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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 Will Host RV Liquid Propane Service Course

Wed Dec 14, 2016

145279421656314.gifCamp Hill, Pennsylvania – The RV Liquid Propane Systems Service course begins Jan. 9, 2017 and runs through Feb. 12, 2017. 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. 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.

Course Details:
RV Liquid Propane Systems (RVTNC107.4)
Jan. 9 – Feb. 12, 2017
Tuition Cost: $280 per student
Employees of PRVCA members will receive a 50 percent reimbursement on tuition and textbooks upon successful completion of the course.
Qualifies for 28 Recertification Hours
Textbook Cost: $25.95 (contact megan@prvca.org to order)

Liquid Propane Systems Course – RVTNC107.4
The second of the three major systems found in recreation vehicles, the LP system is dissected in detail. Since propane is flammable, safety precautions are emphasized right from the start and throughout the entire course. Here, the student studies the properties of propane as well as the types of containers used in the RV industry. Proper procedures for purging, storing and using LP, including the importance of regulation are presented and performed on paper as well as during many Hands-On assignments. RVIA mandated tests are also perfected. After successful completion of this course the student will effectively be able to:

• Identify related LP terminology.
• Identify LP system components, their relationship and functions.
• Explain the sources of Propane.
• Differentiate between propane and butane.
• Identify the properties of propane.
• Identify proper safety procedures for storing, handling, transporting and filling LP containers.
• Identify types of LP containers and their components.
• Inspect/replace relief valves, float gauges, sight gauges and dip tubes.
• Inspect, repair or replace stop fill float devices, automatic stop fill devices, service valves and excess flow valves.
• Identify reasons for purging LP containers.
• Purge air from a container.
• Transfer propane from one container to another.
• Leak test a container.
• Calculate container capacity.
• Fill containers with LP.
• Identify container markings.
• Troubleshoot LP containers and components.
• Identify high and low pressure flex hoses.
• Identify vapor flow.
• Understand and adjust LP regulator output pressure.
• Conduct a lock up test.
• Identify reasons for regulator failure.
• Install and protect a regulator.
• Use appropriate test equipment.
• Perform time, pressure drop and leak tests.
• Determine serviceability of high and low pressure hoses.
• Demonstrate the ability to inspect/replace propane piping system.
• Install and seal brass, copper and threaded fittings.
• Identify and size copper tubing types.
• Perform cutting and flaring of copper tubing.
• Identify codes and standards applicable to DOT and ASME containers.

To register, visit https://lifelearn.northampton.edu/modules/

• Click on View Catalog under Center for Business and Industry (CBI).
• Click on Technical and Trades.
• Search for course (RVTNC107.4) 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 courses materials are supported by RVIA and feature competency-based instruction, assignments and testing.

Upcoming Courses:
RV Plumbing Systems: Jan. 16 – Feb. 19, 2017
RV Water Heaters: Feb. 13 – March 12, 2017
RV Heating Systems: Feb. 27 – March 26, 2017
RV Brakes, Suspension & Towing Systems: March 20 – April 16, 2017
RV Generators: April 3 – May 14, 2017