In Bunzer’s Absence, NRVTA Partners on Training

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The National RV Training Academy (NRVTA) announced a partnership with the Family Motor Coach Association (FMCA) to provide technical training to its members.

The NRVTA staff will lead FMCA’s RV Basics course, a live training event over two-and-a-half days held before the group’s annual conventions.

The first class will take place March 7-9 at the Georgia National Fairgrounds and Agricenter in Perry, Georgia. Another RV Basics course will be offered July 4-6 during FMCA’s 103rd International Convention in Gillette, Wyoming.

“For many years, FMCA was privileged to work with Gary Bunzer, ‘The RV Doctor,’ who wrote regular columns for us and led the RV Basics program for our members,” FMCA Director of Membership and Marketing Dan Ball stated. “Unfortunately, Gary passed away in April. He left quite a legacy at FMCA and there will never be anyone quite like Gary, who was loved by all our members.”

“Gary Bunzer was a legend in the RV community and his absence will be felt for many years to come,” NRVTA President Terry Cooper stated. “Gary’s passing left some pretty big shoes to fill.  We are honored to be selected by FMCA to step into Gary’s role by providing members with essential training to help people better understand the inner workings of their recreation vehicles and how to maintain them.”

Cooper said the RV Basics course generally will follow Bunzer’s curriculum, with modifications to address new equipment and technology installed on RVs.

“Both the spring and summer events fill up fast,” Ball stated, “and each year we’ve seen increased interest in the program. We are excited about the knowledge and expertise NRVTA bring to the table.”

The class includes topics such as Choosing the Right RV; The Amazing RV Refrigerator: Using Heat To Make Ice; Amps, Volts And Purple Monkeys; and Five Things You Need To Know Before You Go. The course also addresses RV driving and towing, the importance of proper weight and tire safety, as well as springtime RV maintenance.

“We see the value of working together with the NRVTA staff toward mutual goals and initiatives,” Ball stated. “Our members will benefit from knowing how to properly use and care for their RVs.”

Those interested in taking the RV Basics course can sign up by visiting To join FMCA, visit To learn how to become a certified RV inspector or mobile technician, visit

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