The Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) will host a March 5 seminar entitled “Current Issues in Designing Trailers” at the RV Hall of Fame in Elkhart, Ind.
Sponsored by AL-KO Kober Corp., Dexter Axle Co. and Norco Industries, the seminar is intended for engineers, designers, production line foreman and supervisors who are responsible for or involved with trailer design and development.
The panel leading the five-hour training session includes:
• Richard Klein, a mechanical and aerospace engineer with more than 30 years of experience in the areas of combination vehicle dynamics, stability and control, handling qualities and driver behavior. He has conducted extensive trailer research for the NHTSA and has written over a dozen industry and SAE technical papers on trailer handling, stability, and braking. He was the consulting engineer for the National Association of Trailer Manufacturers for 13 years, and currently provides technical services to many trailer manufacturers and industry associations.
• Harley Holt, with more than 40 years of experience in all areas of automotive safety, regulatory testing and emissions-related federal and state regulatory activities. He also was RVIA’s director of automotive standards for many years. He currently serves as president, Harley Holt and Associates Inc., a business that provides consulting on regulatory, environmental, and safety issues to the automotive industry.
• David Kinder is a partner with Cox Smith, a Texas-based law firm, and has represented RV trailer manufacturers in cases involving claims related to travel trailer stability and rollovers.
The seminar will include discussions on how to:
• Initiate the design of a trailer.
• Identify the critical sway stability factors of trailer design.
• Reduce tongue weight without compromising stability.
• Determine and use the applicable industry standards effectively.
• Use prototype testing in more effective ways.
• Get your technical staff to better understand the major points of trailer stability in the design process and why they are important.
• Effectively document the trailer design process.
• Educate dealers and consumers regarding trailer use information.
The cost of this seminar is $125 per person. Registrations must be received no later than Feb. 26. On-site registration will be available for $175 per person.
Please send your completed registration form and payment to Standards Department, RVIA, P.O. Box 2999, Reston, VA, 20195 or fax it to 703-620-5071. Contact RVIA’s Standards and Education Department with any questions at 703-620-6003 ext. 348.