Recreational Park Trailer Industry Association, Inc.
RPTIA is a non-profit trade association
whose members are the manufacturers,
suppliers, and service firms producing
Park Trailers. The Association also
represents allied associations whose
members primarily represent the
retailers, RV parks or resorts in
the United States.
What is RPTIA?
Recreational Park Trailer Industry Association, Inc. (RPTIA)
is an effective, nonprofit trade association that represents and provides
information and assistance to all segments of the Park Trailer industry,
agencies of government, members of the media and product owners or potential
The Association uses its resources to develop materials,
information and programs to keep members informed about opportunities, to
facilitate growth and to otherwise inform them about potential problems so
they can respond effectively.
Voting members of RPTIA include those firms who manufacture
Park Trailers, produce and/or distribute component parts and/or offer professional
services utilized by these firms. Associate members include those firms
who market and/or service units for the public or provide the sites or developments
which accommodate Park Trailer use.
Who Manages RPTIA?
RPTIA receives its direction and leadership from a voluntary
Board of Directors with members who are seated in accordance with the RPTIA
bylaws approved by the membership at large. Board membership
includes one individual representing each Park Trailer manufacturer holding
a membership in the Association. Suppliers and service firms are represented
by three individuals who are elected by the membership, one each year, for
a three year term. Two additional members of the Board represent the
dealers and parks who sell or provide accommodations to Park Trailer owners.
The Board, or the Executive Committee meets every quarter with the Annual
Meeting scheduled in late October each year.
Making the Board’s wishes a reality and maintaining the infrastructure and
programming is the task assigned to our staff. RPTIA has two
staff members who serve full time, with two additional individuals serving
on an as needed or contractual basis. The Association has offices in Newnan,
Georgia located near Atlanta’s Hartsfield Airport which provides convenient
and direct access to most destinations.
What Programs Are Offered?
RPTIA is the voice of the Park Trailer industry. It has
the capacity to respond to issues and problems with the strength and combined
resolve of the entire industry. Examples of ongoing programs include:
• Facilitating the ongoing development of the nationally
recognized ANSI A119.5 Standard for Park Trailers, following the consensus
procedures of the American National Standards Institute.
Establishing programs that provide the industry with the capability, capacity
and incentive to produce Park Trailers that are constructed with the components
and procedures as specified by the nationally recognized safety standard
- ANSI A119.5.
Maintaining a central information clearing-house that provides assistance
and documentation to industry members for use with agencies of government,
individual regulators or courts which have taken inappropriate positions
that curtail the sale or use of our products.
Collecting and disseminating statistical information including production
and shipment data as well as demographic profiles of our customers, their
backgrounds, wants, needs and desires as applies to the Park Trailers lifestyle.
Establishing and maintaining a direct line of communication with government
regulators, lawmakers and others, to provide them with accurate information
about our industry for their use in making laws or setting regulations.
Providing the members with a newsletter, detailing issues the Association
is addressing, giving regular and ongoing information as well as covering
opportunities and issues of concern.
Compiling and offering the public and media information that will increase
product awareness and expand the desire to own or use Park Trailers for their
intended and lawful purpose as a vacation and/or seasonal dwelling.
Providing the industry with educational information and knowledge that empowers
it to be effective and prosperous.
This document provides a description
of RPTIA's A119.5 Standards Program. It offers a brief understanding of
the service that this industry-sponsored self enforced effort provides to
our owners and to all who will occupy the Park Trailers that display this
What Is This Organization?
RPTIA is a nonprofit trade association whose
members are the manufacturers, suppliers, and service firms
producing Park Trailers. The Association also represents
allied associations whose members primarily represent the
retailers, RV parks or resorts in the United States. RPTIA
exists to unite all recognized segments of the industry
so they may, in consort, have effective influence upon matters
of public interest involving the betterment of the industry.
The Association members produce 90% of the Park Trailers
built in the US.
