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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 .

RV Electrical System Course Begins in October

Tue Oct 11, 2016

146643919183999.jpgCamp Hill, Pennsylvania – The RV Electrical System Service course begins Oct. 24 and runs through Dec. 18. 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 Technician with the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA).

Course Details:
RV Electrical Systems Service
Oct. 24 – Dec. 18
Tuition Cost: $375 per student
Employees of PRVCA members will receive a 50 percent reimbursement on tuition and textbooks upon successful completion of the course.
Qualifies for 56 Re-certification Hours
Textbook Cost: $39.90, plus shipping (contact megan@prvca.org to order)

Electrical Systems Course

The Electrical Systems course begins the very in-depth look into the first of the three major systems found on most RVs. Beginning with 12-volts DC and expanding to 120-volts AC, all electrical systems and components are dissected and defined. Though Ohm’s Law is not the main focus and basic electricity is not presented, the student will easily grasp the important electrical basics necessary to troubleshoot, install and repair any RV electrical component. Rather than theory, practical shop application is the focus. The proper use of test equipment is also outlined and perfected. Students are led through each type of electrical test. After successful completion of this course the student will effectively be able to:

•Identify battery types
•Test, size and install solar panel systems
•Test automotive alternators
•Demonstrate neatness in circuit connections
•Describe the 12-volt DC system
•Identify battery powered equipment
•Identify converter powered equipment
•Identify charging circuits
•Identify applications of linear and ferro-ressonant power and switch mode converters
•Install, test and troubleshoot converters
•Check and troubleshoot fuse and breaker panels
•Test, accept/reject and replace batteries, lamps, switches resistors, fuses, converters, inverters and control devices
•Describe the purpose of printed circuit boards
•Perform wire maintenance to include: soldering, terminal types, crimping, etc.
•Identify different types of alternators
•Test and replace 12-volt DC light fixtures
•Calculate circuit draw
•Determine battery condition and charge
•Connect and size multiple batteries
•Service dual battery isolator
•Troubleshoot battery chargers/converters
•Identify various types of 12-volt DC motors
•Repair and/or replace 12-volt DC motors
•Identify different types of monitor panels
•Service 120-volt AC systems to include: distribution panelboards, circuit breakers and shoreline components
•Test breakers, GFCI, switches, cords and outlets
•Demonstrate the ability to perform necessary mathematical, measurement and geometric functions
•Add or move AC outlets
•Install and troubleshoot inverters
•Differentiate between isolated/floating system and bonded system
•Determine wire routing
•Read monitor panel schematics
•Demonstrate care for equipment and tools
•Test for shorts and opens in the 120-volt AC wiring
•Perform hot skin test
•Perform polarity check
•Verify neutral to ground separation
•Measure branch/source voltage (static and loaded)
•Measure resistance continuity
•Measure amperage
•Identify and repair shorts and opens in wiring
•Use a VOM for troubleshooting procedures

To register go online 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 ($39.90 – plus 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.

Upcoming Courses:
RV Preventive Maintenance: Oct. 31 – Nov. 27