Featherlite Luxury Coaches has announced “an unprecedented relationship” with the Florida RV Trade Association (FRVTA) to enroll 34 technicians in the RV Training Network program.

Featherlite Luxury Coaches builds the Vantare brand of highline Class A’s on Prevost bus chassis. It is a unit of Iowa-based horse and utility trailer manufacturer Featherlite Inc.

Included among the 34 people enrolled in the training program by Featherlite Luxury Coaches are production engineers from its factory in Sanford, Fla. The company believes it is the first Prevost bus converter to enroll its technicians in the program, which it describes as “comprehensive, cutting edge education in motorcoach maintenance and repair.”

Featherlite has the largest concentration of technicians in the training program, said Lance Wilson, executive director of the FRVTA.

The classes began in November and will continue for 40 weeks. Every aspect of RV repair will be covered including audiovisual and electrical systems, chassis, generators, hydraulics, appliances and plumbing. Certification is granted only after the coursework is completed and a comprehensive test is passed.

“Featherlite has made the commitment to further the education of all its technicians and support personnel,” said Jeff Welch, national director of service and warranty for the company. “What this means is that Featherlite coach customers will receive only the services of certified and master certified technicians. Advanced trouble-shooting skills and expertise will mean quicker maintenance and repairs and, therefore, lower costs for our customers.”

In addition to its factory in Florida, Featherlite Luxury Coaches has sales and service centers in Mocksville, N.C., Cresco, Iowa, and Coburg, Ore. It also has 16 authorized service centers strategically located across the U.S.

The training program is the result of a partnership involving the FRVTA, the Lake City (Fla.) Community College and the Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association/Recreation Vehicle Industry Association RV Service Technician Training Council