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 Feb 19, 2018
While not confirming that Livin' Lite products are on their way out, the president of K-Z RV, a subsidiary of Thor Industries, didn’t exactly paint a rosy picture for the product’s continued production.
“As the management oversight group for Livin' Lite, K-Z will continue to produce Livin' Lite as orders are received,” says Aram Koltookian. Batch production for the lightweight aluminum trailers will continue until this summer, he says.
“At that time a final decision will be made on the future design of the product,” Koltookian says. He notes that K-Z will continue to stand behind all warranties of the trailer line, though the line is “experiencing a transition.”
The potential end of the line for Livin' Lite comes about five years after Thor acquired the line, and about a year after K-Z, headquartered in Shipshewana, Indiana, took over production. Koltookian says Livin' Lite is not a “mature brand.”