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RV Technician Refrigerator Course Scheduled

September 26, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Northampton Community College and the Pennsylvania RV and Camping Association’s (PRVCA) next RV Technician Distance Learning Course, RV Absorption Refrigerators, is set to begin on Oct. 8 and run through Nov. 11.

According to a press release, the course (RVTNC101.1) will focus on the appliance that causes the most confusion; how to use heat to produce cold. The theory of absorption and associated processes are fine-tuned and presented in a way that makes this sometimes perplexing device a little easier to understand.

Like the other LP appliances studied, individual component testing and replacement is accomplished as well as an understanding of all operational ills on each energy source employed by the RV refrigerator.

Details include: Tuition cost is $270. Employees of PRVCA members will receive a 50% reimbursement on tuition upon successful completion of the course. RV Technician Recertification Credit Hours: 40.

To purchase the textbook required for this course, contact Heather Leach at the PRVCA office at (888) 303-2887) or email heather@prvca.org.

To register for the course, visit https://lifelearn.northampton.edu/modules/, and create a login/password. If you experience any difficulty, please call Northampton Community College at (877) 543-0998.

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Industry Shines as Hershey Show Posts Record

September 24, 2012 by · 1 Comment 

Nearly 2,000 RVs were on display in Hershey

America’s Largest RV Show reported record attendance at this year’s event with a turnout of 43,131 people for the Retail Days alone, according to a press release.

As previously reported by RVBUSINESS.com, the Sept. 10-16 event at the Giant Center in Hershey, Pa., saw a 29% increase in attendance from 2011 and set a new record for the history of the show. The show had over 1,092 new units on display, 172 booth vendors and 45 manufacturers covering display space that surpassed 2011 by over 7%.

“We couldn’t be more pleased with the increase in both show space and attendance,” said Rebecca Lenington, executive vice president of the Pennsylvania RV and Camping Association (PRVCA), which annually hosts the show. “We sold out of booth vendor space inside the Giant Center and extended the manufacturer space further into the parking area. People coming to the show are always amazed at how many RVs and accessories the show has and this year’s show definitely exceeded expectations.”

Industry Days were the focus of the first two days of the show allowing dealers one-on-one time with manufacturers and the opportunity to see the debut of the 2013 products.

“There’s a lot of value in Hershey’s Industry Days,” said Dan Saltzgiver, general manager of Camping World of Hanover and PRVCA show chairman. “The show allows dealers and campgrounds to have the first glimpse of the new product and familiarize themselves with the models.”

Vendor booths were busy in the Giant Center

Industry Days also included education clinics focusing on F&I, service writers and advertising along with a Red Carpet Breakfast featuring NFL Hall of Famer Marcus Allen and a party at Hersheypark.

This year, PRVCA held a trip giveaway to the Dominican Republic for campground and RV dealership owners attending Industry Days. The winners were John and Linda Sosko, owners of Silver Valley Campsites and RV Sales in Saylorsburg, Pa. “I can’t believe we won,” Linda Sosko said. “I am going home and packing my bags.”

Retail days brought consumers who were ready to shop. “We had our best show yet,” Saltzgiver said. “Our sales were up over 20% and, from what I could tell, all segments of the industry did well at Hershey.”

“Traffic has been up and sales have been steady,” Ed Lerch, owner of Lerch’s RV, said during the show. “We are ahead of last year.”

Jay Troyer, director of sales and marketing for first-time exhibitor Forks RV Inc. noted, “We were very pleased with traffic and public reaction. This show will become a staple in our show schedule.”

A steady flow of people checked out units at the Hershey Show

The Hershey Show also provided hourly seminars for both new and experienced RVers. Industry experts such as Bob Marx, Walter Cannon, John Holod and RV Doctor Gary Bunzer were on hand to share their know-how.

“This year, America’s Largest RV Show far exceeded all my expectations,” Bunzer states. “We were blessed with glorious weather, outstanding sales and, of course, enthusiastic crowds that attended in record numbers each day of the show. In my 23 years of presenting seminars at this show, I cannot recall any year where we had such perfect sunshine, moderate temperatures, low humidity and no rain for the entire run of the show, every single day – including the two Industry Days on Monday and Tuesday.

“The dealers and vendors I spoke with were ecstatic about the record attendance and how well their sales were progressing as each day built towards the big weekend. I especially liked chatting with the first-time vendors and attendees. Everybody wore smiles the entire week. That’s a great sign for the RV industry.”

The universal appeal of RVing, as well as the ability to shop and compare so many manufacturers at one place, continues to attract thousands of people to Hershey. “We are so happy to provide a place where people can come together and share their passion for RVing,” Lenington stated. “We are in planning mode for next year’s show to make it even better.”

The 2013 PA RV & Camping Show will be held on September 9–15. For more information, visit www.largestRVshow.com.

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PRVCA Distance Learning Fall Schedule is Set

August 15, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

The RV Technician Distance Learning Program has announced its fall courses: RV Air Conditioners, RV Absorption Refrigerators and RV Heating Systems. According to a press release, the courses are held online through Northampton Community College in partnership with the Pennsylvania RV and Camping Association (PRVCA).

Details include:

• RV Air Conditioners (Beta 6015) will begin Aug. 27 and run through Oct. 7. This course examines the roof-top air conditioner in detail. Revisiting the fundamentals of alternating current electricity, 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. Tuition cost: $325. Employees of PRVCA members will receive a 50% reimbursement on tuition upon successful completion of the course. RV Technician Recertification Credit Hours: 48.

