HERSHEY, PENNSYLVANIA
September 11-15, 2024
Giant Center

Seminars

PRVCA is pleased to offer two days of training specifically designed for the RV industry. From RV equipment and electricity to important maintenance, solar and batteries, there’s a session to help dealers offer the best service to their customers. Please check back for the schedule.

Monday, September 9, 2024

(Education Day Only)

Dexter Axle

Dexter Axle: Servicing RV Axles, Spring Suspensions and Electric Braking Systems

(Level 2 Refresher)

10 a.m. – 4 p.m. | Press Room/Hallway
Credits: 4 CEU; Cost: Members: FREE; Non members: $50 (lunch included)

Presented by: Dexter Axle

This session will provide an overview of leaf spring axles with electric brakes, theory and service techniques. The instructor will review the most common towable RV axle configurations. This course contains a combination of classroom theory and hands-on service training. The course curriculum is aimed for service technicians with up to five years of experience, but may also benefit RV service writers, parts professionals, etc.

Mike Sokol

RV Electricity: Lithium and Solar Upgrades

11 a.m. – 3 p.m. | Champions Club
Cost: Members: FREE; Non members: $50

Presented by: Mike Sokol, RV Electricity

Learn the basics of solar panels, solar charge controllers; battery types and sizes; and AC inverters. Instructor Mike Sokol will break down Pure-Sine Wave vs. modified Sine Wave inverter considerations; discuss what size inverter is needed; the difference between hybrid and standard inverters; how to calculate the Ah of storage needed for boondocking, the Wh or Ah of battery needed for appliances, and how to match solar panels to battery capacity. He will also cover how many watt-hours of energy are produced per day per 100-watts of panels and how it converts to Amp-hrs of battery capacity, the difference between flexible and flat solar panels, what an MPPT controller is, how many controllers are needed based on the number of panels and more.

Chris Dougherty

Chris Dougherty

Trey Selman

Trey Selman

RV Weight, Tires and Matching Tow Vehicles to Trailers & Truck Campers

11 a.m. – 3 p.m. | Power Play, Concourse
Cost: Free for PRVCA members; $40 non members; Credits: 4 CEU

Presented by: Chris Dougherty, Dougherty RV Consulting, and Trey Selman, RV Safety and Education Foundation

Help your customers be safe on the road. Learn all the aspects of RV weight and balance, including the proper ways to weigh a vehicle, and the hazards associated with exceeding vehicle weight ratings.

Installing the proper tires on an RV is important for safety. The instructors will provide a firm foundation on tire fundamentals for proper weight and installation, including FMVSS and RVIA standards for tire application. They will explore unique situations for tires on RVs.

In addition, they will explain how to match the tow vehicle with travel trailers, fifth wheels and truck campers and explain the proper terminology. They will also provide resources for technicians to help determine the correct vehicle tow ratings and review weight and balance differences built into toy haulers/SURVs that differ from other towables.

Tuesday, September 10, 2024

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Cummins: RV Generators and Engines

10 a.m. – 2 p.m. | Power Play, Main Concourse
Cost: Members: FREE; Non members: $35 (lunch included)

Come see what is new with Cummins and learn proper maintenance and operation of generators to share with your customers. In this seminar, Cummins experts will share commonly used tools and systems to enable technicians to diagnose generators and engines. Live demonstration of new products will also be available. Cummins.com

Dexter Axle

Dexter Axle: Servicing RV Axles, Spring Suspensions and Electric Braking Systems

(Level 3 Chassis)

10 a.m. – 4 p.m. | Press Room/Hallway
Credits: 4 CEU; Cost: Members: FREE; Non members: $50 (lunch included)

Presented by: Dexter Axle

Advanced course on RV axles, brakes, and suspension systems intended for existing Level 2 technicians working towards more advanced certification, with emphases on systems used in larger and more sophisticated Towable RVs.

Lippert

All About Lippert Slide-out Systems

10 a.m. – 11 a.m. | Green Room, Rink Level
Cost: FREE

This seminar will cover the system operation, general maintenance and troubleshooting of the Lippert Slide-Out systems.

Lippert

All About Lippert Leveling Systems

11 a.m. – 12 noon | Green Room, Rink Level
Cost: FREE

This seminar will cover the system operation, general maintenance and troubleshooting of the Lippert Leveling systems.

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Introduction to Victron Systems, RV Solar & Lithium Batteries

12:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. | Green Room, Rink Level
Cost: FREE

Learn about Victron Energy components and how they fit into lithium and solar systems in mobile applications. This course will present the foundations of system design, component selection, installation considerations and programming/final commissioning.

Keller Marine & RV

Inventory Management to improve your bottom line

4 p.m. – 5 p.m. | Green Room, Rink Level
Cost: FREE

The professionals at Keller Marine & RV present inventory management processes that are proven to reduce costs.

Hershey Lodge

Mike Sokol

RV Electricity: Advanced AC\DC troubleshooting

9 a.m. – 4 p.m. | Hershey Lodge
Cost: Members: FREE; Non members: $75 (lunch included)

Presented by: Mike Sokol, RV Electricity

In this session, Mike Sokol will cover advanced AC/DC troubleshooting techniques. He will discuss the definition of Volts, Amps, Ohms, and Watts. Technicians will learn about Lithium batteries, flooded lead-acid batteries, AGM batteries, inverters, generators, SoftStart generators, and solar power. This class will also cover the importance of campground pedestal testing and maintenance, cover hot-skin voltage causes and how to test and repair them. Technicians will also learn about RV power systems, EMS and GFCI protection, electrical system maintenance, and including ATS.

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