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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 .

Air OPUS Wins Good Design Awards in Australia

Thu Jun 29, 2017

149875089579805.jpgPITTSBURG, California - The trend-setting Air OPUS self-inflating camper has added a Good Design Award to its accolades in Australia’s internationally coveted 2017 Good Design Awards.

Already hailed as pioneering by industry experts and customers, Air OPUS bested some of the world’s top design companies to win its award in the Automotive and Transport category.

Other winners in the category included global style and engineering leaders including Audi and Mazda.

Only the Tesla Model X and a semi-autonomous Caterpillar digger could beat the Air OPUS for top honors in its category.

The Good Design Awards are Australia’s most prestigious awards for design and innovation, with a proud history dating back to 1958.

Organized by Good Design Australia, the awards celebrate excellence in every area of design, from product and architectural design to digital and communication design.

Good Design Australia CEO Brandon Gien said the awards attracted innovative entries from all corners of the world, with an incredibly high standard this year.

Air OPUS converts from a compact trailer into a luxury six-berth camper in less than two minutes at the press of a button, with air beam technology replacing traditional poles.

It was designed by an international team comprising Malcolm Hill, Ben Liu and Jason Dodd in Australia and Jonathan Harrison, Mark Kidson and Ben Hawkins in the UK.

The Award Jury of international design experts said Air OPUS offered “genuine innovation at a surprisingly affordable price” and was “incredibly spacious with well thought out, easy to use and functional spaces”.

But its highest praise was for the air beams that inflate the camper in just two minutes.

“The convenience of pushing a button to erect the camper with air is simply genius and makes camping accessible to everyone,” the Jury said.