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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 Absorption Refrigerator Course Begins July 31

Tue Jul 18, 2017

145279421656314.gifCamp Hill, Penn. - The RV Absorption Refrigeration course begins July 31 and runs through August 27. 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 Absorption Refrigeration Service Course – RVTNC101.4
Recertification Hours: 40 hours
Cost: $400

This is the appliance that causes the most confusion; 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 & 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.

To register, go online to Northampton's website.

• Click on View Catalog under Center for Business and Industry (CBI).
• Click on Technical and Trades.
• Search for course and follow registration procedure.
• 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 course's materials are supported by RVIA and feature competency-based instruction, assignments and testing.