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 .

Jayco Debuts LED Lighting System at Hershey

Wed Sep 12, 2018
Author: RV News Staff

149944492059681.jpgJayco launches a patent-pending exterior lighting system called JaySMART at the RV Show in Hershey.

The JaySMART system, which stands for Safety Markers And Reverse Travel, is a LED lighting safety feature that operates in conjunction with an RV’s running lights, side markers, tail lights and backup lights.

When a turn signal is engaged from the tow vehicle, the front and rear upper corner lights and all side markers flash in unison, alerting nearby motorists of the driver’s intention to turn. Brake lights also function from an elevated position on the rear of the RV, increasing trailing motorists’ ability to see brake lights regardless of vehicle height or following distance.

“Our goal was to provide 360 degrees of visibility to our customers’ intentions while traveling,” said Chris Barth, senior director of product development for Jayco’s Eagle and Talon product lines and co-inventor of the new system. “Safety comes first and our products are enhanced with the JaySMART system. We’re excited to implement this innovation across multiple Jayco lines this fall.”

The JaySMART system also includes an LED backup light feature. The rear-facing light illuminates the area behind the trailer when the tow vehicle is shifted into reverse, allowing for greater visibility and safety.  The feature is helpful if the trailer is equipped with an optional backup camera.

“A family’s safety is paramount,” said Brad Whitehead, general manager of Jayco’s towable division. “Jayco consistently seeks ways to improve our customer’s RVing experience with a special focus on safeguarding their travels. This new safety feature, created by our development team, raises the bar once again.”