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: Coach House RV Expands Facility

Fri Aug 12, 2016

147101887817327.jpgCoach House RV has broken ground on a new 13,000 square foot facility to expand its business in Nokomis, Florida.

Coach House Vice President Steve Gerzeny says the new add-on will be used for fiberglass manufacturing and painting, which also will increase the production, reduce the number of motorhomes currently backlogged and help with getting models out on the streets faster.

"It is going to be a state-of-the-art building for what we do," Gerzeny says. "Sarasota County is a very tough county to build this type of product. This has been a two-year project just to break everything down. It's going to be a very safe building, properly designed to have fiberglass and a 40-foot paint booth inside."

The 13,000 square feet of space will be added to the company's existing 40,000 square foot facility that manufactures patented Type B motorhomes. Coach House builds motorhomes between 23-27 feet long on the Ford E50 and Mercedes Sprinter chassis. Gerzeny says the company has built a unique style of Type B motorhomes that include a separate toilet, shower, twin beds that convert into a king size bed and he says originality and creativity are the brands of the business.

"The layout that we designed, we ended up filing a patent," Gerzeny says. "We find that very few people are creative. R&D in this business sometimes doesn't stand for research and development, but research and duplication. We try to protect what we do because it's not traditional. It's thinking out of the box."

The new add-on to the facility is expected to be complete in about six months, but the project has been delayed several times because of the nearly constant rain in the western coast of the state, just south of Tampa.

The construction crews began the dirt work and digging earlier Friday, Gerzeny says.