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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 .

Hughes Autoformer Pairs Voltage Boosters and Surge Protection In One

Wed Aug 24, 2016

147205628942964.jpgHughes Autoformer has been selling voltage boosters to the RV Industry and have 150,000 models in the field. They have now added full surge protection in the same box along with shore power diagnostics, according to a press release.

Surge protection is surprisingly not as needed in the campground as much as low voltage boosting, especially with older parks. As more RVs use power and the more power they use, the less overall voltage is available to each camp site. The further away from the main transformer, the less voltage the camp site gets. The RVs are getting bigger and more electronics are in them, especially multiple air conditioners. It is not uncommon for shore power to drop to 105 volts (good range is 118-132) when the load gets heavy (really hot days or a full park).

The Hughes Autofomer boosts voltage by 10 percent starting at 113 volts from shore power. This booster keeps the rig running and the electronics happy not having to work so hard and wearing out the components faster. Even at 105 shore power where the air conditioning won’t even turn on, with a Hughes Autoformer, the voltage will be boosted so the consumer won’t notice any problem in the park.

Surges typically happen after there has been an extended low voltage. Customers are rarely aware of the low voltage other than their lights might not be as bright or the microwave is taking a really long time to work. Research has shown that they just take this in stride most of the time, not aware all of the electronics in their motorhome are in danger. Hughes Autoformer has now added full surge protection along with the low voltage boosting – all in the same product, so the customer is safe – both ways. With 2,400 joules of surge protection in the 30-amp model, and 4,800 joules in the 50-amp, that is more than enough surge protection for any customer.

Plus, the surge protection element is replaceable. When the light on the front of the product tells the customer it needs to be replaced, the customer gets a new surge component and it’s as good as new.

The new Hughes Autoformer SP (surge protection) products also have a full panel of shore power diagnostics. It allows the customer to know what is going on with their pole before they subject their RV to potentially serious issues. Pricing of the Hughes Autoformer with Surge Protection is in line with good quality surge protectors only. The 30 amp retails for $387 and the 50 amp is $580. Products are available through RV dealers, RV distribution or contact Hughes Autoformer direct for more information.