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 .

Winnebago Announces Launch of New Products at Open House

Mon Sep 18, 2017

150575010418607.jpgFOREST CITY, Iowa - Winnebago Industries, Inc. has announced the launch of several new products within its flagship Winnebago brand. Additions to the motorhome lineup include the Revel, Horizon and Intent. In towables, Winnebago is introducing a new line of Minnie Plus Fifth Wheels.

"In our motorhome business, we are committed to listening to our customers and providing products that will enable extraordinary experiences," Winnebago Vice President and General Manager Brian Hazelton says. “We are pleased to debut all of these new additions at the Winnebago Open House event in Elkhart, Indiana."

Revel: Designed specifically for outdoor enthusiasts, the Revel is based on a proven Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 4X4 platform and provides straightforward design and function-driven features to fuel adventure. The floorplan revolves around a rear "gear garage" with a power lift bed. When the bed is raised to the ceiling, 140 cubic feet in storage space is available for bicycles, climbing equipment, hiking gear and whatever else is needed for the next adventure.

"The Revel is a true 4X4 RV designed to take you to places no other Winnebago motorhome has gone before," Director of Product Management Russ Garfin says. “The amenities and features of the coach allow for comfortable exploration of remote places."

The Revel offers an on-demand 4WD system, complete with high/low range and hill descent mode for added off-road capability. Construction of the Revel is specifically designed for durability with features such as welded aluminum cabinet face frames and positive-latching cabinet doors and drawers. Other features include a standard solar power system, all-electric galley and compressor refrigerator.

"The Revel is designed to enhance your next outdoor experience," Garfin says. “Whether your passion is off-roading, fishing or another outdoor activity, the Revel allows you to get to your location faster, stay off-the-grid longer and enjoy your time doing what you love."

Intent: The Intent delivers the latest engineering and design principles from Winnebago in a full-featured type A coach at a price that will meet a discerning budget.

"The Intent is styled smartly, supremely functional and provides tremendous quality," Director of Product Management Niles Whitehouse says. “This product is the result of many hours of listening to Winnebago dealers and consumers in order to see what an ideal RV experience could be. We then collected that input and gathered the best engineers, designers and craftsmen to set a new standard for what a Class A gas motorhome should be."

A step into the cab will reveal enhanced visibility which can be attributed to narrow corner pillars and a large windshield. Other features include a Smart LP System that provides two easily removable 20-pound LP cylinders that can be refilled without driving the motorhome to a filling station and a standard tailgate package under a large patio awning offering a TV, refrigerator, countertop, sink/faucet, storage bin and drawer, pull-out extension table, towel holder and bottle opener.

The Intent is available in four floorplans - the 26M, 29L, 30R and 31P.

Horizon: This type A Diesel motorhome introduces modern design and bold styling in the diesel pusher category. Highlights include a clean, exterior look, a sophisticated sleek interior and luxurious furnishings.

"The Horizon brings a fresh and refined look to the category," Director of Product Management Ryan Roske says. “The sleek lines and high-end modern design principles generate something entirely unique."

Available in two floorplans, the 40A and 42Q, the Horizon blends function and design seamlessly with features such as an electric fireplace, Versa driver's seat, LED tube lighting and luxurious furnishings.

The Horizon is built on the turbo-diesel-powered Maxum Chassis, and provides a superior ride, smooth handling and abundant storage. The Cummins ISL Engine features the XPI fuel system, to help deliver maximum fuel economy and performance while minimizing emissions.

Minnie Plus Fifth-Wheel: The Minnie Family line up is completed with the addition of the Minnie Plus Fifth-Wheel. The family is made up of the Minnie Drop, Micro Minnie, Minnie, Minnie Plus and now the Minnie Plus Fifth-Wheel. The Fifth Wheels are available in three floorplans, the 25RKS, 27RLTS and 27REOK. Each floorplan includes a private sleeping space with queen bed and full bath. A fiberglass front cap and large awning are both brightened by LED lights. Eight unique exterior colors and two interior décor options are available on the entire Minnie Family.

"We are proud to begin offering this product to the fifth wheel consumer, and look forward to seeing our customers enjoying their new home away from home," Product/Engineering Manager Ron Brown says. “We feel like we have found a unique combination of aesthetic appeal blended with the right features for the end consumer."