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 .

Exclusive: PRVCA Hosts Dexter Axle Training

Thu Jan 4, 2018

151510895071011.pngThe Pennsylvania Recreational Vehicle and Camping Association will host a technician certification training with Dexter Axle on components of the company’s axle, brakes and suspension systems from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Jan 26 at Stoltzfus RV, 1335 Wilmington Pike West Chester, Pennsylvania.

The training counts for four recertification hours for certified and master certified technicians, and unlike many certification courses, does uniquely examine the Dexter solutions, said Megan McClain, the marketing and education coordinator for PRVCA. Cost of the instruction is $300 for non PRVCA members, but free to PRVCA members, though $50 will be charged for no shows. Lunch is included.

“One of the things are members have asked for is more instruction on specific systems,” McClain says. Many other association training programs require more generalized instruction.

Dextor instructor Bill Snider says the session will include hands-on training on brakes, bearings, seals and measuring of axles and frames including information on the following: Jacking up a trailer, removal of the hub and drum, brakes and magnets, bearings and seals, brake adjustments, wheel torque, suspension and information on maintenance manuals.

McClain says the association will host about 11 trainings this year, which will include experts for manufacturers such as Coleman, Dometic Atwood, Norcold and Lippert. All of the association’s training occurs in winter months when technicians are less busy.

“We have gotten new members, but even more it’s a great member benefit,” she says. “Our current members are loving it.”

Dealers looking to join the association can go to www.prvca.org and click on "Member" and "Become a Member" or email daniel@prvca.org for more information.

To register for the instruction, please download the registration card.