RV Heating Systems Course to Begin in June

May 14, 2018 | Member News

Camp Hill, PA – The RV Heating Systems Course begins June 4th and runs through July 1st.  The online program, which is run by Northampton Community College and the Pennsylvania RV and Camping Association, allows students to gain an in-depth understanding of recreation vehicle maintenance with intensive, competency-based instruction. Students simply log on to access the lecture notes, hands-on assignments, quizzes and chat with the instructor and other students. The program gives students the flexibility to complete the course from the comfort of their home or dealership without having the expense of traveling to a training facility.

The program is approved by RVIA and qualifies for recertification hours.  Course are designed for RV maintenance and sales personnel, service managers, factory field technicians, service representatives, inspectors and those seeking a new, hands-on career in a growing industry. 
RV Heating Systems Course – RVTNC102.5
Recertification Hours: 32 hours
Cost: $320
Textbook: $25.95
PRVCA to give employees of members a 50% reimbursement on tuition and textbooks
The last of the four LP-burning appliances is presented in this course. Though earlier designs of RV heaters and furnaces are discussed, the main focus is on the forced air furnace. Its sophistication and compactness both contribute to its difficulty in working on one. Like the other three appliances, each component part is dissected and discussed individually, as is the furnace, as a whole. Subjects covered include furnace installation, diagnosing operational faults, repairing and testing, etc. After successful completion of this course the student will effectively be able to:

  • Identify principles of combustion and heat transfer
  • Identify types of heating system to include: catalytic, hydronic, forced air and drafted combustion furnaces
  • Interpret data plate information on a heating system
  • Verify heating system size
  • Identify related heating system terminology
  • Explain how the heating system works
  • Explain the function of burners, ignitors, heat exchangers and circuit boards
  • Illustrate the sequence of operation for all furnace types
  • Evaluate furnace system sizing for the size of RV
  • Check and verify electrical working voltage
  • Check and verify LP pressure
  • Check and verify air supply and return
  • Check and verify venting requirements
  • Define operation of all furnace types
  • Identify ignition systems
  • Diagnose operational problems
  • Determine possible causes
  • Isolate and rectify problems
  • Convert temperature measurements from Fahrenheit to Celsius and reverse
  • Check burner operation and inspect venting for restrictions
  • Adjust controls and systems
  • Clean heater systems
  • Replace heater gaskets


To register, please go on-line to:  https://lifelearn.northampton.edu/modules/ 

  • Click on View Catalog under Center for Business and Industry (CBI).
  • Click on Technical and Trades.
  • Search for course (RVTNC102.5) and follow registration procedure.
  • Please call 610-861-5390 if you have problems with registration.  

To purchase the textbook required for the course ($25.95 – includes shipping), contact [email protected] or call 888-303-2887. The courses materials are supported by RVIA and feature competency-based instruction, assignments and testing.