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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 .

Thetford Porta-Potti Touted by Product Review Website

Wed Oct 12, 2016

ANN ARBOR, Michigan – Campers, truckers, boat owners and countless others have long recognized that a portable toilet makes life better. They’ve also recognized the enduring quality and value of the Porta-Potti, the best-selling portable since Thetford invented it in 1968.

The website top5reviewed.com recently confirmed what consumers already know: Thetford Porta-Potti has stood the test of time. In fact, the site rated Porta-Potti as its top portable toilet, according to a press release.

“We’re very proud to receive this recognition,” Thetford Director of Marketing Andy Bialorucki says. “The voice that speaks loudest to us comes from those who use our product – and we’re thrilled that they appreciate all the factors that make Porta-Potti the industry leader.”

Top5reviewed.com’s website says it represents a team of U.S.-based product reviewers with a focus on “commercial, medical, engineering, industrial and other scientific products…”

Thetford offers a full line of Porta-Pottis, all of which are rugged and reliable – assuring many years of trouble-free trips. A sealed slide valve simplifies flushing while keeping odors in the holding tank, and – combined with a holding tank deodorant like Thetford Aqua-Kem – creates an odor-free experience. When Porta-Potti is ready to be emptied, a rotating spout allows for sanitary and leakproof disposal.

Other features vary by model. For example, the top-of-the-line Porta-Potti Curve offers a homelike design, higher seat height and increased bowl size, along with a battery-powered flush, hidden controls and level indicators for both the fresh water and the waste tanks.

“Many consumers have come to trust Porta-Potti,” Bialorucki says. “We have high standards for quality and reliability to assure that users receive the best product possible.”

A Porta-Potti has a wide variety of uses, including for camping, boating and van conversions, as well as an extra toilet in cottages, cabanas, basements and pool houses. Porta-Potti also is handy during a home emergency (during a power or water shortage), as a bedside toilet for physically challenged adults and for children who are potty training.

Headquartered in Ann Arbor, Thetford is the world's leading supplier of sanitation and refrigeration products for the RV, marine and heavy-duty truck industries. It is a privately-held company with seven manufacturing facilities in four nations.

Thetford subsidiaries include Norcold of Sidney, Ohio, America's leading manufacturer of gas-absorption and AC/DC refrigerator/freezers for the RV, marine and truck markets; Tecma, an Italy-based maker of fine-china toilets and powerful waste-transfer systems; and Thetford Europe, which manufactures Spinflo brand high-quality cooking and heating appliances, as well as accessories.