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The Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) announced the eight finalists set to compete in the First Annual Top Tech Challenge slated for the 2017 National RV Trade Show in Louisville, Ky., Nov. 27-30.

The competition, sponsored by Airxcel, Dometic, Lippert Components and Thetford, pits RV service techs with a minimum of five years of experience against each other to determine the Top Tech of the year. Besides being crowned the Top Tech, the winner of the challenge will receive a trophy and be presented with a $10,000 grand prize.

“The ability of technicians to properly diagnose and repair our product is vital to the ongoing customer satisfaction of the products and lifestyle we provide,” said Jeff Rutherford, president and CEO of Airxcel and chairman of the RVST, in a press release. “To have the top suppliers of the industry support this event together represents the commitment we all share in the importance of having properly trained technicians. This is a fun event to showcase the skills needed in our industry and we look forward to continuing to expand the quality and quantity of skilled technicians.”

The eight selected finalists are:

▪ Joshua Bedsaul, Foley, Alabama – RV’s Unlimited

▪ Robert Browne, Avon, New York – Wilkins RV Inc.

▪ Shawn Diamond, Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin – Greeneway RV

▪ Don Ebsen, Rapid City, South Dakota – Camping World

▪ Brandon Galbreath, Joppa Alabama – D&N RV Service

▪ Jason Hunt, Whitney, Texas – Jason’s RV Service

▪ John Larson, Minden, Nevada – Nevada RV Service

▪ Jonathon Senic, Elkins, West Virginia – Roy’s RV Supercenter LLC

During the competition, the service technicians will be asked to diagnose seven different types of technical RV service issues, as fast as possible, live in front of a cheering crowd. Eight techs will begin the opening round held on Nov. 27 with the top three advancing to compete in the championship round on Nov. 29. The judges of the Top Tech Challenge will be highly qualified RV industry experts in the field of the specific component being diagnosed.

“We were incredibly impressed with the caliber of RV service techs who entered the competition,” said Liz Crawford, RVIA senior vice president, trade shows and events. “The eight finalists competing in the 2017 RVIA Top Tech Challenge represent the exemplary work that RV service techs do year-round across the country to enable the RV lifestyle.”

Attendee registration for the 2017 National RV Trade Show is now open. To register for the National RV Trade Show, visit RVIAshow.org.