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 .

Daimler Drops MCI for REV Group

Mon Jan 8, 2018

151543131413037.jpgDaimler Buses moved quickly last week to replace Motor Coach Industries, Inc. as its distributor for German-built Sentra motor coaches in the United States and Canada, announcing a new distribution agreement with REV Coach LLC, according to press releases from both the REV Group and MCI.

“Together with the REV Group, we will strive to further expand Setra’s Market coverage, strengthen our performance, and further improve support to better serve our coach customers in the United States and Canada,” says Ulrich Bastert, Head of Marketing, Sales & Customer Services at Daimler Buses. “On this occasion it is important to me to also thank our previous partner MCI for their contribution to our coach business in North America.”

Daimler’s distribution agreement with MCI included a 10 percent ownership of MCI equity in their 2012 agreement regarding the Sentra s 407 and S417 motor coach models. However, when New Flyer acquired 100 percent of MCI equity in December 2015, the distribution agreement was not changed, and since 2012, MCI has sold only 282 new Setra coaches.

According to the MCI release dated Jan. 4 Daimler believed MCI’s own competing motor coach models did not allow for sufficient attention to the Setra brand, as MCI is expanding its own motor coach lineup and service network. MCI, of Des Plaines, Illinois, is the U.S. subsidiary of New Flyer Industries, Inc.

Sales of new Setra coaches will transfer to Daimler’s new North American distributor immediately, while parts sales, service and warranty support for Setra coaches in service will remain with MCI and then transfer on June 30.

“We are absolutely delighted with this new opportunity to partner with Daimler Buses to explore strategic initiatives in North America,” says Tim Sullivan, CEO and president of REV Group. “Daimler is clearly one of the great vehicle manufacturers in the world. We have enjoyed a long relationship as both a purchaser of chassis and vehicles and a supplier of truck components for many years but this new strategic partnership takes our relationship to a whole new level.”