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 .
Thu Sep 14, 2017
Grand Coach, the Elkhart, Indiana type B RV and Sprinter van manufacturer, is holding an Open House at its facility, at 21240 Protecta Drive in Elkhart as part of the 2017 Elkhart RV Open House that is going on from Sept. 18 – 22. During this RV event, Grand Coach will be debuting five new Luxury Custom Conversion Van models, including next generation mobility and motorhome styles, to all in attendance. This event will allow OEMs and dealers alike a chance to see the many premium luxury type B recreational vehicles and Sprinter Vans that Grand Coach has to offer.
Since its inception, Grand Coach has been constantly pushing to be at the forefront of the type B RV industry by continually improving innovative technology and ensuring quality in all that it does, from initial design to completed product. Grand Coach was founded upon and prides itself on being able to continually deliver on its three main tenants of the company philosophy:
• Making Dreams a Reality
• Different by Design
• Smart Camp Technology
Grand Coach’s President and CEO, Darryl Connors, is elated to have this chance to open the doors of Grand Coach to those within the industry, according to a press release. Connor’s company recently partnered with distributors across the United States, including Giant RV in California, Lazy Days in Florida and Vogt RV in Texas, to make its product line available in an even wider capacity and to fulfill Grand Coach’s tenant of “Making Dreams a Reality” accessible to all. These Sprinter and recreational vehicles that are offered by Grand Coach include some highly familiar brands, as well as some previously high-profile brand names. Grand Coach has taken all of its brands and breathed life and luxury into every detail, which will be fully on display during the 2017 open house. These brands include:
• ETL 4 Off-road
• Luxury Utility Vehicle (LUV)
• Execujet Mobile Office Vans
• Grand Coach Signature
• Dolphin Van
• Cape Cod Van
• National Traveller on a RAM ProMaster Chassis
Connors wants to display throughout the Grand Coach Open House that quality is at the forefront of the company’s mentality at all times.
“Acceptance from these dealers is a phenomenal opportunity for Grand Coach,” Connor says. “I’ve had three RVs and I’ve had RVs from the best. Having this validation from these outstanding dealers is an unreal boost to our company.”
All three of these dealers have expressed praise and excitement to have partnered with Grand Coach. The primary reason for the mutual excitement on both sides is their former history with the Dolphin brands over the decades.
"The Grand Coach will give us a B Van that we don't currently carry,” Dick Torres, from Giant RV says. “We are enthusiastic about our partnership with Grand Coach."
Beyond this, Ron Flemming, Nation Sales Manager of Lazy Days RV says “We are happy to be on board with the Grand Coach team and look forward to growing our partnership together.”
Finally, Vogt RV President, Aaron Vogt, has expressed his excitement as well.
“After speaking with Darryl Connors, and discussing the company’s direction of focusing on customer service and quality products, we quickly realized that we are a great fit, and we feel blessed to have this opportunity," Vogt says.
“We’re going to build automotive style, and that includes quality control and inspection and finish,” Connor says.
The streamlined process that Connors covers within his statement is the bedrock of what Grand Coach has grown to become: a quality standard in the RV industry.