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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 .

Cavco Industries Partners with Kim Lewis Tiny Homes

Wed Jun 14, 2017

149745099077886.jpgAUSTIN, Texas - Kim Lewis Tiny Homes is partnering with Cavco Industries to develop affordable tiny homes, the first of which will be debuted June 23-25 at the annual Dwell on Design trade show at the Los Angeles Convention Center.

“We have been looking for the right builder, the right partner, and we’re really excited to join with Cavco to build out our homes,” says Kim Lewis, an internationally known Austin, Texas-based designer who was the lead designer for ABC’s “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” before launching Kim Lewis Tiny Homes earlier this year.

Lewis has designed more than 120 homes in 43 states and her work has been featured on ABC, HGTV, TLC, National Geographic, Spike TV, Animal Planet, FYI’s “Tiny House Nation” as well as House Beautiful, People, InStyle, The Washington Post, forbes.com and Austin Woman.

Dwell magazine invited Lewis to showcase her Joshua Tree tiny home design at the Dwell on Design trade show later this month, and with Cavco as a partner, Lewis now has the ability to mass produce affordable tiny homes.

“What an exciting opportunity it is for us to team up with a big name designer like Kim Lewis,” Cavo President of Tiny Homes Tim Gage says. "Working with Kim and her team for Dwell on Design has pushed us outside of even our very creative design box and encouraged us to take risks with truly special designs and ideas, but this is exactly the kind of thing that keeps Cavco as an industry leader.”

Cavco CEO Joe Stegmayer says that the Dwell on Design trade show is a perfect forum for the park model RV and tiny house segments of the market.

“Tiny houses are specialized dwellings that come in many shapes and sizes and Kim Lewis is an amazing creative talent with the practical ability to design what people like,” he says. "We are proud to team with her.”

The Joshua Tree tiny home that Lewis and Cavco will showcase at Dwell on Design is larger than the typical tiny home — 560 square feet.

“It’s really two trailers connected by a porch,” Lewis says. "One is a bedroom trailer, the other is the living trailer with a kitchen.”

Designed for eclectic bohemians who love light, open and airy spaces, Lewis says the Joshua Tree nest is a tranquil space infused with desert inspired décor.

“This model is for ‘Desert Dwellers’ who dream of watching sunsets, surrounded by the sweet landscape of mountains in the distance,” she says.

Unlike many tiny homes, the Joshua Tree features a more practical actual bedroom instead of a small sleeping loft.

“It’s on the same floor as the rest of the house to provide a consistent flow,” Lewis says. “Our 9-foot, 6-inch ceilings combined with the generous number of windows and sliding glass doors allow natural light to flood the space for the ultimate balance in indoor/outdoor living.”

Finishes in the Dwell tiny home will include white shiplap walls, Western Windows, copper pipe shelving in the kitchen, Silestone countertops, LaCantina sliding doors, a freestanding Kohler clawfoot tub, a retro style mint green refrigerator by Big Chill and a 24-inch orchid colored range from Blue Star. Barn Light Electric fixtures will light the space, and a custom barn door, designed by Kim Lewis and manufactured by Rustica Hardware, will create the perfect entrance to a generous sized bathroom. The color palette is inspired by the soft hues found in a desert sunset and the reflection of cacti across the sandy terrain.

Lewis says the Joshua Tree homes will retail at prices starting from $60,000, which is below the typical price for a tiny home.

“We want to provide well built, good looking homes that are reasonably priced and more comfortable than other tiny homes,” she says.

Lewis says she believes the demand for tiny homes will continue to grow, which is why she partnered with Cavco to ensure she has the ability to build the Joshua Tree and other tiny home designs for a national market.

“Baby boomers want to downsize, but they still want a home that feels luxurious, happy and unique,” she says.

“The younger generation is more adventurous,” she says. "More and more people are working for themselves, so having a tiny home gives them more flexibility and financial freedom.”

Gage says all potential tiny house customers should consult with their local city or county officials to ensure compliance with applicable building codes and zoning regulations prior to finalizing their tiny house purchase.