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Preventive Maintenance Course Begins March 17

March 7, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

The RV Preventive Maintenance course, hosted by Northampton Community College in conjunction with the Pennsylvania RV and Camping Association (PRVCA), begins March 17 and runs through April 14. 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 brings together the varying technical aspects from each of the previous sessions, focusing on preventive maintenance for every major component in every major system on the RV. To successfully complete the course, students must have a thorough understanding of each system on the RV. The course is also supported by a companion DVD presentation that follows the chapter structure of the RVIA textbook. Students are actually shown how the practices detailed in the text are applied.

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 Heating Systems Service is $209 per student. Employees of PRVCA members will receive a 50% reimbursement on tuition and textbooks upon successful completion of the course, which qualifies for 28 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 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 Heating Systems Course Begins Feb. 10

February 4, 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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Fall RV Tech Distance Learning Courses Slated

August 29, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

The Fall RV Technician Distance Learning semester begins Sept. 30 with Pre-Delivery Inspections (PDI) followed by Liquid Propane Systems, which starts November 11.

According to a press release, the program, 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.

Students can 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 the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA).

Course Details:

Pre-Delivery Inspections: The course runs Sept. 30–Nov. 3 with a tuition cost of $209. 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.

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.

Liquid Propane Systems: The course runs Nov. 11–Dec. 15 with a tuition Cost of $209. 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.

The second of the three major systems found in recreation vehicles, the LP system is dissected in detail. Since propane is flammable, safety precautions are emphasized right from the start and throughout the entire course. Here, the student studies the properties of propane as well as the types of containers used in the RV industry. Proper procedures for purging, storing and using LP, including the importance of regulation are presented and performed on paper as well as during many Hands-On assignments. RVIA mandated tests are also perfected.

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 Names Donachie as RV Tech Instructor

December 4, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Ron Donachie

The Pennsylvania RV and Camping Association (PRVCA) recently announced the hiring of Ron Donachie as the new instructor of the RV Technician Distance Learning Program at Northampton Community College. According to a press release, Donachie is a graduate of the program and a master certified technician.

“The program is convenient,” he says. “I was able to do all the courses online. It [the program] works and I am proof of that.”

Donachie currently works as an RV service technician and has experience working in a dealership. “I have every day know-how,” he says. “I’m excited to share my experiences with the classroom and make students aware of what it takes to be an RV tech.”

Donachie’s first course, RV Electrical Systems, will begin Jan. 14 and run through March 10, 2013. The course offers a very 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. The proper use of test equipment is also outlined and perfected and students are led through each type of electrical test.

Tuition cost is $375 while employees of PRVCA members will receive a 50% reimbursement upon successful completion of the course. The course also yields 56 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.

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, contact Heather at the PRVCA office, 888-303-2887, or e-mail heather@prvca.org.

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Display Space Filling Up For ’12 Hershey Show

July 12, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Display space is filling up for “America’s Largest RV Show,” set to run Sept. 10-16 at the Giant Center in Hershey, Pa.

As of Monday (July 9), organizers told RVBUSINESS.com that 45 manufacturers had signed on to display some 1,000 new models at the Hershey show and the list was still growing. The vendor count was 165 companies and space was virtually sold out.

“I expect to sell out shortly, as I am working with five manufacturers currently,” said Rebecca Lenington, executive vice president of the Pennsylvania RV and Camping Association (PRVCA), the show sponsor. “Manufacturer space is currently 5.59% over 2011 and booth vendor space is 8.7% over 2011 for a total of 5.75 percent over 2011.”

“We’re tickled pink,” added Heather Leach, marketing and education director. “If someone comes in at the last minute, we’ll find space for them. We’ll have to make space for them.”

Dealers get their first look during Industry Days Sept. 10-11, followed by the public Sept. 12-16. It’s a complete show, offering a look at new RVs as well as thousands of accessories, countless service providers and free educational seminars.

 

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Hershey Show Prepping for Record Attendance

May 16, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

America’s Largest RV Show, held in Hershey, Pa., is preparing for another record-breaking year, according to a press release.

“I am pleased to report that space sales at the time of this year’s show drawing for manufacturer space has not only exceeded last year’s show drawing, but total space sales from the 2011 show,” said Rebecca Lenington, executive vice president of the Pennsylvania RV & Camping Association (PRVCA), during the 44th annual show drawing.

The event, which gives manufacturer and booth vendor representatives the opportunity to select their company’s location in the show, was held on May 9 at the Hershey Lodge. The show, annually sponsored by PRVCA, is slated to run Sept. 10–16.

Forty-two manufacturers and 134 booth vendors have purchased 639,565 square feet and 31,650 square feet of space, respectively, which is 11.86% more than the space sold at the last year’s drawing. “There are a very limited number of spaces remaining,” Lenington reports. “We extended the display area deeper into the parking lot, but never expected this…what a great way to show how the industry is growing.”

America’s Largest RV Show incorporates both Industry and Public Days to create a true hybrid show. Industry Days provides dealers and manufacturers the opportunity to connect and concentrate on building relationships. “It also provides sales training opportunities,” states Nick Palm of Tiffin Motorhomes Inc.

