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PRVCA Issues Correction For RV Tech Tuition

March 6, 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. The cost for the course is $125.

According to a press release, the course, which is supported by the Pennsylvania RV and Camping Association (PRVCA) and Northampton Community College, provides the 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. The best part is, students can log-on any time, day or night. “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 is $125 and employees of PRVCA members will receive a 50% reimbursement on tuition and
textbooks upon successful completion of the course. Completion earns participants 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. For more information on the courses and instructor, Ron Donachie, visit www.ronsmobilerv.com.

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Trouble Shooter Clinics Kicking Off This Month

January 9, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

The Recreation Vehicle Industry Association’s (RVIA) series of 2013 Trouble Shooter Clinics kicks off Jan. 28–31 in Loveland, Colo., according to a press release. With limited space available, RVIA is encouraging service technicians to register early for the clinic.

RVIA’s revised Trouble Shooter Clinic curriculum now offers participants more class time, smaller class sizes and expanded hands-on training in a track-oriented format focusing on four specialty areas. The track schedule for the upcoming clinic is:

• Foundation/Plumbing (Jan 29 – 31/$480 per person) – The session will cover propane, pre-delivery inspection, preventative maintenance, customer care, fire and life safety, basic electricity, water distribution and monitoring systems, and pumps.

• Power Sources (Jan. 29 – 31/$480 per person) – This session will examine generators, converters, power systems, batteries, inverters and transfer switches, energy management systems and RV-C.

• Appliances (Jan. 28 – 31/$640 per person) – Water heaters, air conditioning and heating units, refrigerators and furnaces will be the focus of this session.

• Running Gear, Hydraulics, Slide-outs and Towing (Jan. 29 – 30/$320 per person) – This session focuses on running gear, axles, hydraulics, slideouts, towing and hitches.

Trouble Shooter Clinic participants attend one track at a time and need to complete the Foundation/Plumbing track, or be a certified RV Service technician, before taking the other track offerings.

Those completing the Trouble Shooter Clinic are eligible for a 10% discount on any RV service technician certification testing if taken within 90 days of the clinic.

In addition to the upcoming Trouble Shooter Clinic in Colorado, other 2013 sessions will be held in Orange County, Calif., from Feb. 18-21; South Bend, Ind., from March 25-28; Tampa, Fla., set for Aug. 5-8, tentatively: and Calgary, Alberta from Nov. 4-7.

Contact RVIA’s Education Department at (703) 620-6003, ext. 355 or visit www.rvia.org/?ESID=tsclinics to register or for more information.

A special nightly room rate of $129 is available at the Embassy Suites in Loveland for the upcoming clinic. This rate includes complimentary parking, cooked-to-order breakfast and a nightly reception. Call (800) 362-2779 to reserve and mention “RVIA Trouble Shooter Clinic” by this Friday, Jan. 11 to take advantage of the special rate.

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Next Phase in Distance Learning Set for Jan. 14

January 9, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

The next course in the RV Technician Distance Learning Program, RV Electrical Systems, starts Jan. 14 and runs through March 10. The course is held online through Northampton Community College in partnership with the Pennsylvania RV and Camping Association (PRVCA).

According to a press release, the course begins an in-depth look into the first of the three major systems found on most RVs. Beginning with 12-volt DC and expanding to 120-volt AC, all electrical systems and components are dissected and defined.

Though Ohm’s Law is not the main focus and basic electricity is not presented, the student will easily grasp the important electrical basics necessary to troubleshoot, install and repair any RV electrical component. Rather than theory, practical shop application is the focus. The proper use of test equipment is also outlined and perfected as students are led through each type of electrical test.

Tuition cost is $375 and employees of PRVCA members will receive a 50% reimbursement on tuition and textbooks upon successful completion of the course. The course also awards participants with 56 RV technician recertification credit hours.

RV Generators will begin March 18 and run through May 5, 2013. Positioned immediately after the RV Electrical Systems course while, the RV Generator course provides the students a very detailed look into the idiosyncrasies of voltage and power-producing devices. 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.

Tuition cost is $325 and employees of PRVCA members will receive a 50% reimbursement on tuition and textbooks upon successful completion of the course. It provides 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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RVDA Urging Certification for Dealer Personnel

January 2, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

The RV Learning Center is offering certification for a dealership’s fixed operation employees, including technicians who can be certified through a joint program with the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA).

According to a press release, the RV Learning Center is designating the week of March 10-16 as “RV Professional Certification Week.” Certification candidates taking the test during the designated week will receive a free, one-year subscription to RV Technician magazine.

“The rewards of education serve the industry, the dealer and the individual employee over time, as increased professionalism makes our industry perform better,” said RVDA Chairman Jeff Hirsch. “My sincere advice is that if you want to separate yourself from the competition, then train, train, and train some more. Allow your people to separate your company from the pack.”

