PRVCA RV Air Conditioner Course Begins in May

April 15, 2014 by · Comments Off on PRVCA RV Air Conditioner Course Begins in May 

           The RV Air Conditioning course, hosted by Northampton Community College in conjunction with the Pennsylvania RV and Camping Association (PRVCA), begins May 12 and runs through June 8. According to a press release, the program allows students to gain an in-depth understanding of recreation vehicle maintenance with intensive, competency-based instruction.

The course examines the roof-top air conditioner in detail. Revisiting the fundamentals of alternating current electricity also, the students jump into the science of the refrigeration cycle. Delving into the properties of vaporization and condensation and applying the principles of compression, students gain the skill necessary to troubleshoot component failures along with the ability to repair and/or replace vital components. Installation requirements and preventive maintenance practices are also learned in this course.

Participants simply log on to access the lecture notes, hands-on assignments, quizzes and chat with the instructor and other students. The program gives students the flexibility to complete the course from the comfort of their home or dealership without having the expense of traveling to a training facility.

The program is approved by the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) and qualifies for recertification hours. Students receive a certificate of completion upon successful completion of the course. The program is designed for RV maintenance and sales personnel, service managers, factory field technicians, service representatives, inspectors and those seeking a new, hands-on career in a growing industry.

Those who complete the entire program will earn a specialized diploma from Northampton Community College. Students not wishing to obtain the specialized diploma may also enroll in individual courses as desired. Those who earn the specialized diploma will be prepared to test for the RV Service Technician or a Master Certified RV Service Technician with RVIA.

Tuition cost for RV Air Conditioning is $350 per student. Employees of PRVCA members will receive a 50% reimbursement on tuition and textbooks upon successful completion of the course, which qualifies for 48 RV technician recertification hours.

To register for the courses, click here. Go to “View Catalog” under “Center for Business and Industry (CBI), then select “Technical and Trades.” Search for course and follow registration procedure. Call (610) 861-5390 if you have any problems with registration.

To purchase the textbooks required for the course, contact or call (888) 303-2887. The courses materials are supported by RVIA and feature competency-based instruction, assignments and testing.

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HGTV’s Highly Rated ‘RV 2011’ Airing Jan. 1

December 13, 2010 by · 6 Comments 

Chi-lan Lieu, hostess of HGTV's popular "RV" series

Chi-Lan Lieu, hostess of HGTV's popular RV show.

HGTV’s RV 2011 – a one-hour TV special – will air Jan. 1 at 4 p.m. EST, reported.

Host Chi-Lan Lieu will be on the hunt for the most luxurious, over-the-top coaches, trailers and toy haulers in the United States. On location at America’s largest RV show in Hershey, Pa, Chi-Lan will also tour the coolest new high-tech and eco-friendly recreational vehicles and take three families on the shopping trip of a lifetime, searching America’s largest RV show for the recreational vehicle of their dreams.

According to her bio Chi-Lan Lieu is a self-proclaimed karaoke addict and gadget geek. She began her career as a TV writer and producer for several cable networks prior to being named host and expert on HGTV’s I Want That! Tech Toys. Chi-Lan revels in giving people gadget-buying advice and will be taking an inside look at all the hottest trends, styles, and RV accessories for 2011.

The Pennsylvania RV and Camping Show – held annually in September at the Hershey Entertainment and Resorts Co. Giant CenterSM in Hershey, Pa. – is sponsored by the Pennsylvania Recreation Vehicle & Camping Association (PRVCA). The show ranks No. 11 out of the 200 largest tradeshows in the U.S. and Canada with 59 leading manufacturers and over 100 supplier vendors represented. The 2010 show reported record attendance with a turnout of 35,020 people for the Retail Days alone.

Over 970 units were on display, a 43% increase over the previous year. “We had dealers from South Korea, Jamaica, Slovenia and Canada.” said Rebecca Lenington, executive vice president of the PRVCA.

HGTV – America’s leader in home and lifestyle programming – is distributed to more than 99 million U.S. households and is one of cable’s top-rated networks. HGTV’s website,, is the nation’s leading online home-and-garden destination, which attracts an average of 4 million unique visitors per month.

