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 .
Tue Sep 6, 2016
The Elkhart Open House isn’t the only event happening in the RV industry in Elkhart in just two weeks.
The Supplier Showcase will span two days at the corner of County Road 6 and Northland Drive at the Norco Industries facility.
Ten suppliers will showcase their new products to members of the RV industry during the two days, giving the companies a chance to attract new dealers and new vendors to sell their products.
John Hawkins with Bal RV Products, a division of Norco Industries, will be one of the suppliers showcasing the company’s products as well as organizing the event at his parent company’s headquarters.
Hawkins says all of the companies showcasing during the two days are largely aftermarket suppliers, but are selling to OEM dealers during the event.
“We’re all aftermarket suppliers,” Hawkins says. “Most of the people we’re talking to are OEMs. We always bleed over to the OEM level. That’s what we’re most interested in doing, featuring the model changes for the upcoming year’s manufacturers and getting them familiar with our line. The key thing for us is to talk to dealers about our slide-outs and frame products. We’re going to have our demo trailer there that has our slide-outs and walk people through how it works.”
Bal RV Products also will show its supply jacks, stabilizers, motorized and electric jacks, spare tire carriers and other things. All of those products also will be bleeding over to the OEM level, as Hawkins says the dealers are multi-purposed in their supplier showcase appearance as well.
“Just as we’re dual purposed in what we do, so are the dealers,” he says. “The other side of their brain is about their store. It gives us the opportunity to show them what our aftermarket products are. I really wouldn’t call this or compare this to a buying show of any sort. However, we’re willing to work with dealers and their products, to get in touch with distributors to buy our product. So it’s a little bit of information, creating relationships and getting our products in front of dealers.”
One of the products that Hawkins says will be front and center for the OEMs is the Accu-Slide Expandable Room System. The versatile product has no mechanical devices, hydraulics, rods or stabilizers, so it can be placed in any location within the coach, including above wheel wells, above the basement or even one slide-out above the other.
The Accu-Slide can open as deep as 60 inches, but also can be adapted to any size of RV, whether that be motorhomes, travel trailers or fifth wheels.
“It is an evolving product,” Hawkins says. “It’s fluid in the sense that we make changes to work for the OEMs. We don’t do drastic overhauls, but we have made some changes. It has already been introduced, but it takes about a year for the dealers to grasp.”
Another product on display will be the TriPod Fastjack King Pin Stabilizer, which has a retrofit electric stabilizer system under the trailers, wherein the RVer can take an existing jack system off and put this one on, Hawkins says.
The Supplier Showcase will be held Sept. 20-21 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days.
Stay tuned for more Supplier Showcase stories in the coming days, advancing what the 10 suppliers will be showing.