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 .

RV News Exclusive: Gulf Stream's GEO Tailored to First-Time Buyers

Wed Nov 23, 2016

147992088664938.gifGEO, the newest travel trailer brand from Gulf Stream Coach of Nappanee, Indiana, will be prominently featured at the upcoming RVIA Show in Louisville.

Called "an exciting new blend of leading-edge design and extraordinary value," the GEO exterior features laminated construction and a molded fiberglass cap with LED accent lights. Inside, the inspiration comes from the latest interior design ideas, with clean, contemporary lines and an upscale color palette.

"We want GEO to reflect the style and innovation seen in today's homes and hotels, specifically to attract non-traditional customers and first-time buyers," Gulf Stream Lightweight Division National Sales Manager Tim Dennig says. "GEO is the kind of travel trailer that new campers want - Solidly built, well-equipped, stylishly designed and easy to tow."

GEO includes a package of popular features and options to give owners design and technology hot buttons while keeping prices low. Included are luxuries like solid-surface counters with an 'infinity' edge, a stainless steel kitchen faucet with pull-out sprayer, power awning with LED atmosphere lighting, USB charging ports and a Blue Tooth-enabled home theater system. A tempered glass range cover is standard, as are cool, efficient LED lights and handcrafted cabinets with a subtle Mountain Ash finish. A lighter wood grain flooring contributes to the overall color scheme.

Gulf Stream Coach Marketing Director Paul Campbell says the GEO is designed for the new generation of camping that has different sets of expectations for what is needed in an RV.

"They seem to want a luxury cruise as much as camping," Campbell says. "Camping has its heritage around campfires and low technology and a comfortable way for the outdoors. But this new generation with young families has a different set of expectations. They want a little higher level of finish because they've seen it elsewhere in the places they've been. This is a pretty big deal for us. The show is an opportunity for the first look that the dealers have to get some input and make some adjustments."

Behind the great styling are resilient vacuum-bonded walls, floor and slide-outs, using a welded aluminum skeleton filled with rigid poly foam insulation. A heated, enclosed undercarriage protects tanks and occupants in cooler weather.

"GEO gives our dealers four innovative floor plans from 23 to 34 feet in length, all featuring the combination of luxury, convenience and high perceived value they need to win the confidence and meet the high expectations of people new to the RV life," Dennig says. "Dealers can also add a wide range of options so purchasers can further upgrade their campsite lifestyle."

To see the new GEO and get more information, dealers can visit the Gulf Stream Coach display in Louisville and talk to Tim Dennig (574-876-6120; email tdennig@gulfstreamcoach.com.)