What Are Park Trailers
Park Trailers are recreation vehicles primarily
designed as temporary living quarters for recreation, camping or seasonal
use. They are built on a single chassis, mounted on wheels and have a gross
trailer area not exceeding 400 square feet in the set-up mode. Each Park
Trailer is certified by the RPTIA member manufacturer as complying with
ANSI A119.5. Two different types of Park Trailers are offered. One type
is less than 8' 6" in width and is designed for frequent travel on
the highways while the other and more popular type is wider than 8' 6"
(usually 12' in width), and must be transported with special movement permits
from the state highway department. The 8' 6" unit typically is expandable
when it reaches its destination utilizing slide-outs or tip-outs. The wider
units, being less mobile, are usually sited in a resort or RV park location
for an extended term, typically several years.
How Was It Created And Maintained?
American National Standards Institute (ANSI) is a nonprofit
association which establishes procedures and guidelines
to create recognized minimum safety standards for products
used by both consumers and industry. ANSI sanctions standards
that have been created following rigid consensus procedures
which allow all affected entities to have a voice in the
development process. Among the critical issues reviewed
by ANSI is the make-up of the committee empowered to establish
or revise the Standard. All segments must be represented
and no specific interest group can be in a position to dictate
A Standards making committee for Park Trailers
has existed since 1980, and the canvass method was utilized to create the
first safety Standard in late 1981. The Standard and the process that was
used to establish it were submitted to and sanctioned by ANSI in March of
1982 and was then identified as ANSI - A119.5 Standard for Park Trailers.
The Standard covers over 500 individual safety related requirements
that must be complied with in the production and/or repair
of Park Trailers. The A119.5 Standard was revised, using
the canvass method, in 1988. Subsequent canvass method reviews
also occurred in 1993 and again in 1997 when the current
version was created. The requirements found in this Standard
(either directly or by reference) include sections covering
electrical, plumbing, structural, heating & AC, fire,
and life safety issues. Copies of this 30 page Standard
are available for $25.00, including postage and handling,
from the RPTIA 30 Greenville Street - 2nd Floor, Newnan,
Georgia 30263 (770)-251-2672.
RPTIA Members Pledge
Manufacturers Build To This Standard
Upon joining RPTIA, manufacturers are required
to sign a pledge that they will build Park Trailers that conform with the
A119.5 Standard. The pledge, in part, reads:
"We pledge to produce Park Trailers in compliance with the ANSI Standard
A119.5 and agree to allow initial and ongoing unannounced inspections to
verify our pledge. We understand that membership in the association may
be revoked or is subject to disciplinary action following due process should
the manufacturer fail to achieve or maintain the required conformance to
the A 119.5 Standard."
Verifying The Pledge
RPTIA has appointed a number of third party inspection
agencies who have been qualified either by being appointed by two or more
state agencies of government to conduct A119.5 Standards inspections or
can demonstrate their ability to meet the requirements (stipulated by the
American Society for Testing and Materials Standard E-541) for a third party
agency. Manufacturers must appoint an RPTIA approved agency which will then
conduct unannounced in-plant inspections that will take place at least once
every 90 days. All products on location destined for shipment and resale
in the United States shall be inspected for compliance.
Compliance discrepancies are ranked according to their severity. A Type
A deviation shall cover any deficiency which might immediately cause a serious
injury. A Type B deviation shall be any deficiency which may in the future
(following normal wear) cause a serious injury. A Type C deviation is all
other deficiencies not classified as either an A or B. Upon being cited
for any deviation, a manufacturer has ten days in which to respond in writing
to the agency and to RPTIA's General Counsel, detailing the actions they
are taking to rectify the specified problem(s).
Disciplinary Action Is Applied
Should a manufacturer be cited with a repeated
A deviation, a twice repeated B, or a three time repeated C deviation, disciplinary
action shall be imposed. Within the next thirty days an additional inspection,
paid for by the manufacturer, will take place. Should the problem be resolved,
the manufacturer shall return to the normal inspection frequency of 90 days.
