There was steady traffic at the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association’s (RVIA)Trouble Shooter Clinic Demonstration at the National RV Trade Show with dealers and industry members stopping by to learn more about the comprehensive technical training available through the program.
According to a press release, the Trouble Shooter Clinic Demonstration took place over the course of the three-day Louisville Show with instructors on hand to provide demonstrations and answer questions. Attendees could also receive a 10% discount on registration fees for any of the upcoming 2013 clinics in the U.S. and enter raffle drawings.
Jason Skinner of Mike Thompson’s RV in Santa Fe Springs, Calif., won free registration for a 2013 U.S.-based Trouble Shooter Clinic and Dennis West of Mid-Ohio RV in Mansfield, Ohio, won a set of RV technician textbooks.
“We were very pleased with the interest in the Trouble Shooter Clinic Demonstration,” said RVIA Vice President of Standards and Education Bruce Hopkins. “We were able to give a lot of people an introduction to what the clinics are all about and how they can benefit their service operations.”
“A key component of the success of the demonstration was the participation of the instructors who were on hand in Louisville. We are very appreciative of involvement.” Participating instructors included Glen Null, Dexter Axle Co.; Joe Riexinger, Cequent Towing Products; Bud Vandermel, Lippert Components Inc.; Wendel Sheldon; Shurlo; Garett Carolus, Keystone RV Co.; Chris Black, Norcold; Bob Horner, Dometic Corp.; Ronnie Ellison, Airxcel/Suburban; Dick Wade, Airxcel; Mike Williams, Atwood Mobile Products; Bryan Ritchie, Onan Corp.; and Kyle Johnston and Fred Louck, Girard Systems. Several companies also provided equipment, including Parallax Power Supply, Harris Battery, Precision Circuits and Magnum Energy.
2013 Trouble Shooter Clinic Schedule
RVIA’s 2013 schedule of Trouble Shooter Clinics kicks off Jan. 28–31 at the Embassy Suites in Loveland, Colo. Other sessions will take place Feb. 18–21 at the Radisson Hotel Ontario Airport in Ontario, Calif.; March 25–28 at the Century Center in South Bend, Ind.; a session in Tampa, Fla., in the July/August timeframe; and Nov. 4–7 in Calgary, Alberta.
RVIA’s Trouble Shooter Clinics now offer participants more class time, smaller class sizes and expanded hands-on training in a track-oriented format featuring four specialty areas.
Participants attend one track at a time and need to complete the Foundation track, or already be a certified RV service technician, before taking any of the other three tracks. The tracks being offered in the 2013 sessions include:
• Foundation/Plumbing – 3 days (24 hours) for $480 per person.
• Running Gear, Hydraulics, Slide-Outs, & Towing – 2 days (16 hours) for $320 per person.
• Appliances – 4 days (32 hours) for $640 per person.
• Power Sources – 3 days (24 hours) for $480 per person.
The registration fee equates to approximately $20 per credit hour. Trouble Shooter Clinic attendees will receive a 10% discount on any RV service technician certification testing, if taken within 90 days following the clinic.
To register for a Trouble Shooter Clinic or receive more information, please contact RVIA’s Nancy Jo Bell-London in the Education Department at firstname.lastname@example.org or (703) 620-6003, ext. 355.