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- Take Home Tech Course Series -

Workamper University and the RV Professor would like to provide you with the opportunity to learn more about your home-on-wheels and a new option for making money on the road with our Take Home Tech course series. Each course is available for purchase at the listed price and includes PDF files of the handouts or tests associated with that course, as well as the recorded webinar(s).

Recorded webinars are Windows Media Video files (WMV). The files are all located on Cooper’s training site – www.workamper.com/rvprofessor/moodle. Once you purchase a course, you will receive an email with information on setting up a new account on the training site, as well as the enrollment key that you will need to access the specific course that you purchased. Feel free to watch them again and again as you will have unlimited access to your online courses.

- RV Absorption Type Refrigerators - $47.00 -

Why will you never hear a compressor or fan motor on the RV refrigerator…because it's not there! Learn how this type of refrigerator stays cold by using the heat from a propane flame or heating element!

Tip: Did you know for every minute the refrigerator door is open it takes 1 hour for it to recover? Learn these and other refrigerator tips from the Professor.

  • Dometic or Norcold?
  • The absorption refrigerator has manual or 12 volt DC controls for operation. How do they work?
  • Propane or Electric - when and how to operate in the various modes.
  • Cleaning and maintaining the cooling coils, burner assembly and control board of your refrigerator.
  • Recall notices and where to find out if your refrigerator is affected.
  • How to install solar driven exhaust fans that are temperature controlled to help make your refrigerator more efficient.

- RV Exterior Inspections and Repairs - $47.00 -

Protect your RV investment by doing a quick, easy and systematic exterior inspection of the roof, awning and the exterior walls of your RV. Let the Texas RV Professor show you what to look for and how to do simple repairs that will save you big $$$.

Learn how to maintain and service your:

  • Roof - learn maintenance tips on the various types of RV roofs and components.
  • Awnings - how to operate, service and maintain them.
  • Doors, windows, exterior panels and trim seals - where to look for potential problems and how to seal and waterproof.
  • Jacks and running gear - things to look for and maintain that can ruin a great trip.
  • Steps and slide out operation.

- RV Propane System - How Does It Work? - $47.00 -

The propane system (LP gas) on your RV is one of the safest and most efficient energy systems found on today's RV. Safety is the most important factor concerning propane. Learn how your RV's propane system operates, it's safety features and how to safely handle this portable fuel source.

  • Where does propane come from and what are its characteristics?
  • Regulators, excess flow valves, overfill protection devices (OPD), high pressure hoses and other components of the RV propane system.
  • Difference between a DOT cylinder and ASME tank. Learn how they work.
  • How to test for leaks and other safety issues.
  • Testing the RV LP detector in your RV and what items will set it off.
  • How to build your own U tube manometer to test gas pressure and check for gas leaks.
  • State of Texas propane rules and regulations that keep us out of trouble.

- Maintaining the RV Furnace - $47.00 -

When things start to get chilly you want to be able to reach over, flip on the thermostat and fire up the furnace. Don't get left out in the cold because you did not learn how to perform these simple procedures on your RV furnace.

  • Learn how your furnace works so you can do simple maintenance to ensure your RVing experience is fun and full of good memories.
  • Atwood or Suburban brands - how they work and how they are different.
  • Basic troubleshooting skills you can learn and use to save yourself $.
  • Cleaning and maintaining the burner assembly on your furance.
  • How to install mud dauber screens to keep the critters out of the furnace.
  • Simple procedures you can do to keep things in tip top shape.

- Servicing Your RV Air Conditioner - $47.00 -

The air conditioner on top of your RV is one of the most overworked and under serviced appliances on your rig. A few simple procedures will help keep your unit operating at its peak performance and last longer. Roady the RV Dog says that "To let the cool air in, the hot air must go out."

  • Learn how you can save $1,000 or more by not having to replace your air conditioner because of lack of maintenance.
  • Coleman, Dometic or Carrier – which brand is yours?
  • Learn how your RV air conditioner works.
  • How to test the efficiency of your RV air conditioner with a simple thermometer.
  • Cleaning the air filter on your air conditioner.
  • Finding air leaks that affect the operation of your air conditioner.
  • Simple procedure on how to straighten the outside fins on your air conditioner coils to make it more energy efficient.

- RV Water Heaters - $47.00 -

No one enjoys a cold shower! The RV water heater is a very big part of the camping experience. Whether your water heater has Electronic Ignition or has a Standing Pilot let the Texas RV Professor show you how you can maintain your water heater for those hot showers you have come to love.

