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Old 01-05-2015, 07:36 AM   #1
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Now onto the next leg of getting my RV Service Technician's Certification, Electrical Specialist, and RV Inspector.
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Old 01-05-2015, 07:39 AM   #2
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CONGRATS Rodgers.
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Congratulations Rodger. Where do you plan to hang your shingle? Store front or mobile RV Technician?
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Way to go Roger....
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Old 01-05-2015, 09:28 AM   #5
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My first goal is to work part-time at a local dealer and then eventually hang up a mobile shingle while on the road. I'm hoping that in the process of getting this knowledge base and building some relationships locally, that it will provide some additional options and evaluative smarts to help me find the used motorhome I'm looking for.
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Old 01-05-2015, 10:17 AM   #6
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I just finished up the NRVIA course and tests. Are you going through rvinspection.com to list your services?
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Old 01-05-2015, 05:01 PM   #7
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I'm not listing at this time..too early. My plan is to complete my RV Technician Certification within the next two months or so, and then try to get some part-time service experience with a local dealership as Spring rolls in.

I will take the RV Inspection Course as well, maybe the hands on when it comes to Northern California, and work on my Electrical specialty meantime.

Much of this is designed by me to help me qualify my used rv before I purchase it and secondarily earn some part-time money, as a kind of fun thing to do.

I still have my previously scaled down non-rv service business that I'm holding onto short-time. When I do get my RV I may close it all down and then just help RVers when I'm on the road.

This is kind of fluid as it could be 3 months to 2 years before I purchase my rv.
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I know of a few full-timers that are RV technicians working full-time around the U.S. Apparently they move as they desire, getting new jobs as they move following warm climates.
Congratulations! That is one job that can never be computerized or mechanized.
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I have a way of thinking that may not be shared by very many and that is I have been studying this rv thing for a year now and I have detected some positive, but also some very negative trends or situational problems. Being more self sufficient as to maintaining my future rv will likely pay big dividends. I'm semi-retired and even though I should be financial independent when I kick this lifestyle into gear, I believe that having this knowledge will give me some leverage in certain situations and I don't have any problem providing some rv related paid for services along the way to help fellow rvers out of frustrating and stressful jams that often come with the rv lifestyle, and helping some of the dealers out as well.
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I have a way of thinking that may not be shared by very many and that is I have been studying this rv thing for a year now and I have detected some positive, but also some very negative trends or situational problems. Being more self sufficient as to maintaining my future rv will likely pay big dividends. I'm semi-retired and even though I should be financial independent when I kick this lifestyle into gear, I believe that having this knowledge will give me some leverage in certain situations and I don't have any problem providing some rv related paid for services along the way to help fellow rvers out of frustrating and stressful jams that often come with the rv lifestyle, and helping some of the dealers out as well.
I like the way you think. I'm on temporary disability for a knee injury right now. Depending on what the doc says, I may never be able to go back to doing what I did before. If that happens, becoming a RV tech/inspector would not only allow me to do something I love, it would also allow me to help others that enjoy all-things RV..

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Ha, we just watched the movie RV again this afternoon. Still very funny after watching it many times.
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Congratulations and waiting for you to finish so you can start working on our RV's
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I passed the first of many exams as to electrical and propane for the Tech and passed the first of many exams as to electrical for the inspector. Really enjoying the materials. Understanding how this stuff works is very interesting.

One of the things I didn't know is that a propane system should be tested for leaks before every camping season. All that rockin and rollin going on.

Interesting that an Rv inspector can offer three levels of inspections, not just an inspection, depending on what the owner is willing to pay for. Seems like a seller might want to consider having an inspection before selling and then be able to represent that the rv passed...just a thought.
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Interesting that an Rv inspector can offer three levels of inspections, not just an inspection, depending on what the owner is willing to pay for. Seems like a seller might want to consider having an inspection before selling and then be able to represent that the rv passed...just a thought.
I think from the buyers perspective, it still raises a trust issue. Should the buyer trust the sellers' word that the inspector was un-biased?

Didn't know about varying levels of inspection, I presume each one digs deeper and deeper into the systems of interest?
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