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: Xantrex Releases New Freedom X Inverter Models

Fri Aug 4, 2017

150186095381023.jpgXantrex Technologies has expanded its popular Freedom series with the launch of four new aftermarket models.

The new series called Freedom X marks the ongoing evolution of the Freedom inverter first launched in 1992.

The Freedom X offers 1,200 watts of continuous sine wave power, which is clean power, like electricity from a local residential utility grid. Freedom X offers extended surge capability to kick start demanding compressor loads in residential refrigerators.

"In comparison testing, we found Freedom X is efficiently able to provide power for a longer run time," Xantrex Vice President Richard Gaudet says in the April Issue of RV News Magazine.

That longer run time matters, particularly when dry camping with no shore power source available. Gaudet says the Freedom X stands out not only because of the power it provides, but also because of the ease of installation and minimizing warranty events.

"There are a few key areas where we stand out from the competition," Gaudet says. "We made sure installation is extremely reliable and the quickest in the market; you can install our inverter much quicker than our competitors'. And it's the first inverter in the market that you don't have to disconnect to do RV electrical testing. Further, with robust protection against reverse polarity, we have minimized one of the OEM's largest warranty costs, another first for an inverter manufacturer. We took those types of things into consideration to ease the minds of OEMs."

Several OEMs already took notice, with Forest River, Highland Ridge, Jayco, Keystone and KZ already installing or committing to install the Freedom X inverters in their products.

"We are so excited with the success of the Freedom X at the OEM level that we are preparing to launch four new aftermarket models," Xantrex Senior Marketing Manager Mitul Chandrani says. "These products will have more features in keeping with the demands from the RV aftermarket and offer a lot of flexibility in terms of AC power output and battery charging settings to suit a variety of applications."

Xantrex also has released a video detailing the new Freedom X. To watch the video, click here, which will take you to the RV News Video Library.