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 .

RV Pre-Delivery Inspection Course Runs Through Oct. 30

Mon Sep 12, 2016

145279421656314.gifCamp Hill, Pennsylvania – The RV Pre-Delivery Inspection Course begins Oct. 3 and runs through Oct. 30.

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 re-certification hours. Students receive a certificate of completion upon successful completion of the course. 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.

Those who complete the entire program will earn a Specialized Diploma from Northampton Community College. Students not wishing to obtain the Specialized Diploma may also enroll in individual courses as desired. Those who earn the Specialized Diploma will be prepared to test for the RV Service Technician or a Master Certified RV Service with the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA).

Pre Delivery Inspection Course
Recertification Hours: 28
Cost: $209

The PDI is one of the most common tasks associated with a selling RV dealership service shop. All new RVs must be “PDI’d” prior to delivery to the retail customer. Here, the students proceed, step by step, through the process of performing a quality PDI. Troubleshooting and repair techniques are not the focus of this course; rather this course teaches how to actually inspect and test the viability of all components found in every major system. All electrical, LP and plumbing gear, as well as all safety components and add-on accessories are closely inspected and operated. After successful completion of this course the student will effectively be able to:

•Define the scope of a PDI (inspection and documentation)
•Review the information on a PDI sheet
•Perform hot skin test and neutral-ground isolation test
•Conduct a polarity test
•Check generator operation and output
•Check AC electrical system performance (including transfer switch and GFCI)
•Verify operation of all 120-volt AC appliances
•Check battery condition
•Check interior and exterior lighting
•Check DC electrical system performance
•Verify operation of all 12-volt appliances
•Inspect LP container installation and understand data plate information
•Conduct an LP drop pressure test
•Adjust LP regulator operating pressure
•Conduct LP regulator lock-up test
•Document and verify any and all test results
•Check appliance operation and performance
•Leak test waste system and holding tanks
•Check and flush the waste systems
•Check the fresh water supply and drain system
•Check water pump operation
•Flood test holding tanks
•Check termination valves and caps
•Check holding tank mounting
•Perform drain system flow test
•Check tire pressure
•Check lug nut torque
•Conduct under-vehicle visual inspection
•Verify operation of DOT lighting
•Check automotive fluid levels, belts and hoses
•Verify operation of all switches, indicators and gauges
•Check operation of back-up monitor and mirrors
•Road test RV
•Check landing gear, stabilizers and tongue jacks of travel trailers and fifth wheels
•Adjust and set up electric brake system on tow vehicle
•Document and record defects
•Clean and detail RV
•Check interior and exterior surface finishes
•Check furniture and soft goods operation and appearance
•Verify correct window, door and storage compartment operation
•Insure operation of all locks and keys
•Install OEM loose items
•Verify operation of CO and LP leak detectors and smoke alarms
•Check and inspect fire extinguishers

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.
•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 courses' materials are supported by RVIA and feature competency-based instruction, assignments and testing. Scholarships also are available. Contact megan@prvca.org for more information.

Upcoming Courses:
RV Electrical Systems: Oct. 24 – Dec. 18
RV Preventive Maintenance: Oct. 31 – Nov. 27