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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 .

Time Still Remains to Register for Hershey RV Show

Mon Aug 15, 2016

146643919183999.jpgCamp Hill, Pennsylvania – There is still time to register for the Hershey RV Show, being held Sept. 12-13 at the Giant Center in Hershey, Pennsylvania.

This year’s schedule includes technician training from Dometic, Cequent Performance Products, MoRryde, Dexter Axle, Atwood and Lippert Components. Gary Bunzer also will be conducting a NFPA 1192 Hands-on Leak Testing Procedure for Propane and Water Systems that includes hands-on demonstrations. Training qualifies for re certification hours.

In addition to technician training, Industry Days include a Distributor Showcase by Keller Marine and RV as well as Workamper Employer Clinic by Steve Anderson of Workamper News.

Industry Days also offer a free dinner at the Hershey Lodge on Monday, Sept. 12 beginning at 5 p.m. The dinner is open to exhibitors, show attendees and PRVCA members. The event kicks off with hors d’oeuvres, drinks and a meet and greet with the NFL’s Franco Harris. Autographed photos, footballs and mini helmets will be available for purchase. A silent auction also will be held with gifts ranging from overnight stays to autographed sports memorabilia. All money raised will benefit the PRV PAC fund to aid in legislative initiatives in Pennsylvania. After dinner, be entertained by the comedy improv group The Oxymorons.
To register, visit and select “Industry Info”, then “Show Registration.” Training details are listed below (training is free to PRVCA members).

Monday, Sept. 12
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Location: Champions Club
Registration Fee: $20 (Lunch Included)
In this training, you will learn about the basics of refrigeration: how absorption refrigeration works, operation, care and maintenance, difference between home and RV refrigeration and proper installation. You also will learn the basics of ACs: how our ACs make a cold environment, operation of various T-stats, care & maintenance, operating a furnace with Dometic T-stats and what causes freeze ups. Awning basics also will be discussed: proper operation of awnings, care and maintenance, proper installation and what stretches out fabrics.

Monday, Sept. 12 and Tuesday, Sept. 13
10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Location: Power Play Room
Registration Fee: Free
Come and learn about the latest products, features and installation tips that reduce install times for Reese fifth wheels hitches, rail kits, New Reese STEADi-flex weight distribution, pin box upgrade replacements, Reese and Tekonsha brake controls and Bulldog powered trailer jacks.

Monday, Sept. 12 and Tuesday, Sept. 13
10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Location: Lower Level Corridor
Registration Fee: $20 (Lunch Included)
Instructor Glenn Null will explain and identify components of axle, brakes and suspension systems. The session will include hands-on training on brakes, bearings, seals and measuring of axles and frames including information on the following: Jacking up a trailer, removal of the hub and drum, brakes and magnets, bearings and seals, brake adjustments, wheel torque, suspension and information on maintenance manuals.

Monday, Sept. 12 and Tuesday, Sept. 13
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Location: Green Room
Registration Fee: $30 (Lunch Included)
Join Gary Bunzer to learn the proper procedures for running a fresh water leak test and three separate tests to perform on the propane gas system. All procedures are in compliance with the NFPA 1192 Standard for Recreational Vehicles. The tests are to be performed at the RV manufacturer and by the RV dealer before delivering an RV to the consumer.

Both tests require special equipment (test devices) that cannot be purchased; they must be made by the technician. Each student will get a flash drive showing visually how each test is to be run, along with a detailed list of the easily obtainable parts required. Each student will perform a dry run through each test, explaining the how’s and why’s.

Monday, Sept. 12
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Location: Press Room
Registration Fee: $30
Atwood Mobile Products’ training clinic will cover the following topics for water heaters and furnaces:
•Service contact information
•Component identification
•Required tools and equipment
•Test in volts, ohms and amps
•How to identify products by model and serial number/Installation - Gas pressure, voltage, ducting and return air
•Material training/Hands on testing, disassembling and reassembling
•Sequence of operations
oWarranty procedures

Monday, Sept. 12 and Tuesday, Sept. 13
9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Location: Locker Room
Registration Fee: $20 (Lunch Included)
In this combination diesel engine and generator session, Duane Fisk from Cummins Onan and Chris Crowel from Cummins Inc. will address the most frequently asked questions about RV generators and Cummins diesel powered motorhome drive engines. Learn about proper maintenance, operating techniques, exercising, dash lamps, fuel economy, common issues and service resources. A question and answer session will follow the presentation.

Monday, Sept. 12 and Tuesday, Sept. 13
2-3 p.m.
Location: Locker Room
Registration Fee: FREE
Learn about the various suspensions and enhancements available for trailers, the importance of preventative maintenance, as well as the new industry changing product.

Tuesday, Sept. 13
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Location: Champions Club
Registration Fee: $30 (Lunch Included)
Lippert technical trainers will present a seminar on some of the industry’s most popular components and systems. Technicians will learn about the components as well as troubleshooting on the following systems:
MYRV - Control and monitor RV systems from one location.
Motorized Leveling - Hydraulic leveling system using a one-touch auto-leveling feature.
Towable Leveling - Hydraulic, six-point leveling system using a one-touch auto leveling feature and includes an auto re-hitch memory function.
Ground Control 3.0 - Fast, accurate automatic electric leveling. Auto re-hitch memory function and optional one-touch auto-level wireless remote.
Schwintek - Lightweight, aluminum rail system contained completely in the slide wall. Secure four corner seal prevents leaks. This also includes the new repair kit.

Tuesday, Sept. 13
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Location: Press Room
Registration Fee: $30 (Lunch Included)
Would you like to build a Workamper program for your operation? Or, if you already have one, fine tune some of the elements that are not working as well as you would like?

Join Steve Anderson, President of Workamper News for the Workamper Employer Clinic on Sept. 13. Anderson and his family have owned and operated Workamper News since 2005. Prior to taking over Workamper News, Anderson was the HR Director at Adventureland Amusement Park in Altoona, Iowa for 15 years. During that time he developed what still is one of the most successful Workamper operations in the United States.

During his tenure at Adventureland Park, he interviewed more than 11,000 Workamper applicants and hired nearly 7000 to work in the amusement park operation. Since that time as President/Owner of Workamper News he has expanded his knowledge through working relationships with hundreds of Workamper employers in many different industries.

During the Clinic, Anderson will discuss the following:
•Why utilize Workamper staffing vs. local hires
•Program development
•Effective methods of recruitment
•Interviewing over the phone or via Skype
•The actual Workamper hiring process
•Management of Workampers vs. local staffing
•And more…

It will be a full day of activity that will pay dividends to you and your operation when you attend and participate in the Workamper Employer Clinic.

Plan to spend the entire day and leave this clinic with a plan to develop or improve your Workamper team.

To register for any of the events, visit and select “Industry Info," then “Show Registration” or call 888-303-2887.