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 .
Mon May 1, 2017
The Pennsylvania Recreation Vehicle and Campground Association is putting on the RV Air Conditioning Course starting May 22 and going through June 18.
This course examines the roof-top air conditioner in detail. Revisiting the fundamentals of alternating current electricity also, the students jump into the science of the refrigeration cycle. Delving into the properties of vaporization and condensation and applying the principles of compression, students gain the skills necessary to troubleshoot component failures along with the ability to repair and/or replace vital components. Installation requirements and preventive maintenance practices are also learned in this course. After successful completion of this course the student will effectively be able to:
• Explain the properties of heat transfer.
• Identify components and their functions.
• Explain how a refrigeration cycle operates.
• Convert temperature measurements from Fahrenheit to Celsius.
• Identify and measure the heat of vaporization and condensation.
• Identify and measure super heat and sub-cooling.
• Demonstrate the ability to perform necessary mathematical, measurement and geometric functions.
• Apply the principles of compression refrigeration to an RV air conditioner.
• Define air conditioner components.
• Identify refrigerant cycle.
• Identify types of RV air conditioning systems.
• Inspect evaporator.
• Explain the properties of refrigerants (R22, R12 and R134a).
• Identify commonly used air conditioning terminology.
• Identify Montreal protocol.
• Identify safe handling and environmental concerns of refrigerants.
• Identify air flow cycles.
• Visually inspect for blockages.
• Measure operations of A/C circuits.
• Measure A/C components.
• Determine proper system operation
• Test the systems functions.
• Repair and/or replace faulty components.
• Clean filters.
• Determine air flow and ducting requirements.
• Verify proper operation.
• Read wiring diagrams.
• Determine electrical requirements.
• Identify specific A/C tools and their uses.
• Measure air flow temperature.
• Identify recovery and recycling of refrigerants.
• Braze lines and components in RV units.
• Operate, store and maintain oxyacetylene equipment.
• Determine when a system requires evacuation.
• Evacuate a refrigeration system.
• Maintain a vacuum pump.
• Recharge a refrigeration system.
• Diagnose and repair a compression refrigeration system.
• Mount and seal an A/C unit per specifications.
• Isolate refrigeration problems.
• Identify codes and standards.
The cost to register is $480 per student. To register, click on the link below.