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PRVCA Heating Systems Course Begins Feb. 10

January 15, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

The RV Heating Systems Service course, run by Northampton Community College in conjunction with the Pennsylvania RV and Camping Association (PRVCA), begins Feb. 10 and runs through March 9. 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 last of the four LP-burning appliances is presented in this course. Though earlier designs of RV heaters and furnaces are discussed, the main focus is on the forced air furnace. Its sophistication and compactness both contribute to its difficulty in working on one. Like the other three appliances, each component part is dissected and discussed individually, as is the furnace, as a whole. Subjects covered include furnace installation, diagnosing operational faults, repairing and testing.

Students 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 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 Heating Systems Service is $220. Employees of PRVCA members will receive a 50% reimbursement on tuition and textbooks upon successful completion of the course, which qualifies for 32 RV Technician Recretification 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 heather@prvca.org or call (888) 303-2887. The courses materials are supported by RVIA and feature competency-based instruction, assignments and testing.

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PRVCA’s ‘Explore Pennsylvania’ Now Available

January 10, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

The Pennsylvania RV & Camping Association (PRVCA) announced the release of the 2014 edition of Explore Pennsylvania.

The official PRVCA membership directory and consumer magazine features 52 pages of RV and camping tips designed to give consumers the latest information in RV trends as well as information about PRVCA members, according to a press release.

This year’s publication features Pennsylvania county fairs, RVing with grandchildren, tips on how to conserve, reduce and reuse while on the road, fun at America’s Largest RV Show and more.

This guide contains a PRVCA membership directory connecting readers to campgrounds, dealers, suppliers, manufacturers and other services. The listings contain contact information and a brief description of the products and services available. The dealerships and campgrounds are divided into five geographic regions making it easy to find an RV or campground in a desired location. Manufacturers, service, suppliers, transport, rentals, press, insurance, finance, distributors, associations and after market dealers are listed alphabetically by category. The guide also includes attractions and events in each geographic area.

75,000 copies of Explore Pennsylvania will be distributed at over 40 RV shows throughout the East Coast (including America’s Largest RV Show). The magazine will also be on PRVCA’s website, at member locations, at welcome centers along the Pennsylvania Turnpike, through Pennsylvania visitor’s bureaus, and the RV/MH Hall of Fame.

If you would like to view Explore PA visit www.prvca.org and select “Camping Guide.” To receive a free copy, or if you are interested in distributing them at your place of business, call the PRVCA office at 888-303-2887.

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Fall RV Technician Course Will Start Next Week

September 24, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

The Fall RV Technician Distance Learning semester begins Sept. 30 with Pre-Delivery Inspections (PDI), according to a press releaser. The program, which is run by Northampton Community College and the Pennsylvania RV and Camping Association (PRVCA), allows students to gain an in-depth understanding of recreation vehicle maintenance with intensive, competency-based instruction.

The 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.

To participate, students 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 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.

Pre-Delivery Inspections (RVTNC106) runs Sept. 30-Nov. 3. Tuition cost is $209 and employees of PRVCA members will receive a 50% reimbursement on tuition and textbooks upon successful completion of the course. The course qualifies for 28 RV technician recertification hours.

To register for the courses, visit https://lifelearn.northampton.edu/modules/ and create a username and password. If you have any trouble registering for the course, call Northampton Community College at (877) 543-0998. To purchase the textbooks required for the course, contact heather@prvca.org or call 888-303-2887. The courses materials are supported by RVIA and feature competency-based instruction, assignments and testing.

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PRVCA Announces Yoder to Retire From Board

May 23, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Ernie Yoder

Ernie Yoder, president and owner of park model builder Woodland Park since 1983, is retiring from the Pennsylvania RV and Camping Association’s (PRVCA) board after over 18 years of service.

According to a press release, Yoder’s involvement includes serving as PRVCA’s senior manufacturer director, recreational park trailer director and serving on the Legislative Committee.

Nick Palm of Red Bay, Ala.-based Tiffin Motorhomes Inc. has been appointed to senior manufacturer director of PRVCA. Palm has served as PRVCA’s manufacturer director since 2011 and is currently a member of the Legislative Committee.

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Hershey Show Readies for Record-Setting Year

May 21, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

RVs lined up at last year's America's Largest RV Show

America’s Largest RV Show, set for September 9– 15 at the Giant Center in Hershey, Pa., is preparing for another record breaking year.

“I am pleased to report that space sales at the time of this year’s show drawing not only exceeded last year, but also total space sales from the 2012 show,” Rebecca Lenington, executive vice president of the host Pennsylvania RV & Camping Association (PRVCA), said in a press release.  The drawing, which gives manufacturer and booth vendor representatives the opportunity to select their company’s location in the show, was held on May 8 at the Hershey Lodge.

