The Texas Recreational Vehicle Association (TRVA) unveiled a new Internet education program for technicians at the association’s 27th Annual State Convention Sept. 10-13 at South Padre Island.

Approximately 200 members attended the convention, which included the TRVA’s first private, dealer-only forum.

“Most dealers have their own associations,” said Convention Chairman Tom Waters Sr.  “We wanted to facilitate the dealers having the opportunity to air them situations among themselves.”

TRVA in July appropriated $25,000 to develop an online training program for technicians. The first module, which was expected to be available by early December, will provide instruction on the dealer’s pre-delivery inspection.

“It is in the development stages,” Waters said.  “We need to find out from the first module how much interest there is and work from there,” Waters said. Waters added that it has being decided if, or what, dealers will be charged to participate. “I imagine the first module will be offered at a greatly reduced rate or as part of their membership package. That hasn’t been decided,” Waters said.

Course information is being provided by the Recreational Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) and prepared for presentation on the Internet by I-Train Inc., Austin.

The goal eventually is to provide a series of training program sthat will lead to technician certification and perhaps offer training nationwide, Waters said.

Waters said TRVA doesn’t intend to sponsor any RV-related legislation during the upcoming session of the Texas General Assembly, which will meet in January for the first time in two years. “We will be trying to protect what we have,” Waters said. Also at the convention, TRVA members elected President Ed Kuntz, Elk Camping Center, Austin; Vice President Tommy Waters Jr., Diversified Insurance Management, Plano; Treasurer Albert De La Garza, Ancira Motorhomes, Boerne; and Secretary Jerry Smith, Jerry’s Campers, Abilene.