FRVTC Hands-on Training


Ford’s RV Refrigeration Training Center is a Licensed School providing training on RV Refrigerators to Technicians From Around The World.

As a Kentucky State Licensed School (#R-0457), we provide training on RV absorption refrigerator cooling unit reconditioning.  Below is information on how to obtain hands-on training, the cost, the tools required and more. We are here to help you learn and to help you grow your business.

Why spend over tens of thousands of dollars and years to get an education that pays less than $50 an hour, only to compete against thousands of others who have also chosen that very same career? For way less money and in only five days, you can receive an education in a field that is in high demand across the world that pays $100+ an hour! Plus has no EPA Certification requirements!

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Ford’s RV Refrigeration Training Center is approved by the Kentucky State Approving Agency for Veterans Education. Certification for FRVRTC’s R101, R103, and R104 programs are approved for the GI Bill® to eligible students. 


For more information on training for Veterans, please go to: Veterans Education

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When you attend FRVRTC, you will be learning from the pioneers who have developed unprecedented  procedures, the customized tools required to recharge the system and who have been in the refrigeration industry since 1978 and who have been specializing in reconditioning RV refrigerator cooling units since 1984. The procedures we will be sharing with you have proven to be the best in the industry, which is why RV owners are searching for those who have been Certified by FRVRTC for their RV refrigerator repair needs. 

At Ford’s RV Refrigeration Training Center, We Offer The Following Options For RV Refrigerator Reconditioning Training

R101 – 5 Days Hands on Training – Level I Certification 

R103 – 10 Days of Hands on Training – Level II Certification 

R104 – 15 Days of Hands on Training – Master Certification

We also offer  R102 – Controls Only – Minimum 8 Hours – No Certificate


Below are links to pages that will explain everything we offer for those who want to become Certified and make over $100 / hour reconditioning RV refrigerators: 

Ford Procedures Manual (Used in our training program)(Can be purchased separately but is included in the cost of the program packages)

Customized Tool Package (Included with the cost of the program packages)-Used in recharging the system and more)

FRVRTC Student Catalog (Course Descriptions, Training Dates, Costs of Tuition-Tools-Manuals (program packages), School Policies and Procedures, )

Student Housing available ( Onsite 33 ft. RV)(Not included in the cost of the program packages)

Student Application Form (Required by All Students)(Application fee is included in the cost of the program packages)

Student Reviews (See what former students have to say about FRVRTC)

Below are questions that former students had before they attended our training. These are here to help you make a decision as well.

What Is RV Refrigeration?

RV refrigeration is absorption refrigeration. In other words, refrigeration is created without the use of a compressor. On the backside of the refrigerator cabinet is a steel cooling unit that houses chemicals. These chemicals are heated by way of electricity or LP which causes the chemicals to circulate. This creates the required cooling for the refrigerator and freezer compartment.

What Will I Learn In This Training?

 Each level of Certification will learn how to diagnose RV refrigerators and do the required repairs. The most common repair for the RV refrigeration cooling unit is that this steel cooling unit develops a small leak that simply needs to be welded closed. The unit is then recharged and reassembled. Since we have specialized in the refrigeration field since 1978, we have a very high success rate on the reconditioning repair and recharging procedures and have not had any warranty issues for many years. Level II and the Master Certification each have additional training that is very beneficial for the student. For more information, you may contact our office.

Where Is RV Refrigeration Found?

This unique absorption refrigerator repair service has been overlooked for decades all around the world. Absorption refrigerators work off of AC, DC, LP gas and other fuels. It is a refrigeration unit found in Recreational Vehicles, motor homes, coaches, trailers, 5th wheels, campers, pop-up campers, horse trailers, off the grid, caravans, camper vans, mobile leisure trailers, pull trailers, motels, apartments, hotels,  Amish communities and more. There are three major brands in the USA which are Dometic RV refrigerator, Norcold RV refrigerator, and Atwood RV refrigerator. A used absorption refrigerator can be successfully reconditioned for a fraction of the cost of a new refrigerator. In our many years in this field, it has been our experience that no matter what make or model of RV absorption refrigerator, they all basically work the same and require the same repairs. To determine if there is a need in your area, find out how many RV dealerships, service centers, campgrounds, resorts, off the grid, and Amish communities there are in your area. These all use this type of refrigeration and will eventually need serviced.

“If nobody builds another new RV again, starting today, there are still about 10 million of them on the road, and those units need to be serviced”, RV Pro magazine 2/2009. However, with approximately 10 thousand baby boomers retiring daily…check this out: “New RV shipments in 2015 are expected to total more than 365,000 units”. http://www.rvia.org/?ESID=indicatorsAccording to RV Daily Report, forecasts for 2016 RV sales remain favorable with total shipments expected to surpass this years estimate to finish at more than 380,000 units. It is predicted that 2016 will mark a sixth consecutive yearly increase. 


