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 .

Gulf Stream Coach Debuting Woody Cruiser at Open House

Wed Sep 14, 2016

147387072623461.jpgIn response to the highly successful introduction of the Vintage Cruiser at last year’s Open House, Gulf Stream Coach has created another innovative way to capture the excitement, enthusiasm and overall fun vibe of the Vintage Cruiser phenomenon. The all-new model features an exclusive wood-themed exterior reminiscent of the “Woody” station wagons that transported families, friends, surf buddies and other adventurers on countless vacations across the country throughout the 1950s and '60s, according to a press release.

Like the popular Teal and Crimson Vintage Cruiser color schemes launched last year, the new "Woody" version combines the fun vibe of the '50s with the latest in construction technology, electronics and comfort features in a way that is winning rave reviews and fervent loyalty from owners. The new "Cruiser" further capitalizes on memories and nostalgia of that era with a warm, inviting interior look of knotty pine paneling, '50s style upholstery and "Vintage" themed appointments throughout.

“The design team really enjoyed researching the origins of the 'Woody,' which go back at least a hundred years, with roots in watercraft, automobiles and early RVs,” Gulf Stream Coach Lightweight Division National Sales manager Tim Dennig says. “The team explored museums, discovered ideas in campgrounds, chased down antique vehicles on the road and surfed through online galleries to find their inspiration.”

Recalling the long lines and excited crowds the Vintage Cruisers attract at RV shows, Dennig says the look on people's faces when they see one is worth the time the team put in.

"It’s really rewarding to see the looks on RVers faces when they first see a Vintage Cruiser," he says. "Our dealers have learned that they can significantly increase customer traffic just by parking a Vintage Cruiser or two at the entrance to their lots. Vintage Cruiser travel trailers are re-energizing veteran campers; they’re inspiring first-timers, they’re capturing the imagination of countless prospects looking for a top-quality lightweight trailer, and, perhaps most importantly, they are causing more and more people who weren’t ‘in the market’ for a travel trailer to buy one to find out how much fun camping can be.”

Debuting at the Elkhart RV Manufacturer’s Open House this September, in four floor plans from 19 to 23 feet long, featuring ultra-lightweight vacuum-bonded laminated construction, Azdel synthetic wall substrate, a seamless one-piece laminated fiberglass roof and an aerodynamic, easy-to-tow profile, the new “Woody” edition, with its laid-back approach to camping, is sure to add to the appeal and mystique of the Gulf Stream Vintage Cruiser phenomenon.