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 .
Tue Jul 12, 2016
K-Z and Lippert Components have recently partnered to test K-Z’s Venom 4020DQ toy hauler at the Navistar Proving Grounds near South Bend, Indiana. This toy hauler boasts a 20-foot garage and front living room that rest on a fully-welded Lippert chassis that has a carrying capacity of more than 5,000 pounds.
The assessments were conducted over 1,000 miles of extreme obstacles, replicating 40,000 to 60,000 actual highway miles. The road tests consisted of staggered rolling bumps, long stretches of large cobblestones, long stretches that rapidly load and unload each axle, figure-8 axle side impact and emergency stops.
The tests were conducted using three different cargo load setups; normal use, extreme rear load and full capacity. The results over each highway mile and using any load setups showed no chassis failures.
“Overall, I was very pleased with the results and how everything held up throughout the testing," K-Z Engineer John Kauffman says. "We were able to run the entire program without anything failing, which is very unusual in this type of aggressive test.”
K.Z., Inc., a subsidiary of Thor Industries, Inc., is headquartered in Shipshewana, Indiana and was founded in 1972 on the principles of quality, fairness, courtesy and integrity. K-Z produces several widely-recognized brands of recreational vehicles, including Durango, MXT, Sportsmen, Spree, Venture, Livin Lite and Vision. For more information concerning K-Z and its products, visit www.kz-rv.com, or call 800-768-4016.