In a rather unusual twist, the Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association (RVDA) Board of Directors paid a visit on Nov. 26 to the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association’s (RVIA) Board meeting on the eve of the 39th Annual National RV Trade Show in Louisville.

The purpose of RVDA’s visit was to hear a presentation by Mel Adams, president and CEO of Airxcel Inc., Wichita, Kan., and chairman of the RVIA Service Training Industry Education Council, an industry committee comprised of manufacturers, dealers, suppliers and members of academia set up to upgrade the industry’s technical training capabilities.

Adams and the committee he chairs are overseeing a new RVIA/RVDA satellite distance learning program for RV service technicians, an extension of the Florida RV Trade Association’s distance learning program that went live on Oct. 10, when 28 RV dealers from across the country joined 24 Florida dealers in receiving live instruction on LP gas service via satellite feed.

The session was the first of a 40-week curriculum.

“The meeting was very positive and upbeat,” said RVIA President Dave Humphreys. “Everyone is committed to the program.”