More Than 500 Standards In Every RV
Quality production is a source of pride for the recreation vehicle industry. A recent University of Michigan study indicated that nearly a quarter of RV owners have had their current unit for ten or more years. These statistics certainly indicate a high level of quality, and RVIA manufacturer-members are committed to continuing this record into the future.
RVIA Standards & Member Quality Control Programs
Every Recreation Vehicle Industry Association member (which includes nearly all U.S. RV manufacturers) pledges as a condition of membership to meet or exceed detailed voluntary industry standards and to maintain an internal quality control program.
Auditing compliance with these membership requirements is managed by RVIA through a staff of professional standards inspectors who conduct unannounced factory inspections at least every eight weeks. These inspections address every stage of the manufacturing process as well as the final product by checking more than 500 items and providing education to assist manufacturers in keeping their membership commitments.
What happens when a manufacturer doesn't meet the standards? Depending on the severity of the non-compliance, members might be put on probation, fined, subject to more frequent, unannounced inspections or they may have their membership terminated.
These standards are monitored by the RVIA Standards Department and are updated via a national consensus process that includes industry participants, government officials and third-party inspection organizations.
The RVIA Seal
Affixed to qualifying RV units, the RVIA seal is a sign that the manufacturer certifies it has successfully met the rigorous standards prescribed by RVIA for membership in the association.
Individual Manufacturer Quality Controls
Most, if not all, member companies go above and beyond RVIA's standards by employing sophisticated internal quality standards and controls. Some utilize statistical process controls, multi-level inspection audits, assembly line station checks and a host of other procedures.
For additional information about how an individual manufacturer maintains the highest level of quality possible, please contact them directly.
California Air Resources Board Formaldehyde Emissions Level
June 12, 2008, the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association's (RVIA) Board of Directors set an effective date of January 1, 2009 for member manufacturers to begin using wood products that meet the California Air Resources Board's (CARB) new formaldehyde emissions level, as a mandatory condition of membership. As of that date, RV makers that are members of RVIA were required to build all units with wood products that comply with the CARB standard's emission limits. By July 1, 2010, they were required to use wood that has been certified by an appropriate third party as meeting the CARB standard.
As a result of this schedule, RVIA required its members to use CARB compliant wood nationwide a full 18 months before California phased in its requirement.
As of July 1, 2012, RVIA member manufacturers have been required to build all units with wood products that are certified by an appropriate third party as meeting the more stringent CARB Phase II standard.