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 .

Tiffin, Winnebago and Forest River Among Weekly Recalls

Mon Oct 3, 2016

Tiffin Motorhomes has recalled 1,658 of its 2015-17 Allegro motorhomes that were built between April 1, 2015 and Sept. 16, 2016. The affected vehicles have a tow hitch with a weight capacity sticker that may indicate an incorrect weight capacity.

If the hitch is loaded incorrectly, it could cause the hitch to fail, increasing the risk of a crash, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Tiffin will notify owners and send them a corrected label to replace the incorrect one, free of charge. No date for the recall has been set.

Winnebago has recalled 91 of the 2016 Winnebago Journey and Forza and 2016 Itasca Solei and Meridian motorhomes built between May 7, 2015 and March 25, 2016. The affected vehicles may have front sway bar mounting brackets that don't fit properly on the axle, which could cause the bolts to bend or loosen.

Winnebago owners will be notified by Daimler Trucks, who will modify the sway bar mounting, free of charge. The recall began on June 7.

Starcraft RV is recalling 40 of the 2017 AR-ONE MAXX LE trailers, model 19BHLE, built between Aug. 25 and Sept. 6. The federal label on the vehicles state that the trailers are built with two axles, each with a 2,500-pound capacity. However, in reality, they are only built with one 2,500-pound capacity axle. If overloaded, it could increase the risk of a crash.

Starcraft dealers will provide owners with a corrected federal label, free of charge. The recall began Sept. 19.

Daimler Vans has recalled 271 of the 2016 Mercedes-Benz and Freightliner Sprinter 2500 and 3500 vans built between March 1 and May 31. The bolts connecting the lower seat belt connection to the rear bench seat may not have been tightened properly.

If so, the seat belt may fail to secure the seat occupant in the event of a crash.

Sprinter dealers will inspect the connecting bolts, tightening them as necessary, free of charge. The recall will begin in October.

Jayco has recalled 30 of the 2017 Octane Super Lite travel trailers built between June 22-23. The labels on these vehicles have incorrect tire load range and tire pressure information. If over-inflated, it can cause sudden tire failure.

Jayco will provide the owners with a new label equipped with correct tire information, free of charge. The recall began on Sept. 23.

Forest River has recalled 178 of the 2017 Salem and Wildwood trailers built between Aug. 9 and Sept. 6. The federal placard incorrectly lists the tire and rim combination.

Forest River dealers will install a corrected federal placard, free of charge. The recall will begin Nov. 14.