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Agenda Set for Summer PRVCA Tech Program

May 7, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

The summer RV Technician Distance Learning Courses, RV Electrical Services (Beta 6009), Pre Delivery Inspection (Beta 6004) and RV Towing Systems (Beta 6013) have been announced. The courses are held online through Northampton Community College in partnership with the Pennsylvania Recreation Vehicle and Camping Association (PRVCA).

According to a press release, the electrical systems course will run from May 21-July 15, taking an in-depth look into the first of the three major systems found on most RVs. Beginning with 12-volts DC and expanding to 120-volts AC, all electrical systems and components are dissected and defined. Though Ohm’s Law is not the main focus and basic electricity is not presented, the student will easily grasp the important electrical basics necessary to troubleshoot, install and repair any RV electrical component. Rather than theory, practical shop application is the focus. The proper use of test equipment is also outlined and perfected. Students are led through each type of electrical test.

Tuition cost: $375.00. Employees of PRVCA members will receive a 50% reimbursement on tuition upon successful completion of the course.

RV Technician Recertification Credit Hours: 56

The pre-delivery inspection course will run from May 21–June 24. PDI is one of the most common tasks associated with a selling RV dealership service shop. All new RVs must be “PDI’d” prior to delivery to the retail customer. Here, the students proceed, step by step, through the process of performing a quality PDI. Troubleshooting and repair techniques are not the focus of this course; rather this course teaches how to actually inspect and test the viability of all components found in every major system. All electrical, LP and plumbing gear, as well as all safety components and add-on accessories are closely inspected and operated.

Tuition cost: $190.00. Employees of PRVCA members will receive a 50% reimbursement on tuition upon successful completion of the course.

RV Technician Recertification Credit Hours: 28

RV towing systems (Beta 6013) will run June 25-July 29. All elements of RV towing are included in this course; a truck towing a travel trailer or fifth-wheel trailer, a motorhome towing a small car, etc. All elements of electric trailer brakes, including troubleshooting, repair and maintenance, are taught. Hitch design and installation techniques are presented as well as all associated electrical wiring between tow vehicle and trailer. Safety elements are stressed including weight data and all associated terminology.

Tuition cost: $190.00. Employees of PRVCA members will receive a 50% reimbursement on tuition upon successful completion of the course.

RV Technician Recertification Credit Hours: 20

The courses materials are supported by the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) and feature competency-based instruction, assignments and testing. To register for the courses, call Northampton Community College at 1-877-543-0998. For more information on PRVCA member reimbursement, contact Heather at the PRVCA office, 888-303-2887.

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NFL Legend Allen to Speak at Hershey RV Show

April 5, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Marcus Allen, former Heisman Trophy winner and Pro Football Hall of Famer, will address the RV industry on Sept. 11 at the Red Carpet Breakfast held in conjunction with the Pennsylvania RV and Camping Show at the Giant Center in Hershey, Pa.

The event will begin with a 7:30 a.m. breakfast at Chocolate World followed by a motivational message and meet and greet with Allen. A limited number of footballs and photographs will be available for purchase with proceeds going toward the PRV PAC fund, according to a release from the Pennsylvania Recreation Vehicle and Camping Association (PRVCA).

Marcus Allen began his NFL career in 1982 and played 16 years with both the Oakland Raiders and the Kansas City Chiefs. During that time he gained 12,243 yards rushing, 5,411 yards receiving, and scored 145 total touchdowns.

PRVCA said that a pre-registration fee of $25 is required for the event. The RV show is slated to run Sept. 10-16.

 

 

 

 

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PRVCA Reports Record Hershey Show Traffic

September 22, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Mirroring reports from show exhibitors of strong traffic and sales, the 42nd Pennsylvania RV and Camping Show at Hersheypark in Hershey, Pa., that ended Sunday (Sept. 19) posted record attendance of 35,020 — 9.% higher than 2009, the sponsoring Pennsylvania Recreation Vehicle and Camping Association (PRVCA) reported.

”People have been putting off their purchases for a while and now is the time they want to buy,” Heather Leach, PRVCA director of marketing and education,” told RVBUSINESS.com.

Reports from the FreedomRoads/Camping World dealership chain, Thor Motor Coach, Tiffin Motors Home Inc. and Carriage Inc. and other exhibitors consistently confirmed the strong sales trend.

Thor Motor Coach, formed by the recent merger of Damon Motor Coach and Four Winds International Corp., reported the show was possibly ”the best ever.”

”We nearly doubled our diesel numbers from last year, and last year was a good year,” said Matt Thompson, Thor Motor Coach vice president for diesels.

”We did excellent,” observed Phil Sarvari, executive vice president of Gulf Stream Coach Inc. ”We sold 38 pieces. People were buying, and our products were very well received.”