I’m Interested in Offering RV Refrigerator Reconditioning Service. What Should I Do To Get Started?

Read Everything Below – Then If You Have Any Questions, Contact Us.


1. How Do I Know If There Is A Demand In My Area Or If I Am Qualified To Offer This Service?


If there are RV parks, resorts, service centers, Amish communities, or Off the Grid in your area, there is a demand.

Contact your local RV service centers. Ask them if they recondition the RV refrigerator cooling unit. If not, ask what their repair procedure is when they suspect the cooling unit has failed. If they say they replace it, that tells you there is a demand for this service. They are throwing thousands of dollars in their dumpsters and you have the opportunity to capitalize on their uneducated procedures.

If you can read a meter, follow instructions, and weld, you are capable of learning this service.

You just need to receive the proper training and have the proper tools.

2.  When Is Training Available & How Long Does the Training Take?

Certification Training lasts for five days, ten days, or 15 days. You choose the level of Certification you wish to obtain. The classes begin the first Monday through Friday of each month. Once your training is complete, don’t worry, you’re not left on your own. We’re only a phone call away ready to provide you with phone support should you need it.

For those seeking control training only, the minimum is 8 hours and you may obtain up to 24 hours.

Note* When there is a holiday during the first week of a given month, training will move to the second week of that month.

3. What kind of  Tools will I need?

The customized tools required to recharge the cooling units (see link above).

Other tools required are common hand tools, welding equipment, and a few chemicals.

4.  Where Can I Stay During My Training?

Upon request, an accommodations list will be emailed to you.

If you have an RV, you are welcome to stay on the school grounds for a small fee. We provide you with electric and water hook up.

We also have an RV that can be rented. This is on a first come, first serve basis and a deposit is required to secure the RV prior to your arrival. Click here for more information.

Restaurants, grocery stores, gas stations and department stores are within 15 minutes of the school.


5.  When Will I Receive The Customized Tools?

Customized tools may be taken with you when your training is completed if they are paid in full at least 60 days prior to your training date.

Otherwise, they will be shipped within 60-90 days after payment is received in full. There will be an additional fee to cover shipping and handling .

6. How Do I Build My Business?

During your classroom training we cover economical marketing strategies and provide you with ideas that will help you get the word out there. Once you are ready to open your doors to the public, USA residents may advertise on our website. RV owners are searching here for those who have been trained at FRVTC.

7. What Can I Expect As Far As A Return On My Investment?

We figure ROI based on the most popular refrigerator, which is the 2 door, 6 or 8 cubic foot.

It takes approximately ten recycled cooling units to make back the investment for the hands-on training and the customized tools. Of course, this also depends on what you charge for your reconditioning services. This is based on our suggested retail fees.

8.  What Will I Learn During My Training?

Included in your hands-on training is marketing, advertising, pricing, industry connections, and much more. We also show you how this service sells itself.

You will receive instruction on how to obtain refrigerators and cooling units to practice on at little or no cost to you. This will help you get stock built up so that when you start accepting customers, you can do a cooling unit exchange.

Of course, you will also learn Removal and Re-installation, Diagnostics, Dis-assembly, Repair, Recharging, Reassembly and much more.

Again, Level II and Master Certification will learn much more, for example, business operations.

9. What Are The Steps To Getting Started?

The steps to getting started can all be found in the links above.

1. Purchase the Ford Procedures Manual. Read through it as many times as possible before you arrive for training. The manual will be used during your classroom training to prepare you for the written exam. It will also be used during your practical training.

2. Schedule your training date (See Student Catalog)

3. Purchase the Customized Tools

4. Attend the training.

5. Get your equipment set up, obtain units to practice on and begin building your stock.

6. When you feel you are ready, open your doors, get the word out about your services and start earning your ROI.


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Gary Bunzer
Gary Bunzer The RV Doctor
Gary Bunzer, who has written educational material for RVIA/RVDA’s Certifications since the 1970′s said, “It is a fact that many cooling units are misdiagnosed and simply thrown away”. Family Motor Coach Magazine, p. 56, May 2011. We at FRVTC and everyone else owe Gary Bunzer a debt of gratitude for recognizing the problem in the RV industries lack of education on the RV refrigerator and for voicing his concerns to try and help the RV owner. Kudos Gary, we have a great deal of respect for you and what you bring to the RV industry!

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