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Podcast 165 explores National RV Training Academy

There is an industry-wide shortage of RV technicians and the problem has existed for decades. That’s about to change. This week’s guest is Terry Cooper, who is the new owner of RV Daily Report, but also the co-founder of the new National RV Training Academy.

His partner, Workamper News President Steve Anderson, was interviewed earlier this year when he outlined his vision for the center, but that vision becomes reality this week.

The first training building is expected to arrive before Christmas and will be ready to greet students enrolled in the first RV Tech Training program in January.

Affectionately called the Little Red School House, this building serves as a temporary facility as workers begin construction of the Big Red School House, a massive facility featuring multiple classrooms and three service bays that will be opened next summer.

Cooper explains the goals and mission of the National RV Training Academy, describes its non-profit status, and outlines ways the RV industry can support the effort to train hundreds of technicians a year from its compound at a campground 90 minutes from Dallas.

A one-week training session provides an overview of all critical RV components such as water systems, air conditioning, heating, refrigeration, LP gas, electrical systems and exterior systems. Following completion of that one-week class, students can take the exam to become registered technicians through the RV Industry Association and RV Dealers Association.

The training is modeled after programs developed by the military to quickly prepare people for jobs by engaging in hands-on training. After completing a four-week series of highly-advanced courses on each of the major systems, students can then become certified RV technicians ready to work at dealerships and campgrounds all over the nation.

It’s time for the rubber to meet the road. Companies that want technicians to understand how their equipment works and what to do when it breaks need to step up and provide the equipment to the training center. Remember donations are tax deductible.

Then dealers need to cinch their belts and find a way to get people to the center for training. A one-week intensive hands-on training program is infinitely better than piecing together a program where technicians read a book or watch a video and then try to follow along on their own.

This hands-on, intensive training program has worked well for educating generations of military members to learn to work on all types of advanced equipment. It will be a turning point in preparing RV industry technicians to do their jobs.

To learn more about the training programs at the National RV Training Academy, visit

Manufacturers, dealers and suppliers can also download a list of equipment and tools needed by the academy to aid in their training programs.

This is the last episode to be broadcast in 2017.  RV Industry News returns with its next show Jan. 11.

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About Greg Gerber

Greg Gerber is a freelance writer and podcaster who has been writing about the RV industry since 2000. He is the former editor of RV Daily Report.

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  1. Hi.
    On Today’s episode 165 you mention about having a suggestion for a show.
    How about having a show about being a transporter of different vehicles from manufacturers to dealership or for an individual. Mention the pros and cons.

    Thank you