July '18

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John Larson, Owner, Nevada Mobile RV Service B oredom is what got me into the RV industry. All the other mechanical occupations I have had never had the variety of types of work within one industry. The RV industry and its variety of occupations goes forever. Within the first year of working on RVs, the company had me work on virtually every different part of the RV – from prepping RVs for delivery, fiberglass body rebuilds, chassis alignment, appliances, and the list goes on. With that variety. I had no time to get bored. After seven years, I saw a need for a more specialized, personal service, and I opened Nevada Mobile RV Service in Minden, Nev. My goal was to offer a more personal specialized service where my customers could leave the keys with the RV at home. I would come to their location to do the repairs. Now my latest goal is to help more people like myself open more mobile RV services, so I can slow down and enjoy the benefits of my success with my wife. Some highlights for me include when RVIA came to our community college in Northern Nevada about 18 years ago. I scored in the final test high enough to become a master certified RVIA tech. Last year, I saw a note that RVIA was looking for applicants for the Top Tech Challenge to compete on stage at the 2017 RVIA show in Louisville, Ky. So, I applied. I was chosen as one of the eight Top Techs to be in the competition. After the first stage, I was one of the top three to go to the finals. In the finals, I came in as No. 2 tech in the nation. Kevin Carmean, Dealer/ Customer Support Manager, Columbia Northwest I n 1991, I earned my degree in Human & Labor Relations from Penn State University and then returned to my hometown and started working for Fleetwood Folding Trailers. FFT was a division of Fleetwood RV and manufac- tured the Coleman Camping Trailer. My work at Fleetwood started on the assembly line. I quickly moved into a customer service position and was kept extremely busy taking care of thousands of retail customers and more than 325 dealers. That was the start of what would become a 25-year career in the RV business. Fleetwood Folding Trailers was a great place to work. The people were great, the product was the best in the industry, and there was a lot of opportunity for advancement. In a short time, I became the technical support represen- tative, followed by production floor manager, where responsibilities included overseeing many departments. I left the RV industry in 2011 for a short time just before Fleetwood Folding Trailers closed its doors after being hit hard by the Great Recession. I returned to the RV industry to work for one of the oldest manufacturers in the industry, Columbia Northwest. Along the way, I started a family and am very involved in both of my daughters' activities and interests. I feel fortunate to have been able to balance my career and family interests in my hometown of Somerset, Pa. Kevin Carmean, center J U LY S P E C I A L S E C T I O N ✪ 114 • RV PRO • July 2018 RV PRO: Origins

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