The RV Tech Talk podcast delivers stories, tips & tricks for savvy individuals looking for guidance with starting, operating, and growing their own Mobile RV Tech small business.
Presented by The National RV Training Academy, which has been helping RVers and RV Techs learn the ins-and-outs of RV maintenance and repair since 2016, and produced and hosted by Greg Gerber, this show will entertain and educate you with tips, tricks, and the personal stories of people that have followed their dream to start their own Mobile RV Tech business.
Join us and discover how people just like you are able to travel where they want, when they want, and for as long as they want with their successful Mobile RV Tech businesses!
Scott Young describes his experience as an NRVTA student in Episode 020
Scott Young started training in the middle of February to become an RV inspector and RV technician. He had a background in industrial arts and saw a need for more mobile RV technicians.
He and his wife manage a campground in Colorado in the summer, and he felt compassion for campers who can’t get appointments at dealerships for months in order to get their RVs repaired. That’s why he sought training to become a technician and took advantage of his time at NRVTA to become an inspector, too.
Scott describes his impression of the instructors he has had and the types of things he has learned. He also explains how the hands-on lab expose him to six to eight different types of brands of equipment typically found on RVs.
One thing he has found to be very helpful is the willingness of instructors to spend as much time with students as necessary to ensure their questions are answered. Scott describes some of the more memorable aspects of training that really stood out.
He also offers advice for others to get the most out of the training.
As he wraps up training, he wants to go to work conducting inspections and fixing problems for campers staying at his RV park.
Scott Young’s experience sounds pretty typical of the students I have interviewed who have completed classes at the National RV Training Academy. I appreciate him taking time to describe those experiences with us.
Demand for technicians is super high at the moment, and many people are turning to whomever they think might be able to help diagnose and repair an issue with their RVs. That doesn’t always turn out well if the handymen aren’t really familiar with RV components.
But, as Scott has learned, trained technicians have the resources, tools and hands-on experience to properly diagnose equipment and get it fixed.
He was not joking in suggesting that people coming into campgrounds are really looking for alternatives to get RVs fixed on-the-spot so they don’t have to pack up and drive to a dealership – if they can get an appointment.
Advanced training can really open the doors to people who want to be in business for themselves. Based on people I have talked to; I am confident that a trained technician could keep himself very busy running a profitable business just by serving people living in three to four campgrounds near wherever they happen to be at the moment.
I appreciated what Scott said about the instructors at the academy. They really are knowledgeable experts in RV repair. One of these days, we’ll get them to sit down for an interview, too. The problem is that the classes are selling out, and these guys are tremendously busy.
With summer approaching and everyone worried about traveling by plane or on cruise ships because of corona virus, there will be above-average interest in RV travel this summer. When RVs are used, they tend to break. The need for trained technicians will be even higher this year than it normally is.
If you ever considered becoming an RV inspector, campground technician or mobile RV tech, now is the time to pursue training in this recession-proof business. For more information about the courses available at the National RV Training Academy and what it takes to enroll, visit www.nrvta.com.
Chad Seeman relays experience getting an RV inspected
In this episode, we are going to speak with someone who had an RV inspected and learn what he thought of that experience.
Chad Seeman lives just outside of San Diego, Calif. He was looking for a used RV when he stumbled on a 33-foot Thor Chateau Super C diesel motorhome for sale by a private seller.
Because he had owned a boat in the past, and the inspection he had done on that unit was immensely helpful, he wanted to see if he could get an RV inspected, too.
So, he turned to Yelp to learn if there were any experienced RV inspectors in his area. That’s how he discovered Ted’s RV Inspection Service, a company out of San Diego.
After speaking with Ted, they made an appointment for two days later to have the RV inspected at the seller’s home. The inspection took six hours to go through the motorhome from top to bottom.
At the end, Chad received a 160-page report that verified the RV was is great shape, so he went ahead with the purchase and will be picking it up yet this week.
Chad Seeman’s experience is exactly what the folks at the National RV Inspectors Association hope every person receives when having an RV reviewed by a certified RV inspector.
I suspect the seller was shocked when he thought the inspector would be there for an hour or less only to find him still combing through the motorhome six hours later. The seller must have been impressed because he offered to buy a copy of the report from Chad if he wasn’t going to purchase the RV.
Imagine getting a 160-page report filled with pictures and results of every component and circuit that was tested. You would know that every inch of the RV you wanted to buy was thoroughly inspected, especially when you go the results of the fluid analysis regarding the condition of the engine and transmission.
