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Welcome to the National Rv Training Academy! Our courses have a mix of class time and hands-on training. In order to give you the hands-on training you are paying for, we recommend the following tools. These are the specific brands we recommend. We've seen a great disparity in quality and ease of use with other brands. Many of our students end up buying the recommended tools after buying a different brand. If you bring a multimeter that does not have the functions we recommend, you will miss out on much of the hands-on training. We understand that cost is an issue and we want to keep the cost down. If you still wish to bring a different multimeter then you are free to do so.

IMPORTANT: NOT ALL MULTIMETERS ARE THE SAME.
Most meters look alike so you can't go by looks. Make sure you get the one you ordered. Check the model number to what is listed below.

~ Todd Henson / Master Instructor

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Purchase Link RV Fundamentals Air Conditioners Refrigerators Water Heaters & Furnaces Exteriors & Hydrolics RV Fundamentals Inspectors Certified Inspector Week 2 Certified Inspector Week 3 Solar Installation GeneratorsRV Tech Home Study Course
O - Optional Tool
R - Recommended (PLEASE BRING WITH YOU)
Blank - Not Applicable
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1Electrical-Klein CL 800 multimeter (either this model or the model below)BuyRRRRRRRRRRRThe multimeter must have an AC AND DC amp clamp as we will check amperage both on the 120volt side and the 12volt side.
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Ames Multimeter CM1000A BuyOYou do NOT need both multimeters either the Klein or the Ames will do.
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- Multimeter alligator clipsBuyOOOOO OOO
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25 piece Multimeter Leads kitBuyORRRRR
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- GFCI Tester*BuyROOOORRROOORequired RV Fundamentals and Inspector Courses
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Hot Skin Test Kit (Tools Needed Below) For Those Going Inspector Route Required for those in fundamentals who are going to Inspector classes. If you are not moving on to inspector class these are not required for you.
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- 16 or 18 Gauge wire 50 feet - 100 feetbuyO RRROThis is for extending your ground lead on your multimeter so you can test all around the exterior of the RV for voltage. Required ONLY for those going the inspector route.
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- Male receptacle grounding unitbuyO RRROThis is for plugging in the 50-100' cord into a ground socket. Required ONLY for those going inspector route.
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- Optional Cord OrganizerBuyO RRRONot Required but helpful when storing your hot skin test cables.
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2Plumbing / Propane
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Propane Quick Connect Fittings for Manometer. Required ONLY for those going inspector route This will assist in performing a Time Pressure Drop test required for inspections and a good idea to have for techs. Required for those going the inspector route
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- Propane Leak Test ManometerBuyO RR RRROQTY 1
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- Male 1/4" Threaded to quick connectBuyO OO RRROQTY 1
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- 1/4" tee female, female, maleBuyO OO RRROQTY 1
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- 1/4" Barb fittingBuyO OO RRROQTY 1
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- 1/4" Female to Male shutoff valveBuyO OO RRROQTY 1
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- Gas Teflon TapeBuyO OO RRROQTY 1
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- 5' Propane Extension hose 1/4" Male to FemaleBuyO OO RRROQTY 1
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3Special- AnemometerBuyO O
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- Klein All In One Data cable crimper BuyOOO
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- Large Wire CuttersBuyRRequired for Solar class only
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- Cut and Crimpers for smaller wireBuyRRequired for Solar class only
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- Bogue RV Solar Crimper Tool KitBuyRRequired for Solar class only
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- Ferrule Crimper Plier HSC8 16-4 Mini Self-Adjusting Tool Kit
- Ferrule Crimper Plier HSC8 16-4 Mini Self-Adjusting Tool KitBuyRRequired for Solar class only
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- AC Foil TapeBuyROO
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4Misc- Tool Bucket, Tool Box, or Tool BagBuyOOOOOOOOOOO
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- Probe ThermometerBuyRORRRRRequried for performing a tempurature test on air conditioning
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- LED Flashlight & Backup FlashlightBuyOOOOORRROOO
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- Two Thermometers -40F to 80FBuyRRRTwo Thermometers that can read -40 degrees to 80 degrees for refrigerator and freezer testing
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- RV / Truck Tire Pressure GaugeBuyORRRNeeds to be able to read up to 150 psi
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- Little Giant or Similar LadderBuyORRRLadder to access RV roof (With rail padding to avoid damage to RV exterior) Should be at least 21'. Individuals flying to class will not be required to bring a ladder. The Little Giant Extreme is another option. It has extendable handles at the top for safety.
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- Disposable GlovesBuy RRR
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- Knee PadsBuy OOO
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- Multi-purpose butane stick lighterBuyOOOOOORROElectronic type
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- Portable Phone / tablet chargerBuy RRRTo charge your Phone or Tablet while taking pictures
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- Oil and Coolant Test Kit (See Below) Oil and coolant test kit pumps (see below - Blue for coolant and Red for oils). Also,
have one oil and coolant sampling kit (sampling jar, label, tubing, and mailer). All these items can be ordered online from JG Lubricant Services. You can put all of these items in a waterproof/dustproof bag of their own, along with a black marker, disposable latex gloves, razor knife, masking tape, and small trash bags.
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- JGOA22 Advanced Oil Analysis Kit (single)Buy RRR
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- JGCA21 Coolant Analysis Kit (single)Buy RRR
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- JGVP01 Vacuum Pump, Red (for oil samples)Buy RRR
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- JGVP02 Vacuum Pump, Blue (for coolant samples)Buy RRR
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- PUPSND Prepaid UPS Next Day Return Label (to nearest lab)makes it easier to mail samples at the RV Park office an dnot have to travel into town during class.
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Windows LAPTOP with Trial Version of HomegaugeRRRBring your laptop for the Inspector course, you will need it to use the Homegauge software during class. The trial version of Homegauge can be installed the week before class ($5.90/mo for three months)
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- Lockout Out DeviceBuy ROOFor the power cord
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- Propane Leak Test SolutionBuy OOO
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- Metal OVEN ThermometerBuy RRRFor Testing convection ovens
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- White or Yellow ChalkBuy OOOFor tire picture visibility
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- Yoga MatBuy OOOFor laying on to view under the RV
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- 4' step ladder or step stoolBuy OOOFor indoor use
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- 6' X 2' folding tableBuy OOO
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- 7-Way Circuit testerBuy ORRR
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- Shoe Covers or Slip-on shoes / Possibly Crocs for wet conditionsBuy RRRSlip-on Shoes / Possibly Crocs for wet conditions
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5General Tools- Nut Driver Set SAE & METRIC BuyOOOOOOROSAE Sizes Include: 3/16", 1/4", 5/16", 11/32", 3/8", 7/16", 1/2"
Metric Sizes Include: 5mm 5.5mm, 6mm, 7mm, 8mm, 9mm, 10mm
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- 11 in 1 Screwdriver BuyRRRRRRRRROR
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- Screw Driver SetBuyOOOOOOOOOOO
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- Metric & SAE Socket SetBuyOOOOOOOOOOO
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- Allen Wrench SetsBuy OOOOOR
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- Channel LocksBuy OOOOO
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- Needle Nose Pliers / Side CuttersBuy OOOOOO
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- Cordless Drill / Cordless Impact DriverBuyOOOOOOOOOOO
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- Utility KnifeBuyOOOOOO
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- Caulking GunBuyOOOOO
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- Eternabond Roll 25'BuyOOO
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- Tape MeasureBuy OOOOOOOOOO10' - 25'
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