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 PDI Course Begins Oct. 9

Tue Sep 26, 2017

145279421656314.gifThe RV Pre-Delivery Inspection Course from the Pennsylvania RV and Campground Association begins Oct. 9 and runs through Nov. 5.

The PDI is one of the most common tasks associated with a selling RV dealership service shop. All new RVs must be "PDI'd" prior to delivery to the retail customer. Here, the students proceed, step by step, through the process of performing a quality PDI.

Troubleshooting and repair techniques are not the focus of this course; rather this course teaches how to actually inspect and test the viability of all components found in every major system. All electrical, LP and plumbing gear, as well as all safety components and add-on accessories are closely inspected and operated. After successful completion of this course the student will effectively be able to:

• Define the scope of a PDI (inspection and documentation)
• Review the information on a PDI sheet
• Perform hot skin test and neutral-ground isolation test
• Conduct a polarity test
• Check generator operation and output
• Check AC electrical system performance (including transfer switch and GFCI)
• Verify operation of all 120-volt AC appliances
• Check battery condition
• Check interior and exterior lighting
• Check DC electrical system performance
• Verify operation of all 12-volt appliances
• Inspect LP container installation and understand data plate information
• Conduct an LP drop pressure test
• Adjust LP regulator operating pressure
• Conduct LP regulator lock-up test
• Document and verify any and all test results
• Check appliance operation and performance
• Leak test waste system and holding tanks
• Check and flush the waste systems
• Check the fresh water supply and drain system
• Check water pump operation
• Flood test holding tanks
• Check termination valves and caps
• Check holding tank mounting
• Perform drain system flow test
• Check tire pressure
• Check lug nut torque
• Conduct under-vehicle visual inspection
• Verify operation of DOT lighting
• Check automotive fluid levels, belts and hoses
• Verify operation of all switches, indicators and gauges
• Check operation of back-up monitor and mirrors
• Road test RV
• Check landing gear, stabilizers and tongue jacks of travel trailers and fifth wheels
• Adjust and set up electric brake system on tow vehicle
• Document and record defects
• Clean and detail RV
• Check interior and exterior surface finishes
• Check furniture and soft goods operation and appearance
• Verify correct window, door and storage compartment operation
• Insure operation of all locks and keys
• Install OEM loose items
• Verify operation of CO and LP leak detectors and smoke alarms
• Check and inspect fire extinguishers

Students can take the course from the comfort of their home or office. The course costs $280 per student.

To register for the courses, click here. Click on “View Catalog” under “Center for Business and Industry (CBI). Then select “Technical and Trades.” Search for the course (RVTNC103.5) and follow registration procedures. Call 610-861-5390 if there are any problems.