RV Education
RVing, Enjoy it Safely

Classes are subject to change.

RVSEF RV Technical Education & Safety Conference

Understanding the RV Industry – (Bruce Hopkins)

This talk focuses on RVIA Standards and Education and what it means to consumers. This is your opportunity to speak with RVIA (mfg. association) Presented at opening ceremony

RV Weight Safety & Management – (Walter Cannon)  

Attendees will learn to “speak the language of weight” This safety course will provide attendees with the knowledge required to assure that their RV is operated within safety limitations established by the manufacturer as well as what the information on your weight labels means. Procedures for accurate weighing of RVs will be discussed. Information is designed to assist owners in managing their existing RV weights as well as purchasing the correct RV to match their personal needs will be provided.

RV Tire Safety - You and your Tires, Partners in Safety – (Walter Cannon)

Understanding the capabilities and limitations of tires used on RVs. Procedures for determining the correct inflation pressure for optimum life, performance, and safety will be presented. Seminar also relates to maintenance and care of your tires.

RV Fire Safety & Escapee Planning – (Nevelle Skaggs/Walter Cannon)

Learn the basics of fire safety and proper use of fire extinguishers as well as planning your escape routes and discussions of fire suppression systems. Learn the different types of extinguishers, how to check, test, and use your fire extinguisher. You will also learn about Smoke, LPG, and CO detectors, driving with propane, how to maintain and use escape hatch/window as well as developing your escape plan. (Escape window demo and practice of proper fire extinguisher use with attendee participation)

Tire Pressure Monitoring Systems (TPMS) – (Walter Cannon)

This seminar focuses on the function and operation TPMS as well as the different kinds available.

RV Driving: What Every RV Driver Needs to Know – (Walter Cannon)

This class focuses on Pre-Trip Vehicle Inspection, basic RV operation, Maintaining Space, Intersections and Turns, Blind Spots, knowing your vehicle, knowing your abilities, braking, Road signs and what they are telling you and Mountain Driving.(Required for the Behind the Wheel Driving Session)

Understanding & Testing Airbrakes for RVs – (Walter Cannon)

Most of us have never had air brakes, but that new coach you just purchased or are looking to purchase has air brakes, now you ask yourself, how do they work, what do I need to know to be able to operate this unit? Do I need a special license or take a test? Learn about driving with airbrakes, how the air system functions and their safety features, as well as tests you should perform each day before traveling.

Road Use Laws – (Walter Cannon)

Are you legal traveling down the road, do you have the right license for the RV you have, what about your weight and overall length am I legal? These questions and more will be answered. This class reviews current Road Use Laws and how they impact your RV use; also learn where to find these laws.

Properly Matching Trucks and Trailers/5th wheels – (Walter Cannon)

Ever heard “Yeah, it’ll pull it”, we all have, only to find out it would not tow it. There is a big difference between pulling and towing that trailer/5th wheel. This class is designed to give consumers a better understanding of the language used by both truck and trailer manufacturers. This class will give consumers a better understanding of truck ratings, trailer ratings, and how to match the proper truck to trailer while staying within ratings, for the safest possible travel, and most enjoyment from the RVing experience.

Introduction to Freightliner Chassis – (Freightliner Chassis)

This class will be a brief overview of Freightliner and basic chassis maintenance along with where owners can find more information through Freightliner services. Class covers basic diesel chassis topics.

Introduction to Spartan Chassis – (Spartan)

Learn the proper operation and maintenance of the Spartan chassis from Spartan

Introduction to Cummins Engines – (Cummins Inc)

Learn the operation and maintenance of the Cummins

Towable Braking & Suspension Systems – (Gary Wheeler)

This class will focus on the design on towable chassis and brakes and how they work as well as maintenance needed to keep them running smoothly.

General RV Maintenance – (Gary Motley & Gary Bunzer, Randy Biles, Walter Cannon, & Mike Hayn)

This class is basically to cover the maintenance of any system we have missed in individual classes.

