego 

Are you visiting San Diego for business or pleasure? Or possibly living there in your RV? Whatever your situation, the “RV Doctor” is available to give you the best RV repair in San Diego.

Because of our huge customer base we are not able to service the San Diego county areas south of Del Mar, but we can provide mobile RV repair to Oceanside  residents and most of southern California. Please see our “Service Area” map to view the areas of coverage. Naturally we will go outside these areas but additional travel charges will apply. Please see our “Terms of Service” page for our standard fees and please call us at 1-866-783-6286 for travel outside our normal service area.

Many of our customers require our help with sewer type problems including faulty waste valves, plugged toilets and waste tank blockages. Although these types of problems are unpleasant to the homeowner, we handle them in stride as they are a common occurrence for our trained technicians. And we utilize specialized equipment to correct these problems without spilling waste water anywhere.

Many RV owners believe that they should leave all their waste valves open when they are permanently connected to a site with an underground sewer. This is wrong! Here are the rules for waste valves: If you have a dishwasher or a clothes washing machine, leave your Grey valve open, as these machines will quickly fill your Grey tank. If you don’t have either of these machines I recommend closing the Grey valve so that food scraps that enter the Grey tank (via the kitchen sink) will be mixing with water in the Grey tank instead of hardening on the bottom of a dry and empty holding tank.  The Black water valve is the critical valve. It MUST be kept closed at all times except when dumping. By keeping this valve closed, you trap the water in the tank. This trapped water breaks down the solid waste and toilet paper. If you are using chemicals in the Black tank, these chemicals will mix with the trapped water to further break down the solids and allow the solids and liquids to flood out when the Black valve is opened. Always open your Black valve first and close it before opening your Grey valve. By dumping the Grey water after the Black water, the Grey water can rinse out your flexible sewer hose.

Are chemicals good for your Black Tank? All of the brand name chemicals (for Black Tanks) will improve the operation of your Black tank and some will also help lubricate the Black Waste valve. However, you should not add chemicals immediately after dumping. Here’s why: The “exit pipe” from your black tank is a 3” diameter pipe that may travel several feet before meeting the Black Waste valve. As such, the initial water that is put into the Black tank (after dumping) will run out of your Black tank via the exit line, and will sit at the closed Black Gate Valve. If the first liquid put into the Black tank (after dumping) contains chemicals, those chemicals will be sitting in the exit line at the closed Black Valve. They will not be in your tank at all! You need to put sufficient water down the toilet to fill the “Exit line” before adding chemicals.

How do you fix a toilet that has standing water in the bowl? Well you definitely shouldn’t put a hose down the toilet as that will fill up the bowl even more. Even a snake is ineffective as they are designed to navigate pipes, not holding tanks.  For that type of problem you need to call the best mobile RV repair San Diego . You need to call the experts at “Chadwick – RV Doctor”. Ask to speak to the owner (Howard Chadwick) at 949-466-9088 or 1-866-783-6286. Please call now so that we can get your problem fixed today!

Chadwick RV Doctor: Leading RV Repair in Los Angeles County 

We’re “Chadwick RV Doctor” and we  give you the best mobile RV repair in Los Angeles  County, and we do it at your location. Convenient!

Our mission statement is as follows: If you have a trailer with trauma, we’ll treat it. If your motor home is messed up, we’ll mend it. If your camper is cooked, we’ll clean it up.

It doesn’t matter if you bought your Montana in Missouri, or your Fleetwood in Flagstaff, we come to you and provide the best mobile RV repair in Los Angeles County.

We don’t hire beginners. All our service staff are Master Certified RV Technicians who take great pride in their service. Every year our technicians complete additional technical training courses to stay abreast of new technologies and maintain their Certified status.

We’re so confident that we can fix your problem that we won’t charge you a cent if we can’t help you. Please see our website for limitations and conditions.

Naturally all our service staff carries a $1,000,000 liability policy to ensure that you’re always protected

We make it easy to get your RV fixed without interrupting your Los Angeles vacation.  Simply leave the keys with the RV park office and we’ll make the repairs and call you for your credit card at the end. Pain free and easy!  We gladly accept Discover Card, MasterCard and Visa. Ask about our discount for cash.

