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 .

eNow and IdleAir Announce Strategic Partnership

Fri Dec 9, 2016

eNow, a company that provides renewable energy solutions for the RV industry, has announced a strategic partnership with IdleAir, which provides long-haul truck drivers an alternative to idling their engines during rest periods.

IdleAir is the largest provider of Truck Stop Electrification services at major travel centers and fleet terminals throughout North America. Under the terms of the agreement, eNow’s solar solutions for transportation will enhance IdleAir’s grid-powered solutions and provide even more low-carbon based power for trucks, which eliminates idling, saves on fuel and helps the environment.

As the market leader in designing, developing and manufacturing solar-based power systems for the commercial trucking, RV and Marine industries, eNow’s solutions are known for their durability, superior power, low cost and quick return on investment. Over the past several years, eNow has made great progress within the transportation industry, including partnerships with industry leaders such as Dometic Group, Mitsubishi Fuso, Freightliner, Navistar and Vanner. The eNow solar solution is sold through OEMs and Aftermarket Dealers.

“We are honored to be working with IdleAir,” eNow CEO and Founder Jeff Flath says. “IdleAir addresses both energy and environmental issues in groundbreaking ways. In an era when anti-idling laws are on the increase, they are helping the environment and making life easier for truckers, a win-win that is also a key part of our approach. We see this strategic partnership as proof positive of the viability of our Energy-as-a-Service renewable energy solutions for a variety of markets.”

IdleAir provides America’s hard-working long-haul truck drivers an alternative to idling their engines during rest periods. IdleAir service allows truck drivers to turn off their diesel engines and APU’s and still enjoy heating, cooling, standard electric inside and outside the cab, Satellite TV, Internet and many of the comforts of home — all while saving money and getting better sleep without the noise, vibration and exhaust fumes from idling. IdleAir’s idle reduction system relies on clean electricity generated from domestic American energy resources and uses only 1/10th as much energy as idling imported petroleum.

“This was all about synergies,” IdleAir CEO Ethan Garber says. “eNow’s solar panels generate far more energy than any other comparable solar solution for transportation, which meshes perfectly with our alternative to idling. The trucking industry will benefit all around from our partnership and ongoing and future projects.”