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 .

New England Training to Cover Hitching, Weight and Braking

Thu Jan 4, 2018

Training for technicians in the New England Area reviewing fifth wheel and travel trailer hitching, weight distribution and braking solutions featuring trainers from Horizon Global will be offered at RV dealerships in the New England area Jan. 30 through Feb. 1.
Topics will include under-car available hitch receiver ratings for weight distribution systems, types of weight-distribution hitch kits and sway-control systems available and how to properly select, install and set up a weight-distribution hitch and sway-control system, according to the New England RV Dealers Association, one of the event sponsors. NERVDA is teaming with Horizon to sponsor the training, which is part of the Recreational Vehicle Industry Association Association’s Technicians in Training (TnT) program.
“These programs provide hands-on training tailored to the technicians,” says Wade Greenwood, RVIA’s TnT Education representative for the western and northern United States. “These companies are not promoting their products, they are focusing on the technical aspects (and installation) of that appliance.
“These courses combine the efforts of all four agencies of our industry: the suppliers, the dealers, the OEMs and the associations,” says Greenwood, noting the Recreational Vehicle Dealers Association has been supplying lunches for the program.
TnT was founded in 2013 and typically holds 12 to 14 such training sessions each year, though Greenwood expects the program host 18 or more events this year. Cost for the one-days sessions are $99— though using the discount code, NERVDA, brings the cost down to $79 – and techs also will earn eight recertification hours for the training.
The three training sessions are:
• Jan. 30 at Long View RV Superstores, 27 Lawnacre Road, Windsor Locks, Connecticut. To register for this event visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/tnt0790-18-reese-towing-systems-registration-41346734195.
• Jan. 31 at Major’s RV Service Center, 150 MacArthur Blvd., Bourne, Massachusetts (https://www.eventbrite.com/e/tnt0791-18-reese-towing-systems-registration-41346941816).
• Feb. 1 at Cold Springs RV, 530 South Stark Highway, Weare, New Hampshire (https://www.eventbrite.com/e/tnt0792-18-reese-towing-systems-registration-41346966891).
Clicking on the registration links will reveal, in the upper right part of the page, a place to add the NERVDA discount code. Each session is divided into three parts:
• PART ONE – Weight distribution and sway control hitching systems
o 8 to 11 a.m. Three hours total with one hour of classroom and two hours of hands-on training using truck and trailer and weight-distribution displays. This training reviews under-car available hitch-receiver ratings for weight-distribution systems, the types of weight-distribution hitch kits and sway-control systems available, and how to properly select, install and set up a weight-distribution hitch and sway-control system. At the conclusion of the seminar, technicians will be able to properly select, install and setup a weight distribution kit. They also will understand the types of sway control and how to install and set them up for optimum performance.
• PART TWO – Fifth wheel hitches, fifth wheel short bed truck solutions and rail mounting systems
o 11 a.m. to noon. Classroom review of the various types of fifth wheel hitches, short-bed truck solutions (both for truck and trailer) and rail-mounting systems. Also, selection of a fifth wheel hitch with the correct weight rating (GTW & pin weight). At the end of the seminar, technicians will be able to understand the basic selection, installation and setup procedures for a fifth wheel hitching system. They also will understand procedures to determine and select the correct fifth wheel-hitch, rail-mounting system and short box towing solution based on truck and fifth wheel trailer combination.
• Lunch noon to 1:30 p.m.
• 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Continue fifth wheel training
• PART THREE - Electric trailer brake controls & trailer braking systems
o 2:30 to 5 p.m., with 90 minutes of classroom and one hour of classroom training. Review of the various types of electric trailer brake controls and trailer braking systems and how to select the proper brake control, type, installation and set-up. Also, trouble shooting and repairs common to electric-trailer brake control and trailer-brake system performance issues, as well as how to diagnose trailer wiring issues. At the end of the seminar, technicians will be able to explain the types of brake controls. They also will know how to select, install and setup brake controls and how to follow step-by-step diagnostic procedures for troubleshooting a brake controller. They also will understand how to diagnose a standard electric trailer brake and trailer wiring issues.
Trainers will not install or work on customer units that are at a dealer to be repaired and do not spend time endorsing their products, Greenwood says. “We ask them to train beyond the brand, so they concentrate more on the sequence of operations (needed to conduct repair and maintenance.)”
The training was announced during the holidays, so registration has been light so far, but Greenwood said the sessions usually fill. Training will not be held with fewer than 12 trainees and no more than 18 are usually allowed in the sessions.
“There’s a code among the dealers that they work together on training, because there’s not enough training available for all the individual dealers,” he says. “There is no recruiting allowed and the trainers keep a pretty good eye on things.”
Certified and master certified technicians must take 20 hours of continuing education every five years to avoid taking recertification tests.
Further questions on the training can be addressed to Wade Greenwood (571-665-5854, wgreenwood@rvia.org) or Bob Zagami, executive director of New England RV Dealers Association (617-974-3739, bobzagami@nervda.com).