RV 110 Electrical Systems/ RV 12 volt Electrical Systems – (Gary Motley)

This is broken into 2 classes, 1- 110 System and 2- 12Volt system.  Introduction to basic electrical systems in your RV, helping you understand 12-volt and 120 volt power systems in RVs. Discussion of batteries, converters, inverters, generators and solar systems and how they work to power your RV, as well as maintaining your deep cycle batteries.

Inspecting an RV for Purchase (Gary Motley) 

Learn what you need to look for when buying a RV. This class is of the utmost importance to those looking to buy a used RV or a RV from a manufacturer no longer in business.

Taking Proper Delivery of Your Unit (Gary Motley)

Know what to look for when you take delivery of your unit

RV Propane System and Carbon Monoxide – (Gary Bunzer)

This seminar provides an understanding of how the propane system works and knowledge of what to do if a problem occurs as well as safety checks you should have regularly performed. CO Safety – This section covers the dangers of carbon monoxide, as well as potential problem areas and how you can protect against CO poisoning.

RV Water Systems – (Gary Bunzer)

This class will discuss how the systems work together including pumps, plumbing, filters, pressure regulators, tanks, and deodorants/chemical. Will also cover sanitizing and winterization.

Proper RV Waste Management Practices – (Gary Bunzer)

As distasteful as some might proclaim waste management to be, waste plumbing systems on RVs are a necessity. And like any of the other major systems on the coach, a certain amount of attention at varying intervals, will keep the troubles to a minimum. Learn the importance of venting, the correct evacuation procedures as well as what new products will help reduce the unpleasantness and totally eliminate sewer odors inside the RV.

RV Refrigerator Operation, Maintenance & Tips – (Gary Bunzer)

Learn the basic operation of your refrigerator and maintenance as well as some tips needed to keeping it operating at optima temperatures (RV units available for demonstration during class)

RV Waterheater & Furnaces Operation & Maintenance – (Gary Bunzer)

Learn the basic operation of your water heaters and furnaces. Learn how to prevent problems with regular maintenance. Class also focuses on the dangers of carbon monoxide as well as ways you can prevent becoming a victim. Learn important information about your carbon monoxide detector and the maintenance of the detector. (RV units available for demonstration during class)

Spare Parts/Key Questions – (Gary Bunzer)

This seminar suggests a list of recommended spare parts to be carried in the RV for each major system, including the appliances and other devices that have a higher frequency of failure, coupled with questions to be asked while on the road should you happen to be forced into an unfamiliar service shop.

Cleaning & Protecting Your RV (Gary Bunzer) 

Learn the proper care and maintenance of the various surfaces on your RV. Learn tips and techniques on how to maintain your RVs appearances with reasonable ease. Learn the facts and fallacies on the proper care and cleaning.

Generator Maintenance – (Cummins/Onan)

This class covers proper operation and maintenance of your generator. Learn what service and maintenance needs to be preformed to ensure optimum efficiency. How much exercise does your generator need?

Understanding of Battery Balance – (Gary Bunzer)

This seminar details the varying methods of connecting multiple 12 volt batteries and 6 volt batteries into large battery banks. In order to optimize the DC battery system, some configurations are better than others. Gary explains why and how to determine if your battery bank is, indeed, in balance.

Technically Choosing Your Next RV (Gary Bunzer) 

You’ve perused and studied many articles and websites on how to “choose” the RV of your dreams. You’ve attended seminars, interviewed friends and family, and reconciled every possible scenario to finally narrow the field of possibilities down to those RVs you would consider to purchases. Now what? Why not compare your short list from a more technical standpoint? It just may be the difference between two or more seemingly similar coaches. All RVs are not created “technically” equal. Learn how to tell the difference in this informative seminar.

RV Financing (Randy Biles) 

This class will focus on financing options available to you today.

What you should expect from your dealer (Randy Biles)

This class will focus on the realistic expectation from your dealer. It will better inform you about how RV dealerships operate and the differences between RV and automobile dealerships.

