The Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) wrapped up its 2003-04 season of Trouble Shooter Clinics in South Bend, Ind., in March, drawing a total of 374 attendees for four separate clinics held in Bethlehem, Pa., Columbia, Mo., and South Bend.
“This averaged out to approximately 94 attendees per site, a slight gain over last year,” said RVIA Director of Education Jerry Balda.
Through 40 hours of intensive classroom training and hands-on experience, RVIA’s Trouble Shooter Clinics help RV technicians sharpen their skills to diagnose and repair most major RV component parts – on the first attempt.  
Several industry experts provided technicians with a comprehensive review of the most important RV systems. Subjects covered during the 2003-04 clinics included basic electricity, LP gas systems, appliances, furnaces, air-conditioning systems, generators, water heaters, toilets, RV weight safety, electronic brake controls, automatic detectors, steps and levelers.  
According to Balda, the RVIA Industry Education Committee is looking into the possibility of rearranging classes for the 2004-05 season so new subjects such as slideouts and plumbing can be added to the curriculum.
The following companies  provided instructors and consultants throughout the last four sessions: Atwood Mobile Products, Cequent Towing Products, Coachmen Industries, Cummins Engine/Onan, Dometic Corporation, Dexter Axle Company, D&R Agency, Generac Power, Kwikee Products Co., Manchester Tank, Marshall Gas, Norcold/Thetford, Parallax Power, RVP/Airxcell, RVP Suburban, RV Safety Education Foundation, Shurflo and Xantrex/Trace Engineering.
For more information, call Balda at (800) 336-0154, ext. 320