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Another Banner Year for Hershey RV Show?

August 24, 2010 by · Comments Off on Another Banner Year for Hershey RV Show? 

Hershey Show promo coverOrganizers of the 42nd Annual Pennsylvania RV & Camping Show, America’s largest RV show, are looking for this year’s Hershey Show to give the RV industry – RV parks and campgrounds, manufacturers and their suppliers included – the kick it needs to continue digging out of the forgettable recession of 2008-09.

The U.S. economy has not leaped back into good health as quick as many had hoped this year, but the Hershey Show is coming along like gangbusters.

Fifty-three manufacturers showing 900 RVs along with 120 vendors will be on hand for Industry Days, Sept. 13-14, and Public Days, Sept. 15-19, at Hersheypark Entertainment & Resorts Complex in Hershey, Pa. The show, sponsored by the 368-member Pennsylvania Recreation Vehicle & Camping Association (PRVCA), will cover 1.6 million square feet of display space.

“The show is going to be fabulous,” veteran RV dealer and longtime show chairman Dan Saltzgiver told “We’re more than 20% ahead of where we were when the show went off last year.”

The park model village, annually the nation’s largest display of recreational park trailers, is sold out and will feature some 30 units.

More than 30,000 people are expected to attend the show, which draws consumers from across the eastern U.S. and Canada and again this year will serve as a venue for Home & Garden TV (HGTV), which is returning to film its annual special “RV 2011” at the show. According to the program’s producer, the show is one of HGTV’s most watched specials.

“HGTV’s access to America’s largest RV show in Hershey, Pa., is valuable to creating the network’s annual special about RVs,” said Bill Myers, director of original programming at HGTV. “HGTV’s ‘RV 2011,’ which will premiere next spring, will feature exciting new RV trends, the latest models and features that our viewers are eager to see.”

“We are always excited that HGTV chooses to film their program at America’s largest RV show,” said PRVCA Vice President Rebecca “Becky” Lenington. “It’s a great way for everyone to see what’s new and exciting in the world of RVing.”

The Hershey Show, by the same token, is important for manufacturers, dealers, vendors and park owners as it often provides a first look at 2011 products, including recreational park trailers.

As of today (Aug. 24) here are the manufacturers registered to exhibit at the show:

  • Born Free Motorcoach Inc.
  • Bridgeview Mfg. LLC
  • Carriage Inc.
  • Cavco Inc.
  • Chariot Eagle Inc.
  • Coachmen Division of Forest River Inc.
  • Columbia Northwest Inc./Aliner
  • Crossroads RV
  • Cruiser RV LLC
  • Damon Motor Coach
  • Direct RV Inc.
  • Dutch Park Homes Inc.
  • Dutchmen Manufacturing Inc.
  • Dynamax Corp.
  • Earthbound RV LLC
  • Evergreen Recreational Vehicles LLC
  • Fairmont Park Trailers
  • Fleetwood RV Inc.
  • Forest River Inc.
  • Four Winds International
  • Galileo RV
  • Glacier Bay RV
  • Gulf Stream Coach Inc.
  • Heartland RV
  • Jayco Inc.
  • Keystone RV Co.
  • Kropf Industries Inc.
  • Lance Camper Manufacturing Corp.
  • Legacy RV LLC
  • Monaco RV LLC
  • New Horizons RV Corp.
  • Newmar Corp.
  • NuWa Industries Inc.
  • Open Range RV Co.
  • Palomino Puma
  • Peterson Industries Inc.
  • Phoenix USA Inc.
  • Pleasure-Way Industries Ltd.
  • Prime Time Manufacturing/Forest River Inc.
  • Renegade/Kibbi Inc.
  • Roadtrek Motorhomes Inc.
  • Rocky Mountain Inc.
  • Silver Top Manufacturing Co. Inc.
  • Skyline Corp.
  • Sunnybrook RV Inc.
  • Sunset Park and RV Inc.
  • The Barn Yard
  • Tiffin Motor Homes Inc.
  • TrailManor Inc.
  • Triple E LLC/Leisure Travel Vans
  • Winnebago Industries Inc.
  • Woodland Park Inc.
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