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 .

Dometic Hosting Event During Elkhart Open House Week

Mon Jul 31, 2017

149194279222265.jpgDometic will be hosting an event called "Road Trip Across America" at its corporate headquarters and the Wellfield Botanic Gardens during the Elkhart Open House week on Sept. 18 from 4-7 p.m.

The idea will be for customers, dealers and other interested people to visit five destinations throughout the garden, try different food native to the area of that country, see new Dometic products showcased and meet and greet with Dometic FDD and customer service personnel. They also will have the chance to win one of three prizes (The Dometic CFX-100, CFX-65 or CFX-35).

The different portions of the food will be the northeast (Hamptons-themed food, drinks, cocktails and entertainment), the south (New Orleans-themed food, drinks, cocktails and entertainment), the southwest (Tex Mex-themed food, drinks, cocktails and entertainment), the west coast (Pacific coast-themed food, drinks, cocktails and entertainment), the mid west (America's heartland-themed food, drinks, cocktails and entertainment, including the Dometic fifth wheel with celebrity chef Kevin Roberts providing live cooking demonstrations.

Three bands also will be performing throughout the garden in jazz, country and rock genres.

Kevin Roberts’ knack for creativity and healthy eating in the kitchen can be seen, heard and tasted. Growing up in kitchens and focusing his college studies on Health, Nutrition and Kinesiology, Roberts knows cooking from the inside out.

With two cookbooks in print, owner and executive chef of four sports bar/tavern concepts in San Diego and nationally known as a radio and TV personality, Roberts knows a thing or two about pleasing the young adults' palate. His acclaimed cookbook, Munchies, is targeted towards the starving struggling to find quick, simple and tasty alternatives to the campus dining halls and fast foods. With recipes like west coast wings, tater tot hash and cinnamon roasted grapefruit, Roberts’ book expresses the sentiment that there is more to cooking than complex recipes and expensive ingredients. Kissing in the Kitchen, his second cookbook, aims to teach the novice chef how to prepare that romantic dinner that every girl or guy dreams of. His Sleep over Spinach and Make-out Macaroni illustrate that food is definitely the way to win anyone’s heart.

Aside from doing more than 100 national and local television shows, including The Today Show, CBS’ Early Show and being a regular on Better TV, he now hosts TLC’s BBQ PitMasters and lectures at university campuses nationwide.

Roberts was also a Top Ten Finalist on The Next Food Network Star, In addition, Roberts is the owner and Executive Chef at San Diego’s award-winning East Village Tavern & Bowl, one of the city’s hottest new downtown urban sports bars.

Roberts also travels the country with Dometic performing cooking demonstrations and shares recipes at trade and retail shows for the manufacturer. He explains how to utilize appliances designed for RVs to make even a novice cook into a mobile master chef.

Raised by a single-mother who worked in restaurants in Los Angeles, Roberts was in the restaurant business at a very young age. With a lot of trial and error and with the help of his mom and nana, he taught himself to cook at the age of 8 as an act of “self-preservation.” To quote Roberts, “It was either cook or starve.”

The Dometic product spotlight will show mobile cooling in the form of the CFX-100W and the CFX-75DZ.