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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 Crown Awning Met With Enthusiasm

Mon Nov 14, 2016

147914317846656.jpgElkhart, Indiana — 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, Inc., 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, according to a press release.

“After its appearance at the Elkhart RV Open House, we’ve seen an increase in activity with smaller, lightweight RV models," LCI OEM Awning Product Manager Scott McKinnon says. "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.”

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 for added stability.

Thule products available to the North American market via LCI include the Thule Crown, a wall-mounted awning featuring an eight-inch projection and quick release aluminum support legs. Thule’s contemporary awning design matches modern RV designs and features an improved integration on vehicle sides. This lightweight yet sturdy awning is available in seven different lengths from 6.2 feet to 14.8 feet with a maximum projection of 8.2 feet.

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.