• RV Absorption Refrigerators (Beta 6016) will begin Oct. 8 and run through Nov. 11. This is the appliance that causes the most confusion – how to use heat to make cold. The theory of absorption and associated processes are fine-tuned and presented in a way that makes this sometimes perplexing device a little easier to understand. Like the other LP appliances studied, individual component testing and replacement is accomplished as well as an understanding of all operational ills on each energy source employed by the RV refrigerator. Tuition cost: $270. Employees of PRVCA members will receive a 50% reimbursement on tuition upon successful completion of the course. RV Technician Recertification Credit Hours: 40.

• RV Heating Systems (Beta 6017) will begin Nov. 12 and run through Dec. 9. 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, and more. Tuition cost: $135. Employees of PRVCA members will receive a 50% reimbursement on tuition upon successful completion of the course. RV Technician Recertification Credit Hours: 20.

To register for the courses, call Northampton Community College at 1-877-543-0998. The courses materials are supported by the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) and feature competency-based instruction, assignments and testing. To purchase the most recent set of RVIA textbooks on DVD, please contact Heather at the PRVCA office, (888) 303-2887, or e-mail heather@prvca.org.

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PRVCA Distance Learning Fall Schedule is Set

July 31, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

The RV Technician Distance Learning Program has announced its fall courses: RV Air Conditioners, RV Absorption Refrigerators and RV Heating Systems. According to a press release, the courses are held online through Northampton Community College in partnership with the Pennsylvania RV and Camping Association (PRVCA).

Details include:

• RV Air Conditioners (Beta 6015) will begin Aug. 27 and run through Oct. 7. This course examines the roof-top air conditioner in detail. Revisiting the fundamentals of alternating current electricity, 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. Tuition cost: $325. Employees of PRVCA members will receive a 50% reimbursement on tuition upon successful completion of the course. RV Technician Recertification Credit Hours: 48.

• RV Absorption Refrigerators (Beta 6016) will begin Oct. 8 and run through Nov. 11. This is the appliance that causes the most confusion – how to use heat to make cold. The theory of absorption and associated processes are fine-tuned and presented in a way that makes this sometimes perplexing device a little easier to understand. Like the other LP appliances studied, individual component testing and replacement is accomplished as well as an understanding of all operational ills on each energy source employed by the RV refrigerator. Tuition cost: $270. Employees of PRVCA members will receive a 50% reimbursement on tuition upon successful completion of the course. RV Technician Recertification Credit Hours: 40.

• RV Heating Systems (Beta 6017) will begin Nov. 12 and run through Dec. 9. 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, and more. Tuition cost: $135. Employees of PRVCA members will receive a 50% reimbursement on tuition upon successful completion of the course. RV Technician Recertification Credit Hours: 20.

To register for the courses, call Northampton Community College at 1-877-543-0998. The courses materials are supported by the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) and feature competency-based instruction, assignments and testing. To purchase the most recent set of RVIA textbooks on DVD, please contact Heather at the PRVCA office, (888) 303-2887, or e-mail heather@prvca.org.

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Dates Set for PRVCA’s RV Towing Tech Course

June 19, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

The next RV technician distance learning course, RV Towing Systems (Beta 6013), is set to begin June 25 and run through July 29.

The course, held online by Northampton Community College in partnership with the Pennsylvania RV and Camping Association (PRVCA), will cover all elements of RV towing, including: a truck towing a travel trailer or fifth-wheel trailer; a motorhome towing a small car; and all elements of electric trailer brakes, including troubleshooting, repair and maintenance. Hitch design and installation techniques are presented along with all associated electrical wiring between tow vehicle and trailer. Safety elements are stressed including weight data and all associated terminology.

Tuition cost is $190 for the course, which provides 20 RV technician recertification credit hours. Employees of PRVCA members will receive a 50% reimbursement on tuition upon successful completion of the course.

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 (877) 543-0998. For more information on PRVCA member reimbursement, contact Heather at the PRVCA office, (888) 303-2887.

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PRVCA Optimistic About September RV Show

March 25, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

prvca-logo The Pennsylvania Recreational Vehicle and Campground Association (PRVCA) will hold a drawing  May 5 for manufacturers, suppliers and seminar sponsors planning to attend the 41st Annual RV and  Camping Show Sept. 14-20 in Hershey, Pa.

 “We are probably going to be down a little as far as manufacturers are concerned, but so far, we’ve only  had one company say that they weren’t going to be here,” said Heather Leach, PRVCA director of  education and marketing.

 “The main thing is that we are trying to remain optimistic and we are hearing from our dealers lately that things are picking up. We are taking that as a good sign.”

Last year about 60 dealers displayed product from 74 manufacturers, while retail attendance was 27,838 – down 11.6% from 2007.
Sept. 14-15 have been set aside as trade-only days,

In deference to the soft RV market, just as it did last year, PRVCA will allow manufacturers to display      20% of units from the 2009 model year. However, with that option available last year, fewer than 5% of RVs on display were 2008 units.

“It’s hard to say how many people will take advantage of that option this year, but they seem to like to  have it,” Leach said.
Entertainer Bowzer from the ’70s acapella group Sha Na Na will perform Sept. 14 for trade members with Bowzer’s Rock & Roll Party.

Sales trainer Randy Sobel will be featured speaker during an opening breakfast Sept. 14 for trade members and retired Notre Dame and Pittsburgh Steeler running back Jerome Bettis will speak on “Choices that Make Champions” during breakfast Sept. 15.

Other trade seminar subjects will include distance learning for technicians by Gary Bunzer and park trailers in campgrounds by Bill Garpow, executive director of the Recreational Park Trailer Industry Association (RPTIA).

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