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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 RV Water Heater Course Begins Feb. 13

Tue Jan 24, 2017

145279421656314.gifCamp Hill, Pennsylvania – The RV Water Heater course begins Feb. 13 and runs through March 12. 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 Water Heater Course
Recertification Hours: 28 hours
Cost: $280
Textbook: $25.95
PRVCA to give employees of members a 50 percent reimbursement on tuition and textbooks

Identifying the various types of RV water heaters and their individual components moves quickly into the proper installation procedures. Operational problems are then dissected and repair procedures are studied to perfection. After successful completion of this course the student will effectively be able to:

• Identify the different water heater types.
• Explain the theory of operation and combustion.
• Obtain model specifications.
• Identify the advantage of a heat exchange and verify flow.
• Identify special tools and their use.
• Identify related terminology.
• Identify components and their functions.
• Diagnose common operational problems and determine causes.
• Repair and/or replace faulty components.
• Determine interchangeability of models.
• Install water connection
• Determine AC and DC electrical requirements and connect.
• Determine LP requirements and connect.
• Verify proper operation.
• Perform preventive maintenance procedures.
• Identify and apply codes and standards

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 Heating Systems: Feb. 27 – March 26, 2017
RV Brakes, Suspension & Towing Systems: March 20 – April 16, 2017
RV Generators: April 3 – May 14, 2017