With the calendar turning from July to August it signals our summer in the south is ending. The start of school is just around the corner, in the southern states public school starts early. I know your thinking don’t they homeschool? Yes we do, and we won’t totally follow the public school calendar. It’s more like a guideline for us. In fact, Tia has been  working with the boys for weeks. Not a full load, but just easing them back into a more regular schedule. 
With the kids getting back into full educational mode, I thought it was a great time for me to learn a few new things about our rig. I signed up for Camp . No, it’s not some type of adult sleep away camp. It’s an intensive 2-day training class held our chassis manufacture; Freightliner. 
Camp Freightliner 1 Class I took was held at Freightliner headquarters in Gaffney SC. 

 They do offer this class at certain rallies around the country. Check the freightliner website for the class nearest to your location. Click Camp Freightliner for more info.

Our trainer, Mike Cody, did a masterful job of passing on 400 plus pages of information. I enjoyed his teaching method and his sense of humor. There’s nothing worse than sitting in a classroom for 8 hours with a dry boring teacher right? It wasn’t a hand’s on training class. They do offer a level two class where you can shadow a RV tech.

Here is a synopsis from the Freightliner website: 

Take advantage of our comprehensive and captivating two-day training session in Gaffney, SC, to learn about the benefits of driving a motorhome built on an FCCC chassis. This is not a hands-on workshop. Class size is limited to ensure one-on-one coaching and interaction with the instructor in an intimate setting in Gaffney SC. The local KOA has 24 camping spaces for your convenience. If you are registered for service at our Oasis Service Center, then you may park on-site. Parking is limited and on a first come first serve basis. Classes are filled on a first registration basis, so sign up today!

Key facts to know

  • You can schedule a maintenance appointment for the time your in class
  • The have hookups so you can stay in you rig on site if your having work done. 
  • There is a KOA 3 mikes down the road. That’s where I stayed and is great if your spouse or family wants a place to hang out while your in class. 
  • Bonus – they have a shuttle that will pick up and drop off each day for attendees staying at the KOA. 
  • You can pick up supplies ( oil filters, belts, etc) directly from their on-site parts store. 

So you may be asking yourself the same question Tia asked me, was it worth it? To me 100%! While I will never be that “do it yourself” guy, I gained an incredible  amount of knowledge. 

Camp Freightliner day 1
So many things I wished I had been taught years ago about the care and maintenance of my RV. I feel empowered to interact with my RV mechanic. Even though I trust them to care for my RV in the correct manner, now I have the information directly from the manufacturer. 

I have learned that Spartan holds similar classes for their owners. I cannot attest to how good their classes are, but I’ll assume they are worthwhile. So do yourself a favor and check out these classes. I promise you, it won’t be a mistake. 
“Knowledge is power”

Keith sims

Soulful RV Family

With school starting up, time for me to ramp up my RV education….
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