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 26, 2017
In 2014, Monaco Coach donated one of its 36-foot Holiday Rambler RVs to Hello Gorgeous of Hope, Inc. a national non-profit dedicated to providing complimentary make-over experiences for women battling cancer.
On April 14, the non-profit was devastated when it saw its RV on fire and learned it was a complete loss.
“Faith, our donated RV, was a part of our family," Executive Director Kim Becker says. "She has blessed so many women with a comfortable, private space to receive the specialty services that we offer them. We didn’t have the ability to purchase the RV on our own and so when it was donated we were so grateful. We feel beyond blessed for having it all these years. But we know God has a plan for us and He knows how to turn the tragedy into a blessing. We look forward to seeing what God is going to do next.”
Although the non-profit partners with salons around the country, in certain areas, the mobile Day Spas are used to accommodate the surprise make-overs.
“These mobile Day Spas are a huge part of who we are and help us when our recipients can’t make it to a partnering salon,” Becker says. "The motorhomes allow for the Hello Gorgeous! experience to be curbside, at the convenience and security of the recipient’s home. The mobile Day Spas are also used to demonstrate the non-profit’s concept at events, national beauty shows and at other cancer-supporting venues."
The RVs, HOPE and FAITH, are fully functional salons with a facial and pedicure area, nail table, shampoo bowl and a private area for haircare, head shaving, wig-cutting, makeup application and the like.
Hello Gorgeous! of Hope Inc. has been serving communities around the U.S. for more than 10 years. The non-profit was created to strengthen the confidence of women who have treatments; empower them; and help them to feel beautiful in their own skin, according to the company mission. Hello Gorgeous! has helped about 1,000 women across the U.S. and it currently has nine states offering the Affiliate Salon experience.
Kim Becker has received the Mom`s Choice Award for her first book, “Hello Gorgeous!: A Journey of Faith, Love and Hope”, published by Corby Books. She is also the 2014 Mutual Bank Better Life Award finalists and the American Cancer Society 2014 Coaches Verses Cancer Night of the Stars Inspirational Award winner. Becker has been married for 21 years and lives in Indiana with their 14-year old son, Seth and a pug named Sam.