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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 Brakes, Suspension and Towing Course Begins March 20

Wed Mar 8, 2017

145279421656314.gifCamp Hill, Pennsylvania – The RV Brakes, Suspension & Towing Systems Course begins March 20 and runs through April 16. 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 Brakes, Suspension & Towing Systems Course – RVTNC111.3
Recertification Hours: 28
Cost: $280
Textbook: $25.95
PRVCA to give employees of members a 50 percent reimbursement on tuition and textbooks

All elements of RV towing are included in this course; a truck towing a travel trailer or fifth-wheel trailer, a motorhome towing a small car, etc. All elements of electric trailer brakes, including troubleshooting, repair and maintenance, are taught. Hitch design and installation techniques are presented as well as all associated electrical wiring between tow vehicle and trailer. Safety elements are stressed including weight data and all associated terminology. After successful completion of this course the student will effectively be able to:

• Define the theory and operation of RV electric and hydraulic brakes
• Demonstrate the ability to perform necessary mathematical, measurement and geometric functions
• Identify and describe types of brakes on RVs
• Explain electric travel trailer brake operation
• Identify all electric brake components
• Explain electric brake controller operation
• Identify different brake controllers and methods of operation
• Illustrate circuitry and components of electric brakes
• Explain break-away switch operation
• Explain voltage and amperage requirements for electric brakes
• Determine mounting location for brake controllers
• Adjust electric trailer brakes
• Inspect, repair and replace wheel bearings including repacking with the correct lubricant
• Test voltage and amperage of electric brake magnets
• Explain the operation of the hydraulic brake system including surge dampener
• Explain the adjustment of a surge master cylinder
• Identify break-away and reverse lock-out of surge brakes
• Explain the method of inspection and the replacement of a surge actuator
• Identify the different types and classes of hitches
• Identify terminology and component function
• Identify alternative ball designs and shank sizes
• Determine proper ball height and check angle
• Determine customer hitch needs
• Utilize hitch fit manuals, instructions and procedures
• Calculate gross trailer weight (GTW) and tongue weight (TW) or hitch weight (HW)
• Identify gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR)
• Install or observe installation of a conventional trailer hitch
• Install or observe installation of a fifth wheel hitch
• Install or observe installation of a sway control device and safety chains
• Identify customer hitch wiring needs
• Locate existing wiring for exterior lights
• Tap into existing wires and install tow wiring
• Identify color coding for wiring systems
• Install heavy duty flashers
• Systematically troubleshoot and rectify tow wiring discrepancies
• Determine combined gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR)
• Identify location of weight data and terminology
• Identify proper placement of personal cargo stowage
• Identify codes and standards applicable to hitches


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 (RVTNC111.3) 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 Generators: April 3 – May 14, 2017