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 Recalls

Mon Jul 11, 2016

Keystone RV has recalled 135 2016-17 Dutchmen Kodiak RV trailers that were manufactured between June 10, 2015 and April 6, 2016.

In the affected vehicles, two sections of LED rope lights that serve as back-lighting for the countertop each have exposed ends which may short against each other, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

If the shorts happen, it could result in an electrical short, increasing the risk of a fire. The recall began on June 8 and owners and dealers will install a heat shrink tube over one of the LED robe light ends, free of charge.

Crossroads RV has recalled 114 models of the 2016-17 Hill COuntry and Sunset Trail RVs that were manufactured between May 13, 2015 and April 18, 2016.

The vehicles that were recalled have an outside kitchen compartment where the inside range burners may accidentally be extinguished when the door is opened.

The propane may continue to flow even when the burners are extinguished, creating a buildup of propane gas, which could increase the risk of a fire or explosion.

Owners and dealers will install a piece of trim to cover the air gap behind the inside range to the outside kitchen free of charge. The recall began June 9.

Newmar Corp. has recalled 510 of the 2014-16 Dutch Star motorhomes manufactured between June 5, 2014 and Oct. 16, 2015. In the affected vehicles, the steering box may have been built with an incorrect spacer with insufficient height.

That could cause the connection to wear between the steering wheel and the front axle, increasing the risk of a sudden loss of steering control.

The recall is expected to begin Aug. 5, where dealers will inspect and, if necessary, replace the steering box free of charge.

Gulf Stream Coach is recalling 24 of the 2016-17 Ameri-Lite and Super-Lite trailers built between Jan. 11 and April 11, 2016. On those trailers, the tire size is incorrectly listed as 235/75R-15-C on a wheel size of 15x6. The correct listing should be ST205/75D-14-C on a wheel size of 14x5.5.

Incorrect wheel and tire combinations may be installed, increasing the risk of a crash.

Dealers will install a corrected label free of charge. The recall is expected to begin during the month of July.

KZ RV has recalled 61 2016-17 Spree travel trailers built between March 13, 2015 and May 3, 2016. The refrigerator vents on the trailers may be installed in an incorrect location, which could cause the refrigerator compartment to overheat, increasing the risk of a fire.

Dealers will install a larger refrigerator vent and extend the internal baffle, free of charge.

There is no scheduled time for the recall to happen, yet.

Forest River, Inc. has recalled 175 2016-17 Flagstaff trailers built between Aug. 11 and Oct. 27, 2015, as well as Work N' Play trailers built between Oct. 25, 2015 and May 6, 2016. The MB Sturgis liquid propane regulator on the vehicles may allow propane gas to leak into the regulator sight glass increasing the risk of cracking.

The recall is expected to begin Aug. 11, but a remedy plan has not yet been determined.

Spartan Motors is recalling 15 2017 Gladiator and K3 motorhome chassis manufactured between April 18 and June 7, 2016. The models may have an internal electric short that can cause a fuse to blow, resulting in unexpected engine stall without the ability to restart the engine.

The recall is expected to begin during the month of July and dealers will replaced the defective model with a remedy part free of charge.