The show is the first to debut the 2013 product. “Industry Days allow me to send half of my sales staff to the show on Monday and the other half on Tuesday,” states Dan Saltzgiver, show chairman and owner of Reichart’s Camping Center. “This way everyone gets to see the new product.”

New for this year is a trip giveaway to the Dominican Republic for dealership principals or campground owners. The business principals, owners or employees can register for the drawing (the more employees that are sent, the better your chance of winning). The prize will be awarded to the principal or owner, but it can be transferred to any employee. A winner will be drawn on Sept. 11 at noon. For more details, visit www.largestRVshow.com.

Industry Days will also feature several informational sessions available, including a full-day F&I Clinic by Tim Spencer of Protective, a full-day Service Writer Clinic by Chuck Marzahn of Marzahn and King, and a half day Advertising Clinic by Ron Wheeler of Wheeler Advertising.

The Red Carpet Breakfast is returning to Chocolate World with a motivational message by NFL Hall of Famer Marcus Allen who will also be for a meet-and-greet and autographs.

America’s Largest RV Show, which is sponsored by the Pennsylvania RV and Camping Association, will take place at the Giant Center in Hershey, Pa., from Sept. 10–16. For more information visit www.largestRVshow.com.

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Signups are Available for PRVCA Tech Program

March 21, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Openings are still available for the RV Technician Distance Learning Program beginning in late March, hosted by Northampton Community College and the Pennsylvania RV and Camping Association (PRVCA).

According to a press release, two courses are being offered. RV Water Heaters (Beta 6018) will run March 26 through April 22, and RV Plumbing Systems (Beta 6011) will run March 26 through April 29.

RV Water Heaters will identify the various types of equipment and their individual components, along with proper installation procedures. Operational problems are then dissected and repair procedures are studied.

RV Plumbing Systems will allow students to identify and appreciate all types of plumbing systems associated with both fresh water and waste water systems. The various types of plastics used are discussed as are the various system tests mandated by the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA). A detailed look into the recommended winterization processes is also a focus. PRVCA said that the student “will have a complete understanding of how the RV incorporates the entire spectrum of fresh water and waste management.”

PRVCA member employees will receive 50% reimbursement on tuition after successful completion of a course. Upon completion, students will receive a certificate that can be faxed to the PRVCA office at 717-303-0297 and a check for 50% of the courses tuition will be mailed to the student.

All of the courses are RVIA-approved and feature competency-based instruction, assignments and testing. The courses can also go towards RVIA/RVDA recertification credits. RV Water Heaters qualifies for 18 credit hours and RV Plumbing Systems qualifies for 24 credit hours.For more information on how the program works, call the PRVCA office at 888-303-2887. To register for the courses, call Northampton Community College at 1-877-543-0998.

 

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Two March Classes Offered in RV Tech Program

March 5, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Due to increased demand, the RV Technician Distance Learning Program, supported by Northampton Community College and the Pennsylvania RV and Camping Association (PRVCA), is offering two courses in March. RV Water Heaters (Beta 6018) will run March 26 through April 22, and RV Plumbing Systems (Beta 6011) will run March 26 through April 29.

According to a press release, RV Water Heaters will identify the various types of RV water heaters and their individual components moves quickly into the proper installation procedures. Operational problems are then dissected and repair procedures are studied to perfection. After successful completion of this course the student will effectively be able to:

• Identify the different water heater types.

• Explain the theory of operation and combustion.

• Obtain model specifications.

• Identify the advantage of a heat exchange and verify flow.

• Identify special tools and their use.

• Identify related terminology.

• Identify components and their functions.

• Diagnose common operational problems and determine causes.

• Repair and/or replace faulty components.

• Determine interchangeability of models.

• Install water connection

• Determine AC and DC electrical requirements and connect.

• Determine LP requirements and connect.

• Verify proper operation.

• Perform preventive maintenance procedures.

• Identify and apply codes and standards

 

RV Plumbing Systems will allow students to identify and appreciate all types of plumbing systems associated with both fresh water and waste water systems. The various types of plastics used are discussed as are the various system tests mandated by RVIA. A detailed look into the recommended winterization processes is also a focus. The student will have a complete understanding of how the RV incorporates the entire spectrum of fresh water and waste management. After successful completion of this course the student will also effectively be able to:

• Identify the various RV plumbing systems.

• Identify, troubleshoot and repair the drainage systems.

• Identify listed and approved plumbing components.

• List the differences between the demand system and the pressure system.

• Perform cutting and cementing of ABS piping.

• Identify fresh water and waste water system components.

• Test fresh water plumbing system using a pressure gauge.

• Identify and utilize plumbing system special tools.

• Identify and connect all types of plastic piping (PEX, PB, CPVC).

• Identify, utilize and leak-proof the various plumbing fittings used in RVs

• Identify and repair/replace the types of plastic tanks used in the plumbing systems.

• Demonstrate the basics of plastic welding.

• Identify demand water pump components.

• Troubleshoot, test, repair/install water pumps.

• Locate and utilize low point drain valves.

• Identify, troubleshoot and repair water leaks in fresh water system and waste water system.

• Repair holding tanks and fresh water containers.

