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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 .

Hopkins to Introduce New BrakeBuddy Units at RVIA Show

Mon Nov 27, 2017

149071797036154.jpgEMPORIA, Kan. – Hopkins Manufacturing announced the launch of two BrakeBuddy brand of portable auxiliary braking models, the Classic II (part #39495) and Select II (part #39523).

According to the announcement, the models carry on the BrakeBuddy brand tradition of being designed to be the easiest to use, most trusted and best performing RV Tow Brake systems available. The new models are a major step forward for RVers. The models include the following features:

  • A lower profile design makes both models the lightest on the market and easiest to carry, the company claims.

  • The new Quick-Connect Clevis allows for one-hand attachment to the brake pedal.

  • The Easy-Pull Power Cord with built-in break-away function creates a one-plug connection.

  • Each unit comes equipped with a patented Auto-Start feature providing easy, fast set up.

  • The models are backed by a 5-Year Warranty with 30-Day Money Back Guarantee.


"We're excited to showcase the Classic II and Select II at the RVIA show. Our work with RV owners and dealers helped us raise the bar for auxiliary braking products. Both new models are sure to be a hit in the market!" explains Dan Scheller, Hopkins' director of marketing.

Hopkins will display the new units at the National RV Trade Show in Booth No. 88, Sept. 27–30, 2017, Louisville, Kentucky.