Chad was impressed that the inspector – Ted’s RV Inspection Service – was willing to go on location to review the motorhome without requiring the RV to be brought to a specific location for review.
If I were to independently review an RV I wanted to buy, I don’t think I would know to check every electrical outlet, and test the generator under a load to see how it performed, but that’s exactly what Chad’s inspector did.
When the inspection was completed, Chad said he was confident that he was purchasing an RV that he could enjoy for many years.
If you’d like more information about getting an RV inspected, visit www.nrvia.com.
Elisa Norman describes how being an RV inspector led to a full-time job in Episode 018
We have a great interview today. Elisa Norman is an RV inspector from Texas. In fact, she was one of the first people to complete training to get her certification, and she was one of the first women to become certified.
She describes the training she took and how it prepared her to do a thorough inspection of any RV. Elisa also describes some of the challenges she faced when conducting inspections. She’s got a pretty funny story about watching for mousetraps.
Her advice is valuable in the way it pertains to the tools used to perform inspections and why photographic documentation is essential to show not only what doesn’t work, but also what worked at the time the unit was evaluated. Pictures saved her and her client from a big headache.
Elisa was so good as an inspector that it caught the attention of a rather large dealership in Dallas that enticed her to accept a full-time job. She’ll explain what she does for the dealership and how the training prepared her for that.
She is very candid in her description of the challenges inspectors face in running their own businesses, but she still recommends the opportunity for people who are looking for full- or part-time work.
I just loved Elisa Norman’s story. She was stuck at a job she liked as an English teacher, but she didn’t make enough money to help her four kids with college expenses. So, acting on the advice of friends, and with the encouragement of her husband, Elisa took training to become an RV inspector.
That initial training opened the door for her to work with insurance companies by evaluating RVs before extended warranty coverage was offered. After doing that for a while, she saw more opportunity and drove from Texas to Iowa for advanced training.
That paved the way for her to conduct inspections for people looking to buy new or used RVs. Even though her business was growing and she liked the ability to work outdoors on her own, her strong work ethic, attitude and personality caught the attention of the staff at an RV dealership where she was actually conducting an inspection on behalf of a client.
One thing led to another and Elisa found herself working full-time for that dealership by inspecting RVs when they came in from the factory, evaluating the units before they are delivered to customers, and helping customers understand how to operate various components on the RVs they’re buying.
Those are the type of opportunities that are available to people of all ages who take training to become a certified RV inspector or technician with the National RV Training Academy. If you don’t want to work for a dealership, you can make a good living by running your own inspection or mobile repair business.
Elisa confirms that the work can be challenging, but also very rewarding in the way it helps other people. She’s also living proof that this career isn’t just for men and that women can make a very good living performing inspections or fixing RVs.
With the National RV Training Academy in Athens, Texas, the academy’s one-week live training or home study course will teach you everything you need to know to fix about 80 percent of the problems people experience with their RVs.
You can also sign up for additional training to become an RV inspector, campground technician or to provide mobile RV service. For more information, visit www.nrvta.com.
Episode 017 features RV inspector Geoff Baker
Today, we are going to talk with an RV inspector based in Florida who has a very successful business.
Geoff Baker was an engineer for the Royal Navy who really understands how engines and mechanical systems work. After moving to Florida several years ago, he stumbled across an opportunity to put his skills to work helping RV owners.
While attending the Tampa RV Supershow in 2014, he learned about the new National RV Inspectors Association, which as just getting started. He was one of the first people to go through training to become a certified RV inspector.
He describes the differences between home inspections and RV inspections, and explains why it is important for buyers to get any RV inspected before signing a loan document.
Geoff explains the inspection process and all that it covers, and how fluid analysis can provide a glimpse into the inner workings of an RV engine and transmission.
He describes some of the surprising things he has uncovered during the inspections and how the training he took at the predecessor to the National RV Training Academy prepared him to look for and identify any issues that may impact an RV’s value.
He also talks about what he likes most about inspecting RVs and why he recommends the business to others who are looking to make a good income by helping other people.
I really appreciated his detailed description of all that goes into an RV inspection.
People don’t truly understand how complex recreation vehicles are and why it is essential that all the systems work well together.
I appreciate all the little steps that Geoff takes to ensure that he inspects RVs properly, such as crawling along the roof to get an even closer look at the condition of the roof and the equipment installed on it.
