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: Powering Up with Removable Truck Campers

Thu Feb 23, 2017

148786827050670.jpgPowerhouse Coach will be coming out with the largest removable camper in the market, to add to its line of truck campers, luxury motor coach trailers and others.

The Idaho Falls, Idaho-based company is a custom-built manufacturer and President Doug Tolbert says the industry demands continue to get smaller and easier to handle either on the road or being towed.

Because of that, Tolbert felt it was time to put on a large camper on to back of a refurbished Dodge Ram chassis.

“We build everything from scratch,” Tolbert says. “We did major adjustments to the Dodge chassis, popped up the motor and custom built the large camper on top of that. We’re going to add a custom paint. This one is the demo coach that I will be keeping, but I feel that it’s the most practical, versatile RV and that’s going to make it sell.”

The removable truck camper measures at 300 square feet and features four slide rooms inside and Tolbert says it’s a drive to stay ahead of the curve of the RV market.

“I think it’s going to be a good fit,” he says. “The industry is scaling smaller right now. The millennials are wanting something more versatile that doesn’t cost as much money. That’s what this product is all about. The beauty with this is when you’re not using it as an RV, that it sets on the ground in five minutes and you have the pickup to drive.”

The custom-built camper rides on a four-wheel drive chassis that is designed to be able to drive through a large amount of snow or mud, but can also act as a regular pickup truck when the removable camper is unloaded.

For more information, visit www.powerhousecoach.com/.