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 Apr 20, 2017
The online edition of the April issue of RV News is now available on the website.
In this issue, we take you to Middlebury, Indiana, where Jayco is getting ready to celebrate the one-year anniversary of its acquisition by Thor Industries. The story will detail how the company culture has remained the same, but how it has restructured organizationally and expanded its manufacturing capabilities to better meet the needs of its customers.
Next, a story explores the trend of ultra-lite travel trailers gaining market share year after year in the industry. Consequently, RV manufacturers throughout the industry are keeping up with the demand of the smaller trailers with new innovations and increases in production.
We will also take you to Palm RV in Fort Myers, Florida, where Owner Tom Wegge has made sure that the company has focused on its employees as its largest asset. Wegge has said that the company culture and the buy-in of his employees is the greatest reason for the dealership's expansion and success.
Finally, you will learn about Xantrex Technologies' Freedom Series and how many manufacturers are continuing to put residential refrigerators as standard in their models. As that is happening, a reliable source of power is becoming even more important to run these appliances. Xantrex personnel detail the information and the advances in innovation to meet that demand.
In addition to those feature stories, there are also stories about technology and F&I advice, an aftermarket product spotlight on point of purchase displays and a parts manager perspective on plan-o-grams and point of purchase displays.
To begin reading the April 2017 issue of RV News, click on the link below.