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 .

Web Exclusive: Brandon Galbreath Wins Top Tech Challenge

Thu Nov 30, 2017
Author: Scott Hansen

151204537979873.jpgThe inaugural Top Tech Challenge was awarded to Brandon Galbreath of D&N RV Service in Guntersville, Alabama.

Galbreath scored 230.59 points out of a possible 294, edging out John Larson from Nevada Mobile RV Service in Minden, Nevada, who scored 213.75; and Joshua Bedsaul from RVs Unlimited in Foley, Alabama, who came in third with 186.44 points.

The competitors faced a total of seven technical problems over the two rounds and had to troubleshoot the problem and tell the judge what needed to be done to fix it. In one case, the tech needed to rebuild an in-wall slide mechanism, while in another, he had to install a weight distribution system.

The other five issues were troubleshooting a furnace fault and an air conditioner fault in the first round, while the final round had a water heater, a 12-volt system and a refrigerator. Each of the three finalists quickly troubleshot all of their issues with more than 12 minutes to go on every challenge. The scores were tabulated with points being scored from safety procedures, correct troubleshooting technique and installation/repair technique where applicable; and the time remaining on the clock being added as points.

The Top Tech Challenge was hosted by the RV Doctor Gary Bunzer and sponsored by Airxcel, Dometic, Thetford and Lippert Components, with additional sponsorships by Forest River and Reese.

The eight technicians chosen to compete had to be a certified or Master Certified technician, had to have at least five years of experience, had to be employed in the RV industry and nominated by their employer.

The other five competitors were:

• Robert Browne of Wilkins RV in Avon, New York
• Shawn Diamond of Greeneway RV in Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin
• Don Ebsen of Camping World in Rapid City, South Dakota
• Jason Hunt of Jason’s RV Service in Whitney, Texas
• Mike Senic of Roy’s RV Supercenter in Elkins, West Virginia

The three finalists were from a different area of the RV service world, which coincidentally made for a final round where all three areas of service were represented. Galbreath was from a service shop, Bedsaul was from a dealership and Larson works at a mobile RV service center.

In addition to be naming the Top Tech Challenge champion, Galbreath received a large trophy that will go home with him, as well as a smaller trophy that will have Galbreath’s name and business printed on it and will travel throughout the country, much like the Stanley Cup. Then, Galbreath was also awarded a $10,000 check by the competition’s sponsors.

Stay tuned for more information on the Top Tech Challenge, including thoughts and responses from some of the competitors, in the December issue of RV News Magazine.

(UPDATE: This article was corrected on Dec. 1 to say that D&N RV Service is in Guntersville, Alabama. Originally, the article said D&N RV Service is Joppa, Alabama. Rather, Joppa is the city where Brandon Galbreath resides.)