  • Atwood or Suburban models - how they work and how they are different.
  • Cleaning and maintaining the burner assembly and flue chamber.
  • Basic troubleshooting skills you can learn and use to save $.
  • Test and replace the thermocouple on the standing pilot model water heaters.
  • How to install mud dauber screens to keep the critters out.
  • Flushing and winterizing the water tank.
  • Anode rod or no anode rod - when to use one and when not to.
  • Curing the "Weeping Water Heater" syndrome.
  • How to treat that nasty tasting and foul smelling odor coming from your water heater.
  • Learn the quick 1-2-3 replacement of the door latch mechanism.

- Water Systems for the RV - $47.00 -

In today's Recreational Vehicles there are two distinct fresh water sources and two waste water systems on board. Learn how to identify each source and how it functions in your RV.

  • Learn how to maintain and service each before you have a "big mess" on your hands.
  • Fresh water tank service and sanitizing.
  • Water filtration systems you can install.
  • Water pump and controls.
  • City water regulation and supplies.
  • Waste water tanks and chemical treatment.
  • Flush systems and monitor panels.
  • Proper waste disposal procedures - yes you can do it wrong.
  • Toilet operation and minor repairs you can do.
  • Showers – inside and outside shower units.

- RV Electrical Systems - $247.00 -

Volts? Watts? 30 amps or 50 amps, What does all this mean? Who cares, just give me the power I need! You just wanted to sit and enjoy the scenery, but instead you are sitting in the dark and wondering what happened. Learn how your RV Electrical Systems operate so you are not in the dark. The Recreational Vehicle Electrical Systems course has been designed for the individual that wants to not only SAVE money, but develop new skills that can be used while full timing in your RV or just helping your neighbor out with his problems for additional income. Once you understand how the electrical systems in your RV work, you are then able to use this information at home, on your auto and even on your "other job."

The Recreational Vehicle Electrical Systems is a 6-hour instructional Webinar broken into four sessions with each being 1.5 hours long. You can take the optional 50 question pre-course assessment and see how RV Electrical savvy you are. There is an answer sheet to check yourself to find out your electrical knowledge. Come spend six hours and learn the language of Electricity and develop new troubleshooting skills that will benefit you and your wallet.

Electrical Systems - Session 1:
  • What is Electricity? Where does it come from and what are the terms we use to describe it.
  • Learn about the 3 electrical systems in your RV
  • Voltage, Resistance and Current, the 3 things that make up the electrical triangle
  • Ohms Law, Watts Law and what they mean to your RV
  • To make an Electrical circuit work properly you must have these 3 things
  • Learn what the difference is between AC voltage and DC voltage

    DC Voltage - Session 2:
  • What is DC voltage and where does it come from?
  • Why you must have a fully functioning battery to properly operate your appliances, water pump, room slide outs and safety devices
  • Converters are more than just a fancy battery charger
  • Going Green - Solar panels and wind generators, what they can and cannot do for you
  • How to troubleshoot and locate a blown fuse, open and a short circuit

    AC Voltage - Session 3:
  • What is AC Voltage and where does it come from?
  • Why you need AC Voltage for the air conditioner, microwave and the electric heating function of your refrigerator and water heater
  • Shore (pedestal) power, generators
  • Inverters - make AC power out of the DC battery power
  • 30 amp vs. 50 amp, why the bother. What does it mean?

    Electrical Capstone Materials - Session 4:
  • How to calculate the power consumption you are using and how to manage your power.
  • Basic tools and supplies you need in your tool box to fix 80% of your RV electrical problems
  • Replacing a defective circuit breaker
  • What is a GFCI (Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter) and why we have them
  • How to Hot Skin Test your RV for you and your neighbors safety
  • Monitoring the AC Voltage from the Campground Pedestal
  • How to save a $1000 or more by NOT using this one little device
  • How to use your $10 Volt Ohm Meter (VOM) and test light to locate your electrical problems.
  • And much, much more

  • - Becoming an RV Inspector: Making Dollars on the Road - $247.00 -

    NEW! LIVE SESSIONS - OCTOBER 11 AND 16 AT 6:30 - 8:30 P.M. CENTRAL TIME. Purchasing this course today will provide you access to the two live sessions. Each session will be recorded, and you will have access to the recorded sessions too, along with any handouts.