I also like how after he sees something that just seems out of place that he works to track down the true source of the problem, whether it is dripping water on a nice day or moist areas on the inside of an RV.
For more information about Geoff and his company, visit www.inspectrv.com, call 484-432-9002 or email email@example.com.
He is right in that demand for RV inspections is increasing all the time and some areas of the country are really underserved when it comes to having enough inspectors available to meet demand.
If you’d like to know more about how to become an RV inspector and get the training needed to do thorough inspections, check out the National RV Inspectors Association at www.nrvia.com.
Episode 016 describes AJ Fields’ work-study experience
Today we are going to talk with another person who helped finance his technical education by serving as a workamper at the RV park adjacent to the Big Red Schoolhouse in Athens, Texas.
AJ Fields is a mobile RV repair technician based out of Oklahoma. He wasn’t always working as an RV technician. In fact, he was a former air traffic controller who took training just to learn how to fix his own RV. During that class, he decided to become an RV inspector.
While he was taking that course, he saw the opportunity to make a good living as an RV technician. After he found a way to help finance that training, he attended all of the advance classes as well.
AJ was able to accelerate the process because his wife, Phyllis, also worked at the RV park. They worked 16 hours per week to cover the cost for a campsite at the Texan RV Park, but they also worked extra hours to generate more credit so that AJ could complete the training faster.
By doing jobs around the Texan RV Park along with his wife, Phyllis, AJ was able to accelerate his education because they earned $10 toward the cost of his training for every hour they worked doing jobs around the park and at the academy.
To earn the credit, AJ was involved in construction of the academy. He laid carpet tiles on the floor and installed false ceilings in the restrooms and classrooms.
AJ Fields was one of the first people to take advantage of the work study program developed by the National RV Training Academy.
As AJ completed one training course, it seemed that he became aware of new opportunities, which required more training. He paid for the introductory training course, but they applied work study credit to cover the cost off additional training.
That put him on the fast track for learning how to fix a variety of RVs. Like AJ said, it is almost impossible for someone to learn how to fix all the different equipment on an RV, let alone all the different RV models, on their own.
He was especially appreciative of the variety of equipment he was exposed to at the Texan RV Park and at the National RV Training Academy. The training was so thorough that AJ is comfortable helping troubleshoot problems over the phone for other RV owners.
The training also aided him in opening Home on the Road RV Services to offer a variety of services to people from inspecting RVs to showing people how to use their equipment to fixing problems when they occur. You can find out more about AJ and his company at www.hotr-rv.com.
There are a number of courses available at the National RV Training Academy in Athens, Texas. The academy’s one-week live training or home study course will teach you everything you need to know to fix about 80 percent of the problems people experience with their RVs.
You can also sign up for additional training to become an RV inspector, campground technician or to provide mobile RV service. For more information, visit www.nrvta.com.
Episode 15 describes a work-study experience for Bobby & Robin Parish
Today we are going to talk with a couple who were among the first people to take advantage of a new work-study program to help pay for technician training.
Many people are not aware of a program offered by the National RV Training Academy that allows people to earn credit to pay for instruction by working various jobs at the academy or at the adjacent Texan RV Park.
Bobby and Robin Parish were among the first people to take advantage of that program.
They spent several months living at the Texan RV Park and workamping as well. They received an RV site in exchange for doing routine tasks around the park, but they also worked extra hours and applied the credit to pay for additional training.
They both banked extra hours to apply toward tuition so that Bobby wouldn’t have to work while going to school. That way he could focus on learning as much as possible, as quickly as possible and passing the certification test at the end.
Robin worked in the office checking guests in and out of the park, and Bobby served as a maintenance technician performing various jobs.
In this interview, they describe the jobs they did to earn the credit, and how having the training has really made a difference in Bobby’s life.
He already knew a lot about RVs and had been fixing RVs for other people for quite some time, but attending the training helped him fully understand how all the components of an RV work together.
By workamping at the Texan RV Park and being able to bank several hours of compensation toward training, that made the education more affordable.
It wasn’t very difficult work for either of them, but they were able to accumulate enough credit to cover the full cost of taking the training. In the end, that opened the door for Bobby to become a mobile RV technician and make money fixing RVs for other people.
The National RV Training Academy needs help with lots of jobs. Some of them require specialty construction skills or marketing. But many of the jobs require no special skills at all.
To learn more about the work-study program and how you can get it to pay for your training, call NRVTA at 903.386-0444 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. For information about the training courses offered by the academy, visit www.nrvta.com.