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 .

Weekly Recalls Include Gulf Stream Coach, Thor and Forest River

Tue Dec 27, 2016

146522869396754.jpgGulf Stream Coach, Inc. has recalled 340 of the 2016-17 Conquest and B Touring Cruiser Type C motorhomes built between Sept. 24, 2015 and Oct. 24, 2016. In the affected vehicles, the in-dash radio unit assembly was improperly wired allowing the DVD to operate while the vehicle is in motion, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Gulf Stream dealers will disable the viewing of the DVD monitor while the vehicle is being driven, free of charge. The recall will begin in December.

Forest River, Inc. has recalled five of the 2016-17 StarTrans PS2 transit buses built between April 26 and Oct. 11. They are built on Daimler chassis and equipped with ICU3s instrument clusters and hydraulic brakes. If the brakes malfunction, the clusters may illuminate the lamp with the word "park" instead of the word "brake." As such, they fail to comply with the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards.

Forest River dealers will notify owners and Daimler will replace the instrument clusters with new ones, free of charge. The recall will begin Jan. 18, 2017.

Forest River also has recalled 23 of the 2017 Puma trailers, models PT38DBS and PT38RLQ, built between Aug. 15 and Nov. 15. The placard on the vehicles hae incorrect tire information, stating ST225/75R15/D with 65 PSI with a rim designation of 15X6.0JJ. The vehicle should be equipped with ST235/80R/16E with a PSI of 80 and a rim designation of 16X6.0JJ.

Forest River dealers will replace the incorrect Federal placard with a corrected one, free of charge. The recall will begin Jan. 19, 2017.

Livin Lite Recreational Vehicles has recalled 86 of the 2017 Camplight and Quick Silver RV trailers, toy hualers and truck campers built between May 19 and Nov. 18. The vehicles have a rubber liquid propane gas line connecting the range hood and the pilot light, instead of a 12-inch hard pipe.

Livin Lite dealers will install a 12-inch copper extension between the range hood and the pilot light, free of charge. The recall will begin in December.

Thor Motor Coach is recalling 32 of the 2017 Quantum RQ29 motorhomes built between June 27 ad Sept. 29. The vehicles may be missing a mid-ship marker light and, as such, fail to comply with the safety requirements.

Thor dealers will install a mid-ship marker light if it is missing, free of charge. The recall will begin Jan. 28, 2017.

Entegra Coach has recalled 125 of teh 2017 Cornerstone vehicles built between Oct. 26 and Nov. 18 and built on a Spartan Motors chassis. The vehicles are equipped with a Wabco OnGuard Collision Mitigation System that may have been installed upside down reducing its functionality.

Spartan Motors dealers will correct the orientation of the radar and re-calibrate the system, free of charge. The recall will begin Jan. 31, 2017.

Heartland Recreational Vehicles, LLC is recalling 50 of the 2016-17 Landmark 365 fifth wheels built between Sept. 30, 2015 and Oct. 24, 2016 and equipped with disc brakes. The spare steel wheel on the affected vehicles may not properly fit on the axle hub, resulting in the wheel rubbing on the brake line, causing it to wear.

Heartland dealers will replace the steel spare wheel with an aluminum wheel, free of charge. No date for the recall has been set.