Forty-five manufacturers and 149 booth vendors have purchased 769,011 square feet and 35,155 square feet of space, respectively, which is 19.8% more than space sold at the 2012 show drawing and 7.9% more than last year at show time. “There is a very limited amount of manufacturer space available, and all of the booths for Public Days are sold out inside the Giant Center,” Lenington reported. “This year we extended manufacturer exhibit space into the parking lot and added additional booth space outside to accommodate the show’s growth.”

America’s Largest RV Show incorporates both Industry and Public Days to create a true hybrid show. Industry Days, held Sept. 9-10, provides dealers and manufacturers the opportunity to connect and concentrate on building relationships while the Public Days allows dealers to sell the new products to consumers. “We here at Lance are very excited for this year’s Hershey RV Show,” said William Hill of Lance Camper Manufacturing Corp., adding, “And we look forward to being part of many more to come.”

The Hershey Show is the first to debut the 2014 product. “Industry Days allows all of my staff to see the new product,” states Dan Saltzgiver, Show chairman and general manager of Camping World of Hanover states. “By sending half of my staff on Monday and half on Tuesday, everyone get a chance to see what’s new.”

“The Show also provides sales training opportunities,” stated Nick Palm of Tiffin Motorhomes Inc.

Affordable education programs provide an in-depth look at various aspects of the RV industry including a full-day RV technician training by Lippert Components Inc. and Gary Motley; a full-day parts manager clinic by Chuck Marzahn of Marzahn and King; and seminar on the latest RV park trends by David Gorin. The Red Carpet Breakfast is returning to Chocolate World with a motivational message by NFL Hall of Famer Rod Woodson who will also be available for a meet-and-greet and autographs.

The annual industry party will be held Monday evening at Hersheypark where exhibitors and attendees can enjoy rides, a variety of hors d’oeuvres, Pennsylvania’s own Yuengling Lager and an assortment of wines. The party, which is held from 4–6 p.m., allows plenty of free time in the evening for networking, taking in the sites or just relaxing.

For more information visit www.largestRVshow.com.

 

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Pennsylvania Celebrates RV & Camping Month

May 10, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett has proclaimed the month of May as “Recreation Vehicle and Camping Month” for the 23rd straight year, according to a press release.

“The unique sites, history and culture of Pennsylvania can be discovered by the entire family from the comfort and convenience of recreational vehicles,” he said. “I encourages all citizens to pursue their passions and escape with their families on the road across the farthest reaches of our state.”

RVing and camping continues to be a strong force for Pennsylvania’s economy. From campgrounds that extend to the outermost corners of the state to RV dealerships, suppliers, distributors and service providers, Pennsylvania is an example of how people embrace the joys and benefits of RVing.

As host to the industry’s largest industry and retail show in the country at the Giant Center in Hershey, (www.largestRVshow.com), Pennsylvania introduces consumers to the latest products the RV industry has to offer. Visitors are even welcomed into Pennsylvania with seven statewide billboards directing them to the Pennsylvania RV and Camping Association (PRVCA) website.

Rebecca Lenington, PRVCA executive vice president noted, “In conjunction with the Governor’s proclamation, PRVCA is kicking off its annual Open House campaign. The goal of the Open House campaign is to direct consumers to their local campgrounds and dealerships and expose them to the many benefits of RV ownership and the freedom that traveling by RV provides,” To view the campgrounds and RV dealerships in your area, visit www.prvca.org and click on “Member Listings.”

Not only does the RV industry offer a great way to discover Pennsylvania, but it also offers career opportunities and apprenticeships to the many campgrounds and RV dealerships across the state of Pennsylvania. People can even become a trained RV technician from the comfort and convenience of their home with online instruction. For more details, visit www.prvca.org and click on “Training.”

RVers can also learn more about Pennsylvania’s outdoor recreation opportunities by ordering a free copy of the 2013 RV and camping guide, Explore Pennsylvania. The 52-page publication includes feature articles on fun tips and helpful camping hints along with a full PRVCA membership directory connecting readers to hundreds of campgrounds, dealerships, suppliers and manufacturers.

For more information about PRVCA or for a free copy of Explore Pennsylvania, please call (888) 303-2887, e-mail rvcamping@prvca.org, or visit www.paRVing.com.

 

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Tech Course on RV Service to Start on May 20

May 3, 2013 by · 1 Comment 

Introduction to recreation vehicle service, a distance learning course offered through Northampton Community College in partnership with the Pennsylvania RV and Camping Association (PRVCA), delves into the workings of a typical RV dealership service center and exposes the student to the skills necessary to function within a dealership environment.

The course, which runs May 20 to June 23, is completed online with homework, quizzes and hands-on assignments required. Students who successfully complete the course will receive a certificate of completion from Northampton Community College.

