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40 • RV PRO • May 2017 rv-pro.com productions, articles, educational programs and seminars. Deal- erships couldn't always afford to send their technicians to school for a week or more. It's expensive and their service department couldn't do without them for that long. So, I developed cur- riculum for individual dealerships; a training program around their specific needs. Then I flew there and trained the techs while they worked. By bringing the 'school' to the dealership – it's a win-win for everyone. RV owners began asking me to train them on how to work on their own coaches. When I began working with RVIA and RVDA, they used many of my materials to create a tech certi- fication program. I donated most of my technical library and they are still using my training videos from the '80s. When it comes to RVs, the basics are the basics: plumbing systems are plumbing systems; electrical systems are electrical systems. RV PRO: You have devoted a lot of time to RV educa- tion and RV safety in particular. Why is that subject so important to you? Bunzer: Safety is critical. You are driving a house down the road. They bounce all around and things happen. RVs are used in so many different ways, too: weekenders, seasonal, full-timers, tailgaters. I want them to be safe. If they are not as safe as they can be, then the enjoyment of owning one is gone. Their trust is impacted, and that hurts the whole industry. I co-teach with Walter Cannon with the RV Safety & Edu- cation Foundation (RVSEF) several times a year at shows and rallies, most recently at the RV Basics Workshop produced by the FMCA Academy. Both of us have dedicated ourselves to understanding how RVs are supposed to be built: weight, tire pressure, electrical codes, plumbing codes – everything. You can't be too safe when it comes to RVs. RV PRO: What is a typical day like for you? Bunzer: My day consists of three major things: writing, editing and video editing. There's always something due – an article, a column, getting ready for a seminar, or video pro- duction. I love to do videos; creating, shooting and editing. I can cover so much more in a video than in an article. I could do that all day. The most fun is that my day is totally unpredictable. There is always a fire to be put out. I try to write new seminars each year to make it more interesting for the show promotors. I'll get a question from an RVer. I'll publish the question and answer in my column. Then I may turn it into a full article. From there, I turn it into a seminar and then create a video. It's my rule of parley – one question germinates into four different information streams. RV PRO: How much time do you spend on the road in your role as the RV Doctor? And, is this a family affair? Bunzer: I am trying to slow down. When I was training at A F T E R M A R K E T Bunzer gives a presentation to a large group of attendees at the recent Family Motor Coach Association gathering. Bunzer has been writing a column for FMCA for 25 years now. PHOTO COURTESY OF GUY KASSELMANN/ FMCA

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