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 Mar 5, 2018
With an eye at extending off-grid camping, Erwin Hymer Group North America, Inc. has signed an exclusive supply and engineering cooperative agreement with Watt Fuel Cell Corporation located in Mount Pleasant, Pennsylvania, to introduce the Watt Fuel Cell technology into the RV market.
The exclusive agreement will introduce the Watt Fuel Cell into the proprietary EcoTrek technology used by Erwin Hymer Group North America, Inc., according to a press release from Erwin, a leading manufacturer of type B motorhomes. The combination of the Watt Fuel Cell and the established EcoTrek technology will enable consumers to travel and achieve a mobile leisure lifestyle, living off the grid while having virtually silent, on demand power and achieving almost zero emissions, according to the company.
“This is a really exciting and important partnership as the two technologies combined allowed owners to live off the grid, anywhere, anytime, and always have power and charging capability using the incredible Watt ImperiumTM Fuel Cell as long as they can fill their propane tank," says Jim Hammill, president and CEO of Erwin Hymer Group North America, Inc. “They will do so, knowing that they are producing little to no emissions. We have always been dedicated to being as green as possible, both in our manufacturing processes and our technologies, so this is a perfect fit.”
The integration of the Watt ImperiumTM Fuel Cell allows the use of a propane to create clean electricity and heat, and allows Erwin Hymer Group North America, Inc. to affordably put in place a method of creating clean electricity.
“We are pleased to be working with Erwin Hymer Group North America, Inc, a forward-thinking innovative consumer products company, and are excited to be launching our products as part of their platform,” says Caine Finnerty, president and CEO of Watt Fuel Cell. “Our combined engineering and business resources will be pooled to achieve a real market impact for the hybrid clean technology solution we have been developing for many years here at Watt.”
Erwin Hymer Group North America is the leading manufacturer of type B motorhomes in North America, selling its motorhomes through a network of independent RV dealers in the United States, Canada and Japan. It also is part of Erwin Hymer Group in Germany, which is Europe’s largest manufacturer of motorhomes and caravans, with a turnover of more than 2.1 billion Euros. The group sells more than 55,000 vehicles annually and employs a staff of some 6,500 in its associated companies.