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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's Absorption Refrigeration Course Begins July 31

Mon Jul 10, 2017

145279421656314.gifThe Pennyslvania Recreation Vehicle and Campground Association will be hosting the RV Absorption Refrigeration Service Course from July 31 - Aug. 27.

This is the appliance that causes the most confusion, according to a press release. How to use heat to make cold! The theory of absorption and associated processes are fine-tuned and presented in a way that makes this sometimes perplexing device a little easier to understand. Like the other LP appliances studied, individual component testing and replacement is accomplished as well as an understanding of all operational ills on each energy source employed by the RV refrigerator. After successful completion of this course the student will effectively be able to:

• Recognize various styles and refrigerator manufacturers
• Interpret data plate information.
• Recognize component parts found in manual and automatic refrigerators.
• Explain the function of component parts.
• Locate all component parts within the system.
• Explain how the system functions.
• Explain importance of proper leveling.
• Determine venting according to manufacturer specifications.
• Insure all electrical and LP requirements have been met
• Explain cooling unit composition and operation.
• Set up a cooling unit for proper testing.
• Remove and reinstall different styles of cooling units.
• Diagnose all cooling unit faults
• Check refrigerator installations for proper clearances.
• Demonstrate the ability to perform necessary mathematical, measurement and geometric functions.
• Insure refrigerator installations conform to code requirements.
• Verify door seals for tightness.
• Explain and diagram how vapor flows through the main and bypass portion of the thermostat on manual refrigerators.
• Conduct performance tests to determine refrigerator status.
• Identify and repair electrical and LP related faults.
• Test the safety valve and thermocouple.
• Explain operation of an automatic (two-way and three-way) refrigerator.
• Perform a check on the ignition module of an automatic refrigerator.
• Test the propane solenoid for proper operation.
• Demonstrate the proper procedures for a thorough Clean and Service.
• Use wiring diagrams and schematics to verify wiring installation.
• Diagnose probable causes to common complaints.
• Diagnose circuit boards.
• Explain operation of humidity control systems.
• Explain the operation of ice makers and water hook-ups.

The course can be taken online, from the comfort of the home or office. The cost for the course is $400 per student.

To register for the courses, visit https://lifelearn.northampton.edu/modules/. Click on "View Catalog" under "Center for Business and Industry (CBI)." Then select "Technical and Trades." Search for the course and follow registration procedures. Call 610-861-5390 if you have any problems.

To purchase the required textbooks ($25.95 including shipping), contact megan@prvca.org or call 888-303-2887.