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 Releases List of Weekly RV Recalls

Mon Aug 1, 2016

Newmar Corporation has recalled 1,243 of the 2014-16 Dutch Star and Mountain Aire models and the 2015-16 London Aire and Essex motorhomes that were manufactured between Jan. 28, 2013 and Dec. 14, 2015, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The affected models have a throttle pedal position sensor that may not return to zero, causing the engine brake to suddenly not activate as expected.

If that happens, the motorhome may experience a sudden loss of braking power, increasing the risk of a crash. The recall will begin Aug. 23 and dealers will replace the throttle pedal free of charge.

In addition, Newmar has recalled 24 of the 2017 Ventana, Ventana VL and Dutch Star motorhomes built between Nov. 1, 2015 and June 24, 2016. On the vehicles, when the windshield wipers are turned off, the headlights may also turn off. The wipers also may stop in an incorrect location, blocking the driver's view and may stall when under load.

The recall will begin Aug. 23 and dealers will update the wiper software, free of charge.

Finally, Newmar also has recalled 742 of the 1998-2010 Dutch Star, 2008 Kountry Star, 2008-09 All Star and Ventana, 2009-10 Dutch Aire, 2014-15 King Aire and 2015 Essex motorhomes.

In those vehicles, the flexible exhaust tube may tear, allowing exhaust to blow against other components or materials.

The recall will begin Aug. 29 and dealers will inspect the tubes and correct the ones that are torn.

Jayco, Inc. is recalling 3,085 of the 2016-17 Jay Feather, Jay Flight, Jay Flight SLX, Eagle, White Hawks and Octane travel trailers built between Jan. 5 and July 18.

On the affected models with an integrated brake controller, when the Sway Command anti-sway system is applied, the trailer brakes may no longer function to slow or stop the trailer.

A date for the recall has not been set, but dealers will remove the Sway Command system from the trailers free of charge.

Forest River, Inc. has recalled 11 of the 2017 Spartan toy haulers, model STF3712X, built between March 31 and June 17.

On the affected vehicles, the federal certification label incorrectly states the vehicle has a third axle with two extra tires. The vehicles are only equipped with two axles and four total tires.

If the owner follows the information on the placard label, he or she may overload the vehicle, increasing the risk of a crash.

Forest River also has recalled 138 of the 2014-16 Charleston vehicles built between Sept. 16, 2013 and Dec. 10, 2015. The throttle pedal position sensor may not return to zero, leading to a loss of engine brakes.

The recall will begin Aug. 19 and dealers will replace the pedal free of charge.

Dealers will install corrected placards free of charge. The recall will begin Aug. 18.

The company also has recalled 214 of the 2015-17 Orion RVs built between Jan. 1, 2014 and June 30, 2016, as well as Rockport work and delivery trucks built on Jan. 29 and 2015-17 Forest River Rec RVs built between Dec. 10, 2014 and June 30, 2016.

The vehicles are equipped with a trailer tow lighting control module that may have a software error which can prevent the illumination of the trailer brake lights.

The recall will begin Aug. 26 and dealers will replace the module free of charge.

Thor Motor Coach is recalling 49 of the 2017 Outlaw motorhomes that were built from Jan. 15 to June 24. The affected vehicles are missing a warning label near the fuel fill station that should warn operators not to smoke while in the presence of flammable vapors.

Dealers will install the warning label free of charge, but no date for the recall to begin has been set.

Starcraft RV has recalled 194 of the 2016-17 AR-ONE Maxx travel trailers and fifth wheels built between May 4, 2015 and June 27, 2016. The vehicles may be equipped with a label that has incorrect tire information that could lead the owner to replace a tire with an incorrect size.

A date for the recall hasn't been set, but dealers will install a corrected label free of charge.