Recreational Vehicle (RV) Service Technician Job Profile and Description

Those campers, travel trailers and coaches equipped and furnished as mobile homes are best maintained by Recreational Vehicle (RV) Service Technicians.  Apart from having the skills to troubleshoot conventional combustion engines, chassis, drive trains, exhaust systems and electronic parts of an automotive vehicle, they are trained to diagnose, repair, or overhaul recreational vehicles. They are trained to work on maintaining gas, hydraulic, electrical, plumbing, chassis/towing systems as well as repairing generators, appliances, and interior components of an RV. The profession also brings them to work in specialty shops that customize vans and buses into luxury mobile homes.


Recreational Vehicle (RV) Service Technician Duties and Responsibilities

  • Discuss with clients after reviewing work orders and examining the RV to ascertain nature of problem and present job cost estimates and parts replacement alternatives.
  • Inspect recreational vehicles to troubleshoot pneumatic, hydraulic, electromechanical and electronic problems and perform necessary adjustment, repair, or overhaul.
  • Secure client approval on work estimates prior to commencing on any major repair or overhaul work.
  • Repair water and sewage plumbing and propane gas lines, using proper caulking compounds and replacement plastic or copper pipe.
  • Locate, isolate and repair frayed, broken or incorrect electrical wiring, using ohmmeters, soldering irons, tape, and hand tools.
  • List parts to be replaced, referring to manufacturer’s manuals and diagrams.
  • Remove damaged exterior panels and repair and replace structural frame members.


Recreational Vehicle (RV) Service Technician Skills and Specification

  • Must have thorough knowledge of electromechanical, hydraulic, pneumatic and electronic systems in recreational vehicles.
  • Above average verbal communication, social and interpersonal skills.

Recreational Vehicle (RV) Service Technician Education and Qualifications

  • A high school diploma is basic.
  • A vocation certificate or associate degree in automotive technology from a community college is preferred
  • ATA accreditation as an Automotive Technician is an advantage.

Recreational Vehicle (RV) Service Technician Salary

The median annual wage of a Recreational Vehicle (RV) Service Technician in 2009 stood at $15.45 hourly or $32,150 annually.