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 RV Enters Stick and Tin Market

Mon Nov 27, 2017

151180459584735.jpgMIDDLEBURY, Ind. - Grand Design Recreational Vehicle Company expanded its product offering with the Transcend Travel Trailer, according to a company announcement. The product will be unveiled to Grand Design Dealers at the RVIA National Trade Show in Louisville starting this week.

"Grand Design is still a young player in the very large travel trailer market with our current two brands of Imagine and Reflection, which are clearly focused within the laminated product segments. As we continue to expand the breadth of our Grand Design model offerings, non-laminated, stick and tin product is one of the largest market segments in the industry and accounts for nearly half of all travel trailers retail sold. Entering this market creates the opportunity for our dealers to offer a broader line of Grand Design travel trailers that appeal to a much wider range of retail customers," says Don Clark, president and CEO of Grand Design RV.

Micah Staley, general manager for Reflection, Imagine and now Transcend, says, "Stick and tin travel trailers have traditionally been known as a high volume and low-price market segment that accepts lower quality standards. We have designed Transcend to buck that trend with industry leading quality and innovative features that are in line with Grand Design's mission of 'We strive for nothing less than customers for life!'".

According to the announcement, Transcend defies the "entry level" term with features like a power tongue jack, power awning and aluminum entry steps. On the inside, the Transcend features upgrades like leather sofas and cushions, upgraded bunk mats, seamless thermal-formed countertops and deep-seated stainless-steel kitchen sink. The model also features an upgraded insulation package and standard 15,000 BTU air conditioner as part of an "Extended Stay Approved" design, the company says.

Production of the Transcend is scheduled to start in early spring with one floorplan offering. Grand Design broke ground earlier this year on two new production facilities, one of which will be dedicated to growing the all new Transcend product line. The first available floorplan will be a 32-foot bunkhouse that sleeps ten and weighs in around 6,400 pounds. It will sell in the $20,000 to $30,000 price range.