Classes began today (March 8) at Ivy Tech Community College in Elkhart, Ind., for the 2010 Trouble Shooter Clinic sponsored by the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA).
The weeklong clinic attracted 105 RV technicians, the biggest class since March 2007, according to Bruce Hopkins, RVIA vice president of standards and education.
“To be over 100 people is fabulous, it’s exciting,” said Hopkins.
The technicians – 104 men and one woman – hail from across the U.S. and several Canadian provinces, including Ontario, Nova Scotia, Saskatchewan and the Yukon, and represent a cross-section of experience, ranging from two weeks to 23 years, Hopkins said.
Following the suggestion of past participants, the techs are divided into classes based on experience, from beginner to eight years or more. Each class contains approximately 15 students.
Following a welcome, an orientation and presentation on consumer care, today’s classes dealt with electrical and propane issues.
There also will be product-specific classes on generators, air conditioning, water heaters, refrigerators, furnaces, water pumps, commodes, steps, slideouts and axles, inverters, converters and brake controls.
In addition, voluntary evening courses are available on NFPA 1192 Standard and Certification Test Orientation.
Each registered technician receives a detailed Trouble Shooter Manual including an electronic copy of the Electrical Systems and Propane Systems textbooks, to keep for future reference.
The RVIA/RVDA Recreational Vehicle Technician Certification Testing is a separate event that will be conducted beginning at 1:30 p.m. Friday following the clinic.
Trouble Shooter Clinics offer RV service technicians the opportunity to enhance performance and profitability by improving their hands-on technical knowledge. Participants learn to quickly diagnose and correct malfunctions in all major systems found in today’s recreation vehicles. Attendance at the clinic fulfills the continuing education requirement for those technicians seeking recertification.