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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 Heating Systems Course Begins Feb. 27

Tue Feb 14, 2017

145279421656314.gifCamp Hill, Pennsylvania – The RV Heating Systems Course begins Feb. 27 and runs through March 26. 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 with the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA).

RV Heating Systems Course – RVTNC102.4
Recertification Hours: 32 hours
Cost: $320
Textbook: $25.95
PRVCA to give employees of members a 50 percent reimbursement on tuition and textbooks

The last of the four LP-burning appliances is presented in this course. Though earlier designs of RV heaters and furnaces are discussed, the main focus is on the forced air furnace. Its sophistication and compactness both contribute to its difficulty in working on one. Like the other three appliances, each component part is dissected and discussed individually, as is the furnace as a whole. Subjects covered include furnace installation, diagnosing operational faults, repairing and testing, etc. After successful completion of this course the student will effectively be able to:

• Identify principles of combustion and heat transfer
• Identify types of heating system to include: catalytic, hydronic, forced air and drafted combustion furnaces
• Interpret data plate information on a heating system
• Verify heating system size
• Identify related heating system terminology
• Explain how the heating system works
• Explain the function of burners, ignitors, heat exchangers and circuit boards
• Illustrate the sequence of operation for all furnace types
• Evaluate furnace system sizing for the size of RV
• Check and verify electrical working voltage
• Check and verify LP pressure
• Check and verify air supply and return
• Check and verify venting requirements
• Define operation of all furnace types
• Identify ignition systems
• Diagnose operational problems
• Determine possible causes
• Isolate and rectify problems
• Convert temperature measurements from Fahrenheit to Celsius and reverse
• Check burner operation and inspect venting for restrictions
• Adjust controls and systems
• Clean heater systems
• Replace heater gaskets


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

• Click on View Catalog under Center for Business and Industry (CBI).
• Click on Technical and Trades.
• Search for course (RVTNC102.4) 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 Brakes, Suspension & Towing Systems: March 20 – April 16
RV Generators: April 3 – May 14