Top RV Technician Jobs
The RV industry is exploding in the post-pandemic world, growing well over 8% a year. People are increasingly avoiding hotels and embracing caravans, and if you’re an RV technician, you’ve definitely taken notice. There are plenty of great careers out there if you know where to look, but actually finding a job as an RV technician can prove difficult.
If you’ve tried sending resumes and checking the big job websites without success, you’re not alone. Success in business is all about who you know, and in many cases, the best jobs are filled before they ever show up online. So, how do you get your foot in the door?
As it turns out, the RV technician market is extremely diverse, and there are probably more options than you realized! A dedicated recruiter who knows the industry can help guide you to a great job, and depending on your training and preferences for salary, location, and lifestyle, you may discover the perfect position is the one you never knew existed.
Understanding the RV Technician Market
Unlike a lot of other professions, the demand for RV technicians is at an all-time high and it’s expected to keep soaring. If you have the right skills and training, you can make an excellent living as an RV technician. Depending on your qualifications you can easily make five to six figures if you can land the right job. Of course, as in any field, you may have to be willing to travel to get what you’re looking for.
The most popular states for RVers are places where there’s a lot of open road and beautiful countryside to explore. Florida, Texas, California, and Arizona are some of the biggest employers of RV technicians, and they also attract a lot of high-end enthusiasts.
If you’re gravitating toward the best salary you can get, then California will top your list. New Hampshire, Washington, Utah, and Colorado round out the top five, but you’ll want to compare the cost of living before you start applying.
Exploring RV Technician Jobs
One of the key differentiators between RV technicians and a regular auto mechanic is that the needs of customers tend to be much wider in the recreational industry. Every recruiter with experience in the space knows that any RV mechanic can work on a car… but the average auto mechanic can’t crack the hood on an RV.
These are incredibly specialized machines with electrical and plumbing systems unique to each model, and they often have bespoke details and finishing that may require someone who is both an expert mechanic as well as a master craftsperson. Additionally, RV enthusiasts need techs who can find them anywhere, even if it’s in the middle of nowhere.
All of this means that RV technician jobs can be both general and niche, and you’ll need to work with a recruiter who knows the details of all the options out there—especially the ones you didn’t know you were qualified for.
Mobile RV Technician
These travelers follow RVs wherever they go so they’re always close by when someone needs service. Whether it’s staking out campgrounds or following large convoys from snow to sunshine, they can make an excellent living bringing service and support to RV enthusiasts even in the most remote locations.
Although they’re big, most RV repairs can be taken care of on the side of the road instead of in the garage, so there’s always a lot of work just around the corner.
Whether it’s a quick overnight or a long-term stay, campgrounds are never short on RVs, and that means they always need someone on hand to fix them. Unlike mobile technicians, campground techs often work for companies that cover either a single campground or a few within a small area. Technicians will need to have a wide skillset and knowledge base because the RV that’s broken is the one you’re going to need to repair.
These are obvious places for RV technicians to apply, and unlike mobile or campground technicians this is all about specialization. Dealerships often host only a few brands, but they know them inside and out. That means their technicians need to as well because the customers who bring in their vehicles will expect you to be able to handle even the smallest issue with their RV.
Dealerships offer stability, consistency, and the chance to take a deep dive into a few specific brands. If you have the technical know-how and experience, a dealership position can be an excellent foundation for family-oriented mechanics. You’ll also be expected to have the proper training to back up your work, so speak to your recruiting partner to make sure you’ve got what it takes.
If an RV has a major problem, it may be sent back to the manufacturer to be repaired. Like a dealership position, you’ll be working on a narrow range of vehicles and probably not traveling around very much. You can expect a steady income, and you’ll likely need to get some training as well.
Finding RV Technician Jobs
Once you’ve discussed the jobs and lifestyle you’re looking for with your recruiting partner, you’ll need to make sure you’ve got everything you need on your resume and in your toolkit to stand out from the crowd. If you’ve picked a recruiter who’s an industry expert with lots of experience placing candidates in great jobs, they’ll be able to help you get your game on point in no time.
Identify and Correct Any Gaps in Your Training
Even if you’re on the short list, a missing line here or there can be enough to put you in third place with a potential employer. The right recruiting agency will take the time to go over your resume to find the holes and recommend the best and fastest way to get the training you need to ensure your skills are competitive.
Polish Your Profile
Your resume only has six seconds to catch an employer’s eye. That means you might only get a quick glance, so your best qualifications have to be easy to spot.
Resume writing is as much an art as a science, and you need your recruiter to work with you to get your resume in tip-top shape for the RV industry. They should make the time to talk you through your resume and point out areas that should be included, polished, or eliminated (too much clutter is just as bad as not enough!).
Get a Winning Partner in the RV Industry
Your future is in the hands of your representative! Research what you’re after and select an agent with care. A good agent will take the time to make sure you’re going to work well together.
V20 is an RV industry recruiter with decades of experience matching the perfect candidates to the top employers. Our passion is the open road, and we work with clients who share that passion. We’ll be with you through every step of the hiring process to ensure your interview skills, resumes, and technical skills are all up to scratch.
We’d love to talk, find out where you want your career to take you, and discuss how we can help you get there. In fact, our star RV industry recruiter is none other than our president, Douglas M. Sexton, so it’s no surprise we have a long track record of finding our clients the best positions. Reach out to him directly with any questions, and discover the difference a dedicated RV recruiting agency can make for your career.