The Recreation Vehicle Industry Association’s (RVIA) team of inspectors met with staff from the association’s Standards and Education department from May 7-9 at RVIA headquarters in Reston, Va. The meetings are held regularly to help maintain and improve the consistency in the standards inspection process. The primary focus at this session was to educate staff on the ANSI A119.5 Recreational Park Trailer Standard (2009 edition) requirements with park trailer manufacturers now able to join RVIA as members. While many of the park trailer requirements are very similar to the RV requirements of NFPA 1192, John Proteau, RVIA’s standards administrator/chief inspector developed a park trailer deviation database to identify additional criteria, such as construction, structural and thermal, that the inspection staff reviewed to become familiar with in order to conduct park trailer inspections. During the meeting, the group also reviewed RV-related code changes and other technical issues that may have arisen since the group last met in December during the RVIA National RV Trade Show in Louisville, Ky. Pictured are: John Proteau, standards administrator/chief inspector; Curt Richardson, senior inspector; Greg Wischmeyer, inspector/certified technician; Gatie Gore, standards administrative assistant; Sharonne Lee, director, technical information; Nancy Jo Bell-London, inspection services coordinator; Kent Perkins, director of RV standards; Mick Sass, inspector/media coordinator; and Bruce Hopkins, vice president, standards and education.
The Recreation Vehicle Industry Association’s (RVIA) Standards Department hosted a well-attended seminar to educate industry members on the 2011 editions of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 1192 Standard for Recreational Vehicles, the ANSI 12V Standard for Low Voltage Systems in Conversion and Recreational Vehicles and the National Electric Code (NEC).
The session, held April 12 in South Bend, Ind., was designed to provide the industry an opportunity to learn about the new code changes and related enforcement positions. Seventy-five industry representatives were on hand for the event, according to the RVIA Today Express online edition.
The new standards have an effective date of May 1, 2011, for in-field use with a mandatory enforcement date of Sept. 1, 2011.
A new publication, RVIA’s “Handbook for National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 1192 Standard for Recreational Vehicles,” to help explain the new requirements is now available to members.
RVIA will use the handbook during the transition period between the May and September dates to provide in-field training regarding new or revised requirements. The cost of the handbook is $199 for RVIA-member companies and $249 for non-members. Orders can be placed in the Publications store on www.rvia.org.
The 2011 edition of the NFPA 1192 standard is also available to RVIA members for $34.20 and to non-members for $38. The “ANSI/RVIA 12V Standard for Low Voltage Systems” is offered to RVIA members for $19 and to non-members for $24. Both of these publications can be ordered in the Publications store as well
The 2011 edition of the NEC is available from NFPA by calling (800) 344-3555 or online at www.nfpa.org/catalog.
For additional information, contact Gatie Gore at (703) 620-6003 (ext. 348) or firstname.lastname@example.org.