<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Question??? What good is the RVIA? </div></BLOCKQUOTE>
I'm not getting into this bashing thread about the FEE added to each new RV, however, in the interest of our mission statement, I'd like to offer the following:
As as already been stated RVIA is an INDUSTRY oreinted organization, and therefore does not have consumerism as its primary mission. That said, I'm posting a cut & paste from their website where you can learn more about "them" at :www.rvia.org
START OF CUT & PASTE FROM RVIA WEBSITE:
Major RVIA Activities
Represents the RV industry and serves as the chief source for shipment statistics, market research and technical data.
Works to promote RV travel by providing information to the media and general public.
Maintains an inspection program to periodically audit RV manufacturers' compliance with the NFPA 1192 RV Standard.
Also, RVIA provides an ongoing Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS) educational program for its members.
Sponsors the California RV Show (open to the public) and the National RV Trade Show, the industry's premiere event where industry officials convene to do business on behalf of manufacturers, dealers and supplier companies:
55th Annual California RV Show
Oct. 12-21, 2007 Contact: RVIA Western Office:
45th Annual National RV Trade Show
Kentucky Expo Center
Nov. 27-29, 2007 (Not open to the public)
Meets with government representatives regarding state and national legislation affecting the RV industry. Current issues include energy, franchising, warranties, financial or credit restraints, product liability, licensing, titling and registration procedures, highway use rules and the development of more scenic byways.
Works with national regulatory bodies including the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the Federal Highway Administration and the United States Park Service regarding regulations affecting the RV industry.
Develops and participates in industry service technician training programs to build a strong base of trained RV service technicians.
National efforts include directing the National RV Technical Institute, conducting four annual Trouble Shooter Clinics, developing RV service technician textbooks and shop training manuals, administering the RVDA/RVIA Certification Test.
END OF CUT & PASTE FROM RVIA WEBSITE
One thing I did not see RVIA taking credit for is the "RVIA LABEL" which is the highly desirable (IMO) placard required in all their member's products which "shows" us consumers the important information relating each unit's weights and CCC. While it is not "perfect", it has at least forced the OEMs to give us a little info about weights before we agree to the purchase.
I'd also like to point out that the retail dealers have their own INDUSTRY organization, called RVDA, which looks out for the dealer's best interest. These two organizations have not always been best buddies.
At least we consumers have sites like iRV2.com to rely upon to share information and promote OUR best interest!