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Old 01-30-2021, 02:59 PM   #1
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Why are molded fiberglass travel trailer not RVIA approved??
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Old 01-30-2021, 03:10 PM   #2
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Some are, I think. Others have probably judged the high cost of RVIA membership distributed over a fairly low production volume would be hard to recoup, making an already expensive product even more so. We're talking about very small operations compared to Thor, Forest River...
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Old 01-30-2021, 03:27 PM   #3
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Oliver trailers are RVIA certified.
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Its a manufacturers association, costs to join and then they charge a fee per traile and an annual membership fee too. If you owned a molded FG business, would you join? And would you pay extra to get a trailer with a RVIA sticker?
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Old 01-30-2021, 09:34 PM   #5
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Would you buy one not being RVIA certified??
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what does that certification even mean in the real world ?
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Old 01-30-2021, 10:11 PM   #7
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what does that certification even mean in the real world ?
Yeah, I think it's meaningless. Look at some of the stick-built trailers that are RVIA certified They're an association, not a government authority. Since it's not a necessity in my state for a title and registration, I could care less.
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Would you buy one not being RVIA certified??
If you own a Casita, you did.
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what does that certification even mean in the real world ?

Kinda like those goody bags at the Oscars. Several times I had to shoot pix for a story about some local company that had been selected to be included.
What was never mentioned is the local jeweller, candle maker, weaver, had to pay something like $20,000 for the privilege of donating thousands of dollars of product for the swag bags.
Also not mentioned is that there were tiers of swag bags. You might be donating swag to camera crew, writers, caterers unless you spent big bucks, in which case, the stars would send their assistant to a room where they would get natural pearl necklaces ( in the hope that the star would be photographed wearing it ). Swag to the stars is an industry.

You could probably make money certifying "Organic" or "Natural" products. Too late. It's already been done.
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RVIA certification is like having a Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval. Not legally required for anything, anywhere. Cute sales tool in my opinion. Interesting that Thousand Trails wants all RVs to have the certification or ask for an exception to camp at a resort (after you've paid your membership fees.)
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Hi: ACZ06... It's like J.D. Power and associates awards. If you pay for one you get it!!!
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Old 01-31-2021, 07:52 AM   #13
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I spotted this NATM sticker on a new Scamp when, 12 days ago, someone on the Facebook group posted about the break-away switch falling off on her new Scamp. Its the first I have seen any evidence of Scamp associating with RVIA, NATM, etc. I doubt that Scamps could get RVIA certified unless they made a lot of changes.

Kinda ironic to have the "seal of assurance" right next to the failed part.
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I would not say completely irrelevant or utterly worthless in the real world. For one, there are a few, mostly upscale, RV parks that won’t let you in without it. It’s a CYA insurance thing because...

For another, RVIA members certify code compliance, and RVIA conducts at least token factory inspections. Obviously code compliance and build quality are not at all the same- an RV can be code compliant by design but riddled with assembly defects. Many are.

Some non-RVIA companies are scrupulous about codes. Scamp has not always been so. My 2008 was sold without a single safety detector. RVIA might have changed that practice sooner. The breakaway switch is another overdue change.

So... would I buy a non-RVIA unit? Sure. But buyer beware. I added the safety detectors myself. No biggie. I don’t camp at the kinds of places that require the sticker.

The same caveat applies to RVIA-certified units. There’s plenty of junk out there with an RVIA sticker. The fox doesn’t do a very good job policing the henhouse.
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For one, there are a few, mostly upscale, RV parks that won’t let you in without it. It’s a CYA insurance thing because...
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Another reason for me to avoid these campgrounds. I tried to get into one and they required trailers to be at least 26 feet long.... Lots of snooty places out there. You won’t find me in a gated community either.

Thousand Trails? I’ve avoided them for decades.
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Another reason for me to avoid these campgrounds. I tried to get into one and they required trailers to be at least 26 feet long.... Lots of snooty places out there. You wonít find me in a gated community either.

Thousand Trails? Iíve avoided them fit decades.
Bluewater Key RV Resort in (well, just outside) of Key West, FL is another example of an RV park that requires RVIA certified RVs. Not that that would make a difference for most of us - they also state: "The minimum length requirement for ALL RVís is 24 feet with all slides in, not including hitch or bumpers."

A beautiful place, but not for the likes of us!
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Bluewater Key RV Resort in (well, just outside) of Key West, FL is another example of an RV park that requires RVIA certified RVs. Not that that would make a difference for most of us - they also state: "The minimum length requirement for ALL RV’s is 24 feet with all slides in, not including hitch or bumpers."

A beautiful place, but not for the likes of us!
Not even the largest current Bigfoot would be welcome there. Probably an age limit, too.

While no one likes to be told, "we don't want you here," I remind myself there are other beautiful places I can go but they can't because they're too big. Any the majority of places we can both camp side-by-side.

It's all good!
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Old 01-31-2021, 01:10 PM   #18
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Any thoughts on this new dealership program for molded fiberglass campers? I don't think any of the other companies have dealers...


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Old 01-31-2021, 02:19 PM   #19
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I once knew a elecric shop that made el. panels big time he didnt have 1 certification that would have increased his sales. It didnt amount to anything more than a sticker he wouldnt pay the blackmail but it cost him some sales!
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Old 01-31-2021, 02:20 PM   #20
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just their way of stopping certain rigs from parking there! Lost me anyway! LOL
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