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 .

NHTSA Issues Recalls for Forest River, Thor, MCI and Newmar

Mon Oct 10, 2016

146522869396754.jpgForest River, Inc. is recalling 45 of the 2016-17 Amera-Lite cargo trailers, models ALDD610SA, ALDR610SA, ALDD612SA and ALDR612SA that were built between Feb. 11 and May 11. The thickness of the steel tubes used to manufacturer the trailers' drawbars may be insufficient for the vehicle Gross Vehicle Weight Rating, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The drawbars could fracture during operation, with the possible result of losing control of the trailer or detaching from the tow vehicle.

Forest River dealers will replace the drawbars, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin Nov. 16.

Forest River also is recalling 45 of the 2014-16 Forest River Rockport delivery vehicles, models RPAF1270 and RPAA1270, built between Nov. 24, 2014 and Aug. 28, 2015. The affected vehicles are equipped with Thieman Tailgates-brand TVL 12/16 series lift gates supported with roller chains that could fail.

If they do fail, the lift gate may fall unexpectedly, increasing the risk of crash and injury.

Forest River dealers and Thieman Lift Gate distributors will repair the lift gate, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin Nov. 21.

Thor Motor Coach is recalling 223 of the 2016-17 Four Winds and Chateau motorhomes, built between June 16, 2015 and April 29, 2016. The motorhomes are equipped with a spare tire bracket that could loosen and detach during operation.

If the spare tire bracket and spare tire detaches, it could cause a road hazard, increasing the risk of crashes.

Thor dealers will install carriage bolts to properly secure the spare tire bracket, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin Oct. 17.

Newmar Corp. is recalling 58 of the 2015-17 Canyon Star RVs built between June 5, 2014 and Sept. 6, 2016. The vehicles have a wheelchair access door with a power door lock that may open with the vehicle is in motion. If that happens, it could cause the loss of vehicle control.

Newmar dealers will add a relay harness to prevent the keyfob button from opening the door while the vehicle is in motion. The recall is expected to begin Nov. 26.

Motor Coach Industries has recalled 41 of the 2017 J4500 motorcoaches built between March 14 and Aug. 23. The vehicles may experience a multiplexing programming error that will not provide any visual or audible warnings if the primary service brake air reservoir system has low pressure.

If the driver is unaware that the brakes have low air pressure, the brakes may apply automatically, increasing the risk of a crash.

MCI dealers will correct the programming of the multiplex system, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin during October.