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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 .

Supplier Showcase Will Feature 18 Supplier Brands

Tue Sep 13, 2016

Elkhart, Indiana – For the second year in a row, industry-leading suppliers have joined forces to present the Supplier Showcase at 3104 County Road 6 from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. on Sept. 20-21.

“After a successful first endeavor in 2015, we are excited to expand the Supplier Showcase as we more than double the exhibiting attendees to 18 brands.” BAL/Norco RV Products Aftermarket Sales Manager John Hawkins says. “We hope to build on last year’s success and complement our OEM partners by displaying new products and programs to RV dealers attending the Open House Week.”

The Supplier Showcase has expanded suppliers to now cover categories from Towing to Appliances and from Sanitation to Electronics such as Winegard’s new ConnecT.

“We invite dealers to stop by and see our new Winegard ConnecT Wifi extender product and enter to win one of three free ConnecT’s at the Showcase.” Winegard Director of Sales and Marketing Keith Larson says. “We will also have great opportunities on the Rayzar Z1 and Playmaker, displays both designed to help increase sales through their dealership.”

Participating for the second year in a row, Demco Towing Products will set up its demo trailer containing all of its product lines and retail display offerings.

“Demco is thrilled to be part of the Second Supplier Showcase," Demco National Sales Manager Doug Northcutt says. "We felt like last year was a great start and gave us another chance to show our products to our current and prospective customers. We will be introducing a new fifth wheel hitch this year at the Showcase along with the complete line of tow bars, Kar Kaddys and fifth wheel hitch products.”

Erik Guldager, National Sales Manager of ADCO Products states that the company will be displaying its award winning covers and vinyl products as well as signing up dealers for its highly successful Premier Dealer program.

“In addition, we will have information and handouts available for current ADCO Premier Dealers and the next phase of the program," Guldager says.

First year attendee, Cequent Towing plans on presenting its new Reese Steadi-Flex Weight Distribution Systems during the Showcase.

“We are very excited to have the new Reese Steadi-Flex line in the marketplace.” Cequent Vice President of Sales and Marketing John Walsh says. “Sway is nothing to joke about. When your family’s safety is on the line, Reese is the name you trust. It’s that simple.”

Suppliers at the event include:

•ADCO Products – Produces RV Covers & soft-goods for all types of motorhomes, campers, trailers and pop-ups.
•BAL RV Products (Norco Industries) – Makers of Accu-Slide rooms, NXG trailer frames, leveling jacks and stabilizing products (chocks, tripods, Lock-Arms, etc.).
•Bulldog – Produces gooseneck hitches and couplers, trailer couplers and jacks for the RV, utility and specialty markets.
•Coleman Mach - Air Conditioners and Heat Pumps available in Ultra-Low, Low and Medium Profiles that provide Indoor Comfort in the Great Outdoors.
•Demco Towing Products – Manufacturer of Victory Series Tow bars, Kar Kaddy tow dollies and Hijacker fifth wheel hitches.
•Equal-i-zer Hitch (Progress Mfg.) – A 4-Point Sway Control hitch for trailer towing.
•Fastway Trailer Products (Progress Mfg.) – Maker of jacks, hitches, ball mounts and breakaway cables.
•Fleming Sales/Outdoors Unlimited – Supplier of Sidekick camping and tailgating grills with accessories. Introducing several new products, including a hitch assembly for the Sidekick grill, new camping items and bumper grill arm assembly.
•Maxx-Air - Ventilation Solution products that includes rain-free vent and fan covers and multi-speed ventilation fans, providing Fresh Air - Rain or Shine.
•Thetford and Norcold – World leaders in RV sanitation and refrigeration solutions.
•Reese – Founded in 1952, Reese is a pioneer in heavy duty towing and trailer control products.
•Suburban - LP furnaces, tank and On-Demand water heaters and cooking appliances that make your recreational vehicle feel just like home.
•Tekonsha – Producing intelligent, electric trailer brake controls and breakaway systems since 1964.
•Torklift International – Maker of hitches, camper tiedowns, locks and stabilizers for all RVs and towing vehicles.
•Winegard Company – The leader in television-reception products for RV, marine, truck, tailgate and home.

The suppliers invite attendees of the Elkhart Open House to stop by and take advantage of a Grand Prize drawing for a $1,000 cruise gift card as well as giveaways (while supplies last) and lunch with refreshments on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Dealers seeking additional information about Elkhart’s Second Supplier Showcase should call their sales rep from the participating companies and download the map with event details at