• Troubleshoot and rebuild faucets, drain components and termination assemblies.

• Identify the various types of RV toilets.

• Troubleshoot, repair/replace RV toilets, fixtures and fittings.

• Perform fixture flood level and flow tests.

• Identify the methods used to winterize RVs.

• Prepare a coach for winter storage (winterize).

• Identify codes and standards applicable to fresh water systems and waste water systems.

PRVCA member employees will receive 50% reimbursement on tuition after successful completion of a course. Upon completion, students will receive a certificate that can be faxed to the PRVCA office at 717-303-0297 and a check for 50% of the courses tuition will be mailed to the student. It’s that simple. All of the courses are RVIA-approved and feature competency-based instruction, assignments and testing. The courses can also go towards RVIA/RVDA recertification credits. RV Water Heaters qualifies for 18 credit hours and RV Plumbing Systems qualifies for 24 credit hours.

For more information on how the program works, call the PRVCA office at 888-303-2887. To register for the courses, call Northampton Community College at 1-877-543-0998.

 

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PRVCA Begins Selling Show Space for Hershey

January 31, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

The Pennsylvania RV and Camping Association (PRVCA) recently released America’s Largest RV Show’s 2012 Show Drawing Kit and the organization reported that space reservations are rolling in.

According to a news release, the deposit deadline to participate in the drawing is April 2 and the actual show drawing will be held May 9 at the Hershey Lodge in Hershey, Pa. The show will run Sept. 10-16.

As the first show to display 2013 products, America’s Largest RV Show is an important event to the RV industry by providing valuable feedback to manufacturers from dealers about their newest products; and because the show is a hybrid, exhibitors get a feel for the consumer market as well.

With over 1,000 units being sold in 2011, the event is a strong indicator for the strength of the RV market. PRVCA continues to strive to improve each year and has reformatted the Industry Day education line-up to include F & I, Service Writer and Marketing clinics from the industry’s top educators. And as an added incentive, PRVCA will award one dealer principal or campground/resort owner a trip for two to the tropics in January 2013.

Click here to view this year’s Drawing Kit or visit http://www.largestrvshow.com/, select “America’s Largest RV Show/Industry Info at the bottom of the page, and then select “Space Sales.”

 

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Schedule for Next Distance Learning Course Set

January 31, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

The next RV Technician Distance Learning Course, RV Liquid Propane Systems, will run Feb. 20 through March 25, according to a press release.

The course, held online through Northampton Community College in partnership with the Pennsylvania Recreational Vehicle and Camping Association (PRVCA), dissects the second of the three major systems found in recreation vehicles.

Since propane is flammable, safety precautions are emphasized throughout the entire course. Curriculum studies the properties of propane as well as the types of containers used in the RV industry. Proper procedures for purging, storing and using LP, including the importance of regulation are presented and performed on paper as well as during many hands-on assignments. RVIA-mandated tests are also perfected.

After successful completion of this course the student will effectively be able to:

• Identify related LP terminology.

• Identify LP system components, their relationship and functions.

• Explain the sources of propane.

• Differentiate between propane and butane.

• Identify the properties of propane.

• Identify proper safety procedures for storing, handling, transporting and filling LP containers.

• Identify types of LP containers and their components.

• Inspect/replace relief valves, float gauges, sight gauges and dip tubes.

• Inspect, repair or replace stop fill float devices, automatic stop fill devices, service valves and excess flow valves.

• Identify reasons for purging LP containers.

• Purge air from a container.

• Transfer propane from one container to another.

• Leak test a container.

• Calculate container capacity.

• Fill containers with LP.

• Identify container markings.

• Troubleshoot LP containers and components.

• Identify high and low pressure flex hoses.

• Identify vapor flow.

• Understand and adjust LP regulator output pressure.

• Conduct a lock up test.

• Identify reasons for regulator failure.

• Install and protect a regulator.

• Use appropriate test equipment.

• Perform time, pressure drop and leak tests.

• Determine serviceability of high and low pressure hoses.

• Demonstrate the ability to inspect/replace propane piping system.

• Install and seal brass, copper and threaded fittings.

• Identify and size copper tubing types.

• Perform cutting and flaring of copper tubing.

• Identify codes and standards applicable to DOT and ASME containers.

PRVCA member employees will receive 50% reimbursement on tuition after successful completion of a course. Upon completion, students will receive a certificate that can be faxed to the PRVCA office at 717-303-0297 and a check for 50% of the courses tuition will be mailed to the student. It’s that simple. The courses can also go towards RVIA recertification credits (see credit hours listed below). For more information, call the PRVCA office at 888-303-2887.

All of the courses are RVIA-approved and feature competency-based instruction, assignments and testing. To register for the courses, call Northampton Community College at 1-877-543-0998.

The Spring schedule is as follows:

RV Liquid Propane Systems (Beta 6008):

Feb. 20 – March 25

28 credit hours

Tuition: $190 (after completion, cost to PRVCA member employees $95)

RV Water Heaters (Beta 6018)

March 26 – April 22

18 credit hours

Tuition: $125 (after completion, cost to PRVCA member employees $62.50)

 

 

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