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 Weekly Recalls

Mon Jul 25, 2016

Forest River, Inc. has recalled 2,224 of the 2013-16 XLR toyhaulers that were manufactured between Aug. 28, 2012 and Nov. 5, 2015. The affected vehicles may have an axle equalizer knurled bolt that may not be properly seated in the chassis axle hanger, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

If the toyhaulers are affected, the bolt may not be properly secured to the axle, allowing it to shift and will result in a loss of vehicle control.

A date for the recall to begin has not been set, but Forest River will notify owners, and dealers will replace any equalizer knurled bolts and nuts that were improperly installed.

Winnebago Industries, Inc. is recalling 705 models of the 2014-16 Winnebago Tour motorhomes that were manufactured between May 25, 2013 and Nov. 18, 2015. The throttle pedal position sensor on the vehicles may not return to zero.

If that happens, the engine brake may not activate, leading to a reduced brake ability potentially increasing the risk of a crash.

Daimler Trucks will replace the throttle pedal free of charge. A notification was sent out to owners on July 8.

Entegra Coach has recalled 30 of the 2015-16 Aspire and Aspire TK motorhomes built between July 14, 2014 and Jan. 15, 2016. The throttle pedal position sensor on the vehicles may not return to zero.

If that happens, the engine brake may not activate, leading to a reduced brake ability potentially increasing the risk of a crash.

Daimler Trucks started the recall on July 10, where the throttle pedal will be replaced free of charge.

Entegra Coach also has recalled 30 of the Aspire vehicles built between July 14, 2014 and Jan. 15, 2016, where the models were equipped with a heavier, adjustable foot medal.

In those vehicles, the brake activation signal to certain towed devices may not deactivate when the motorhome's service brakes are released.

If that happens, the brakes may remain engaged, confusing following drivers. A date for the recall has not been set yet, but Daimler Trucks will modify the brake assemblies, free of charge.

Thor Motor Coach has recalled 122 of the 2016 Tuscany XTE Palazzo and 2016-17 Venetian motorhomes built between Sept. 9, 2015 and Jan. 12, 2016. On the affected vehicles, the front sway bar mounting brackets may not fit properly on the axle.

If it loosens, the sway bar may detach, affecting the handling and increasing the risk of a crash.

A date for the recall has not been set yet, but Daimler Trucks will modify the sway bar mounting free of charge.

Thor also has recalled 487 of the 2014-16 Tuscany motorhomes built between Feb. 28, 2013 and Aug. 31, 2015. In the vehicles, the throttle pedal position sensor may not return to zero, causing the engine brake to suddenly not activate.

The loss of an engine brake without warning woudl lead to reduced brake capacity and the increase of the possibility of a crash.

Thor has not yet set a date for the recall, but Daimler Trucks will replace teh throttle pedal free of charge.

Jayco, Inc. has recalled 32 of the 2017 Jay Flight SLX Travel Trailers, model 212 QBW, manufactured between June 27-28. The affected vehicles were built with Carrying Capacity and Tire Labels that list the incorrect vehicle weight.

An incorrect weight label could cause the operator to overload the vehicle, affecting the handling and increasing the risk of a crash.

The recall began on July 6 and will supply the dealers and owners with corrected labels, free of charge.