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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!

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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!

    Episode 016 describes AJ Fields’ work-study experience

    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.

    • 35 min
    Episode 15 describes a work-study experience for Bobby & Robin Parish

    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 info@nrvta.com. For information about the training courses offered by the academy, visit www.nrvta.com.

    • 26 min
    Episode 014 feature mobile technician Alan O’Neill

    Episode 014 feature mobile technician Alan O’Neill

    Today we’ll talk with an Australian native who found a way to make a living in America by inspecting RVs, and later by fixing them as a certified technician.

    Alan O’Neill is a native of Australia. He met his American wife there more than 20 years ago, but in 2016, they opted to move to America. The couple traveled nearly 30,000 miles in an RV until they decided to settle in California wine country after she got a job.

    Last year, Alan started looking for income opportunities himself. Being familiar with RVing, he took the home-study course offered by the National RV Training Academy to become a Level 1 inspector. That opened his eyes even further, and he jumped into the four-week advanced training course that led to him becoming a certified RV technician.

    In fact, he scored so high on the test, he qualified to become a master certified technician. He just needs to spend time working as a certified tech before he can formally attain that title.

    When Alan was traveling, he saw how frustrated people were trying to get problems with their RVs fixed in a timely manner.

    With Santa Rosa, Calif., as a base, he now works as a mobile technician to help people either get on the road or stay on the road should they encounter a problem with their RVs.

    He describes what the training was like and what types of things he learned in the classes. Alan also explains how the instructors would inject bugs into some of the components to challenge students to diagnose the problems an come up with the right solutions to fix them.

    The crash-course in RV repair helped build his confidence and gave him the skills to fix about 99 percent of the problems he sees with RVs.

    What really stood out for him was the fact that, unlike courses offered by RV component suppliers, the National RV Training Academy educated him to the strengths of every brand as well as the little nuances that make fixing the units a challenge.

    Just knowing the strengths and weaknesses of each brand of a particular component – and the ability to work on different brand types while undergoing training – helped prepare him for the problems he will encounter in the field.

    Demand for technical support is so high among RV consumers, he noted, that they often call local parts stores hoping to find someone who can fix their problem.

    When the interview was recorded in December, Alan had only been out of class for a few weeks, but he had already found work fixing RVs.

    Demand for technicians is so high that it doesn’t take much effort for a trained and certified technician to hit the ground running in a profitable business.

    And that’s what Alan O’Neill did in starting Happy Campers RV Repairs. You can learn more about Alan and the types of services he offers by visiting www.happycampersrvrepairs.com.

    The National RV Training 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.

    • 28 min
    Episode 013 features Chris Travaglino with Travel Tech RV

    Episode 013 features Chris Travaglino with Travel Tech RV

    Today, we will talk with a man who jump-started a new career as a mobile RV technician, and enjoyed a very profitable first year in a business of his own.

    Chris Travaglino was one of the first people to complete all five weeks of technician training at the National RV Training Academy’s new Big Red Schoolhouse in 2018.

    Prior to that, Chris and his wife, Kimberly, and their four children, headed the Fulltime Families group for nearly 10 years to provide support to families of school-age children who live and work full-time in RVs.

    A few years ago, they sold that business and decided to move to Florida to be with family and pursue some new opportunities in ministry. Chris, had always been handy and was often the go-to person at Fulltime Families events to help fix problems with RVs.

    He saw an opportunity to become a mobile service technician when he researched the market in south Florida and realized how few options were available to RV owners to get their rigs fixed without having to pack everything up, drive it to a dealership and wait weeks just to get an appointment.

    Chris describes what the training was like and how it gave him the confidence to start Travel Tech RV. He explains how it is possible for an independent technician to find the support needed to tackle any purple monkeys that might pose a particular challenge for someone making repairs on his own.

    Chris explains how he promoted his new business, and how that generated a stream of customers that now sustains the business through word of mouth promotion.

    He describes what it took to set up a business and a repair truck, and how he and his wife share the workload of managing the operation.

    I have a great deal of respect for Chris Travaglino and his entire family. They are honest, passionate, helpful people, and doors just seem to open for them to find new customers and build this new business opportunity.

    It took just five weeks of training to prepare him to become a mobile service technician and launch a business of his own.

    With the average RV dealership scheduling repair appointments four weeks out, there is a tremendous opportunity for mobile repair technicians to make an above-average living just by just serving a few customers every day.

