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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 Announces Plumbing Systems Course

Fri Jan 6, 2017

145279421656314.gifCamp Hill, Pennsylvania - The RV Plumbing Systems course begins Jan. 16 and runs through Feb. 19. 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 (RVIA).

Course Details:
RV Plumbing Systems Course
Recertification Hours: 28 hours
Cost: $280
Textbook: $25.95
PRVCA to give employees of members a 50 percent reimbursement on tuition and textbooks

In this course, the third of the major RV systems, the students get to identify and appreciate all types of plumbing systems associated with both fresh water and waste water systems. The various types of plastics used are discussed as are the various system tests mandated by RVIA. A detailed look into the recommended winterization processes is also a focus. The student will have a complete understanding of how the RV incorporates the entire spectrum of fresh water and waste management. After successful completion of this course, the student will also effectively be able to:

• Identify the various RV plumbing systems.
• Identify, troubleshoot and repair the drainage systems.
• Identify Listed and Approved plumbing components.
• List the differences between the demand system and the pressure system.
• Perform cutting and cementing of ABS piping.
• Identify fresh water and waste water system components.
• Test fresh water plumbing system using a pressure gauge.
• Identify and utilize plumbing system special tools.
• Identify and connect all types of plastic piping (PEX, PB, CPVC).
• Identify, utilize and leak-proof the various plumbing fittings used in RVs
• Identify and repair/replace the types of plastic tanks used in the plumbing systems.
• Demonstrate the basics of plastic welding.
• Identify demand water pump components.
• Troubleshoot, test, repair/install water pumps.
• Locate and utilize low point drain valves.
• Identify, troubleshoot and repair water leaks in fresh water system and waste water system.
• Repair holding tanks and fresh water containers.
• Troubleshoot and rebuild faucets, drain components and termination assemblies.
• Identify the various types of RV toilets.
• Troubleshoot, repair/replace RV toilets, fixtures and fittings.
• Perform fixture flood level and flow tests.
• Identify the methods used to winterize RVs.
• Prepare a coach for winter storage (winterize).
• Identify codes and standards applicable to fresh water systems and waste water systems.

To register, go online to www.lifelearn.northampton.edu/modules/

• Click on View Catalog under Center for Business and Industry (CBI).
• Click on Technical and Trades.
• Search for course (RVTNC110.3) 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 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