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 .

RV News Exclusive: So-Cal Teardrops to Debut Kascade Trailer

Tue Aug 9, 2016

147076123099754.jpgSo-Cal Teardrop Trailers have debuted its new Kascade trailer, a teardrop that is a cross between a road trailer and an off-road trailer to give customers the look and feel of a road trailer, but with the ability to go off-roading a little.

So-Cal Teardrop President Mike Pari says the market was ripe for a trailer that could be a cross between two of their proven trailers with widely different purposes that could accomplish both ends.

“We do a road trailer and an off-road trailer,” Pari says. “We have a lot of people that have a Subaru and they feel they’re going off-road and want something that looks the part, but don’t need to spend the money or need the bells and whistles that you get with an off-road trailer. It will do what they want it to do and it looks the part.”

The new Kascade trailer will come with four different sizes and floorplans, all of which offer something different to its customers.

It will come in sizes of 4x8, 4.5x9, 5x9 and 5x10 feet. The smallest one will be simply a sleeper trailer and will not have a kitchen inside, meant mainly for the day camper who will not be cooking in the trailer. The other three all will have a kitchen, but the changes will include more storage space around and underneath the queen size bed.

“They’re all pretty much the same trailer. There’s not a whole lot you can do to make it different,” Pari says. “But these have torsion axles, while the off-road trailers have straight axles with shock absorbers. It’s a heavier frame but the same suspension.”

Other features include the extended tongue, heavy duty torsion axle with 10-inch electric brakes and rock crawler wheels that have 30-inch BFG All-Terrain tires.

The four different sizes of the Kascade will retail between $11,000 and $17,000 and will debut on the market in January 2017.