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Old 05-14-2013, 06:42 AM   #1
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How Many FGRV Have RVIA Certification?

With some of the issues that I have seen come up, I was wondering how many of the FGRV have RVIA Certification? I am familiar with a manufacturer that had it and then dropped it only to go back to getting the certification. Though you might say that it doesn't matter, I know otherwise as far as what can be done or not with the units being manufactured. I know that they give a lot of guidance in both quality and safety issues. So, which units have RVIA Certification? I found a list of manufacturers and it looks like none of the FGRV manufacturers have the certification. I had not thought about RVIA until I saw a string of issues coming up.
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Certification with RIVA means the manufacturer was compliant at the time of certification and willing to invest the money for the certification, testing and inspections. Not to be RIVA certified does not mean that a camping unit is not compliant to RIVA specifications. Could go eithor way.
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"RVIA" certification is for U.S. made RV's.

A trailer made in Canada probably wouldn't have/apply for "RVIA" certification specifically...in Canada such certification is provided by the CSA, a freestanding organization much like our "Underwriters Laboratory".

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My old Trillium still has its CSA medallion, and I'd be surprised if those brands being made right now in Canada lacked that certification.

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"RVIA" certification is for U.S. made RV's.

My old Trillium still has its CSA medallion, and I'd be surprised if those brands being made right now in Canada lacked that certification.

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Your old Canadian Trillium also has a RVIA certification.
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It does?

Well, I'm just as proud as I can be- glad to know that someone's paying more attention than I am!

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It does?

Well, I'm just as proud as I can be- glad to know that someone's paying more attention than I am!

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...BUSTED!

A totally "geezer moment"...there it is, in my Very Own Words!

I'm tottering off to attend to my Attends now....

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"RVIA" certification is for U.S. made RV's.

A trailer made in Canada probably wouldn't have/apply for "RVIA" certification specifically...in Canada such certification is provided by the CSA, a freestanding organization much like our "Underwriters Laboratory".

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My old Trillium still has its CSA medallion, and I'd be surprised if those brands being made right now in Canada lacked that certification.

Francesca

You are correct. Canadian units must be certified as being compliant with the CSA Z240 standard at time of manufacture. This certification is generally provided by CSA or QAI (which are both certified to do the testing). Escape uses QAI.

The CSA Z240 standard is very, very similar to the NFPA 1192 standard and the standards agencies are working with industry groups to make them interchangeable. Both standards do not sit on their own, but incorporate various other electrical, plumbing and other standards, so there is a lot for a manufacturer to be aware of - and that's a good thing.

It seems that certification in the US is optional and to my knowledge, no US manufacturers of molded units are currently certified. Certification costs the manufacturer money and they are subject to initial and surprise inspections of units to ensure continued compliance. These manufacturers may or may not meet the RVIA certification to the NFPA 1192 standard levels, but no independent agency is attesting to same.

In the non-molded world, US manufacturers certify their units to the CSA standard if the unit is being sold in Canada (legal requirement) - there is usually an upcharge for this to pay for those slight differences in standards (a couple of things have to be done a different way). Similarly, Canadian companies selling in the US will get RVIA certification. If you look at the list of manufacturers with RVIA certified units on the RVIA site, you will see many Canadian names.

I like certification in that it provides an independent inspection to ensure compliance with well established safety standards. It doesn't help with fit and finish problems, but the basic safety is covered. It is however an additional cost that is ultimately passed on to the buyer.

Anyway, in BC (my current locale), the argument is mute - certification is a manufacturing requirement.
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Anyway, in BC (my current locale), the argument is mute - certification is a manufacturing requirement.
I didn't know it's actually required in Canada. Funny that neither Outback nor Escape mentions the certification at their home pages-? Since they have to do it anyway, you'd think they'd put the label there or something. Good selling point, and all that...

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Well our 26 year old Bigfoot has a little plate right by the door that says it's RVIA certified, so at least it met whatever the standards were back in 1987!
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Yeah and with certification all bets are off once a trailer is delivered into an owners hands. We've seen almost immediate wacked out mods that if were done at the factory would tank any chance at certification.

Based on that, I'm not impressed with a manufacturers certification. I much prefer to talk to owners about their impression of towability, etc. YMMV
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With some of the issues that I have seen come up, I was wondering how many of the FGRV have RVIA Certification? I am familiar with a manufacturer that had it and then dropped it only to go back to getting the certification. Though you might say that it doesn't matter, I know otherwise as far as what can be done or not with the units being manufactured. I know that they give a lot of guidance in both quality and safety issues. So, which units have RVIA Certification? I found a list of manufacturers and it looks like none of the FGRV manufacturers have the certification. I had not thought about RVIA until I saw a string of issues coming up.
Check the archives, this has been hashed and rehashed.
It does matter to the tune of about $500 per trailer. You may say that it is worth the subscription price, well I know otherwise.
As I said before... if you want an RVIA certification badge for a 30 year old Scamp, you can get one for free from one of the thousands of 10 year old stickbuilts in the RV junkyard.
Do your home work, then if you don't trust the builder, buy one from a builder who bought a badge.They will of course pass on the unnecessary cost.
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I like certification in that it provides an independent inspection to ensure compliance with well established safety standards. It doesn't help with fit and finish problems, but the basic safety is covered. It is however an additional cost that is ultimately passed on to the buyer.

Anyway, in BC (my current locale), the argument is mute - certification is a manufacturing requirement.
RVIA is not an independent organization, it is hardly more than a costly subscription sales gimmick.
As for the CSA, they lost the war back in 1865
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