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RVIA Economic Impact Study

The Recreation Vehicle Industry Association commissioned an Economic Impact Study on the RV industry, released on June 7, 2016. The study found that the RV industry contributes about $49.7 billion in economic output or 0.28 percent of the Gross Domestic Product. Through its production and distribution linkages, the industry impacts firms in 426 of the 440 sectors of the United States economy.

Nationwide, the industry is responsible for 216,170 jobs, both directly and inderectly, creating an economic impact of $37.5 billion. The full study results, along with each individual state and congressional district's economic impact is available on the website by clicking here .

PRVCA's RV Preventative Maintenance Course Begins Oct. 23

Thu Oct 12, 2017

145279421656314.gifCamp Hill, Penn. – The RV Preventive Maintenance course begins Oct. 23 and runs through Nov. 19. The online program, which is run by Northampton Community College and the Pennsylvania RV and Camping Association, allows students to gain an in-depth understanding of recreation vehicle maintenance with intensive, competency-based instruction.

Students simply log on to access the lecture notes, hands-on assignments, quizzes and chat with the instructor and other students. The program gives students the flexibility to complete the course from the comfort of their home or dealership without having the expense of traveling to a training facility.

The program is approved by RVIA and qualifies for recertification hours. The program is designed for RV maintenance and sales personnel, service managers, factory field technicians, service representatives, inspectors and those seeking a new, hands-on career in a growing industry.

Course Details:
RV Preventive Maintenance Course – RVTNC109.5
Recertification Hours: 28 hours
Cost: $280

This is the course where the varying technical aspects from each of the previous courses come together. Preventive maintenance of every major component in every major system on the RV is the focus. To successfully complete this course, the student must have a thorough understanding of each system on the RV. Students are actually shown how the practices detailed in the text are applied. After successful completion of this course the student will effectively be able to:

• Explain the purpose of preventive maintenance
• Interpret and understand manufacturer maintenance schedules
• Check LP system
• Check electrical systems
• Check batteries to include: terminals, cables, electrolyte, hold-downs and trays
• Check/adjust headlights
• Check coolant level
• Check brake fluid level
• Check engine oil level
• Check transmission fluid level
• Check power steering fluid level
• Flush and refill engine coolant
• Lubricate RV chassis
• Check potable water systems
• Check waste water systems
• Check air conditioning
• Check safety devices
• Discuss weights and loading of RV
• Inspect wheels and tires
• Inspect wheel bearings
• Check belts and hoses
• Identify procedures for storage and travel
• Identify procedures for winterizing

To register, go online to https://lifelearn.northampton.edu/modules/

• Click on View Catalog under Center for Business and Industry (CBI).
• Click on Technical and Trades.
• Search for course and follow registration procedure.
• Please call 610-861-5390 if you have problems with registration.

To purchase the textbook required for the course ($25.95 – includes shipping), contact megan@prvca.org or call 888-303-2887. The course materials are supported by RVIA and feature competency-based instruction, assignments and testing. Scholarships are also available. Please contact megan@prvca.org for more information.

Upcoming Courses:
RV Liquid Propane Systems: Nov. 6 – Dec. 10