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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 .

RV News Exclusive: Grand Coach Introducing Three New Brands

Mon Jul 24, 2017

149140891556538.gifGrand Coach is surging forward with impressive momentum, after it opened its manufacturing business in February and has been in production for only about two months. In that short time, Grand Coach has expanded its offerings to eight models and continues to attempt to increase its market share in the type B arena.

Grand Coach's business plan at its founding was to buy a couple of well-known brands that had been dormant for some time and re-introduce them with the company's new touches. Those brands include CapeCod, DayTraveler, Dolphin, Honey and Marlin, while it also released its own Grand Coach Signature Series.

This model year, Grand Coach will be launching three more brands: The ProMaster DayTraveler, which will be built on the Dodge Ram ProMaster chassis and the DayTraveler and the ExecuJet, both built on the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter chassis.

“The class B is the fastest growing segment of the RV industry,” Grand Coach CEO Darryl Connors said in an interview when the company began production. “One of the reasons it’s become that is the new entries into the market like the Ram ProMaster. The Sprinter and Mercedes were a little out of reach for some people. So, this is getting consumers looking at the market and it’s growing tremendously.

“What makes a particular dealer successful is the brand. Dolphin, Cape Cod and Sea View are a highly recognizable and high-profile brand that will make a dealer successful. We’re just like everything else in the world – we sell brands that have good products. We’re trying to change the industry in a positive way that brings value to the dealer and to the consumer. We feel if we do all those things right, we’ll be successful.”