Originally Posted by John Linck
You gotta congratulate Oliver for seeking the RVIA certification. Nice to see a company put quality first.
HI John, nice to hear from you!
I don't really concur, since dedication to quality can certainly be in-house.
A builder can set the standards and can meet or exceed any certification without passing along an extra thousand dollar cost to the customer.
I'm confident that your toys would have the same dedication to quality and workmanship with or without paying some organization for certification. So I would rather have something with YOUR name on it than something marked "TMIA certified"!
I have visited RV junkyards full of RVIA certified trailers, many less than five years old and not the victims of collision. So I know where to get a shiny like new badge for my camper should I ever want one!
Oliver's build quality comes from an in-house dedication to a build philosophy. That is what gives them their reputation and will sustain or destroy them with or without RVIA certification.
Nobody thinks that DOT compliance makes all new cars equal, nor does anyone really think that all houses which meet code requirements are equal.
I understand the value of an RVIA certification label on the outside of a trailer as a sales tool or for reassurance, but I place it as trivial compared to build philosophy which is what ultimately determines the quality on the inside.