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The Recreation Vehicle Industry Association commissioned an Economic Impact Study on the RV industry, released on June 7, 2016. The study found that the RV industry contributes about $49.7 billion in economic output or 0.28 percent of the Gross Domestic Product. Through its production and distribution linkages, the industry impacts firms in 426 of the 440 sectors of the United States economy.

Nationwide, the industry is responsible for 216,170 jobs, both directly and inderectly, creating an economic impact of $37.5 billion. The full study results, along with each individual state and congressional district's economic impact is available on the website by clicking here .

RV News Exclusive: Colorado Teardrop Campers Debuts 2016 Summit

Thu Jun 23, 2016

146670146380779.jpgColorado Teardrop Campers has debuted its 2016 Summit, a teardrop trailer designed to be small enough to be towed by jeeps and small SUVs and large enough for families to eat meals and sleep four.

Owner Dean Wiltshire says the customer response to the trailer has been huge, while target customers that the company didn't even expect have expressed interest and bought many of the trailers, which debuted on May 1.

"The focus is on a small family with the big SUV - the Land Cruiser or a 4-door jeep," Wiltshire says. "It's for families to have some fun in the desert and be self contained. That's the target focus. That said, we have sold to a lot of folks with big dogs, too."

The trailer includes bunk beds that can be converted to a sofa. In total, the trailer could sleep four, while tents can be placed on top of the trailer to fit three more, Wiltshire says.

Other features on the new trailer include plenty of shelving with under-floor storage, lots of lighting, a massive galley with stove sliders and bi-folding doors that swing out and can hold two coolers, as well as storage for food and cooking gear.

"It seems we're on to something with all the big SUVs that want to take this trailer with them," Wiltshire says. "We've seen a huge surge of popularity for this type of vehicle. They have a certain clientele. As we went down that path, we found a wonderful following of outdoor enthusiasts."

The 1,800-pound Summit model features the classic aerodynamic profile and is small enough to fit into most garages. It is engineered to support 1,500 pounds on the roof and reinforced steps are added to the fenders allowing RVers to reach for bikes, basket storage or roof-top tents.

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