Understanding Warranties & Extended Warranties (Randy Biles) 

This class will focus types of warranties available and what they cover.

Personal Safety for RVers (Randy Biles) 

Personal safety is an issue to which RVers should give some attention. Learn the keys to personal safety. This class is a guideline for the road to safe RVing.

Correctly towing a vehicle behind a motor home (Mike Thelander, Blue OX) 

Learn about the proper equipment and procedures in towing a vehicle behind your motor home

Supplemental Braking – Do I Need it or Not? (Mike Thelander, Blue OX) 

This class is an overview of supplemental braking systems for you towed vehicle

Increase Safety & Improve Handling for your RV (Mike Thelander, Blue OX) 

Would you like your motor home to drive better, handle better and be safer?

Hitches & Brake Controllers (Cequent/Reese/Tekonsha) 

This class will take you through choosing the right hitch and brake controller, proper installation, proper operation, and maintenance. There will be demonstrations of proper hitching with attendee participation.

RV Roof Care & Maintenance (Dicor) 

Learn proper care and maintenance, do’s and don’ts needed to maintain your rubber roof

Understanding RV Insurance (GEICO) 

Technical & Roadside Assistance 

Learn about the importance of roadside assistance and which Plan is right for you.

Everything You Need to Know About Satellite Dishes (King Dome) 

Learn everything you wanted to know about satellite dishes. Find out which system is right for you.

Rubber Roof Care (Dicor) 

RV roofs may not be something you give much thought to-out of sight, out of mind! But there’s a lot riding under your roof – furnishings, appliances, and personal belongings that you want to keep safe from damage, as well as keeping the RV itself from cosmetic damage that can adversely affect you RV’s appearance and value! This seminar will help you become informed about your RV roof and what you can do to clean, protect, repair and restore it when necessary. Come learn from the RV Roof Experts about how to care for your biggest investment!

Working On the Road (Walter Cannon) 

Are you considering working while you travel? This class covers a variety of ways to earn extra cash while traveling. Discover some options for working on the road and types of jobs available, as well as where to find these jobs.

Preparing Your Home for You Extended Traveling Plans (Rick Schafer) 

This class covers preparing for extended travel and the things that you need to consider and take care of at your home before you leave.

Driving to Alaska (Rick Schafer) 

Rick takes you to Alaska through his experiences.

Boondocking Basics (Rick Schafer) 

How do you make you and your rig boondock friendly and extend your stays out there. Learn about the different types of boondocking, concerns and limiting factors that must be considered.

Newbie to Newbie (Jim & Sherry McGlynn) 

Jim and Sherry share what they’ve learned since deciding to get into RVing after attending their first RVSEF conference in 2010. They have humorous stories of their adventures and misadventures. They will also offer tips on shopping for an RV, on what to buy for your RV once you get it and some driving and campground stories. Come and learn from experiences of RV newbies and get a taste of the RV lifestyle and what might be in store for you.

What You Need to Know Before You Go Full timing (Trey & Susan Selman) 

The main thing to remember about Full timing is that everyone is different with different interest and everyone needs to find the way that best suits them for travel, don’t blinding follow someone else’s way of RVing because chances are you didn’t live like them when you were home working a 40 hour week so you probably won’t live like them now. This class covers considerations in preparing to fulltime

Internet Connectivity Basics - Staying Connected On the Road (Trey Selman)

Mobile internet connections are not quite as easy as fixed home connections and individual needs vary widely. This discussion will include an overview of the basics of internet connection options, enhancing the connection with some extra equipment and reliable resources for the ever changing landscape of staying connected.

Getting Digitally Organized for RV Travel (Deann Humphrey) 

RV Leveling system, slideout, and electric steps  

Learn proper use, maintenance and servicing of your leveling system, slideouts and steps.

Slideout Toppers and Awnings

Learn proper operation, maintenance and tips for you slideout toppers and awnings.

 

 

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