”Traffic was incredible,” added Don Clark, president of Dutchmen Manufacturing Inc. ”We did more than 2 1/2 times the volume of retail than we did last year. The customers were very upbeat. It was reassuring to see that kind of traffic.”

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11 Park Model Builders Exhibiting at Hershey

August 27, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Hershey Show promo coverThe 42nd Annual Pennsylvania RV & Camping Show, Sept. 13-19 at Hersheypark Entertainment & Resorts Complex in Hershey, Pa., will feature the nation’s largest display of recreational park trailers.

Eleven manufacturers will display their cottage-like trailers, also known as park models, in the sold-out “Park Model Village” to more than 30,000 consumers from the  U.S. and Canada who will be attending the show.

Show Chairman Dan Saltzgiver, an RV and park model dealer from Hanover, Pa., promises a “fabulous” show this year, with at least 20% more products than last year’s show.

Sponsored by the 368-member Pennsylvania Recreation Vehicle and Camping Association (PRVCA), the show will cover 1.6 million square feet of display space.

The park model manufacturers displaying this year are Bridgeview Manufacturing Co. Inc., Cavco Industries Inc., Canterbury Recreational Park Homes, Chariot Eagle Inc., CrossRoads RV, Dutch Park Homes Inc., Fairmont Park Trailers, Kropf Industries Inc., Silver Top Manufacturing Co. Inc., The Barnyard and Woodland Park Inc.

Park models are among the most unique products to be featured at the show because you don’t drive them and you don’t tow them. Retailing for about $40,000, these are cottage-like units with peaked shingled roofs, bay windows and lofts that people use as weekend retreats and vacation homes.

Because they have wheels and sit on a chassis, they are classified as recreational vehicles, so they can be placed in scenic campgrounds and RV resorts, which are often off limits to both mobile and manufactured homes.

The show is important for manufacturers, dealers, vendors and park owners as the show features the first look at 2011 products.

“I’m hoping we get a little shot in the arm at Hershey,” said Brad Bryant, owner of Bryant’s RV Showcase Inc. in Dallas, Pa.

The Hershey show is the first chance consumers will see many of the new models. Manufacturers often show their new units at Hershey, and then give them a final tweak before the annual National RV Trade Show in Louisville, Ky., the week after Thanksgiving. “It’s good for me and it’s good for the whole industry,” Bryant said.

That’s why Saltzgiver and Bryant and other park model dealers expect a good show and are hoping to write some orders.

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New Go RVing Ads Focus on RV Affordability, Value

November 5, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

Go RVing logoA new phase of the industry’s popular Go RVing marketing campaign — stressing the affordability and value of recreational vehicles — will launch in early 2010 with new television spots and a revised Go RVing website.

The Go RVing Creative Work Group, consisting of manufacturers, dealers and state association executives, gave the go-ahead for the revisions at an Oct. 7 meeting in Las Vegas during the RV Dealers International Convention/Expo.

The new ads, created by Go RVing’s advertising agency, The Richards Group, Dallas, Texas, utilize existing and unused creative material from previous Go RVing campaigns as a cost-saving measure.

“The affordability and value messages in the new creative materials for Go RVing will show today’s cost-conscious consumers how an RV can meet their family needs today as an affordable vacation option that will provide them with years of pleasurable return on their investment,” said Gary LaBella, vice president and chief marketing officer for the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA), which administers the program for the all-industry Go RVing coalition.

The new ads will debut during the ”Outlook 2010” breakfast Dec. 1 at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville, Ky., prior to the opening of the 47th Annual National RV Trade Show.

”The new concept chosen by the group is now in production, with the new spots to debut in early 2010 as part of an effort to reenergize the RV industry and motivate consumers to buy as the economy improves,” according to a press release.

The revised Go RVing website will go live when the TV spots begin running after the first of the year.

Meeting attendees included Debbie Brunoforte, owner of Little Dealer, Little Prices and chairman of the Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association (RVDA); Richard Coon, president of the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA); Eleanore Hamm, executive vice president of RVDA of Canada; and Becky Lenington, executive vice president of the Pennsylvania Recreation Vehicle and Camping Association (PRVCA).

Also, Mike Molino, RVDA president; Chad Reece, director of marketing for Winnebago Industries Inc.; Dicky Riegel, COO of Thor Industries Inc. and co-chairman of the Go RVing Coalition; RVIA Chairman Jim Sheldon, assistant to the president of Monaco RV LLC; Go RVing co-Chairman Tom Stinnett, owner of Tom Stinnett RV Freedom Center; B.J. Thompson, president of B.J. Thompson Associates; Larry Troutt, Topper’s Camping Center and immediate past RVDA chairman; and Lance Wilson, executive director of the Florida Recreation Vehicle Trade Association (FRVTA).

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