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.
The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) has approved the recommendations of the 2009 Canvass Committee on Recreational Park Trailers to update the ANSI A119.5 Standard for Recreational Park Trailers.
Numerous changes and revisions were made to the approximately 500 building and safety requirements specified in the code, including codes that govern the requirements for arc-fault circuit breakers, tamper resistant electrical receptacles, anchoring systems, propane pressure relief and shutoff valves, gas piping materials, warning labels, carbon monoxide alarms, toilet venting, cleanout fittings, outdoor receptacles approved for outdoor locations and health notices involving formaldehyde emissions.
The new codes were formally circulated on March 1, and the Recreational Park Trailer Industry Association’s (RPTIA) board of directors has indicated that the new standard will apply to all RPTIA inspections effective as of Sept. 1, the RPTIA stated in a news release.
Copies of the new standard are only available as a 48-page printed publication by contacting RPTIA at (770) 251-2672 or firstname.lastname@example.org. The cost of the publication is $39 for non-members and $36 for members, clubs, associations and government agencies and includes priority mail postage and handling.
Individuals serving on the 2009 Canvass Committee on Recreational Park Trailers included Chuck Ballard, Pacific West Associates, Inc.; Larry Beineke, PFS Corp.; Tom Brandt, Fairmont Homes Inc.; Robert A Denman, Pleasant Acres Campground; Philip Gauthier, AHRI; John Harvey, state of Washington; Robert Holliday, Chariot Eagle Inc.; Ted Huff, T.R. Arnold & Associates; Bill Hug, WMH Consulting; James Keller, Recreation Vehicle Indiana Council; David Mihalick, Thor Industries Inc.; Jerry Miller, Woodland Park Inc.; Michael Neidlinger, Skyline Corp.; Paul Probst, North American Forest Products Inc.; Kirk Rensberger, NTA Inc.; Bruce J. Swiecicki, National Propane Gas Association; Monte Taylor, Oregon Building Codes Division; John Walters, Fleetwood Enterprises Inc.; and Dennis Webber, RADCO.