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 .

LCI Leveling Systems To Be Offered on Two of 2017 Forest River Models

Thu Aug 11, 2016

Elkhart, Indiana — Lippert Components, Inc. has announced that its industry-first automatic leveling system for travel trailers, Ground Control TT, will be offered as an optional feature on Forest River’s 2017 Rockwood Signature Ultra Light and Flagstaff Classic Super Light travel trailers.

As the RV industry transitions to automatic leveling systems, original equipment manufacturers are turning to the innovative Ground Control TT leveling system as a technologically-advanced alternative to traditional, manual leveling systems for travel trailers.

Lippert originally brought automatic leveling technology to the fifth-wheel market in 2009. Today, the majority of fifth-wheel manufacturers offer it either as a standard feature or as an option. LCI introduced its industry-first automatic Ground Control TT leveling system for travel trailers in April 2016 and expects to achieve similar results.

With a newly designed LED interface, Ground Control TT levels travel trailers in under three minutes by simply pressing the Auto Level button. Once the automatic leveling sequence is set into motion, a set of front and rear jacks stabilize and level the trailer using LCI’s patented leveling technology. Ground Control TT also features LCI’s newly designed Smart Jack, a power tongue jack that works in harmony with the leveling system featuring an auto reconnect memory function that returns the hitch to the exact height at which the auto-level process was started, making re-hitching easy. The Smart Jack also features refreshed aesthetics, a battery level indicator, backlit controls and an auto-retract function.

LCI’s Ground Control TT travel trailer leveling system will be on display at the 2016 Elkhart RV Open House on 2017 Forest River Rockwood Signature Ultra Light and Flagstaff Classic Super Light models.