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 Donates Refrigerator to Mobile Travel Bloggers

Tue Aug 8, 2017

149194279222265.jpgELKHART, Ind. – Dometic recently donated a CFX Portable Refrigerator/Freezer to mobile travelers Melissa and Chris Thayer who are better known on Instagram as @outdoors_is_free.

Melissa and Chris are full time travelers who live out of their truck and trailer with their dog, Haley. They eat, sleep and work on their blog www.outdoorsisfree.com wherever they choose.

Both Melissa and Chris have always had a heart for the environment. Chris was previously a park ranger, EMT, Firefighter and a recycling coordinator for the west side of Hawaii Island. Melissa has a degree in Physics and Engineering Management with a focus on energy and the environment. She spent several years trying to move Hawaii off fossil fuels while working for a large land/resource management company in Hawaii.

“We both realized our jobs were running us into a path of creating priorities that didn’t align with our internal ones,” Melissa says. "At the beginning of 2013, we both quit our jobs, sold our house and moved to the mainland and bought a truck and trailer.”

On June 4, Melissa and Chris experienced an unfortunate event that caused almost everything to be damaged and some items lost completely. Luckily, neither they nor their dog were hurt. They had been out in the Nevada heat for five days and needed a way to keep things cold.

They are grateful to still have a trailer and only had to replace some of the items inside, such as their refrigerator that was ruined, according to a press release. They did not previously have any Dometic products, but now are able to take their Dometic refrigerator with them wherever they like.

“When Dometic reached out to us about the possibility of obtaining a new refrigerator for our trailer, we were thrilled with how quickly they were able to send us one and support us in our travels,” Melissa says. “We are ecstatic and love our new refrigerator. We could not be more thankful.”

“We are so pleased that we could help out Melissa and Chris, even in a small way, in their time of need," Dometic Director of Marketing Trey Miller says. "They exemplify Mobile Living and the longing for freedom and adventure. We look forward to following their journey for many years to come.”