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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 .

Tiny Trailers Just the Right Size for an SUV

Mon May 2, 2016
Author: Bree Coven Brown

146220024263782.jpgHave trailer, will travel. Travel trailers represent the ultimate in freedom, especially in the outdoorsy Northwest. And like the rest of us, they’ve grown up. The latest models have adapted to suit young families, modern lifestyle and smaller cars — but without losing the retro flair that drew us to them in the first place, the Seattle Times reports. Check out these models, and hit the road.

The 2016 Airstream Sport keeps the look of the classic silver Airstream Bambi, but is light enough to be towed behind an SUV. The premium compact travel trailer measures only 16 feet, but packs in all the comforts of home, including running water, a bathroom with shower, LED lighting, microwave, refrigerator and range. Updated designs include wood laminate flooring, leather interiors and modern print accents to keep you traveling in style. It sleeps two to four and starts at $44,605. airstream.com.

Gone are the days when you needed a huge truck for an RV. Freespirit Recreation in Bend, Ore., makes a Spitfire XT Motorcycle Tent Trailer small enough to be towed by a motorcycle or small car. At less than 300 pounds, it keeps your ride smooth, yet carts up to 350 pounds of cargo. The waterproof pop-up tent comfortably sleeps two adults, with optional poles for 3 extra feet of head space when set up. A removable, locking tongue makes storage a breeze, and the trunk lid carries racks and mounting equipment. Freespirit and Sumner RV Center share the same owner, which also makes this little powerhouse a great choice for those who prefer to buy local. It starts at $4,999 at Sumner RV Center and freespiritrecreation.com.

The Aliner Ranger Camping Trailer functions as a weather-safe, A-line trailer tent. Available in three sizes, 12.8 to 15 feet long, it sets up in 60 seconds. Folding furniture converts a dinette into sleeping quarters. A refrigerator, sink, dual-burner stove, fan, LED lighting and an outside shower are available. The Aliner can be towed behind a small SUV, and stores in your garage during the off-season. It starts at $15,995 at Apache RV in Everett.

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Additional Information: http://www.seattletimes.com/nwshowcase/automotive/tiny-trailers-just-the-right-size-for-an-suv/