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 .

Thor Motor Coach Introduces New ARIA

Thu Sep 29, 2016

147516702157453.gifElkhart, Indiana – Thor Motor Coach has introduced the all-new ARIA, a type A diesel motorhome, featuring luxurious interiors and a powerful 360-horsepower Cummins engine.

Entering the Aria, the custom dash layout stands out as the main focal point. Every control and switch is within reach and easy to read. The dash has a unique design for better visibility of the road and features a separate camera monitor display.

Luxury is evident with high-gloss hand-crafted Amish cabinetry and hand-laid porcelain tile floor throughout the coach, according to a press release. Soft leatherette seating and an electric fireplace provide a warm environment to lounge or entertain guests. Solid surface countertops, decorative tile backsplash, and residential appliances in the kitchen have plenty of space to cook and make cleaning up easy.

The Aria offers a first for Thor Motor Coach, a 100-watt solar charging system with a power controller.

“It’s linked right to the battery bank, so it’s going to be charging the whole entire time,” Thor Motor Coach Director of Marketing Jon Krider says. “And it’s also nice because it’s a 40-amp charger. Even though there’s a 100-watt panel on there today, you could add two more panels and get yourself up to 300-watts to use the entire 40-amp charger. This could enhance your dry camping experience.”

The Aria is big on technology and brand name entertainment. Slide outs and awnings can be operated with the multiplex wiring control system, which also shows information such as tank levels. Remote panels are placed throughout the Aria to manage the coach from multiple locations. The Aria features a 50-inch retractable LG TV, Yamaha sound bar and SONY Blu-Ray player. The 40-inch exterior TV features a Bluetooth enabled sound bar.

All Aria floor plans feature a king bed, 32-inch TV, and vast amounts of storage in the bedroom. The 3901 offers another first for Thor Motor Coach, the Tilt-A-View inclining bed mechanism. This feature adjusts the bed to the any angle for watching TV, reading or a good night’s sleep.

“Affordable luxury would be a perfect way to talk about the Aria,” Krider says. “You’re going to get all the high-end diesel features, but it’s not going to be $300,000 to $400,000. You’re looking at a price point much less than that.”

Options include a power drop-down overhead bunk with Cotton Cloud mattress, a leatherette sofa bed option in the 3901 and a 32-inch TV in the cockpit overhead on the 3601.

For more information, visit thormotorcoach.com/aria.