The owner of Chadwick RV Doctor is an ex-police officer, so you never need to worry about your belongings while you’re away.

Regardless of your location, ….if you want Mobile RV Repair in Los Angeles County CA, we are at your disposal 7 days a week!

If you’re looking for the best value, please consider these points;

  • Almost all mobile RV techs are self employed with no formal training, credentials or certifications. They have not passed ant tests and have no documented level of competency or knowledge.  The service technicians at Chadwick RV Doctor are all Master Certified.
  • Our Master Certified Technicians must complete annual training to maintain their RVIA Certification.  Non-certified repairmen don’t take any tests, or complete any CE courses. Any unemployed “wrench turner” can call himself a RV technician, and work on your rig.
  • It is rare to find a mobile RV repairman who has liability insurance. If your uninsured technician causes damage to your RV, you may discover he has no insurance and no assets to be claimed in a lawsuit. WE put our money where our mouth is. WE carry a one million dollar liability policy to ensure that our customers are never at risk.
  • :Typically when you call the competition, they don’t have a 800 number, so you’re paying long distance charges to talk to them. They usually have a backlog of calls because they don’t carry sufficient parts. When they arrive they likely won’t have the required parts with them, which stretches your service call or results in a 2nd trip. This adds expense and inconvenience to your experience.

Our service reps travel in 1 ton vans filled with a huge inventory of spare parts, allowing us to complete 95% of our calls in 1 visit. Because we finish our repairs during the initial visit, we can usually get to you within 1-2 hours without wading through a queue of backlogged calls

You can always find a less qualified person, at a lower price.But remember: “Quality isn’t cheap, and cheap isn’t quality”

Visiting Disney? Need a Mobile RV repair in Anaheim?

The Doctor is in the house! It doesn’t matter if your Fleetwood is from Flagstaff or your Winnebago is from Winnipeg, we’ll take care of you, with best mobile RV repair in Anaheim and all of southern California.

None of our technicians are beginners. They all hold the highest credentials that the industry can offer. They’re all master Certified RV Technicians, assuring you of the best repair experience. And they all carry a one million dollar liability policy covering all their work.

As further protection, if we can’t fix the problem, the call is free! No one else has the nerve to make that offer! (See this website for details and limitations)

If you’re enjoying your holidays in Anaheim, and your RV develops a problem, it’s not a problem for long! Just tell us which Anaheim RV Park you’re staying at, and leave your keys with the park office. We’ll make the needed repairs without disturbing your day at Disney. We’ll return the keys to the park office and call you to give you the results of the service call. You don’t even need to return to your campsite to handle the payment. Your credit card number over the phone is fine.

We gladly accept MasterCard, Visa and DiscoverCard.

Anaheim is a favorite tourist destination and we conduct much of our business within the city limits. The wide array of tourist attractions assures a fun filled vacation for anyone staying in Anaheim.

In addition to Anaheim, we provide service to Buena Park, Brea, Fountain Valley, Irvine, Tustin and dozens of cities within Orange County, Los Angeles County, San Diego County, and Riverside County.

And we’re available 7 days a week!

When the RV Doctor is saving your vacation, you can be assured that he is fully credentialed, fully insured, fully trained and completely committed to your satisfaction n. All work comes with a 90 day guaranty plus the manufacturer’s full warranty.

If your RV needs a warranty repair, or you need service under your Extended Service Contract, it’s no problem. We gladly accept warranty work and repairs covered under 3rd party maintenance agreements.

Would you like your service call to be completed in 1 visit? Of course! Our technicians travel in large cargo vans carrying a huge inventory of spare parts. This allows us to complete 95% of our calls on the first visit, with 75-85% of the repairs being completed within 60 minutes. Because we take care of our calls so quickly, we’re able to get to your site fast, often within 2 hours. There’s no backlog of calls to wade through. So if you need RV repair in Orange County CA or other California counties, then contact us today!