Association Dedicates New Building to RV Inspector Training

A side view of the little red school house being built on the NRVTA campus in Texas to house training classes.

The National RV Training Academy (NRVTA) is working to build a dedicated facility for advanced RV inspection classes.

The 28-by-52-foot modular building arrived July 2 and is expected to be operational and hosting classes later this summer. Called the Tiny Red School House, the building’s classroom will accommodate 32 students per course.

The building has no interior walls, enabling instructors to set up the room in various configurations. The building includes restrooms and a small area for coffee and a refrigerator.

“Generally, the classroom will be set up with 16 8-foot tables. Each table will be shared by two students who will also share a separate monitor tied to the instructor’s computer,” said Steve Anderson, NRVTA co-founder. “That will enable students to clearly see whatever the instructor is describing, even when he zooms in on a key feature.”

The handicapped-accessible building cost $150,000. It will have a fiber-optic internet connection.

“A lot of the inspector training is software-based,” Anderson said, “so we wanted to have a dedicated internet connection with very strong Wi-Fi available to each student.”

Students seeking RV inspector certification will spend the first week taking the NRVTA’s RV Fundamentals class at the Big Red School House. The RV Fundamentals class teaches students about RV systems and hands-on labs to work with RV electrical, plumbing and propane systems, air conditioners and furnaces, refrigerators, water heaters and RV levelers.

The second and third weeks will be spent at the Tiny Red School House, where students learn RV inspection principles, how to perform a top-to-bottom evaluation of an RV and compile the information into a multi-faceted report.

In the advanced RV inspector training course, students sharpen their evaluation skills and learn methods and techniques to perform contracted inspections for state and federal agencies, such as the Federal Emergency Management Agency and Department of Homeland Security.

For more, visit, email [email protected] or call 903-386-0444.

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