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: Winegard ConnecTing RVers at Showcase

Fri Sep 9, 2016

In the world of advanced technology we live in, more people are worried about missing out on something or not being able to contact someone in case of an emergency if they are camping in an area without a signal.

Winegard, which has provided antennas to the RV industry since the late 1940s, has come up with another way to make sure people keep connected to the world while camping.

At the Supplier Showcase in Elkhart, Indiana, Winegard will be displaying its new Winegard ConnecT, a Wi-Fi product designed to extend the range of wireless internet connection at campgrounds and other places that RVs travel.

Keith Larson, the Winegard Sales Manager, says that improved internet access is one of the top requested items at campgrounds. From the customer demand, Winegard has been listening.

“We do have some stats. Internet is the third most requested thing at campgrounds,” Larson says. “The third most popular and most valued thing on there. Being kid-friendly is No. 1. So people are looking for Wi-Fi. We have another statistic that shows 88 percent of people are going to choose one (campground) that has Wi-Fi over one that doesn’t. Wi-Fi is a big demand and is an important thing.”

According to the study completed by about 3,400 RVers, 2.934 of them (85.9 percent) said finding a park or campground with Wi-Fi access was at least somewhat important and some said it was very important.

The Supplier Showcase will be the first chance for dealers and manufacturers to see the new Winegard ConnecT, which is designed exclusively for the RV market, Larson says.

“It increases range and optimizes speed by three distinct antennas and radios, sending and receiving communication, optimizing speed, so it doesn’t have to slow down the speed,” Larson says.

The antenna has been designed in-house and provides a secure network for the people inside the RV, with the frequency only rebroadcasted to the unit.

“Being connected is important,” Larson says. “Antennas are there to keep people connected. We made it simple and easy to use. If you’re connected to a campground Wi-Fi, someone can get to the computer. With this, it’s connected only to the unit and has additional firewall protection and built-in security.”

The ConnecT will retail at about $549. Meanwhile, Winegard also will display two other antennas of the Rayzar family that the company debuted earlier this year and a new portable DISH Playmaker. People coming to the company’s booth also have the chance to win three products that will be given away to those who sign up for a newsletter.

The Supplier Showcase will be held Sept. 20-21 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days at the Norco Industries facility on the corner of County Road 6 and Northland Drive in Elkhart, Indiana.

Stay tuned to more stories about what each of the suppliers will be displaying during the event.