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 – maladies that present themselves in these rolling residences.
What 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 in ways that both the professional RV technician and the RV owner can understand, and 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 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 their motorhome and its systems.
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.