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VASA, Redarc, CoolDrive and the RAA have put together an exciting training event in Adelaide on Saturday July 29.

The day will start with some training in select Redarc products ahead of an exclusive tour of its world-class manufacturing facility, followed by a detailed session about the design and installation of auxiliary power supply systems to suit 4×4 and recreational vehicles, plus a presentation about what the new R1234yf air-conditioning refrigerant means for automotive repairers.

Attendees will also have the chance to  enter an exciting prize draw with the giveaway donated by event sponsor CoolDrive.

Morning session

Where: Redarc Electronics HQ, 23 Brodie Road North, Lonsdale South Australia 5160.

When: Doors will open at 8.00am for an 8.30am start, with morning tea provided during the session.

You are invited to step inside one of Australia’s greatest automotive manufacturing success stories with a behind-the-scenes factory tour and expert training in some of Redarc’s highly regarded auto-electrical products.

Redarc has built an enviable reputation for quality and innovation, with some of the happiest customers in the business and a growing collection of prestigious awards.

Your training element will cover alternator output types, DC charging, accelerometers, trailer brake control, voltage conversion, battery management, battery monitoring and solar panels.

Redarc staff will use the company’s products, including the BCDC in-vehicle battery charger, the Tow Pro brake controller, DPS voltage converter, Manager 30 battery management device, HMRF2000 battery monitor and more besides.

Afternoon sessions

Where: RAA Training Centre, 101 Richmond Rd, Mile End SA 5031.

When: Transport will be provided between Redarc and RAA Training Centre fter the Redarc session ends around 11am.

A barbecue and networking opportunity will take place at the RAA venue before the afternoon sessions begin.

Power for Profit

VASA President Ian Stangroome will share his expertise in the design and installation of auxiliary power supply systems for the rapidly growing 4×4, motorhome and caravan market.

Free camping is becoming more and more popular, so there is a huge business opportunity in developing your proficiency and reputation for building reliable, long-lasting back-up power supplies that your customers can trust when they most rely on them.

Ian will explain how to determine and calculate load type, the importance of correct battery capacity, selecting the optimum cable sizes, circuit protection measures, battery management  and different charging sources including solar panels.

This session will help ensure you secure your share – and more – of this rapidly growing market and tap into the eagerness of recreational vehicle owners to purchase a reliable and lasting secondary energy supply to power their adventures.

Life After R134a

VASA Vice President Brett Meads will deliver an overview of the new industry standard air-conditioning refrigerant R1234yf, which is now replacing R134a globally and uptake accelerating rapidly, with the first vehicles using R1234yf arriving on the Australasian market in 2014.

Brett will explain the history and evolution of automotive refrigerants, the drivers of change including ozone depletion and global warming potential, how industry has responded to overseas legislation controlling HFCs, a comparison of current and new refrigerant characteristics including flammability, changes to equipment, components and working procedures brought about by new refrigerants and the related standards, licensing and legislation.

A growing number of brands are already importing vehicles using R1234yf and insurance companies are interested in building a database of businesses equipped and trained to handle it.

Accommodation offer

Those requiring accommodation are recommended to stay at the Rydges South Park Adelaide, which has extended attendees a special room rate of $146, including free parking and a discounted breakfast price of $20.

To take advantage of this offer please book directly with the hotel by contacting Lucretia Graves (she works Tuesday – Friday) on 08 8216 0303 or and quote RAA Corporate Rate. The hotel is located at 1 South Terrace, Adelaide SA 5000.

VASA will provide a free bus service between the Rydges South Park Adelaide, Redarc and the RAA Training Centre.

Those choosing to stay elsewhere can either make their own way to Redarc or arrive early at Rydges South Park to meet the bus.

This event has already attracted people from all over Australia, so ensure you book your accommodation early.

Optional Sunday group activity

Those interested in a group activity (partners invited) such as a winery tour for the Sunday following the training can register their interest at the time of booking.

If sufficient interest is generated for the group activity, VASA will distribute a separate booking form for delegates to pay for the activity (at purely cost price, no proceeds to VASA) closer to the event.

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