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 .

California Inventor Develops The Hauler for RV Market

Mon Aug 21, 2017

Getting away from it all in the family RV takes on a whole new dimension when RVers can bring along the quad bike, his 'n' her motorcycles, powerized wheelchairs/motorized scooters, or just about anything that can be scooped up by the forklift action of The Hauler.

Developed by Mike Conner, a life-long camper, outdoorsman and serial inventor, the unique, patented device can lift up to 1,000 pounds with its winch design, making short work of loading almost anything onto the back end of the RV. Once securely installed, cargo can be positioned and then lifted into position by backup under the object with The Hauler's tempered steel forks.

"To make this idea practical, I knew we had to make it universal and able to work on just about any recreational vehicle," Conner says. "The breakthrough came when I realized installation was possible on most class of vehicle using just a standard trailer hitch. Once we developed the clamp to support The Hauler securely, it became a lift system that could be put to use by the vast majority of RV enthusiasts."

Slated for launch in early 2018, The Hauler is expected to retail for less than $3,500 and comes with an installation video, maintenance kit and a solid steel attachable metal floor.

Conner's production facility is located in Santa Barbara, California.