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 .
Fri Jan 6, 2017
West Springfield, Massachusetts - Spartan Specialty Vehicles, a business unit of Spartan Motors, Inc., has announced at the FMCA 94th International Convention the availability of its new Advanced Protection System, a package of market-leading collision mitigation and coach stability features designed to make owning and operating a type A recreational vehicle safer for drivers, passengers and other vehicles that share the road.
Spartan’s new Advanced Protection System integrates collision mitigation, electronic stability control, adaptive cruise control and an integrated tow-vehicle airbrake system to Spartan’s stability and defensive driving technologies. The new package will be available beginning with select model year 2017 type A motor coaches.
“The market asked, and we listened,” Spartan Motors President and CEO Daryl Adams says. "We’ve brought safety innovations that have been exclusive to the passenger vehicle segment to the motor coach market for the first time. In doing so, we offer our OEM partners the industry’s first comprehensive set of RV-specific safety provisions so they may extend additional protection, security and value to their premium coach customers.”
Spartan’s Advanced Protection System includes the following capabilities:
Collision Mitigation, Warning and Active Braking: available in an integrated digital dash display, the radar-based forward collision warning indicator first alerts the driver audibly and visually of potentially dangerous driving scenarios that could lead to a rear-end collision; if no action is taken, the coach actively brakes to mitigate the chance of a collision. The Spartan APS is an always-on monitoring system that provides warnings, even when the cruise control is not set.
o Cutting-Edge Radar Technology: a forward-looking radar system with dual beam technology that detects objects in the motorhome’s path at distances up to 650 feet away. The dual beam radar uses far-range and near-range detection to expand the total area of radar coverage. This 77 GHz radar technology provides fast and accurate detection of objects far ahead, while covering a wider angle to check adjacent lanes and even stationary vehicles.
Adaptive Cruise Control: assists the driver in maintaining a safe following distance behind the vehicle in front of them by decelerating automatically. The system makes driving long hours a more relaxed and pleasant experience.
Electronic Stability Control: automatically brakes individual coach wheels to help drivers maintain control during extreme steering maneuvers.
Spartan Safe Haul: a hydraulic tow vehicle braking system integrated with Spartan’s chassis systems so tow vehicles receive adequate and safe air pressure to supply optimal braking performance.
A product overview of the Spartan Advanced Protection System and other details are available at: www.dropbox.com/home/APS%20RV.
† System automatically de-throttles the engine and applies foundational brakes to provide up to 50 percent braking power.
Spartan’s Advanced Protection System is available across OEM platforms, with content dependent on OEM model-specific standard and optional feature provisioning.
“Safety and innovation are critical components of the Spartan Experience,” Spartan Motors Specialty Vehicles President Steve Guillaume says. “These features provide additional security and comfort for drivers and extend the portfolio of advantages for customers who are part of the Spartan Family. Our APS offering is a game-changer in that it provides new levels of control for those experienced drivers and it lowers the barrier for entry for the adventurous consumer who has never driven a motor coach.”
Each chassis is manufactured on a dedicated RV assembly line in Michigan - with American steel and the highest quality components. In support of the 2016 FMCA event theme, Celebrate Your Freedom, Spartan will showcase new displays including a promotional product identity commemorating the company’s American Owned and American Driven heritage.