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 .
Wed Apr 5, 2017
Recreation is, at its core, all about entertainment. The camping, the traveling, the time with family and friends and all of the luxury of an RV boils down to finding ways to entertain oneself and those that come along for the ride.
So, why not put another opportunity for entertainment inside the recreation vehicles?
Magnadyne Corp. has released an elaborate in-dash entertainment system that is wi-fi based and allows the RVer to access a multitude of entertainment from the luxury and comforts of the RV.
Magnadyne Sales & Technical Support Specialist Mark Jones says the pre-production on the product is finished and there are already three models of RVs that have installed it in their high-end coaches.
“This is an internet-based radio system that uses the Android platform,” Jones says. “It’s wi-fi based, so when you pull into a campsite that supplies wi-fi or use your phone to supply an internet connection, it allows you to download apps similar to an Android or IOS phone.”
The system comes in two sizes – a 6.75-inch and a larger, 10.2-inch screen. Both models have a Bluetooth system, a CD/DVD player, an audio input jack that can receive audio from any device with a headphone output, are enabled with GPS and are Sirius Radio ready. They both also have remote controls that come with the unit.
The system acts much like an iPhone or iPad for a car, but with the added capabilities of having a disc drive. It allows the RVer to access apps such as Facebook, Netflix, YouTube, Google, Pandora, ESPN and more.
Jones says the idea for the product was born from thinking about how to supply the end users with the best available technology for their needs and their current capabilities.
“It was an idea of mine and my bosses,” Jones says. “It was the next stage of evolution for RVs to have integrated products with wi-fi and the terrestrial phone. Everyone’s living by the phone now, so RVs have to do something one way or the other, with a phone or adjacent to the phone. We thought this would be a good idea. The 10-inch one is luxurious-looking and phenomenal.”
Two Forest River type A models and one Fleetwood type A model has already installed the M10 receiver into their units. Jones says he is still waiting for the customer response, because the product hasn’t reached many end users’ hands yet.
“They’re (RV manufacturers) putting it in their high-end coaches,” Jones says. “We don’t have a field response yet, because we’re just now getting it into consumers’ hands. There are a lot of things about the radio that consumers may or may not understand or not get a grip on. It’s like owning a phone in your dashboard. Android users would catch on pretty quick. IOS should be able to pick it up quickly as well. It can be a very powerful tool.”
The MSRP for the M6 – the 6.75-inch screen – is $899, while the M10 – the 10.2-inch screen – is $999.
For more information about other Magnadyne products, visit www.magnadyne.com.