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A Brief Guide to the RVIA


The Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) represents more than 98% of all RV manufacturers and part suppliers in the United States. The RVIA supports these part suppliers and RV manufacturers based in the US and who produce RVs and parts on American soil. While the RVIA doesn’t represent off-road vehicles, they do support all motorized and towable vehicle within the RV-sphere. Let’s take a closer look at the RVIA and what they do for the RV industry.

What Does the RVIA Do

The RVIA’s headquarters is in Reston, Virginia. They work with the federal, state and local governments across the US to protect the industry’s interests when it comes to supply, demand, and production. The RVIA also provides the industry studies, surveys and more to learn more about manufacturing, production and the consumers they serve every day.

RVIA also works with manufacturers and suppliers to ensure industry standards, regulations and safety procedures are followed to the letter. This increases the safety and stability of RVs produced and sold throughout the United States. By focusing on motorhomes, travel trailers, folding camping trailers, and truck campers, the RVIA has helped increased safety in many ways.

The RVIA has inspection programs in place to monitor the following:

  • Plumbing
  • Heating
  • Fire
  • Electrical

The Recreation Vehicle Industry Association also provides various educational programs for its manufacturers and suppliers. This is based on the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS) and helps ensure that safety, security and best practices are being promoted and implemented across the industry.

The RVIA focuses on the following activities to help the industry:

  • Represents RV manufacturers and supplies with stats, research, and data
  • Promotes RV travel through the use of public information
  • Maintains various inspections programs to ensure best practices in the industry
  • Sponsors two major industry shows to promote the industry to the public and within itself.
  • Acts as the go-between for the government and industry
  • Works with various national regulatory bodies
  • Develops training programs to increase RV service in the industry and for the public

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