2019 RVIA Economic Impact Study

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RVs Move America Economic Impact Study was released June 3, 2019 at the RVIA annual meeting.

It revealed the RV industry has an overall economic impact on the US economy of $114 billion, supports nearly 600,000 jobs, with more than $32 billion in wages, and pays more than $12 billion in federal, state, and local taxes.

The announcement was made by Garry Enyart, RVIA chairman, and Onan/Cummins Director of Mobile Generator Sales & Coach Care.

For more information on the $114 billion total economic impact and what it includes, click here.

Hymer Concept Van Innovates Plastics, Paint

Thu Oct 10, 2019
Author: RV News Staff

157072140432785.jpgThe camper van concept exhibited at this year’s Caravan Salon by Hymer and co-created by BASF, provides a glimpse into design trends for vans from a European perspective.

Described as a new class of van, the VisionVenture makes advances in weight reduction and features innovations such as self-inflating pop-up roof, heat-reducing paint and an assortment of new polymer materials for furnishings to improve comfort and appearance.

BASF contributed more than 20 high-performance plastics and new painting technology to the VisionVenture with a goal of reducing weight while enhancing comfort and feel.

Among the innovations claimed by BASF and Hymer are:

• Self-inflating pop-top roof that inflates in less than 60 seconds, creating more living space than ever before while providing an outer wall that is water and wind resistant;
• Cushions and mattresses feature a temperature-regulating effect from BASF’s Elastocoat C Spray Gel.
• Haptex from BASF is a polyurethane system for imitation leather and spans the entire interior. This material is easy to clean, contains no organic solvents and is “pleasantly soft and is available in a range of colors and textures.”
• Cupboard doors and kitchen fronts made from a combination of plastics with natural materials such as hemp and slate as an alternative to heavier materials such as wood or chipboard;
• Chromacool is a paint that is said to improve reflectivity and reduce heat build-up within the vehicle;.
• In the steps and bed frame, Infinergy, a material used in the Energy Boost running shoe from adidas, provides pressure point relief and pleasing aesthetics;
• Finally, the VisionVenture features a jointly developed, custom noise, vibration and harshness package that reduces vibrations and noise levels in the interior.

The VisionVenture includes more than 100 3D-printed components and improved energy management, thermal insulation and electrical isolation.