RV Tech Course and the RVIC & NRVIA – Take 2
Well, let me start by saying that I have been extremely lax in getting this post written. Not for any particular reason, I just haven’t sat down and focused on putting this together.
As I described in great detail in my post in mid-July, I thoroughly enjoyed and found great value in the week I spent in Shipshewana participating in the RV Tech Course. One of the tremendous benefits of being a student at a Training Triad with the Mobile RV Academy is that you are permitted to retake/audit another week course (For Free!) anytime within the next 12 months. I decided that, for me, it would definitely be beneficial to audit the class before my already scheduled “Learn by Doing” in Zanesville, OH October 12 – 16. It made it an easier decision for me to take the course at Artillery Ridge Campground in Gettysburg, PA from September 21 – 25. This allowed a multi-purpose visit for us by combining some family visits and the Hershey RV Show the week before. Speaking of family, it is not a coincidence that two of the participants in the Gettysburg class were my brother, Denny, and my brother-in-law, Mike. Both of them had showed interest in taking the class, and after my positive feedback from my week in Shipshewana, they both booked their week in Gettysburg.
Some people may think that retaking a course like this would be boring and not a valuable use of their time. I am here to report that it was quite the opposite! Yes, it was the same agenda. Yes, it was essentially the same material. Yes, it was the same instructor. Yes, I still heard and learned things I had not remembered from Shipshewana. One of the biggest differences between the two weeks for me is during the first week I was thinking of how of all of this information related to MY coach. (Which as a reminder is not the same coach we have today. Calvan then. Charlie now.) During the second week in Gettysburg, I was more interested in gathering all of the information that was presented, whether it applied to my coach or not. As an example, the section on RV refrigerators was not of much interest to me the first time since we have a residential fridge. The second time, I paid more attention to this section since I would almost certainly come across an RV refrigerator in somebody else’s RV during an RV inspection or potential repair.
Terry Cooper, aka the “Texas RV Professor”, was once again a top-notch instructor. His teaching style includes repetition, stories, anecdotes, hand signals, and numerous little tips all with the goal of enabling his students to remember important information. If you decide you would like to take the course, we would love if you would include that you were referred by: Russ Gibbons AMB103. For more info on the course visit, www.rvtechcourse.com.
The week went by quickly for me. The material may have been the same, but it was a different group of 11 people in person and on Livestream, so there was a good mix of different questions generating good conversation. By the end of the week, I got the feeling that Denny and Mike were excited with all of the information, but at the same time a little overwhelmed with the volume of information presented to them. I think they were worn out by the end of Day 5, but both still managed to pass the exam at the end and received their certificates. Way to Go Bros!
Once again, I want to express a big Thank You to the Cooper’s and the Anderson’s for putting together a very educational and informative five days.