January/ February 2014 Issue of RV Technician

Welcome to RV Technician.

With the RV market continuing its steady recovery from the recession, new-unit sales are expected to reach 335,000 this year, according to RVIA. Attendance at RV shows this season has been encouraging as more people decide it's finally time to take the plunge and buy the RV they've been dreaming of for the past five or six years.
When the retail market heats up, so too does the need for skilled technicians who can keep those dreams-on-wheels working properly. And it takes skill and training to be able to diagnose and repair RVs correctly the first time, thus ensuring that their owners become loyal repeat customers.
There are more opportunities than ever to get basic training on RV systems and to prepare for and achieve certification. The Mike Molino RV Learning Center has recently introduced a series of seven new online self-study courses that will prepare techs for every rung of the Career Ladder (Registered, Certified, and Certified Specialist). These courses' contents and practice tests are keyed to what a tech will actually encounter on the certification exams.
Another training source is Northampton Community College in Bethlehem, PA, which offers a comprehensive program for RV techs. Individuals can enroll in separate courses or complete the entire program for a specialized diploma. Certified techs can use the courses for recertification credits.
Yet another training resource is the Distance Learning Network, a partnership between the Florida RV Trade Association (FRVTA) and the Mike Molino RV Learning Center. This online program gives users unlimited access to 50 RV-specific training sessions and test prep sections.
Here are the resources--now make this the year for your personal spring training season.


Table of Contents

  • Training Special Section - Training Isn't a Nicety, It's a Necessity
  • Study Courses - New Online Self-Study Courses Available
  • Recertification - Online Prep Courses May be Used Once for Recertification
  • Distance Learning - Distance Learning Network Offers Tech Certification Preparation and More 
  • Northampton RV Program Northampton Community College Offers Online Learning Program for Techs 

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  • RVTech Nov/Dec 2014 

    35 technicians are honored by a new society for RV dealership professionals; developments in wireless TV technology make wiring inside RVs easier
  • RVTech Sept/Oct 2014 

    Troubleshooting furnaces, a simplified method for changing batteries in a battery pack, available training that qualifies for continuing education credits
  • RVTech July/Aug 2014 

    Diagnosing electrical problems, adjusting labor rates according to skill, a must-have safety standards text for technicians
  • RVTech March/April 2014 

    Generators, Common Method for Installing Water Heaters, Battery Technology and Maintenance
  • RVTech Jan/Feb 2014 

    New online self-study courses available; online prep courses that can be used for recertification; Distance Learning Network offers certification prep; Northampton Community College's online program for techs
  • RVTech Sept/Oct 2013 

    The Essence of Integrated and Aftermarket Brake Controllers, Plus Basic Troubleshooting.
  • RVTech March/April 2013 

    The RV Roof Demystified, Servicing RV Rooftop Air Conditioners, Air Conditioner Regulations and Service and The Facts About Jacks