RVIA Marks 50 Years in RV Standards Process

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February 15, 2013 by   Comments Off on RVIA Marks 50 Years in RV Standards Process

RVIA President Richard Coon (L) and Vice President of Standards and Education Bruce Hopkins accept the ANSI plaque

The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) recognized the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) with a special plaque to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the association’s involvement with the standards-making organization.

In a letter accompanying the plaque, ANSI President and CEO Joe Bhatia wrote, “We congratulate RVIA on the contributions it has made in advancing the safety and quality of recreational vehicles, and thank you for your significant contributions in support of ANSI and the standardization community.”

Recreation Vehicle Institute (RVI), one of the RV industry organizations that preceded RVIA, began working with ANSI on RV standards in 1963. After RVI and the Trailer Coach Association (TCA) merged in 1974 to form RVIA, RVIA continued the relationship with ANSI in helping guide the standards-making process on behalf of the RV industry.

ANSI is a nonprofit association that establishes procedures and guidelines to create recognized minimum safety standards for products used by both consumers and industry. ANSI sanctions standards that have been created following rigid committee procedures that allow all affected entities a voice in their development. Among the critical issues reviewed by ANSI is the make-up of the committee, empowered to establish or revise the Standard. All affected entities must be represented and no interest group can be in a position to dictate the outcome.

A standards making committee for RVs has existed since 1963 that addressed travel trailers, and this committee created the first safety standard in 1971 that included travel trailers and motorhomes.

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