Recreation vehicle (RV) service technicians work on systems and components of recreation vehicles, including electrical components, plumbing, propane gas components, appliances, exterior and interior components, structural frames and towing systems. They diagnose, repair, replace, install, adjust, test, maintain and modify these components and systems. They may also perform maintenance and repairs on trailer frames, undercarriage and suspension. They must be knowledgeable about each system's function and the interaction among various systems. However, it is important to note that they do not work on the motor or drive train components.
Recreation vehicles worked on in this trade include: class A, B, B+ and C motor homes, travel trailers, fifth wheel trailers, park model trailers, truck campers and tent trailers. RV service technicians also work on toy haulers, utility trailers, flat deck trailers, construction living trailers and an assortment of mobile vehicles. While RV service technicians are experienced in all facets of the trade, many may develop specialized skills in areas such as electronics, appliances, hitching systems, and interior and exterior finishing. RV service technicians are typically employed at RV dealerships, independent RV repair shops, RV manufacturers and may also be self employed. RV service technicians may work at indoor shops and outdoors at RV sites. Safety is important due to risks and hazards such as working at heights, working with explosive and volatile materials and working under vehicles.
Some important attributes include service, mechanical and mathematical skills, manual dexterity, an ability to plan and think sequentially and an ability to work as a team member. Customer relations skills are critical when providing on-site services. Sales skills are required when performing maintenance tasks and assisting customers with making decisions related to repair options.
The functions of RV service technicians may overlap with a number of other trades such as partsperson, automotive service technician, electrician, plumber, gas fitter, carpenter, floorcovering installer, sheet metal worker, refrigeration and air conditioning mechanic, welder, motor vehicle body repairer, small engine repairer and appliance service technician.
Experienced RV service technicians may advance to supervisory or training positions. They may also move into positions with manufacturers, wholesalers and sales divisions of RV dealerships.
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