Traveling from his home in Newark on Trent to learn the trade of RV refrigeration repair was a journey for a Nottinghamshire, United Kingdom, man.

The Tribune Courier reported that Nick Harrison, an RV repairman from the county of Nottinghamshire, booked a flight to America so he could take the hands-on refrigeration repair course offered by Ford’s RV Refrigeration and Appliance Repair in Benton, Ky. The course is the only one of its kind offered across the globe.

“For the past year, I have been watching what they do,” Harrison said on finding Ford’s. “There’s a big hole in the market for this. So I talked to them about what they do here and worked it out to where I could come and learn.”

Harrison was a devoted follower of Ford’s active social media presence, which made him more interested in coming to the training course. What began as an online rapport between Harrison and Ford’s developed into an experience on the other side of the world.

Harrison planned to seize what he learned from the course and take it back to his business in the UK. Because of how specialized RV refrigeration repair is, Ford’s has many inquiries from people around the world since becoming an accredited instructor last year.

Most of the class revolves around hands-on work in the shop, with around two hours of a classroom environment. To become certified, Harrison had to pass a written exam at the end of his training.

“If you go to the standard RV service center, the customers will be told that they have to buy a new refrigerator most of the time,” said Roger Ford, owner of Ford’s. “That’s the same problem in the UK. They’re just told to throw them away and get a new one. They can be fixed and recycled. It’s a big savings for the customer and it keeps repairable units out of our landfills.”

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