What does a Recreational Vehicle Service Technician do?
Diagnose, inspect, adjust, repair, or overhaul recreational vehicles including travel trailers. May specialize in maintaining gas, electrical, hydraulic, plumbing, or chassis/towing systems as well as repairing generators, appliances, and interior components. Includes workers who perform customized van conversions.
- Examine or test operation of parts or systems to ensure completeness of repairs.
- Repair plumbing or propane gas lines, using caulking compounds and plastic or copper pipe.
- Inspect recreational vehicles to diagnose problems and perform necessary adjustment, repair, or overhaul.
- Locate and repair frayed wiring, broken connections, or incorrect wiring, using ohmmeters, soldering irons, tape, or hand tools.
- Confer with customers, read work orders, or examine vehicles needing repair to determine the nature and extent of damage.
- List parts needed, estimate costs, and plan work procedures, using parts lists, technical manuals, or diagrams.
- Connect electrical systems to outside power sources and activate switches to test the operation of appliances or light fixtures.
- Connect water hoses to inlet pipes of plumbing systems and test operation of toilets or sinks.
- Remove damaged exterior panels and repair and replace structural frame members.
- Open and close doors, windows, or drawers to test their operation, trimming edges to fit, as necessary.
- Repair leaks with caulking compound or replace pipes, using pipe wrenches.
- Refinish wood surfaces on cabinets, doors, moldings, or floors, using power sanders, putty, spray equipment, brushes, paints, or varnishes.
- Reset hardware, using chisels, mallets, and screwdrivers.
- Seal open sides of modular units to prepare them for shipment, using polyethylene sheets, nails, and hammers.
- Explain proper operation of vehicle systems to customers.
- Inspect, repair, or replace brake systems.
- Diagnose and repair furnace or air conditioning systems.