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Trouble Shooter Clinics Featuring ‘New Tracks’

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October 28, 2011 by   Leave a Comment

Certified technicians are encouraged to sign-up for the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association’s (RVIA) popular Trouble Shooter Clinics starting on Nov. 7 in South Bend, Ind. The clinic will launch a format with new tracks covering chassis, power sources and appliances. In this first session, these new tracks are open only to technicians who hold a RVDA-RVIA RV Service Technician Certification.

The new format also includes a “Foundation Track” open to all technicians, covering basic knowledge of propane, electrical, plumbing, PDI, preventative maintenance, and fire, life and safety.

“The new tracks offer more for the experienced technician,” says RVIA’s Sharonne Lee, director of technical information. “Enrollment in the new tracks is limited and Certified Technicians are encouraged to sign up before all of the seats are taken. Certified technicians get more hands-on and diagnostic experience with the new tracks. Tracks are taken independently, and technicians can now get training suited to their individual needs, rather than having to take the one size fits all approach. Another benefit is the tracks make it possible for technicians to be away from the shop for a shorter period of time and provide continuing education credits for recertification.”

Chassis – 2 days, 16 hours CE Credit, $240

• Axles and Frames – Explanation and identification of components of axle, brakes and suspension systems. Hands-on training on brakes, bearings, seals and measuring of axles and frames.

• Hydraulics – Theory and operational characteristics, demonstrate different leveler and slide operations, discuss effective ways to troubleshoot and make timely repairs.

• Towing & Hitches: Covers the proper selection, installation and set-up including brake controls, weight distribution kit, sway controls and 5th wheel hitching systems.

Power Sources – 3 days, 24 hours CE Credit, $360

• Generators: A comprehensive course covering both Onan and Generac generators including component identification and function, reading and understanding wiring schematics and hands-on performance of operational tests.

• Converters: This course will cover the operating characteristics of 3-types of power converters and their appropriate applications. Hands-on performance diagnostics will be performed on each type.

• Power Systems: This class covers 30- and 50-amp input systems, load panels, basic energy management, line generator switches and neutral current in in-phase and out-of-phase power sources.

• Batteries: Covers battery technology, inspection, testing equipment, specifications and terminology.

• Inverters & Transfer Switches: This course covers inverter/charger and transfer switch basic operation, installation wiring, programming, troubleshooting and board replacement in the field.

• Energy Management Systems: Covers the basic operations, board replacements, and troubleshooting including interfacing.

Appliances: 4 days, 32 hours CE Credit, $480

• Water Heaters: A comprehensive course covering both Atwood and Suburban water heaters including specifications, installation and sequence of operation. Course includes the water heater tear down, testing and reassembly.

• Air Conditioning and Heating: Comprehensive courses covering Airxcel air conditioners and heat pumps and Dometic air conditioners. Instruction includes component operation, installation and troubleshooting. Students will perform a cooling performance and use meters to diagnose components.

• Refrigerators: A comprehensive course covering both Norcold and Dometic refrigerators covering absorption refrigeration versus gravity, heat transfer, component operation and completion of a cooling performance tests.

• Furnaces: A comprehensive course covering both Atwood and Suburban furnaces including specifications, installation and sequence of operation. Course includes the furnace tear down, testing and reassembly.

More information and an application can be found on the RVIA website, www.rvia.org, or by calling Nancy Jo Bell-London at (703) 620-6003, ext. 355.

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