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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 .

Airstream's Acquisition of Nest Caravans Will Redefine Appeal

Mon Jul 11, 2016

When one thinks about Airstream’s travel trailers the words “small” and “adorable” usually do not come to mind – one of the classic sellers is called the “Land Yacht” after all. But with a recent acquisition, that is all about to change.

Earlier this spring, Airstream bought the Oregon-based startup Nest Caravans, which produces a line of small, lightweight, fiberglass travel trailers. Airstream now has plans to start producing its own pint-sized, aerodynamic, all-fiberglass trailer, which is a major departure from the rest of the product line.

Airstream got its start in the 1920s, but what most people remember the company best for are the iconic silver bullet style of travel trailers from the 1960s. That classic aluminum trailer is still representative of the product line today. The Nest undertaking will be a new adventure for the company, and more important, open up the customer base. The lighter weight of the fiberglass caravan will allow smaller vehicles, like a crossover or mid-SUV, to tow the 16-foot trailer.

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