RVIA Economic Impact Study

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 .

Allison Transmissions Comes Out with FuelSense

Thu Jun 23, 2016

146669996060929.jpgAllison Transmissions has come out with its new product to help improve fuel economy on motorhomes and towables.

The product, called FuelSense, is a set of software and electronic controls that significantly improves the fuel economy and designed to increase the gas mileage and fuel usage for the specific needs of any application, according to a press release.

FuelSense features the following:

•EcoCal: Works to lower the engine speed and provides lower shift points to get into lock up as soon as possible, providing necessary performance without shift cycling. It automatically selects between the EcoCal or a higher-speed shift based on the vehicle's weight and operating grade.

•Dynamic Shift Sensing: Automatically selects between lower/higher speed shift schedules based on the vehicle’s actual load and the grade on which it is operating. This optimizes fuel economy while maintaining superior performance.

•Acceleration Rate Management: Mitigates aggressive driving by controlling engine torque based on the vehicle’s grade and load. The level of control is determined by the vehicle's weight and the grade on which it is operating.

•Neutral at Stop: Automatically eliminates the load on the engine when the vehicle is at a full stop to save fuel and reduce overall emissions.

Allison Transmission employees say that the vehicle using FuelSense on one of the Allison Transmissions could see fuel savings of up to 20 percent and still have all of the other advantages.