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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 .

Thule Awnings Gain Traction

Tue Nov 8, 2016

147862318657526.jpgElkhart, Ind. — Originally introduced to the North American RV market in 2015, Thule Group awnings are seeing increased activity with U.S. RV manufacturers. Through an exclusive sales and distribution partnership with Lippert Components, the Thule Crown, a wall-mounted manual awning, was recently displayed at the 2016 Elkhart RV Open House and was met with enthusiasm among RV OEMs.

“After its appearance at the Elkhart RV Open House, we’ve seen an increase in activity with smaller, lightweight RV models. We’ve had a steady amount of interest with Thule’s product line from the beginning of the partnership, and it’s exciting to see the continued growth and expansion of the line. The product line is a refreshing alternative for OEMs and RVers,” says Scott McKinnon, Lippert’s OEM Awning Product Manager.

Thule, a Swedish manufacturer of outdoor recreational products, is recognized around the world for bringing sophisticated products to outdoor enthusiasts. The introduction of Thule awnings into the North American RV market offers RVers a sleek design with a broad range of applications. Available in multiple sizes, the Thule Crown features optional, easy-to-deploy vertical support arms.

Additionally, LCI and Thule plan to continue the line’s expansion and will add full length, side wall and conventional awnings to the Thule portfolio of products offered through LCI.