Remembering “The RV Doctor,” Gary Bunzer

It is with profound sadness that we share the news that longtime FMCA contributor and technical editor Gary Bunzer has died in a Seattle, Washington, hospital after a battle with COVID-19 on April 17, 2020.  Known as the RV Doctor, Gary devoted more than 40 years to his passion of educating and helping RV owners, as well as to training RV technicians.  He had the gift of sharing technical information in a way that was understandable to the average RV owner.  Not only that, but you’ve never met a more likable guy. 

He enlightened countless FMCA members through his technical articles in the magazine over the decades, and he solved innumerable problems for RVers via his popular “RV Doctor” question-and-answer column.  He also passed along his technical expertise to thousands of FMCA members who attended his seminars and RV Basics courses at FMCA conventions.  Gary has been a vital part of the FMCA family and the RV industry and his passing leaves a hole in the hearts of many.  On behalf of FMCA, we extend condolences to Gary’s wife, Debbie; his daughters Heather and Gretchen, and his grandchildren. 

Family RVing will publish a tribute to Gary in the July issue. For those who would like to make a memorial donation in Gary’s honor, his family has suggested Samaritan’s Purse and the RV/MH Hall of Fame.

11 Comments on Remembering “The RV Doctor,” Gary Bunzer

  1. What a heartbreaking loss. Wishing all who love him peace. Hoping this world will be rid of this insidious virus soon. Take care everyone <3

  2. What an incredible loss to the RV community and everyone that knew Gary on a personal level. I’ve never known a nicer more genuine guy. Gary will be missed by so many but never forgotten.

  3. I am beyond shocked and saddened. Immediately I recalled some of our many contacts over the decades. He was always patient, unfailingly cheerful, kind and supportive. Words simply cannot express the huge hole I feel in my life at this moment.

    His death is such a terrible loss, on so many levels, to so many. Gary has been such huge part of making the RV living experience safer, more enjoyable, and most of all understandable.

    Thank you for sharing this.

  4. I didn’t know Gary but I watched his RV Doctor videos and enjoyed them. I even learned some stuff! Condolences to his family, a sad time.

  5. What a wonderful man who helped us who were just starting out RVing 11 plus years ago and with his articles. Will miss seeing him at conferences. Our prayers for his family. Take care.

    • I did not know Gary personally, however I felt I know him through the many technical articles and video he offered. He had a talent of communicating in a clear and effect manner. Gary’s passing is a big loss to the FMCA and RV community. My deep heartfelt condolences go out to his family.

  6. To: Debbie, Heather , Gretchen,

    Our condolences for your loss. Gary was a gentleman.

    Ange & Ann Moccia
    Niagara Falls

  7. What a loss to the RVing community. I never met Gary personally but I watched many of his videos and read his comments and publications. What a knowledgable person.
    Condolences to Gary’s family.

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