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: Cruiser RV Expands in Indiana and Idaho

Tue Aug 16, 2016

147136397019659.jpgCruiser RV is in the process of opening up a new service and pre-delivery inspection facility near its headquarters in Howe, Indiana.

The new facility is about 100,000 square feet, just a little smaller than the company’s current home.

Cruiser RV Senior General Manager Kyle Miller says the new facility will be operational in the next 30 days, where some employees will be moved over, while the first units will start to move through in about a month.

“Right now, the units, once they clear the production line are ready to ship,” Miller says. “The goal will be to eventually have 100 percent of them go through the PDI facility. We’re treating it as a third party inspection just to increase the quality and finish, making it easier for the dealers. We’ll start with a small percentage as we man it, and eventually be able to handle all of them there.”

The new facility was built right across the street from the original building and will include all of the sales offices and a 3,000 square-foot design center. The sales, design and warranty teams all will move over to the new building within the next 30 days, Miller says.

In addition, Cruiser RV has expanded its products to the west coast, with the Cruiser line of products joining the Heartland products in the company’s Idaho facility in Nampa, about 22 miles west from the capital Boise.

Cruiser RV, along with its sister companies Heartland RV and DRV, all subsidiaries of Thor Industries, will move its product line over to the multi-line factory that the company bought in September of last year.

“Where Cruiser is at right now, we’ve got really good product lines and we’re just beefing up the infrastructure to support our dealers better,” Miller says.