The RV Industry Association (RVIA) prides itself in being the leading voice of the RV industry. The association’s members together produce 98% of the RVs made in the U.S. and about 60% of RVs made in the world.
The RVIA provides an inspection and certification program for their members to ensure that manufacturers and builders are complying with fire and life safety and plumbing, heating and electrical systems codes.
Like many associations, the RVIA offers educational resources, networking opportunities for industry professionals and advocacy for better working environments and government legislation.
Types of Certifications/Memberships
RVIA defines the term “RV Manufacturer” as a person or corporation involved in manufacturing RVs. These members have access to all RVIA services and voting rights.
In order to be considered an RV, a structure must be designed as temporary living quarters for non-commercial use, have its own motive power or be mounted on another vehicle and be built to the standards of the RVIA’s board of directors.
Park Model RV Manufacturer
A park model RV manufacturer is an individual or corporation that actively engages in manufacturing park model RVs. These members also have access to all RVIA services and voting rights.
In order to be considered a park model RV, a structure must be designed as temporary living quarters for non-commercial use, be built on a single chassis mounted on wheels, have a gross trailer area of less than 400 square feet and be built to the standards of the RVIA’s board of directors.
RVIA defines “Supplier” as an individual or corporation that directly or indirectly provides products or services to RV manufacturers, park model RV manufacturers or other suppliers and other participants in the RV industry. This also includes manufacturers of RV towing vehicles. However, this does not include RV retail dealers. Supplier members have access to all RVIA services and voting rights.
The “Aftermarket Supplier” membership is offered to individuals and corporations that directly or indirectly provide products or services to other businesses that serve the aftermarket segment of the RV industry. This does not include RV retail dealers. Aftermarket supplier members have access to all RVIA services and voting rights.
An associate member of the RVIA is someone involved in the RV industry who does not qualify for any of the other categories. This may include consultants, law firms and publishers to name a few. However, this does not include RV retail dealers. RVIA associate members do not have access to any voting rights.
A finance firm membership is offered to businesses that provide wholesale financing to the RV industry or retail financing to RV buyers. Finance firm members have access to all RVIA services and voting rights.
RVIA defines “Manufacturer’s Representative” as someone who is contracted to provide marketing services for an RV manufacturer or supplier. Manufacturer’s representative members do not have access to voting rights.
Benefits of the RV Industry Association include inspection and certification programs that will help RV vehicle manufacturers and builders better understand industry compliance standards. In addition to helping RVIA members with compliance, they are also dedicated to being the voice of the RV industry, working to improve government legislation and create a more favorable business environment for suppliers, manufacturers, associates and consumers.
The RVIA provides its members with market data and statistics about industry trends that will help them make informed business decisions. The Go RV-ing marketing campaign and public relations program helps members increase their visibility and presence within the industry.
The RVIA streamlines communication and networking by hosting events which gives industry professionals the opportunity to meet up, build relationships and work towards business development. As a member, you will learn about networking opportunities through RVIA’s website, newsletter and email updates, which will also keep you updated on all association and industry news.
Lastly, the association’s diverse education programs and services are sure to help members increase their expertise and reach their business goals.
How to Join the RVIA
- Visit the RVIA website
- Hover over Memberships at the top of the homepage and click Join the RV Industry Association”
- Determine your membership category, then click Create Your Account.
- Fill out the required fields for setting up your account.
- Once your account is created, you will be directed to your personal snapshot page. Click Apply at the bottom of the page.
- Fill out the online membership application form.
- In addition to completing the form, you must also submit supporting documents. These documents differ depending on the type of membership you are applying for. The necessary documents will be listed on your application.
For more information on the application process, contact RVIA at firstname.lastname@example.org or 703-620-6003 ext. 309.
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