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 May 18, 2017
Winnebago is extending its warranty on any new type A diesel motorhome purchased through Aug. 31. Called Carefree Diesel Days, the offer extends the warranty on Winnebago “diesel pushers” to three years or 100,000 miles — a significant increase from the standard limited warranty of 12 months or 15,000 miles.
“We believe in our coaches so much that we can confidently make this offer,” Winnebago Vice President and General Manager of Motorized Business Brian Hazelton says. "We always stand behind our products, but Carefree Diesel Days really demonstrates our superior RVs and the service level that Winnebago Class A diesel owners in particular can expect.”
Ranging in size from 35 to 44 feet, Winnebago’s diesel motorhomes are the company’s most spacious models, and retirees make up the largest purchasing segment.
“When you’re retired and making an investment out of known income, the extra confidence of a longer warranty is huge,” Winnebago Owner and Retiree Don Cohen from Denver says. "Winnebago RVs have exceptionally high construction quality to begin with, holding up longer and staying in better condition. There’s a real difference.”
Cohen is the editor of a blog site for Winnebago owners and fans, WinnebagoLife.com. His tips for other retirees span all models of RV living and include:
Think about your travel needs: “What you buy depends on how you’re going to use it,” Cohen says. "Are you taking short or longer trips, or even traveling full-time?
Visiting grandkids or taking them with you? Do you need a ‘mobile condominium’ with a king-sized bed and washer-dryer, or prefer simpler living? We recommend you rent before buying to try out sizes.”
Invest early for the best value: "The more you use your RV, the more favorable your travel costs become,” Cohen says. "If you equate two months in an RV to two months of costs in your other ways of traveling, you can realize savings in the first year. Over time, your vacation budget goes a lot further in a Winnebago.”
Find your community: “As you travel, you’ll be surprised at the richness of the people you meet, from educators and doctors to small business owners,” he says. "There’s no place you can’t experience and take your RV, whether you’re an outdoor adventurer or someone who loves good wine and good food.”
Cohen cites a growing number of gatherings and online resources catering to RV owners with common interests. “Facebook is a great place to look for people with similar motorhomes and interests. Another site is hitchupandgo.com, which has a directory of dozens of RV blogs.
Cohen acknowledges there’s a learning curve to owning a motorhome, but calls it a “fun learning curve,” and now that he and Terry have been on the road a good part of five years, it’s become their top travel option.
“We like the RV style of traveling,” he says. "You have everything you need — your stuff and your rhythms. We can do everything we do at home, except when we open up the doors, there’s a different view. It’s like a second home.”
To learn more about the Carefree Diesel Days warranty offer, see your local Winnebago RV dealer. For more information on Winnebago’s lineup of popular type A diesel motorhomes, go to https://winnebagoind.com/product-classes/class-a-diesel.