build specs for travel trailers

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Jun 5, 2006
Are their certian guidlines or specifications a manufacturer must follow when constructing a travel trailer, such as size and types of materials, fastners size and type.  Any help appreciated

Gary RV_Wizard

Site Team
Feb 2, 2005
Looking to buy a new home
The official ANSI & NFPA standards body for RV construction is the RVIA (RV Industry Association) and they do indeed have publsihed standards that all members adhere to.  It is ANSI/NFPA 1192 and ANSI/RVIA 12V (low voltage power systems). There wil be an RVIA seal somewhere on complying RVs.  It probbaly doe snot go to the depth that you are describing, though. It deals mostly with safety concerns (e.g. LPG, Smoke  and CO detectors), measurement methods, plumbing & electrical systems, that sort of thing.  Except for fire safety concerns, the materials and construction methods are, I think, mostly up to the manufacturer.

RVs also comply with relevant federal vehicle safety standards, the National Electrical Code (NEC) and National Fire Protection Code (NFPA) for the year in which it was built and the EGS-1 standard for generators.

For a list of RVIA publications, including standards: RVIA publications
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