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RVIA Technical Groups Review 2014 Standards

October 24, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

The Recreation Vehicle Industry Association’s (RVIA) four technical subcommittees – Heating, Electrical, Plumbing and Fire & Life Safety – met the week of Oct. 7 in Fort Myers, Fla., to review and discuss RV-related standards issues.

According to a press release, the subcommittees took action on all proposed 1192 Handbook Revisions based on the upcoming 2014 editions of the NFPA 1192 Standard for Recreational Vehicles, the ANSI 12V Standard for Low Voltage Systems in Recreational Vehicles, and the 2011 National Electrical Code (NEC).

In addition, the group members reviewed other handbook updates based on the current 2011 editions of the standard and discussed an array of other technical and standards issues that had surfaced since the previous meeting in October 2012.

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‘Liquid Propane’ Tech Course Will Start in Nov.

October 16, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Liquid Propane Systems, the second course in the Fall RV Technician Distance Learning semester, begins Nov. 11. According to a press release, the program, overseen 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 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.

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.

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

Course Details:

Liquid Propane Systems (RVTNC107)

Nov. 11 – Dec. 15

Tuition Cost: $209

Employees of PRVCA members will receive a 50% reimbursement on tuition and textbooks upon successful completion of the course.

RV Technician Recertification Hours: 28 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, contactheather@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 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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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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Workamper News Hosting Tech Training Events

August 16, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Workamper News Inc., in partnership with the Mobile RV Academy, is producing four training events over the fall of 2013. According to a press release, each session will offer a five-day course with hands-on training.

Dates and locations for the training events include:

Sept. 23-27: Monument, Colo. at the Colorado Heights Resort.

Oct.  14-18: Heber Springs, Ark., at the Wagon Circle RV Park.

Nov.  11-15: Indio, Calif., at the Shadow Hills RV Resort.

Nov. 18-22: Mesa, Ariz., at the Mesa Spirit RV Resort.

Due to increased demand for professional training in the RV industry, Terry Cooper, the “Texas RV Professor,” RVDA/RVIA master certified RV technician and professional instructor/trainer has created this live five-day hands-on training course.

Each course has a limited number of seats to create a strong training environment. During the five days, each student will receive training in these five key RV systems: electrical; propane; water systems – sewer and fresh; RV appliances, air conditioners, water heaters, furnaces and refrigerators; and RV exterior systems.

Along with the technical training, students interested in developing their own RV Inspection business will have live course modules available during the training week.

For more information and to register visit http://www.workamper.com/cgtech.

 

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Next ‘Trouble Shooter Clinic’ Slated for Calgary

August 5, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

The next Trouble Shooter Clinic from the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) will take place in Calgary, Canada, Nov. 4-7, according to a press release. Technicians will have a choice of three learning tracks and the chance to earn as many as 32 continuing education credit hours. The cost includes lunch and daily coffee breaks.

The clinics have been redesigned to include more hands-on training, smaller class sizes and increased class times. The clinic is not a certification preparation course. The skills learned will help prepare participants to take the test or gain continuing education credits needed for re-certification, but the instructors do not teach to the test.

The tracks are: Power Source; Running Gear, Hydraulics, Slide-outs & Towing; and Appliances. Testing in any of these areas is separate and available to participants after completing the training and signing up online.

Technicians can apply  online. Prerequisites are outlined in the Trouble Shooter Clinic brochure, but RVIA does grant exceptions on a case-by-case basis to technicians who may have appropriate experience or training. To register, go to the RVIA website.

Testing for certification is a separate event. Technicians must submit a separate registration application and fee to RVDA in order to take any of the RV Technician Certification Tests offered by RVDA/RVIA .

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RVIA Offers Free Tech Course to Aid Research

July 23, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

The Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) is allowing free access for a limited time to the Propane Systems section of the RV Service Technician Certification Prep Course as part of a research study about the impact of self-paced online instructional learning.

According to a press release, eligible RV service technicians will complete the course covering certification preparation material about propane systems in RVs and then participate in the research project to investigate the impact of persuasive instructional strategies on learner performance in self-paced online courses.  Those interested in participating can visit http://RVST.remote-learner.net and select the “Study Consent and Qualification” link to open an account, review the informed consent details, and confirm eligibility to enroll in this study program.

RV service technicians eligible to participate in the program are:

• Technicians preparing for certification.

• Technicians considering enrolling in the RV Service Technician Certification Prep Course.

• Previously certified (expired) technicians.

RV service technicians excluded from the program include those that are:

• Currently certified technicians.

• Previous RV Service Technician Certification Prep Course enrollees.

• Florida RV Trade Association (FRVTA) RV Service Technician Certification Prep Course enrollees.

• Canadian RV service technicians.

Upon providing consent to participate in the study, technicians will be enrolled in the Propane Systems course. It is estimated that the course will take 3-5 hours to complete and technicians will have 30 days from the start date to revisit the course or finish all activities. Participation in this project is completely voluntary and the only direct benefit will be the knowledge gained through the course. Any decision to participate or not to participate in the study should not impact your employment in any way.

The findings of the study will influence the design and delivery of online courses and provide new and effective knowledge to instructional designers looking to implement and research the use of persuasive instructional strategies. This study is being conducted by Christine Page Chen and supervised by faculty member Rodrick Sims from Capella University, as a part of her doctoral dissertation requirements. All collected data will be used for academic publications only. No personal information will be disclosed during or after the dissemination process.

Direct all your questions to Page Chen via email (cchen3@capella.edu or by phone at (661) 609-6011. Visit http://rvst.remote-learner.net/ to enroll in the study.