Discussed in the course is the proper care and use of hand tools. Safety, work habits and the introduction to RV codes and standards are also presented. A deeper look into the various job classifications and pay structures at an RV dealership gives the student a well-rounded view of what is possible after training and certification. After successful completion of this course the student will effectively be able to:

• Identify the different terminology as well as the different classifications of RVs.

• Recognize and identify RV manufacturers and their products.

• Describe the methods of framing, laminating and construction techniques used.

• Locate the plumbing, electrical and LP systems on any RV

• Identify hand tools, shop equipment and specialty tools.

• Describe the safe use and proper care of tools.

• Identify appropriate dress and safety gear.

• Identify the safe storage of hazardous materials.

• Implement safe work habits.

• Find and use material safety data sheet.

• Identify applicable RV codes and standards (NEC, A119.2, DOT & state).

• Identify various RV occupations.

• Describe RV service technician job classifications.

• Identify and utilize service manual, service bulletins, user’s guides and troubleshooting manuals.

• Locate RV specifications in specified service literature.

Tuition cost for the course is $190. Employees of PRVCA members will receive a 50% reimbursement on tuition and textbooks upon successful completion of the course. Completion will qualify participants for 28 RV Technician Recertification Credit Hours.

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PCOA Sees Attendance Increase at York Show

March 11, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

For Christine and James Cooper, the “lure of the open road” and a mutual love of camping brought them to the last day of the York, Pa., RV show, held over the weekend at the York Expo Center.

Sponsored by the Pennsylvania Campground Owners Association (PCOA), the 35th annual show boasted a total of 80 vendors and featured an estimated 200 recreational vehicles in a variety of styles.

According to PCOA Executive Director Beverly Gruber, helping to educate the public about campgrounds, dealers and vendors is hardly a job. She has owned an RV since 1966, and together with family, has, in addition to local trips, crossed the country to California three times.

“People should really consider them for traveling. They’re a great way for family to spend time with each other,” Gruber said.

She said the association begins planning in October for the annual expo, and attendance increased about 14% this year.

For Christine Cooper, a purchase of an RV would be a long-term investment for her and her family.

“We’re considering it. It would be great for vacations, especially with our children and pets,” she said, adding that while she had never compared the price of RV upkeep with the price of airfare, an RV does make sense compared with hotel prices.

Also present were Lancaster residents Jeff and Susan Gingrich, who had owned an RV in the past and were “contemplating” buying another one for travel when they retire.

“An RV would be good to have instead of paying for a hotel or motel each night,” Susan Gingrich said.

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PRVCA RV Generators Course Begins in March

February 20, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

RV Generators, the next course offered in the RV Technician Distance Learning Program, begins March 18 and runs through May 5.

According to a press release, the course, which is supported by the Pennsylvania RV and Camping Association (PRVCA) and Northampton Community College, provides students a very detailed look into the idiosyncrasies of the voltage and power-producing device. Understanding that mechanical motion, including mechanical adjustments, has a direct electrical result helps students through the nuances of this sometimes difficult-to-understand machine. Generator sizing, installation, troubleshooting, repair and maintenance are all studied.

“The program is designed for someone who wants to go all the way as an RV technician,” Ron Donachie, the program’s instructor states. “If you want to become a certified tech, this is the way to do it.”

The online course requires hands-on assignments and quizzes and allows students to interact with the instructor and other participants. Students can log on 24/7.

“This is more than just watching step-by-step instructions in a training video,” Donachie says. “You get the training needed to become an RV tech.”

Tuition cost for the RV generator course is $325. Employees of PRVCA members will receive a 50% reimbursement on tuition and textbooks upon successful completion of the course. Graduates will receive 48 RV technician recertification credit hours.

To register for the courses, visit https://lifelearn.northampton.edu/modules/ and create a username and password. If you have any trouble registering for the course, call Northampton Community College at (877) 543-0998.

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

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Roba Will Head PRVCA’s Education Foundation

January 3, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

The Pennsylvania RV and Camping Association (PRVCA) announced that John Roba of JR Products has been named chairman of the Pennsylvania RV and Camping Education Foundation.

“Education and training are important when it comes to keeping the RV industry strong,” Roba said in a press release. “And I look forward to making sure the foundation is doing everything it can to help promote industry education.”

Lori Morrow, of Keller Marine and RV, has also been named a trustee to the foundation. “I have a passion for the dealers and their success in the industry,” Morrow says. “I am glad to help in any way possible.”

The Education Foundation is designed to support education programs and opportunities for individuals who would like to make a career in the RV and campground industry. Some of the programs include the RV Technician Apprenticeship Program and RV Technician Distance Learning Program through Northampton Community College as well as scholarships to both Northampton and the National School of Campground Management.

The Education Foundation’s upcoming distance learning course, RV Electrical Services, begins Jan. 14. For more information, contact heather@prvca.org.

 

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