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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 .

Grand Design Produces 10,000th Solitude Fifth Wheel

Thu Oct 5, 2017

150721506928117.jpgMiddlebury, Ind. – Grand Design Recreational Vehicle Company has announced production of its 10,000th Solitude Fifth Wheel. Solitude unit No. 10,000 came off line in September and has been shipped to Windish RV in Colorado.

“When we first started Grand Design, there was just a concept of what our first product would be, and the Solitude was clearly what we wanted to launch our company with,” Grand Design President and CEO Don Clark says. “It’s hard to believe that in just a few short years our team has reached this incredible 10,000th Solitude milestone. Congratulations to Nate Goldenberg (GM – Solitude and Momentum), Rob Groover (Solitude Product Manager) and the entire Solitude team for this exciting accomplishment. I would also like to personally thank our Grand Design customers and Grand Design dealers for your continued loyalty to our Grand Design brands and unique business model.”

“Since the Solitude’s introduction the product has evolved into one of our industry’s top selling fifth wheel brands and continues to be a leader in the luxury extended stay fifth wheel market,” Goldenberg says. “Instead of copying what is already being produced in the marketplace, we have listened to our customers and provided the product that they want.”

Grand Design RV launched the Solitude Fifth Wheel as its first entry into the RV market in 2013. Since that time, Grand Design RV has achieved unparalleled market share growth with 3 out of the top 10 retail selling fifth wheel industry brands wearing the Grand Design moniker, according to a press release.

Grand Design RV, headquartered in Middlebury, Indiana, manufactures the market leading Reflection Fifth Wheel and Travel Trailer, flagship Solitude Extended Stay Fifth Wheel, luxury Momentum Toy Hauler and lightweight Imagine Travel Trailer product lines. Since its founding in 2012, Grand Design RV has become one of the fastest growing RV companies in history and is rated among the highest quality RV manufacturers. Grand Design RV is a wholly owned subsidiary of Winnebago Industries.