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 .
Tue Aug 1, 2017
Elkhart, Ind. - NeXus RV has announced it will be selling through an exclusive and limited RV dealership network. NeXus RV, a full line motorhome manufacturer founded in 2010 by Claude Donati and Dave Middleton, announced it will be partnering with dealerships beginning in September of this year.
“In 2010, we were looking for a way to continue to do what we love to do, which is build motorhomes," Donati says. "The recession made selling through the dealers impossible, so we sold units direct to retail customers. As we continued to grow the company, we expanded our portfolio and we built everything from Class C to Diesel pushers. Our products have been super competitive and now that the market has consolidated, we believe the time is right to give dealerships an alternative product which has been proven in the market.”
NeXus RV has several production facilities on the north side of the city of Elkhart, totaling about 220,000 square feet of manufacturing space.
“Our motorhomes have some exclusive features such as our high strength low alloy steel framing throughout, which provides a 72 percent stronger structure than all other motorhome products," says Middleton, who serves as the Nexus president. "We also do not use any wood products in our sidewalls or roofs. We have already signed several premier motorhome dealerships in the market and expect to have around 40 to 50 dealerships selling our products."
NeXus RV plans to close all five of its company-owned dealerships in August and no longer sell any units directly to the retail public after Aug. 30. The five company-owned dealerships are located in Florida, Arizona, Delaware and two in California, according to Nexus RV Marketing Manager Theresa Etes.
“We thoroughly enjoyed working with the retail customers, but our experience and history is selling through the dealership network as we worked with many of the great dealerships for nearly 20 years prior to starting NeXus RV,” Donati says. “We look forward to offering the dealers a great product — built better and with more features — and providing them with large territories. In addition, we will not clone our products. After selling directly, we learned the value of having an exclusive brand that allows you to work with customers and invest the time needed to build value and profit in your sales.”
NeXus RV will have a large display of products at its showroom at 3400 Reedy Drive in Elkhart — one half mile North of C.R. 6 among all the manufacturing displays.