    With many lending institutions requiring an inspection of a used RV, folks are turning to the expert that will come in and perform a top to bottom inspection of the RV they are looking to purchase. Learn how to approach banks, credit unions and other lenders to establish yourself as the go to person when it comes to inspecting RVs. Use the forms and procedures that are part of this course to guide you step-by-step to perform the RV Inspection and then write up the report for the potential buyer to use to negotiate the price and loan for their RV purchase. This course includes two sessions.

    Perform the necessary tests and inspections on the following systems of the RV:

    • Propane system leak & pressure testing.
    • Test and evaluate the 3 electrical systems found in every RV.
    • Plumbing systems - fresh water and waste water operation.
    • Exterior inspection starting with the roof and working your way to the running gear.
    • Slide outs, jacks and landing legs.
    • Properly test and inspect all the appliances.
    • Fire, life and safety equipment.
    • Motorized components like tires and suspension system, road testing of the rig, gauges and dash air conditioning operation, inspect the belts, fluid levels and hose conditions, exhaust system

    - Becoming a Certified RV Walk-Through Technician: Making Dollars on the Road - $247.00 -

    Learn how to become a Certified RV Walk-Through Technician and start doing show outs today! Dealerships are always looking for trained individuals that have the knowledge to instruct new customers on how the various systems in their rig work.

    This course is primarily for the individual that is going into the Workamping experience and is looking for a way to supplement their income while they live the carefree life on the road. In today's RV market, we are seeing a basic 2 to 4 hour show out paying $40 to $80 and depending on the complexity of the bigger rigs, the pay can go up to $150 to $250 for a 4 to 6 hour session. You can help the buyer get off on the right foot by teaching them the ins and outs of their new RV. You provide them with an in-depth walk through with notes and check sheets so when they are on their own the will remember where things are and how they work.

    The Certified Walk-Through course is a 6-hour instructional webinar broken into three sessions, with each being two hours long. This course will provide you with a detailed manual of checklists and how-to sheets.

    Three sessions include:

    • Dealership Relations
    • Interior of the Unit
    • Seals, Labels and Data Plates

      Session 1:
    • What are the RV Dealers and rental companies looking for in a Walk-Through Tech
    • How to sell yourself to the dealership or rental company
    • Setting up the agreement of payment, when and how you are to be paid
    • Code of Conduct and Ethics
    • How you can increase your take home pay
    • Working with the Sales Department, the Service Department and Parts Department
    • Customer Relations
    • Setting up the new buyer appointments
    • How to stage and preview the RV before your customer arrives
    • Developing a list of add-ons, accessories that the buyer must have
    • Preparing the literature, check list, warranty paperwork, keys and owner's manuals
    • Greeting the new Recreational Vehicle Buyer
    • Exterior and why you start the inspection on the exterior
    • Setting the unit up
    • How to inspect the sidewalls, doors and windows
    • Explaining the importance of roof inspections and maintenance
    • RV Awning operation
    • Hooking up the RV utilities (power, cable/internet, water and sewer)
    • Propane Systems Operation - trick & traps

      Session 2:
    • Demonstrating slide-out(s) operation
    • Examining the ceiling, walls and floor covering - explain the maintenance and care
    • Emergency RV and safety equipment - what they are and how they work
    • Furniture and bed set up
    • Electrical System
    • Battery location and maintenance
    • Converter operations
    • Circuit breakers and fuse systems in RV's
    • Tank and power monitor panel operation
    • GFCI function and operation
    • Water pump operation
    • Fans and lights operation
    • Appliance operation
    • Range/Cook top and oven
    • Microwave oven
    • Refrigerator operation
    • Air Conditioning in an RV
    • Furnace
    • Water heater
    • Interior plumbing functions
    • Toilet tricks and traps
    • Tank(s) how many and which tank serves which function
    • Shower and sink operation
    • Fresh water tank and city hookup functions

      Session 3:
    • Where to find the Weight Labels with capacity ratings on a RV
    • Discuss weight distribution
    • Trailer hookup and Towing
    • Hitch and sway controls
    • 7 pin hookup
    • Why they need the Break Away switch hooked up properly
    • Tire and brakes
    • Where to find the air pressure rates
    • Air pressure
    • Lug nut torque ratings
    • How often to check the brakes shoes and pack the bearings
    • Road Test
    • Pre-trip check list for new RVer
    • Walk around procedures
    • Determine the drivers experience
    • Dash accessories and components
    • Motorized units
    • Fluid inspection
    • Explaining the physical requirements - height, width and weight characteristics
    • Service requirements
    • Hooking up tow bars, brakes and lights
    • Explain warranties and complete paperwork for dealer sales completion
    • Other things to do before you deliver the keys to the customer

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