Canadian RV Association Revises Standards

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The Canadian Recreational Vehicle Association (CRVA) has received approval and published updates and amendments to its CSA Z240 RV Series-14 standards.

Major changes include: Type and size Except where flexible cords are required by Clause, low-voltage wiring shall be made of non-metallic sheathed cable (NM type) or of armored cable, or enclosed in rigid or flexible conduit. The conductors shall be made of copper and shall not be less than 14 AWG in size. This permits RV Manufacturers to use either Canadian NMD or US NM-B wire.

4.2 Overall length shall not exceed the following when the vehicle is folded or stowed for transit: a) fifth-wheel trailers: 14.65 m (48 ft), measured from tip to tail; b) motor homes: 14 m (46 ft), measured at the floor line from the rear extremity to the front of the main body; and c) travel trailers: 13.1 m (43 ft), measured from tip to tail including the frame hitch.

While the length of travel trailers has been increased to 43 feet in the CSA Z240 code, the allowable length is still governed by provincial/territorial highway authorities where the units are shipped. Thus, CRVA still requires change with the applicable regulatory authorities to allow for the increase in length of travel trailers but having this amendment in the CSA Z240 RV Series code is a critical first step while we advocate the proper governing bodies.

CRVA President Shane Devenish thanked chairman Garth Cane from RV Lifestyle, Lauro Pilla from CSA, Bruce Hopkins and Kent Perkins of RVIA and the entire CSA Z240 Technical Committee for their efforts in getting this done.

For a list of all revisions in the Z240 RV Series-14, click here.


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