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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 Offers Online RV Plumbing Course

Thu Feb 22, 2018

The Pennsylvania RV and Camping Association, in cooperation with Northampton Community College, is offering an online RV Plumbing Systems course March 5 through April 8. The course, approved by RVIA and qualifying for 28 recertification hours, covers such topics as identifying RV plumbing systems, plumbing and water system components, and codes and standards applicable to fresh water systems and waste water systems.

The course also teaches students how to troubleshoot drainage systems, perform cutting and cementing of ABS piping, repair leaks in fresh- and waste-water systems, repair and replace toilets and their fittings, and prepare coaches for winter storage, and includes information on leak-proof plumbing fittings, among other topics.

Students can 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 homes or dealerships, enabling them to avoid the expense of traveling to a training facility. Students will receive a certificate following successful completion of the course.

The course is the third part of an entire curriculum offered by Northampton Community College, for which students can earn a specialized diploma. Those who earn the diploma will be prepared to take the RV Service Technician or a Master Certified RV Service Technician tests with the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA). Other upcoming courses in the curriculum include RV Absorption Refrigeration (March 19 through April 15), RV Air Conditioning (April 9 through May 6), and RV Air Brakes, Suspension and Towing (April 16 through May 13).

To register, go on-line and take the following steps. For problems with registration, call 610-861-5390.

• Click on View Catalog under Center for Business and Industry (CBI).
• Click on Technical and Trades.
• Search for course (RVTNC110.4) and follow the designated registration procedure.