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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 .
Thu Jul 7, 2016
Powerhouse Coach has recently debuted a truck camper unique to the RV industry and one that President Doug Tolbert says can change the way people look at truck campers versus motorhomes.
The new truck camper is a removable trailer built on a pickup’s chassis big enough to meet the needs of RV enthusiasts and yet convenient enough to remove once the campers reach the site.
The camper measures 232 square feet and sits on the flat beg pickup truck of a Dodge 5500 or Ford F550. Tolbert says the size of the camper is unique in comparison to the motorhomes he puts out there.
“That is completely new to the industry,” Tolbert says. “It’s almost 300 square feet. My big coaches are 400. It’s capable of some extreme off-roading. And, finally, it’s removable, so the 200 days a year you’re not camping, you can take it off.”
The new truck camper was considered unique enough to the point that the Travel Channel featured the new removable camper on one of their latest shows.
Tolbert says the product hit the market about four weeks ago and the customer response has been fantastic because of its practicality and ease of hooking up and taking down.
“People are excited about it,” Tolbert says. “It’s a completely new product. We’ve taken a million-dollar product and built a removable one that’s on that same line.”
The trailers can range in size from 20 feet to just more than 24 feet long. It has the interior amenities like a shower, dinette booth, hide-a-bed sofa, oven and others and the towing ability to tow another smaller trailer or boat behind it.
Finally, Tolbert says it’s the ease and practicality that set it apart from other trailers and motorhomes in the industry, able to take some of the best points of both.
“The biggest thing with this is the practicality of it,” he says. “Everyone owns a pickup. By going this route, it also becomes a luxury RV. You have something small to go to town in. With the hydraulic jacks, you can have the camper on the ground in five minutes. I don’t see me going back.”