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 .
Mon Jan 16, 2017
ELKHART, Indiana — Forest River's bus division is taking a big leap forward with the launch of a separate luxury shuttle bus division, Berkshire Coach.
Featuring the luxury shuttle bus Berkshire Ultra, the line will be completely manufactured at the former Ameritrans Bus facility, 3601 County Road 6 in Elkhart. The units will come packed with standard features like luxury seating, USB ports, wood-look composite flooring and touch screen TVs, that also include back-up cameras and GPS capabilities. The buses are designed to fill a void that Forest River dealers say existed in the current lineup of shuttle bus offerings from the company, including the Elkhart Coach and Starcraft brands.
David Wright, president of Berkshire Coach and Forest River's bus division, says that Forest River was already the largest shuttle bus manufacturer in the country and that stepping into the luxury bus arena made real sense. They started producing the buses in November after nearly a year of collecting feedback from dealers.