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 .
Thu Sep 8, 2016
Jackson Center, Ohio – Airstream has announced the launch of its newest travel trailer, the Airstream Basecamp. Handcrafted in Jackson Center, Ohio, the Basecamp is designed to re-awaken the primal instinct to experience the outdoors, according to a press release.
The Basecamp stays true to the roots of Airstream’s founder Wally Byam’s Credo, which includes the mission, “To provide a more satisfying meaningful way of travel that offers complete travel independence, wherever and whenever you choose to go.”
Loaded with innovative features that will satisfy and amaze both the experienced long haul traveler and the weekend warrior who is just getting back in their adventure groove, Basecamp is the result of nearly a decade of planning. With comfort and convenience in mind, Basecamp allows campers to stop wondering and start wandering.
“It’s easy to get slowed down and overwhelmed by the detailed planning of and the packing for an adventure," Airstream CEO and President Bob Wheeler says. "We’ve all been there, and before you know it, you’re overwhelmed and putting the trip on the back burner. With its lighter weight and easier towing experience, Basecamp is a fully-loaded adventure waiting to happen. All you need to do is head out and decide whether to go right or left at the end of your driveway.”
Built for adventure, the design characteristics and streamlined construction of Basecamp allow it to become an enabler for treks both big and small. The Basecamp is the lightest trailer in the Airstream fleet, which, combined with an aggressive departure angle, makes uneven terrain accessible and towing easier.
Other notable features of the Basecamp include:
•Convertible rear space that was thoughtfully designed to easily adapt for eating, sleeping, lounging or storing a lot of your gear
•Large rear cargo hatch and flexible storage space with tie downs allows for easy loading and unloading
•Bathroom with toilet and shower, including shower head pass through for convenient use in the most remote locations
•Eating healthy on the road is easy in the kitchen which offers a cooktop, stainless steel sink and refrigerator
•Wireless Bose Bluetooth Soundlink Color speaker is perfect for adding a little music to your adventure
•Optional additions include an enclosed patio and rear tent that seamlessly attach to the Basecamp roof track allowing you to have extra outside storage
“We designed Basecamp to rekindle the desire to explore nature and get outdoors,” Wheeler says. “Whether it’s for the long-time camper who has a garage full of high-end gear that’s no longer used, or for the person who has always wanted to get out more but was hesitant, Basecamp is the passport to unimaginable new experiences.”
Basecamp was designed in collaboration with Bryan Thompson, an automotive designer with more than 15 years of experience working with top global automotive brands. With a base weight of just 2,585 pounds and maximum trailer capacity of 3,500 pounds, Basecamp is towable with a variety of small and mid-sized SUVs and Crossovers. Basecamp has an MSRP of $34,900. Airstream dealers are taking reservations now and will begin receiving inventory in October. For more information about Basecamp and other products in Airstream’s line up, visit www.Airstream.com.