September '15

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rv-pro.com September 2015 • RV PRo • 103 technicians are RVIA/RVDA master certi- fied, and several also have Automotive Ser- vice Excellence (ASE) masters certification in diesel mechanics. "It's the mentality and work ethic that the military instills in you that allows you to be successful," Bowyer says. "More impor- tantly, they understand how I operate, and I understand how they operate – for me it works much better." While the primary focus of Lone Star RV Center is RV repair service, the business does offer pre-owned RVs for sale. "Most of our inventory is consigned RVs. It's something we do for our customers as a courtesy, but we also occasionally buy a used RV for inventory," Bowyer says. The business also offers a storage service for RVs. Bowyer feels a responsibility to serve and improve the RV industry, which is why he volunteers with his state association, the Texas RV Association (TRVA), where he currently serves as its president. Next Mission: Train Vets to Be Techs And although Bowyer intends to retire in the next two years, he plans to continue being of service in other capacities. "Part of what I plan to do in retirement is to create a nonprofit RV training school and piggyback it with TRVA to train vet- erans to be RV technicians," he says. "I think there is a need for it. I've been talking to the Veterans Administration and TexVets. I think it is a do-able thing. And we can help fill the void for qualified RV technicians across the United States," he adds. Bowyer believes that the biggest problem is the initial training a person needs to be an RV technician. "And that's why I believe that school is critical," he says. "If you can give them a basis of understanding of what they are going to be working on and then you can bring them onboard and they can appren- tice for two years under a master certified technician. By that third year, they (the veterans) should be a viable technician that can produce revenue for the business. "Under my plan, there would be an 18-month apprenticeship where we get the VA to subsidize that veteran's pay so he can still make enough to subsidize his family while he's in the apprenticeship pro- gram, then once he comes out of that, he should be more than capable of producing revenue that he can make a pretty good wage," he says. While many details of the plan still need to be worked out, Bowyer is committed to finishing his mission in order to serve both his fellow veterans and the greater RV industry. Holland, MI 888-871-8860 Visit Us Online: www.itc-us.com M A N U F A C T U R E R S ' S E L E C T T M ITC takes the next step forward in overhead RV lighting with the new Lexan Radiance TM overhead LED lighting series. The Lexan series offers the high-quality appearance of glass in a slim, lightweight, very durable form that gives off an even, shadow-less glow of warm white illumination. Experience the New Standard! Contact your distributor to learn how you can increase sales and provide OEM quality upgrades with Lexan Radiance TM lighting and our other innovative product lines.

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