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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 Ranges and Cooktops Course Begins June 26

Tue Jun 13, 2017

145279421656314.gifCamp Hill, Pennsylvania - The RV Ranges and Cooktops course begins June 26 and runs through July 23. 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 Ranges and Cooktops Course – RVTNC112.4
Recertification Hours: 28 hours
Cost: $280

The second of the four LP appliances, the RV range is broken down into its two main components, the stove and oven and each delineated further. Thermostat operation as well as flame structure is analyzed and studied. As with all LP appliances, safety precautions are continually emphasized. The importance of air to fuel ratios, applicable to all LP appliances, are identified and exemplified during this course. After successful completion of this course the student will effectively be able to:

• Identify and interpret data plate information
• Identify the types of ranges and cooktops
• Explain range and cooktop installation requirements
• Identify the types of ignition devices used in ranges and cooktops
• Explain cooktop operation
• Explain oven operation
• Identify range and cooktop component parts and explain their usage
• Identify proper propane pressure and explain its importance
• Demonstrate how to check for propane leaks
• Identify safety considerations associated with ranges and cooktops
• Explain how to adjust air-fuel mixtures
• Troubleshoot ranges and cooktops and identify causes of failures
• Identify codes and standards

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 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 Absorption Refrigeration Service: July 31 – Aug. 27