RV Maintenance Technician

Last week was a whirlwind blur of our last week in Florida. We had been invited to attend an RV Maintenance Technician class given by Terry Cooper (aka the Texas RV professor) This was as intense a 5 days as we have ever been to.

The first 2 and 1/2 hours were devoted to starting your own small business taught by Steve Anderson, president of Workamper News and a friend for 8 years. He covered so many aspects of starting a small business that we were almost overwhelmed as well as now aware we needed to overhaul our own business. He covered choosing a business entity such as an LLC or S Corporation and many of the details of those. A whole session was dedicated to risk assessment. That was just the early mornings too! Kathy sat in on all the small business training as the wives/partners were invited to do and it was well worth it for her as well.


Then it was on to the Maintenance Technician training. I thought it would only be review for me but oh no! I learned so many new things about our rig and its systems I never knew before. We started with electrical systems and troubleshooting both the 120 volt AC and 12 volt DC systems. On Tuesday it was on to propane systems and testing. Water systems on Wednesday and RV appliances on Thursday. Friday we took on exterior systems and took an exam on what we had learned during the week.


The point of the session was to help the individual RV owner get confidence to repair many problems on their own rig. We learned enough to be a help at campgrounds to help other folks through some of their problems. The course completion also gained us the technical portion of the certified RV Inspector designation. There is much more to do to become an inspector, but this was a big part of it. No, I’m not going to become an RV inspector, but it looks to be a good opportunity for those of you looking for outside income in your RV travels. If this interests you, go to¬†http://rvtechcourse.com/ for all the details. Please mention you heard about it from John and Kathy from Living the RV Dream. Apparently, the course is being taught all over the country in 2016.


If you might be interested in becoming a Certified RV inspector, click on the logo graphic for much more information.


Author: John Huggins

John is a retired Navy Electronics Technician Chief. He traded the Navy adventure for a job in manufacturing quality assurance in 1986, and traded the job for the RV adventure in early 2005. Kathy has held jobs in the medical office arena as well as raising two sons. We now have 5 grand children and one great grand child.We have done much volunteer work since hitting the road including working at the Escapees CARE center in Livingston, Texas. We also are registered Red Cross disaster volunteers, and served in a Hurricane Katrina shelter in San Antonio, Texas.Our connection to Sarasota started in 1995 when John was transferred from New Jersey to work for Electro Corporation, later to become a division of Honeywell. He retired in 2004 and we bought our motorhome and hit the road.We are life members of the Escapees RV Club, as well as members of Good Sam Club and Family Motorcoach Association (FMCA). We hold campground memberships in Thousand Trails, RPI, and Passport America. Our home park is Hart Ranch in Rapid City, SD.Lately, we have worked in campgrounds in PA, IL, SD, AZ, and FL.Nowadays, we have become podcasters, broadcasting our show, Living the RV Dream on the internet. We also have this blog we are having fun with. Check out our Books page for our books on RVing and Workamping.