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 .

NHTSA Issues About 500 Recalls on Forest River, Jayco, Keystone

Mon Jun 27, 2016

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has issued about 500 recalls on recreational vehicles for three manufacturers because of various equipment issues.

Forest River, Inc. has recalled 13 of its 2016-17 Forester and Sunseeker models that were manufactured between Feb. 29 and April 20, 2016. The affected models have a shower door that may not meet the flammability standards, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

If the door does not meet the standards, the vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard. That could enhance the spread of a flame in the event of a fire.

The recall is expected to begin July 12 and Forest River will notify the dealers and owners and replace the shower doors, free of charge.

Forest River also has recalled 68 of the 2016 Stealth Evo trailers, models CSJT280RKS and CSJT290QBS, that were manufactured between Jan. 7 and March 18, 2016. The vehicles may have tires of the wrong load range installed, which could result in premature tire failure.

The recall is expected to begin July 18 and the dealers will supply new correct tires and rims free of charge.

Jayco, Inc. has recalled 26 models of the 2017 Jay Flight trailers that were manufactured between May 6-9, 2016. On the affected vehicles, the weight ratings on the tire labels are incorrect.

The weight ratings, if listed incorrectly, could cause the operator to overload the vehicle and lead to premature tire wear. The recall already began on May 27. Dealers will provide new, corrected labels to the vehicle owners.

Keystone RV has recalled 402 of the 2016-17 Keystoen Summerland trailers, models 1700FQ, 1750RD and 1800BH, manufactured between April 8-20, 2016. The trailers may have been built with ST215/75R14 Load Range C tires rated for 1,870 pounds. They should have been manufactured with Load Range D tires rated for 2,200 pounds.

In this case, a vehicle owner may inadvertently overload the tires and increase the risk of tire failure. The recall began May 25. Keystone dealers will replace the tires with those of the proper load range rating, free of charge.