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 Learning Center and FRVTA Partner for RV Training

Fri Oct 14, 2016

145288477541371.pngFairfax, Virginia - For the 11th consecutive year, the Mike Molino RV Learning Center and the Florida RV Trade Association have renewed their partnership to provide online video-based training for RV dealership personnel through the Distance Learning Network (DLN). The DLN represents a convenient and cost-effective way to provide dealership training.

Dealers taking a yearly subscription to the DLN receive unlimited access to more than 50 training sessions, coursework reviews and test preparation sections. They’re available any time throughout the program year and all a dealer needs for access is a high-speed internet connection.

The 2016-17 DLN program includes a broad curriculum designed to improve the performance of most dealership personnel, including:

• RV Technician Certification Preparation Courses: More than 40 hours of instruction will help train and prepare RV service technicians for the RVDA-RVIA RV Service Technician Certification tests, and completion fulfills re-certification requirements.

• Service Writer/Advisor Course: This one-hour program is ideal for both veteran service writer/advisors and new hires. Presented in a factual and demonstration-filled manner by Traeanne Reynolds, a veteran Service Advisor, Service Manager and General Manager, the program helps prepare your personnel for the RV Learning Center’s Service Writer/Advisor Certification test. Completion of the course counts toward re-certification requirements.

• Advanced/Manufacturer Specific Training: Features product-specific training from RV manufacturers and suppliers from within the RV industry.

• RV Greeter - Receptionist Course: A 50-minute program that covers the importance of customer service; the skills and expectations for the RV receptionist; the importance of making the right first impression; communicating on the phone; handling difficult customers; and organizational techniques for the workplace. The program is suitable for all persons needing customer service skills. The program includes a final exam and certificate of completion.

"Because it’s delivered right to your dealership, this is extremely cost-effective training and that is important as dealerships will have more employees to train as the demand continues to increase,” FRVTA Executive Director Lance Wilson says. "FRVTA also provides mentor support and encouragement throughout the year, once the dealership is signed up for the program."

"We’re pleased to renew this partnership, because it offers so much value to dealers," RV Learning Center Chairman Jeff Pastore says. "If your dealership needs to kick-start a training program quickly, this is the way to go. The DLN training model truly simplifies the training process for dealers and offers unparalleled convenience.”

The only requirement to participate is a high-speed internet connection. A video cable connected to a television also is useful for group training. A one-year subscription to the program costs $995 per dealership location. The subscription term is Aug. 1, 2016 – July 31, 2017.

For more information and a sign-up form, visit www.rvlearningcenter.com, www.frvta.org or call FRVTA at 386-754-4285.