Should the same discrepancy be cited again, the Standards discrepancy and
this manufacturer's performance shall be reviewed by the RPTIA's Board of
Directors, where additional discipline or the dismissal of the firm from
RPTIA's membership may take place.
State Mandated A119.5 Standards
Twelve agencies of state government also hold enforcement
powers over the Park Trailers sold or produced in their state and verify
compliance with the A119.5 Standard. These states are: Arizona, California,
Colorado, Kentucky, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Jersey, Oregon, Tennessee,
Utah and Washington.
Maintaining The Program
Uniform Interpretations And New
Keeping the Standard up to date and insuring that
the inspections and enforcement procedures are uniform in their application
are two of the primary missions of the Association. To assist the industry
with continuity, the Association publishes and updates A Handbook for the
A119.5 Standard which covers any and all interpretations and gives the details
on how the Standard shall be applied.
The maintenance of the handbook is based upon a consensus
of interpretations from the various inspecting organizations,
both governmental and third party. The A119.5 Handbook also
provides guidance to the builders, suppliers and repair
firms. Copies of the handbook and the first year's subscription
to an updating service are available for $82.50 including
postage and handling, from the RPTIA 30 Greenville Street
- 2nd Floor, Newnan, Georgia 30263 (770)-251-2672.
Displaying The RPTIA Seal
Recognition Of Accomplishment
And The Manufacturers Certification
Each Manufacturing member of RPTIA who meets the
requirements of this program is granted the right and privilege to display
the RPTIA Standards Seal. The seal is an external recognition of the achievement
that the manufacturers have made in their commitment to maintain compliance
to the Standard. The seal is displayed, with pride, near the primary entrance
to the Park Trailer.
From The 1998
A119.5 Park Trailer Standard
Electrical Requirements as specified in Article 552 and other applicable
sections of NFPA 70, of the National Electrical Code.
Ground fault protected receptacles are specified
where they are appropriate.
Only approved electrical fixtures, appliances,
equipment and materials as have been labeled by nationally recognized testing
agencies are allowed.
Voltage tests must be performed on the completed
Park Trailer to determine that the electrical system is adequately insulated
and without short circuits.
their fixtures, materials and equipment must be approved and display the
insignia or label of approval by a testing agency such as the National Sanitation
Foundation (NSF) or the International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical
Water supply lines must be sized according to
the length of the line to assure an adequate flow rate to each fixture.
Venting and traps - designated fixtures and drains
are required to have a trap that is vented to prevent the buildup of back
pressure or vacuums which could overcome the trap's water or mechanical
Testing - Each plumbing system must be tested
following final assembly to insure that proper drainage and a leak-free
performance is achieved.
(LP Gas) Heating
requirements are intended to minimize any hazard of leakage which could
cause a fire, asphyxiation or explosion.
Venting requirements are specified where necessary.
Gas piping sizes are required to insure a gas
supply that provides for proper appliance performance.
80% stop fill devices are required on all permanently
installed LP gas containers.
Gas line routing and accessibility - all joints
in gas lines must be accessible for periodic leak testing and repair. Lines
may not be installed in spaces where a nail or screw could pierce the line.
Appliances must be listed and labeled by a nationally
recognized testing agency such as the American Gas Association (AGA) which
has found the product to be suitable for its intended use.
Sealed combustion must be provided for all LP
gas appliances, except for gas ranges, to provide for a complete separation
of the combustion chamber from the interior atmosphere of the vehicle.
Testing - each system must be tested upon final
assembly to determine proper leak-free performance.
Requirements, were introduced as a new section
in the 1998 version of the A119.5 Standard. These requirements
are applicable only to Park Trailers that exceed 8' 6" in
width, units that are intended for placement on a specific
site for long term occupancy, not frequent highway travel.
• Roofs must meet a minimum of 20 pounds
live load per square foot and floors must meet a minimum of 30 pounds live
load per square foot or... Structural materials and fastening devices
as specified shall be of specific sizes and meet listed requirements when
used in a particular application.
• Anchorage recommendations must be specified
(Applies to all Park Trailers).