Dealers will benefit from:

• Higher rates of employee retention.

• Greater dealership profitability.

• A higher level of professionalism among staff,

• Enhanced customer service.

• Increased credibility with customers.

For individual employees, certification means:

• Greater self-confidence.

• A respected career path.

• Evidence of competence, dedication, accomplishment and professionalism.

• A validation of their knowledge and skills set as an RV professional.

Learn more about certification and training opportunities for technicians, warranty administrators, and service writer/advisers by listening to free recordings of recent informational web seminars. Thirty-minute web seminar recordings are available on the RV Learning Center’s website at www.rvlearningcenter.com. Three recordings are available:

• Technician Training Online and Technician Certification Preparation

• An Introduction to the RV Learning Center’s Service Writer/Advisor Certification Program

• An Introduction to the RV Learning Center’s Warranty Administrator Certification Program

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Trouble Shooter Demos Are a Hit in Louisville

December 7, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Traffic was steady for the Trouble Shooter Clinic Demonstation at the Louisville Show

There was steady traffic at the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association’s (RVIA)Trouble Shooter Clinic Demonstration at the National RV Trade Show with dealers and industry members stopping by to learn more about the comprehensive technical training available through the program.

According to a press release, the Trouble Shooter Clinic Demonstration took place over the course of the three-day Louisville Show with instructors on hand to provide demonstrations and answer questions. Attendees could also receive a 10% discount on registration fees for any of the upcoming 2013 clinics in the U.S. and enter raffle drawings.

Jason Skinner of Mike Thompson’s RV in Santa Fe Springs, Calif., won free registration for a 2013 U.S.-based Trouble Shooter Clinic and Dennis West of Mid-Ohio RV in Mansfield, Ohio, won a set of RV technician textbooks.

“We were very pleased with the interest in the Trouble Shooter Clinic Demonstration,” said RVIA Vice President of Standards and Education Bruce Hopkins. “We were able to give a lot of people an introduction to what the clinics are all about and how they can benefit their service operations.”

“A key component of the success of the demonstration was the participation of the instructors who were on hand in Louisville. We are very appreciative of involvement.” Participating instructors included Glen Null, Dexter Axle Co.; Joe Riexinger, Cequent Towing Products; Bud Vandermel, Lippert Components Inc.; Wendel Sheldon; Shurlo; Garett Carolus, Keystone RV Co.; Chris Black, Norcold; Bob Horner, Dometic Corp.; Ronnie Ellison, Airxcel/Suburban; Dick Wade, Airxcel; Mike Williams, Atwood Mobile Products; Bryan Ritchie, Onan Corp.; and Kyle Johnston and Fred Louck, Girard Systems. Several companies also provided equipment, including Parallax Power Supply, Harris Battery, Precision Circuits and Magnum Energy.

2013 Trouble Shooter Clinic Schedule

RVIA’s 2013 schedule of Trouble Shooter Clinics kicks off Jan. 28–31 at the Embassy Suites in Loveland, Colo. Other sessions will take place Feb. 18–21 at the Radisson Hotel Ontario Airport in Ontario, Calif.; March 25–28 at the Century Center in South Bend, Ind.; a session in Tampa, Fla., in the July/August timeframe; and Nov. 4–7 in Calgary, Alberta.

RVIA’s Trouble Shooter Clinics now offer participants more class time, smaller class sizes and expanded hands-on training in a track-oriented format featuring four specialty areas.

Participants attend one track at a time and need to complete the Foundation track, or already be a certified RV service technician, before taking any of the other three tracks. The tracks being offered in the 2013 sessions include:

• Foundation/Plumbing – 3 days (24 hours) for $480 per person.

• Running Gear, Hydraulics, Slide-Outs, & Towing – 2 days (16 hours) for $320 per person.

• Appliances – 4 days (32 hours) for $640 per person.

• Power Sources – 3 days (24 hours) for $480 per person.

The registration fee equates to approximately $20 per credit hour. Trouble Shooter Clinic attendees will receive a 10% discount on any RV service technician certification testing, if taken within 90 days following the clinic.

To register for a Trouble Shooter Clinic or receive more information, please contact RVIA’s Nancy Jo Bell-London in the Education Department at nlondon@rvia.org or (703) 620-6003, ext. 355.

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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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Trouble Shooter Clinic Demo Set for Louisville

November 26, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

The Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) will host a special Trouble Shooter Clinic demonstration at the 50th Annual National RV Trade Show to provide industry members with an in-depth look at the comprehensive technical training available through the association’s Trouble Shooter Clinics.

The demonstrations will take place during show hours over the course of the three-day event, Nov. 27–29, in Conference Room C101 in the Kentucky Exposition Center.

