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RVIA U.S./Canada Seal Pact ‘Mission in Motion’

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March 10, 2011 by   Leave a Comment

Richard Coon

Richard Coon

A new Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) plan to collect Go RVing Canada unit assessments for U.S. manufacturers doing business there still needs the approval of the Canadian Recreational Vehicle Association (CRVA) board of trustees.

But that approval looks all but certain.Go RVing Canada logo

”Are we going forward with RVIA? I’m sure our board will,” said CRVA President Roger Faulkner, president of recreational park model builder General Coach Inc., Hensall, Ontario.

”But the RVIA announcement (which followed last week’s board meeting) is a little premature. It’s not a done deal. It’s a mission in motion.”

Faulkner said the CRVA executive committee already had met and approved the plan which this year would funnel approximately $2 million to Go RVing Canada.

The full CRVA board will consider the proposal May 15 at a Toronto meeting.

Meanwhile, RVIA President Richard Coon said RVIA is putting together a ”webinar” for later this month that will explain the changeover to its U.S. manufacturing members.

The RVIA board last week approved the plan during a board meeting in Tucson, Ariz. Coon said RVIA members will be expected to comply with the new setup by June 1.

The Go RVing assessment for seals placed on RVs being sold in Canada will be the same as in the United States — $46 for each folding camping trailer shipped, $61 for each travel trailer and fifth-wheel and $74 for motorhomes.

Currently, the Go RVing Canada assessment is a flat $75 on all units, and in 2010 the Canadian coalition estimates seal income of $1.5 million.

Most RVs sold in Canada are required to carry Canada Standards Association (CSA) or Quality Assurance International (QAI) seals attesting that the units were built to CSA Z240 safety standard, which differs slightly from the U.S. standard.

A Go RVing Canada assessment is added to the cost of each seal as it is in the U.S. and the money forwarded to the CRVA and then onto Go RVing Canada.

However, reporting and procedures are different throughout the 11 Canadian provinces. Quebec, for instance, doesn’t require any seal on RVs sold there.

While the Go RVing portion of the seal cost will drop off the CSA and QAI seals, they will still be required along with an RVIA seal which will carry the Go RVing assessment.

”For a number of years now, Go RVing Canada has struggled to collect their fair share of the assessments,” Coon said. ”What we are doing here will collect more Go RVing money for Canada than ever before.”

”There is no question that it’s an issue,” Faulkner told RVBUSINESS.com. ”Go RVing Canada has been left out in cold the last few years. It would make it easier for manufacturers in the United States and certainly for the dealers up here.”

Over the years, Go RVing Canada’s marketing campaign has mirrored that developed by the Go RVing Coalition in the United States. However, because it collects far less money than its U.S. counterpart, Go RVing focus has been on the print media.

At the Tucson meeting, RVIA established a Canadian Coalition Committee to sort through issues that involve the two countries, including unifying the their safety standards with regards to RVs.

At the meeting the RVIA board also adopted the 2011 edition of the NFPA 1192 standard for RVs that includes a new standard for low-voltage electric systems. RVIA also approved a proposal to improve the RV Certification Testing Preparatory Course by adopting an RV Service Technician Career Ladder and instructed its staff to continue development of a proposed RV service certification plan.

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