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 .

ASA Electronics Introduces Voyager Blind Spot Detection System 

Tue Sep 11, 2018
Author: RV News Staff

151905858818970.png A new blind-spot detection system will make its debut in 2019 Forest River Sunseeker and Forester RV models.  

ASA Electronics joined with Voyager to introduce the Voyager Blind Spot Detection system to the RV market.  

The VBSD1 system was engineered with Class C motorhomes in mind, using visual and audible alerts to warn drivers of obstacles that aren’t visible in rearview mirrors.  

“We want our customers to feel as safe as possible in our motorhomes, so when ASA told us they were working on a blind spot detection system, we had to have it. Cars have had systems like this for a few years now and it just made sense that a bigger vehicle with bigger blind spots would benefit from this kind of technology. And we knew the Voyager brand was the way to go,” said Sunseeker and Forester Sales Manager, Kary Katzenberger.  

The VBSD1 uses radar detecting sensors on the rear corners of the motorhome that communicate directly with LED beacons installed in the cab. When a vehicle or other object enters the blind spot, the beacons will light up and remain lit until the blind spot is clear. If a vehicle enters the blind spot when the turn signal is engaged, the beacon will flash an audible alert will also be triggered.  

“We know this type of system works in the automotive market and we’re excited to be able to offer it for the RV OEM market. It’s the next logical step for a safer RV experience and it will work well with our existing Voyager products,” said Jeff Gray, the national OEM sales account manager for ASA Electronics’ RV and Trailering division.