As part of its efforts to promote the RV industry careers, the Pennsylvania RV and Camping Association (PRVCA) hosted six Shippensburg High School students for a tour of Hershey America’s Largest RV Show on September 14.
Greg Dewalt, PRVCA education director, greeted the students and their teachers Krista Akers, career coordinator, and David Lindenmuth, guidance counselor, and provided an overview of careers in the RV industry. They were joined on the tour by Steven Raye, Phoenix Fire and RV Training; Terry Ritter, Tom Schaeffer’s RV, and Megan McClain, PRVCA marketing and education coordinator.
“This was our inaugural Career Introduction Program at the show,” Dewalt said. “Inviting students to tour the RV show provides them with information on potential career opportunities. There are vast opportunities within the RV industry not only here in Pennsylvania, but also across the country, and the opportunities extend beyond RV technicians into many facets of retail businesses as well.”
The students, who are interested in automotive trade careers, visited several of the show’s exhibits, including Airxcel, B&W Hitches, Cummins, DEMCO/Dethmers, Innotech/Flexsolar, Micro-Air, MORryde, Progress Manufacturing, Pulliam/Pullrite, REESE, Truma and Winegard.
They had the opportunity to sit in on the industry day educational presentations, including the Dexter Axle seminar where Bill Snider provided information about RV axles, spring suspensions and electric braking systems. At the RV Electricity session, Mike Sokol of RV Electricity addressed the group. A highlight of the tour was a stop at the Cummins display to look at an engine and ask questions.
The group also toured RVs at the Alliance, Crossroads, Lance, Newmar, REV and Winnebago displays; learned about RV chassis from Spartan and Mercedes, and toured The Ultimate Montana, designed by Cortni Armstrong, The Flipping Nomad.
“The trip to the RV show opened the students eyes to a whole other industry that fits their career interests and skills,” said Krista Akers, career coordinator, Shippensburg High School, Shippensburg, Pa.
“Our plan is to extend the program to more schools next year,” Dewalt said. “Invitations will go out to schools in the spring and we invite any high schools or technical schools to reach out to us if they would like to participate.”