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 Exclusive: Garnet Instruments to Debut Bluetooth Tank Monitor

Wed Mar 29, 2017

149071624250687.jpgGarnet Instruments is getting ready to introduce the newest evolution of its 709 holding tank monitor product line, which is the most technologically advanced yet.

The new product, named the 709-BTP3 SeeLeveL II is the company’s first Bluetooth unit, designed to be hooked up to the RV’s holding tanks, while a phone application allows the RVer to check the tank levels on their phone.

The system also includes an alarm output, which can be connected to a light or sounder to indicate when any of the tanks reaches a certain used percentage. Garnet’s Distribution and Sales Manager Kim Fraser says the response from customers has been positive even before the actual debut of the product.

“It’s an evolution of our 709 product. We’re waiting for the rest of our electronics to come in and we’ll be ready to sell them at the end of April,” she says. “The 709 is already one of our most popular selling units. At the RV trade shows, the consumers had great response.”

The product is designed for motorhomes and trailers with three holding tanks, monitoring the battery voltage, fresh, gray and black water levels as well as the LPG tank. The percentage level is shown on a three-digit LED display and includes a 3-way pump switch with a connector which allows for more wiring options. In the future the Bluetooth will be available for two and four tanks based on demand.

Bluetooth products tend to sell better to younger RVers, while those ages 50 and older generally like to stay with the more hands-on tank monitors, Fraser says. But the 709-BTP3 is already generating a lot of interest, especially among the younger demographic.

“People who are younger love the idea of Bluetooth technology,” Fraser says. “The more features it has, the more they like it, in general."

Garnet Instruments, based in Sherwood Park, Alberta, Canada, does most of its sales in the United States, where the Garnet name is already well known among RVers and RV manufacturers. Fraser also is working on creating a presence in Canada.

“We’ve manufactured here (in Canada) for almost 20 years, but our marketing focus has always been in the U.S.,” Fraser says. “We currently have our gauges in approximately 80,000-plus RVs, many at the OEM level. People know who we are in the RV community. Our product has been proven over time to be reliable and accurate.”

The Seelevel tank monitoring system is designed to retrofit to previous models, so it can seamlessly replace other models. It is easy to install for those who like to do it themselves, as it uses the existing wiring and the senders mount on the exterior wall of the tanks. This eliminates any problems commonly seen from the black water tanks or any need to get inside the tanks.

The monitor measures tanks from 4 ½ to 12 inches tall with a single sender, or up to 24 inches tall with dual senders. The display has a black flush mount panel, which screws to the wall.

For more information about this and other Garnet Instruments products, visit www.rvgauge.com.