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 .

Coastline Manufacturing Releases WindTamer to RV Market

Fri Nov 18, 2016

HESPERIA, California - Coastline Manufacturing Company has released a new product to the marketplace through a Kickstarter Campaign. The WindTamer, created by Mitchell Schliebs, CEO of RVandOffRoad.com, converts any common camp stove into a high output camping appliance in high wind, rain or fog while also conserving the stove's fuel. It allows campers to cook meals outdoors regardless of the weather conditions.

According to a 2014 Camper Report sponsored by Coleman Company and the Outdoor Foundation, and RVBusiness.com, more than 40 million Americans went camping in 2013, sleeping outdoors nearly 598 million nights. Only 16 percent of those camped in RVs while 77 percent slept in a tent. Younger less affluent Americans are dominating camping sites, and as a result, they are unable to buy RVs. To ensure the most pleasant camping experience, 59 percent budget for the best, most functional camping equipment.

Schliebs created the WindTamer while camping in the Southern California high desert and local mountains while searching for a suitable homestead. He witnessed many other campers who struggled or left early because of the wind. Others asked him for assistance as they watched him cook on the stove top or fireplace. The idea for the WindTamer was born.

With three decades of freelance design work behind him, Schliebs began taming the wind at Mojave Narrows using a sheet of Nomex stretched over the front of the campground grill, laying the groundwork for his initial design. The WindTamer provides a Nomex shield with a steel stand that protects the stove from the elements. It's quick and easy to set up and vents at the top. It's also large enough to accommodate a three-burner stove and offers pockets and holders on the sides for paper towels, foil and other cooking utensils for convenience and organization. While providing easy access to the burners, it also saves on the amount of fuel utilized by the stove and is reusable saving money over time.

"Camping should always be a rewarding adventure but cooking in a windy, possibly wet environment will turn meal preparation into a risky undertaking with an unknown outcome," Schliebs says. "Cold or undercooked food is sure to rile moms and kids and cause consternation to future camp-outs. WindTamer helps ensure hot nutritious meals from morning to night."

The Kickstarter Campaign is offering Black Friday specials with early special pricing for the WindTamer. Those who wish to pledge $25 or more will receive the Kitchen Gear Wrap including Nomex sharp object pouch. A pledge of $87 or more will allow customers to receive one WindTamer with basic tote bag, a savings of $24 off the regular cost. Those who pledge $105 or more will receive WindTamer with XL tote bag. All shipments are anticipated in January 2017. To learn more about the WindTamer and to make an early purchase to access this exclusive deal, visit the WindTamer Kickstarter Campaign.