Our RV 101 online video training programs can be viewed from computers, tablets, and smartphones. This training program will teach you how to tow your fifth wheel trailer like a pro. The program includes written material, full-feature video instruction, tips & tricks, fun RV University play & learn crossword puzzles and a short quiz upon completion of each chapter.
Now you don't need to drive across the country in search of a driving or towing school to learn professional driving and towing skills. And you don’t need to pay extravagant fees or join annoying clubs that inundate your email inbox with never ending offers.
You can enroll in this information packed online RV training program, and when you are through you will be towing your 5th wheel like a pro.
Video hosts Mark Polk (RV Education 101) and Lorrin Walsh (Professional driver & author of Tow Your 5th Wheel Like a Pro book) provide you with the tools you can apply to help you become a professional driver. This means the development and execution of unique driving/towing techniques and skills needed to become a safer and more confident driver.
This training program is your complete guide to professional driving and towing techniques for every level of experience. It takes commercial driver’s training techniques and converts them into easy to understand terms and techniques. We take you behind the wheel to learn topics like how to select a tow vehicle, weight terms and definitions, 5 th wheel hitching and unhitching, getting ready for the road, maneuvering skills, driving techniques, braking techniques and how to back the 5 th wheel trailer.
Towing a fifth wheel trailer, especially for the first time, can be very intimidating. Lots of people have been towing fifth wheel trailers for many years without a real understanding of the dynamics and driving techniques that apply to a tow vehicle and trailer. When most people learn to drive they are taught the hows- and not the whys. Learning the whys, or mechanics of driving and towing gives you the tools and skills that can be used with any vehicle and any driving/towing situation.
Customer Testimonial: I LOVED the videos I got from RV Education 101. The instructions are excellent and easy to understand. I can't recommend them strongly enough. I am a solo, female, new RVer who just bought a HitchHiker Premier. My intent is to RV full-time once my house sells....Patty Schild-Mills
Chapters covered in the Tow your 5th Wheel Like a Pro video training progra
Chapter 1: Selecting a Tow Vehicle
Chapter 2: 5th Wheel Hitches
Chapter 3: Getting Ready for the Road
Chapter 4: Maneuvering Skills
Chapter 5: Backing a Tow Vehicle
Chapter 6: Towing a 5th Wheel Trailer
Chapter 7: The Art of Braking
Chapter 8: Mind Set
Downloads in this course:
Weight Terms & Truck & Trailer Worksheets PDF
Pre-Trip Checklist PDF
Mark is an RVer and has a very extensive background in the RV industry. He began at age 15, washing RVs at a dealership in North Central Pennsylvania. It wasn't long before he was working as an apprentice RV technician under the guidance of the RV service manager. Mark then entered and served a full career as a Maintenance Warrant Officer in the United States Army. He managed the operation of the motor pool, where he not only had to understand vehicle maintenance, he had to teach young soldiers how to maintain and operate motor pool vehicles. These soldiers came to him from very different backgrounds, and their prior experience with heavy equipment and mechanical skills were similarly varied. Mark had to learn how to communicate with all of them clearly, concisely, and effectively, and he found that he had a talent for teaching. The Army agreed, and eventually he was asked to produce written instructional materials, including driver training manuals and operating procedures for motor pools.
When he retired from the Army in 1996, Mark went to work for an RV dealership in sales and service. He talked to customers about their needs and desires and helped them select the right RV for them. He inspected used RVs for trade-in, he serviced customer RVs, and he educated customers how to operate and enjoy their vehicles. As an RVer himself, through out the years, he has owned and used all the classifications of RVs (travel trailer, motorhome, pop up, 5th wheel and truck camper). He even restored from the ground up, a 67 Yellowstone travel trailer. It became clear to him that there were limited resources available to RV owners who wanted to learn more about how to maintain and operate their vehicles. Owners’ manuals provide limited information, and most consumers find them confusing.
Anecdotal information learned around campfires from other RV owners is incomplete and can be unreliable.
Mark realized that he had the knowledge and teaching ability to fill that gap, and so in 1999, he began writing articles and books about how to choose, buy, maintain, repair, and operate a variety of RVs. To date, he has authored more than 500 educational videos, 15 e-books, 3 paperback books, and more than 1,600 articles educating millions of RVers. His best-selling book, entitled The RV Book, has sold over 50,000 copies to date.
Mark's first priority is the safety of his audience. To Mark, this means anticipating the risks and challenges RVers will encounter when following his instructions, ensuring that the information he provides is complete and accurate, and providing enough information so that his audience can make informed decisions about when to tackle maintenance tasks themselves and when to take their vehicles to professionals.
His second priority is his audience’ empowerment. He sends his students out onto the road with confidence that they are equipped, prepared, informed, and ready to enjoy themselves.Producing material that achieves those goals is a very difficult thing to do. RVs come in a bewildering variety of different types, makes, models, and vintages, and when Mark writes about tasks such as winterizing a water system, as we know there are many ways to winterize an RV, his instructions, need to guide his readers through the process regardless of which RV his reader happens to own.
Like his soldiers, his RV students come to him with widely disparate levels of expertise, experience, talent, and motivation, and his instructions must speak to all of them. Mark’s writing and video presentations are accurate and comprehensive. It is also clear, concise, and easy to understand. He breaks complex, intimidating tasks down to easy steps.
StartSelecting a Tow Vehicle - Full Feature Video (13:04)
Start5th Wheel Hitches - Full Feature Video (10:05)
StartGetting Ready for the Road - Full Feature Video (14:38)
StartManeuvering Basics - Full Feature Video (9:31)
StartBacking a 5th Wheel - Full Feature Video (11:39)
StartTowing the 5th Wheel Trailer - Full Feature Video (12:33)
StartThe Art of Braking - Full Feature Video (8:48)
StartMind Set - Full Feature Video (13:56)