Recreational Vehicle Service Technicians

Recreational vehicle service technicians inspect, adjust, diagnose, overhaul and repair recreational vehicles including travel trailers. Some RV technicians may specialize in maintaining electrical, plumbing, gas, hydraulic or chassis/towing systems. They may also specialize in repairing appliances, generators and interior components. The profession includes workers that perform customized van conversions.

Some of the common job titles are recreational vehicle technician, recreational vehicle repairer, master certified RV technician, master certified recreational vehicle technician, RVDA master certified RV technician, recreational vehicle dealer association master certified recreational vehicle technician and mobile service recreational vehicle technician.


  • Inspect recreational vehicles and diagnose problems
  • Evaluate and test systems and parts to make sure repairs were completed
  • Determine the nature and extent of damage
  • Estimate costs
  • Remove damaged exterior panels and replace and repair structural frame members
  • Test and repair electrical and plumbing systems
  • Record details of repair work
  • Replace or repair defective parts

Job Characteristics

RV mechanics should have mechanical aptitude. They need to follow safety practices. RV mechanics usually work a standard 40 hour week.

Employment Outlook

The employment growth from 2006 to 2016 for recreational vehicle service technicians is projected to be faster than the average for all occupations. In 2008 the median hourly wage for recreational vehicle service technicians was $15.14.

Education, Certification, and Licensing

Recreational vehicle service technicians can become certified by passing the RVDA-RVIA RV Service Technician Certification Test. The Recreational Vehicle Industry Association offers RVIA Trouble Shooter Clinics which provide hands-on training and offer a lot of the core knowledge evaluated by the test.

The RV Service Technician Certification Program is designed to help the RV industry and the public in identifying technicians that have demonstrated the knowledge and the ability to meet the standards in RV diagnostic and repair procedures as adopted by the Governing board. Certification demonstrates the technicians experience and competence in the field. Certification can improve the chances of getting a job in the field.


Major Employers

The top job providing sectors are recreational vehicle dealers, motor vehicle dealers, automotive repair and maintenance; motor vehicle body and trailer manufacturing; and automotive parts, accessories and tire stores.

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Metro Areas Sorted by Total Employment for
Recreational Vehicle Service Technicians

Listed below are the 10 largest metro areas based on the total number of people employed in Recreational Vehicle Service Technicians jobs , as of 2016

Metro Area Total Employment Annual Mean Salary
Elkhart-Goshen 620 $35,930
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington 440 $40,900
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue 260 $46,220
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim 260 $47,720
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario 190 $44,180
Boise City 140 $38,990
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale 130 $33,280
San Antonio-New Braunfels 90 $36,150
St. Cloud 80 $36,770
Winston-Salem 80 $37,150

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Source : 2016 Occupational Employment Statistics, Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, BLS.gov

Most Popular Industries for
Recreational Vehicle Service Technicians

These industries represent at least 1% of the total number of people employed in this occupation.

Industry Total Employment Percent Annual Median Salary
Auto And Auto Parts Dealers 10,630 82% $31,460
Maintenance And Repair 1,480 11% $31,600
Automotive And Vehicle Manufacturing 430 3% $34,640
Durable Goods Wholesale 220 1% $27,200
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