As the RV industry continues to evolve and expand, so must the regulations and standards governing it.
One of the most important codes for the industry is the National Electric Code (NEC), published by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). The NEC undergoes a comprehensive review and revision process every three years, and the RV industry plays a significant role in this process.
According to the RV Industry Association’s (RVIA) News & Insights report, the first stage of the revision process is the Public Input Stage, during which recommendations from the RV industry, the public, and other stakeholders are accepted for consideration in the development of the first draft of code updates. This year, the deadline for submitting recommendations is September 7, 2023.
After receiving recommendations and feedback, the National Electric Code Making Panel 7 will meet to consider all recommendations and provide a response to all submissions received.
The RV industry is well-represented on this panel, with several industry leaders serving voluntarily to protect the best interests of the RV, Park Model RV, and RV parks and campground industries.
These individuals include Ryan Hyer, TEI; Wade Elliot, Utility Services Group; Doug Mulvaney, Kampgrounds Of America; David Mihalick, THOR Industries; and Bryan Ritchie and Curt Richardson from the RV Industry Association.
The RV Industry Association’s Standards Department also plays a critical role in creating and reviewing standards affecting the RV industry. Department leaders Bryan Ritchie and Curt Richardson are available to provide guidance and assistance to any member looking to be involved in the creation and review process of standards affecting the industry.
It is crucial for the RV industry to be actively involved in the NEC revision process. By participating in the public input stage and working with industry leaders on the code-making panel, the RV industry can ensure that regulations and standards are tailored to its unique needs and goals.
RVIA encourages members and players from the RV industry to submit their proposed recommendations during this initial public input period.