RVDR Special Report on the RV tech shortage

Just looking at the numbers, the RV industry has much to celebrate. RV wholesale shipments in 2017 hit 504,599 units, up 17.2 percent from 2016; the highest number since the industry tanked during the Great Recession.

The RV industry is thriving and growing. In fact, Dr. Richard Curtin, RV industry analyst and director of consumer surveys at the University of Michigan, estimates the number of RV owners has swelled to 8.9 million households, up from 7.9 million in 2005. This is certainly good news for the industry.

But there is a dark side to this numbers’ game. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics puts the number of RV repair technicians at 13,520 techs, meaning the average technician is responsible for servicing an estimated 658 RVs, and industry experts say that is simply too many rigs per technician.

The second 2018 issue of RV Daily Report’s special publication takes an in-depth look at this critical issue. Click on the link below to read the issue!

RV Daily Report Special Report Vol. 1, Issue 3


Ronnie Wendt

Ronnie Wendt

Ronnie Wendt has been a writer/editor for more than 25 years, working in law enforcement, aviation, supply chain and the RV industry. She's not a stranger to RVs, however. She grew up camping, and still camps as many weekends as she can every year. She is the owner of In Good Company Communications and can be reached at ingoodcompanycommunications@gmail.com.

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  • ted morgan says:

    My son loves tinkering with engines and autos in general. Is there a vocational school he could attend to learn specifically how to repair RV’s?

  • Lauren Kelly says:

    Typically RV Technicians do not work on engines. Most of the work is to the systems within the RV, i.e., electrical, plumbing, heating, air conditioning, carpentry, etc. http://www.rvtrainingcalendar.org/pop_event.cfm?Event_ID=234

  • Natalie Barone says:

    Maybe the RV industry would not need so many mechanics if they put the darn things together right the first time.

  • Mike Metze says:

    Navarro College in Corsicana, TX has a program in cooperation with John Deere to train mechanics/technicians/etc. This seems like a good idea to me – RV companies connect with Jr. Colleges to offer courses in RV Tech… perhaps even a 2 yr. course of study. (Corsicana is about 30 miles from Athens.)

  • C ellen says:

    We see the same issue in new car dealerships. Ownership still has pay plans that do not keep qualified techs. Most leave for government or private industry with much higher pay and benefits. Why should a tech work 10 hours a day but only get paid for 4-5. If he or she moves to government or private industry, Their hours are cut but the pay is higher. With much better benefits. manufacturers wake up and change or make minimum standards for pay and benefits. Otherwise It will not change.techs were making 50k a year in the 70’s and early 80’s. Their pay has not changed much. Look at your pay plan people!

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