The Recreation Vehicle Industry Association commissioned an Economic Impact Study on the RV industry, released on June 7, 2016. The study found that the RV industry contributes about $49.7 billion in economic output or 0.28 percent of the Gross Domestic Product. Through its production and distribution linkages, the industry impacts firms in 426 of the 440 sectors of the United States economy.
Nationwide, the industry is responsible for 216,170 jobs, both directly and inderectly, creating an economic impact of $37.5 billion. The full study results, along with each individual state and congressional district's economic impact is available on the website by clicking here .
Thu Feb 9, 2017
One of the most frustrating things that today’s dealerships are experiencing is finding qualified
RV Technicians and other technical staff to handle the back end of the house, according to a press release from the Texas RV Professor.
RV sales have been great but the technician bottleneck in the Service Department is choking
the productivity and damaging reputations of dealerships across the country.
Service Departments are faced with two key issues:
1. How do they get their staffing ramped up quickly? Not in three months, six months and certainly not in a year.
2. Who can take these “Hands On” learners and develop them while the Service Department is still trying to run a business. Giving these guys books to read and videos to watch has not been getting the job done.
SO WHERE DO YOU GO TO BUILD YOUR TECHNICAL STAFF?
Mobile RV Academy has released its 2017 United States schedule for its 5-Day RV
Technician Apprenticeship Training Program.
For the last five years, Mobile RV Academy has traveled across the United States training RV
Technicians, RV Inspectors and Campground RV Maintenance Technicians. This 5-Day RV
Technician Apprenticeship Training has provided the core knowledge for these Hands On
learners to develop their technical skills to be successful.
This RV Maintenance Course consists of Five Days of Hands-On Training Sessions
DAY 1: RV Electrical Systems
-Understanding the 3 RV Electrical Systems
-Direct Current circuits and their applications
DAY 2: RV Electrical Systems continued
-Alternating Current circuits and their applications
-Learning to use the Volt Ohm Meter with troubleshooting tips and short cuts with hands-on labs
DAY 3: Propane & Water System
-Propane System & Leak Testing with hands-on labs
-The 2 RV Water systems – an overview of this city on wheels
DAY 4: RV Appliances
-Refrigerators – How they work and how to troubleshoot the most common issues
-Air Conditioners – How they work and the things we can do to improve their operations
-Hands-on labs on both appliances
DAY 5: RV Appliances continued
-Water Heaters – the 2 major brands and how they heat and maintain water temperature
-Furnaces – the 3 major brands, how they function and troubleshooting the most common issues
-Hands-on labs on appliances
-RV Exterior Systems – Slide outs & levelling systems, roofs & sidewalls, and the most common problems.
The Cost for each Student to attend the 5-Day RV Technician Apprenticeship Training and take home with them their Certificate of Complete, Training manuals of the course material, NRVIA Test Procedure Clipboard and the BONUS Tools they will have learned to use (Amp clamp Volt Ohm Meter, 0-35” WC – Manometer LP gas pressure tester and a GFCI polarity tester) is $1,644.
Please note lodging and meals are NOT included in this price
To maximize the Hands On Learning experience, students should bring an RV that they can stay in at the campground so they can utilize the RV as their lodging but also their labs.
Upcoming Training dates currently scheduled in are in Texas:
North Texas – Canton, Texas at Mill Creek RV Resort Feb. 13-17 with the Prep Class on Sat. Feb 18.
South Texas - New Braunfels, Texas at Hill Country RV Park
March 20-24 with a Prep Class on Sat. March 25.
For Questions about Locations near you or to Reserve the seat for your technician(s) please contact: Terry Cooper – The Texas RV Professor - 254-715-7388 (cell) or by email TexasRVProfessor@Gmail.com.