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Next Distance Learning Course Will Cover PDI

June 24, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

The next course in the Pennsylvania RV & Camping Association (PRVCA) and Northampton Community College’s RV Technician Distance Learning Program begins July 1.

According to a press release, students who enroll in the Pre-Delivery Inspection course can simply log-in online to receive course information, talk with the instructor, complete hands-on assignments and take quizzes, allowing the course can be completed on the student’s time frame and schedule. For those who are already a certified technician, the program also qualifies for 28 recertification hours.

Course Details: 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.

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

• Define the scope of a PDI (inspection and documentation)

• Review the information on a PDI sheet.

• Perform hot skin test and neutral-ground isolation test.

• Conduct a polarity test.

• Check generator operation and output.

• Check AC electrical system performance (including transfer switch and GFCI).

• Verify operation of all 120-volt AC appliances.

• Check battery condition.

• Check interior and exterior lighting.

• Check DC electrical system performance.

• Verify operation of all 12-volt appliances.

• Inspect LP container installation and understand data plate information.

• Conduct an LP drop pressure test.

• Adjust LP regulator operating pressure.

• Conduct LP regulator lock-up test.

• Document and verify any and all test results.

• Check appliance operation and performance.

• Leak test waste system and holding tanks.

• Check and flush the waste systems.

• Check the fresh water supply and drain system.

• Check water pump operation.

• Flood test holding tanks.

• Check termination valves and caps.

• Check holding tank mounting.

• Perform drain system flow test.

• Check tire pressure.

• Check lug nut torque.

• Conduct under-vehicle visual inspection.

• Verify operation of DOT lighting.

• Check automotive fluid levels, belts and hoses.

• Verify operation of all switches, indicators and gauges.

• Check operation of back-up monitor and mirrors.

• Road test RV.

• Check landing gear, stabilizers and tongue jacks of travel trailers and fifth-wheels.

• Adjust and set up electric brake system on tow vehicle.

• Document and record defects.

• Clean and detail RV.

• Check interior and exterior surface finishes.

• Check furniture and soft goods operation and appearance.

• Verify correct window, door and storage compartment operation.

• Ensure operation of all locks and keys.

• Install OEM loose items.

• Verify operation of CO and LP leak detectors and smoke alarms.

• Check and inspect fire extinguishers.

Tuition cost is $190. 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 credit hours.

All courses qualify for 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 RVIA and feature competency-based instruction, assignments and testing.

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Next Trouble Shooter Clinic Slated for Nov. 4-7

June 19, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

The next Trouble Shooter Clinic from the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) will take place in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, Nov. 4-7.

According to a press release, service technicians will have a choice of three different learning tracks and the opportunity to earn as many as 32 continuing education credit hours.  The cost of attending is affordable and includes lunch and daily coffee breaks.

The Trouble Shooter Clinics have been redesigned to include more hands-on training, smaller class sizes and increased class times. The clinic is not a certification preparation course. The skills learned at the clinic will prepare participants to take the test or gain continuing education credits needed for re-certification. RVIA stressed, however, that instructors do not teach the test.

The tracks available are: Power Source; Running Gear, Hydraulics, Slideouts & Towing; and Appliances. Testing in any of these areas is separate and available to participants after completing the training and signing up online.

All interested technicians are encouraged to pursue this valuable training and an online application is available. Prerequisites are outlined in the Trouble Shooter Clinic brochure, but RVIA does grant exceptions on a case-by-case basis to technicians who may have appropriate experience or training.

Participants in the Power Source Track will earn 24 Continuing Education Credits. This track runs from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday. Covered topics include generators, converters, power systems, batteries, inverters along with transfer switches, energy management systems and RV-C. The cost of the Power Source Track is $480 for three days of training.

The Running Gear, Hydraulics, Slide-outs & Towing Track takes place Wednesday and Thursday. It covers axles, hydraulic theory, towing, fifth-wheels and hitches and participants earn 16 hours of Continuing Education Credits. This two-day training costs $320 per participant.

The four-day-long Appliance Track runs Monday through Thursday of the week and a participant earns 32 hours of Continuing Education Credits for this track. It covers Atwood and Suburban water heaters, on-demand water heaters, air conditioning and heating systems, refrigeration and furnaces. The cost is $640 for this four day session.

To register go to the RVIA website.

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New Online Issue of RV Technician is Available

June 17, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

The May/June edition of the online publication RV Technician has just been released by the RV Learning Center.

According to a press release, the lead article focuses on troubleshooting AC electrical systems. And, for the first time, RV Technician is releasing a podcast of a popular recent article by RV Service Consultant Tony Yerman, “RV Roofing Demystified.” Listen to it or download it free by clicking here.

In the current issue, Yerman reveals his technique for dealing with small punctures to an RV’s roof or sides – holes too small to warrant replacing the entire roof or body panel. In an article called “Boo-Boo Patch Repair Technique,” he explains some ingenious ways to repair small damaged areas with less-invasive cover-up elements that blend right in.

The issue also features an article about an all-too familiar problem for RV techs: customers who won’t admit that they’ve already attempted a DIY repair with calamitous results. Called, “A Little Too Much Power,” the article recounts how a misguided neighbor helped blow out the entire electrical system on the customer’s RV – not once but twice.

There are “Ten Tips for RV Safety,” that readers will want to share with their customers. It’s a common sense list of how-to’s that will help them have a safer and more enjoyable experience. And, as always, RV Technician has the latest news about products and recalls in our industry.

A one year digital subscription (six issues) to RV Technician is $39.95 for RVDA members and $49.95 for all others. Purchase a subscription from the RV Learning Center. Subscribers not only receive six digital issues annually of RV Technician, they get online access to the past seven years of content just for signing up.

Go to www.RVtechnician.com for more information or call (703) 591-7130.

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