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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 .

BBQ Competitor Uses Pace American Trailer for Business

Mon Aug 22, 2016

The sun hasn’t risen yet, but the heavy aroma of hickory wood mixes with the sweet scent of cherry. While most of the nation is sound asleep, Billy Rhodes of Hickory Prime BBQ is stoking the coals to make sure the temperature is just right for his award-winning cuts of meat. Sometimes, his “day” starts at midnight. If he’s lucky, 2 a.m. But Billy knows it takes patience to create the right flavors, and with him every step of the way is his trusted 2015 Pace American concession trailer from Look Trailers. This mobile storefront serves many uses, whether it’s on the road, at competition, back at home or simply on display.

Rhodes was en route to his next BBQ competition in Alabama, with his grilling equipment riding safely behind him in his own custom concession trailer. He happily discussed his passion for BBQ and how he spends weekend after weekend chasing those prized championships while working and living in a trailer that seems to do it all.

A concrete business owner for many years, Rhodes didn’t start competing in the BBQ circuit until 2007. After a few successes, he realized he had a knack for the Pitmaster process, and eventually, he quit his concrete job to make grilling and smoking a full-time calling. After a few years working in and around vending trailers, he knew what he wanted in his own trailer. When he took his first gander at a Pace American concession trailer, he found that the 30-foot-long trailer had most everything he needed — a brimming list of standards, plus loads of space.

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