Trouble Shooter Clinic instructors will be on hand to answer questions and provide hands-on instruction demonstrations. Those stopping by the Trouble Shooter Clinic Demonstration will be given a 10% discount on attendance to any of the U.S. 2013 clinics.

The tentative 2013 Trouble Shooter Clinic schedule includes sessions in Denver, Colo., in January; Orange County, Calif., in February; South Bend, Ind., in March; Tampa, Fla., in August; and Calgary, Alberta, in November.

RVIA’s Trouble Shooter Clinics now offer participants more class time, smaller class sizes and expanded hands-on training in a track-oriented format featuring four specialty areas.

Participants attend one track at a time and need to complete the Foundation track, or already be a certified RV service technician, before taking any of the other three tracks. The tracks being offered in the 2013 sessions include:

• Foundation/Plumbing – three days (24 hours) for $480 per person.

• Running Gear, Hydraulics, Slide-Outs & Towing – two days (16 hours) for $320 per person.

• Appliances – four days (32 hours) for $640 per person.

• Power Sources – three days (24 hours) for $480 per person.

The registration fee equates to approximately $20 per credit hour. Trouble Shooter Clinic attendees will receive a 10% discount on any RV service technician certification testing, if taken within 90 days following the clinic.

For more information about the Trouble Shooter Clinic Demonstration or the 2013 schedule, visit the RVIA Education Booth at the National RV Trade Show.

 

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RVIA Revises Series of Service Tech Textbooks

November 7, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

The Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) has revamped its series of textbooks to help candidates prepare for the industry’s new RV Service Technician Certification program.

According to a press release, the textbooks were thoroughly reviewed and revised by the industry’s leading RV service experts to help technicians increase their knowledge and understanding of the various RV components and operating systems found in today’s RVs. the textbooks also prepares them for the new testing requirements of the RV Service Technician Career Ladder.

The complete set consists of 14 textbooks covering: Electricity Demystified; Introduction to RV Service; RV Pre-Delivery Inspection; RV Preventative Maintenance; RV Electrical Systems; RV Propane Systems; RV Plumbing Systems; RV Water Heaters; RV Ranges & Cooktops; RV Refrigerators; RV Air Conditioning; RV Heating Appliances; RV Generators; RV Brake, Suspensions & Towing Systems; and, RV Hydraulics.

Two other textbooks – RV Body and RV Slideouts – are under development.

The textbooks are available in hard-copy or CD-ROM formats with prices range in price from $14.95 to $19.95 for members and $14.95 to $39.95 for non-members. A complete set is available for $208/member and $382/non-member.

For more information about the RV service technician textbook series, visit www.rvia.org or contact Nancy Jo Bell-London in the association’s education department at (703) 620-6003, ext. 355 or nlondon@rvia.org.

 

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Trouble Shooter Clinic Scheduled In Louisville

October 22, 2012 by · 1 Comment 

The Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) announced it will host a special Trouble Shooter Clinic Fest at the upcoming National RV Trade Show in Louisville, Ky.

According to a press release, the demonstrations will take place during show hours over the course of the three-day event, Nov. 27–29, in conference room C101 at the Kentucky Exposition Center. Trouble Shooter Clinic instructors will be on hand to answer questions and provide hands-on instruction demonstrations. Those stopping by the Trouble Shooter Clinic Demonstration will be given a 10% discount on attendance to any of the 2013 clinics.

The tentative 2013 Trouble Shooter Clinic schedule includes sessions in Denver, Colo., in January; Orange County, Calif., in February; South Bend, Ind., in March; Tampa, Fla., in August; and Calgary, Alberta, in November.

The Trouble Shooter Clinic curriculum has been reorganized to align the training with the new RV Technician Career Ladder introduced last year. The clinics now offer participants more class time, smaller class sizes and expanded hands-on training in a track-oriented format featuring four specialty areas.

Participants attend one track at a time and need to complete the Foundation track, or already be a certified RV service technician, before taking any of the other three tracks. The tracks being offered in the 2013 sessions include:

• Foundation/Plumbing – 3 days (24 hours) for $480 per person.

• Chassis – 2 days (16 hours) for $320 per person.

• Appliances – 4 days (32 hours) for $640 per person.

• Power Sources – 3 days (24 hours) for $480 per person.

The registration fee equates to approximately $20 per credit hour. Trouble Shooter Clinic attendees will receive a 10% discount on any RV service technician certification testing, if taken within 90 days following the clinic.

For more information about the Trouble Shooter Clinic Fest or the 2013 schedule, contact Nancy Jo Bell-London in RVIA’s Standards and Education Department at nlondon@rvia.org or (703) 620-6003, ext. 355.

 

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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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