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 .
Mon Dec 18, 2017
A massive recall of Kidde plastic-handle or push-button “Pindicator” fire extinguishers has impacted 12 RV manufacturers and nearly 1.4 million RV units.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the extinguishers could become clogged, preventing them from discharging as expected or requiring excessive force to activate the extinguishers.
In certain models, the nozzle was said to detach from the valve assembly with enough force it could cause injury, as well as render the product inoperable.
In a case of a fire inside a vehicle, the fire extinguishers not operating could result in significant damage to the interior and exterior of the unit and could also lead to injury or death.
The RV manufacturers affected by the massive recall include:
• Keystone RV Company, which could affect 1,205,997 units
• K-Z RV, which could affect 134,046 units
• Cruiser RV, which could affect 36,037 units
• DRV Luxury Suites, which could affect 7,896 units
• Heartland Recreational Vehicles, which could affect 5,210 units
• Starcraft RV, which could affect 2,879 units
• Pleasant Valley Teardrop Trailers LLC, which could affect 2,590 units
• Prevost Cars Inc., which could affect 1,989 units
• Highland Ridge RV, which could affect 1,719 units
• REV Recreation Group, which could affect 217 units
• Bison Coach LLC, which could affect 200 units
• Entegra Coach, which could affect 46 units
Each of the manufacturers will notify owners and instruct them to contact Kidde for a replacement fire extinguisher, free of charge. The recalls are all expected to begin in January.