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 .
Thu Mar 23, 2017
Since the RVIA Trade Show in Louisville, Kentucky, Girard Systems has been selling products to a seemingly endless line of dealers, manufacturers and other customers.
At the trade Show, Girard Systems debuted its GG750 Cassette Awning, a lightweight, compact lateral arm awning that is light enough to be attached to any RV where weight and size would be an issue.
“It looks just like a Girard awning and operates just like one, but it’s so light,” Girard Systems Marketing Director Chris Holland says. “We put two on our golf cart – one on each side – in our display so that no one could say what weight it could handle.”
The awning is available from 8 to 16 feet will a full 8-foot projection on sizes 10-feet and up. It can be purchased in either black or white frames and can come either with a manual crank or powered by a 12-volt motor.
“We showed this product off in Louisville and a lot of people were buying it,” Holland says. “It’s so much lighter in weight than our others and the cost, of course, is going to be considerably less.”
The San Clemente, California-based company also has come out with its third generation of tankless hot water heaters. The product is featured as a green, eco-friendly product, since the RVer doesn’t have to use any propane to get the hot water into the motorhome.
All the RVer has to do is dial the control panel up to 140, turn on the water and it will run at 140 for a half hour, Holland says.
The response to the tankless water heater has been eye-opening for the company, as manufacturers and dealers alike have lined up to get a piece of the pie.
“It’s just been unbelievable,” Holland says. “I’ve never seen anything like this go out in bulk so fast. We are 8,000 behind in orders, waiting for a tanker truck to get in. It’s selling a lot to a lot of manufacturers that have come on board with it.”
Thor Industries has bought 7,000 units of the water heater alone, Holland says.
The two new products have taken off from the pace the company saw when they introduced the Girard Guard last year, the remote controlled tire and furniture cover it released to a strong market response.
Holland says the tankless water heater and the remote controlled furniture and tire covers have the potential to change the industry. He compared it to when RVs started building basement storage.
“They were selling them like hot cakes,” Holland says. “It accomplished what it needed to accomplish and it changed the industry. The following year, everyone came out with basement motorhomes. Now, like that, everyone likes hot water. This can change the industry.”