    When customers get great service from an honest, dependable technician, then word of mouth keeps people like Chris very busy. Plus, Chris knows that he could make three times as much money working for himself as he could working for someone else.

    For more information about Chris and his business, Travel Tech RV, visit www.traveltechrv.com.

    The National RV Training Academy can not only provide the instruction people need to feel comfortable fixing RVs, but the academy can provide insurance, certification and business training to help people start professional companies.

    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.

    • 26 min
    Episode 012 features mobile RV technician Paul Witherspoon

    Episode 012 features mobile RV technician Paul Witherspoon

    Paul Witherspoon is a veteran who went to Florida to visit his wife’s parents who were workamping at an RV park. While there, he saw the potential to make a great living as a mobile RV technician.

    A chance encounter with an RV dealer looking to start a mobile RV service business in 1995 opened the door for him to get a job right out of the military. He didn’t have any formal training other than a few vendor classes along the way.

    Most of Paul’s training was self-taught as he took apart components to see what was wrong with them, and then reassembled the units after making a repair.

    When his son wanted to become an RV technician as well, they both attended the National RV Training Academy. In the process, both Paul and his son became certified RV technicians.

    He started his own mobile service business in the Florida Keys, which was essentially an untapped market for mobile repairs. Since then, he has moved his business to Texas.

    Paul also explains how he liked the business training he got from NRVTA and how it has helped him become more profitable.

    Although Paul taught himself how to do many of the RV repairs many years ago, he has since come to realize how much more beneficial it is to get formal training on current components.

    He really stressed the need to run an ethical operation. That’s an unfortunate side effect of the current market for RV repair. Demand for service outweighs the supply of technicians. As a result, some questionable characters slip into the market and provide substandard repair.

    Yes, it works to Paul’s benefit because he and his son can go in and clean up the mess other technicians created. But, it also gives the RV industry a very bad name.

    Paul realized that his name was very important, and he has worked hard to protect it. As a result, it has paid off very well with a successful business that is big enough that he can employ his son.

    He also champions the need to become a well-rounded technician, not just someone who focuses on one or two components.

    That’s an even bigger moneymaker because he can complete a variety of repairs – and offer better service – by fixing many things at the same time.

    I also liked his advice to open a separate savings account and squirrel away a percentage of every job’s income into that account to cover taxes and ensure money is available to constantly reorder parts.

    He’s got a great business, and a lot of it has to do with education he received from 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.

    For more information about Paul Witherspoon’s company, Mobile Family RV Center, visit www.mobilefamilyrvcenter.com.

    • 31 min
    Episode 011 – Logan Beavers fixes RVs to fund his mission

    Episode 011 – Logan Beavers fixes RVs to fund his mission

    Logan Beavers became an RV technician earlier this year after deciding that fixing RVs would help fund his ministry.

    The pastor from Kingsport, Tenn., grew up using RVs. One day, while looking out his window, he realized that nearly every one of his neighbors had a recreation vehicle, and they would all eventually need to be serviced.

    So, he completed courses at the National RV Training Academy while he seeks work at a smaller church that can’t afford to hire a full-time pastor.

    A father of two daughters, he considered fixing RVs as a way to support his family while pursuing his passion. He googled RV training courses and was connected to the NRVTA in Athens, Texas.

    He purchased the home study course first and, decided to attend classes in person to take advantage of the hands-on training. It helped that he got a $300 credit for buying the home study course, and that he could apply that credit to the academy’s live class.

    The in-person training also prepared him to take the test to become a registered RV technician.

    Logan describes the benefit of being able to work on components from a variety of different brands, which he expects will better equip him to diagnose and repair those items in the field.

    He also explains why the training would be appropriate for people who may not have experience in fixing things or even tinkering with equipment before starting the course.

    He took the home-study course first and found it helpful in fixing his own RV, but it also opened his eyes to the possibility of making RV repair a career or even a part-time job.

    It is one of the best educational values out there. For $7,500 in tuition, $1,500 for tools and $2,000 for lodging expenses, people move from being novices to certified RV technicians in just five to six weeks.

    From there, they can get a job working at an RV dealership making upwards of $30,000 in the first year, to hauling in more than $100,000 in a business of their own working as a mobile RV technician.

    Logan was very appreciative of the community of students and faculty who stood by him during the training. I loved what he said that when he left the academy, he did not feel like they just took his money and left him trying to figure out what to do next. The staff helped him every step along his journey.

    The National RV Training 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.

    • 26 min

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