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 .

BMW Unveils Compact Camper at CES Show

Thu Jan 10, 2019
Author: RV News Staff

154713842778735.jpgBMW unveiled a concept camper on Tuesday at the 2019 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. The camper, which is compact and light, somewhat resembles the BMW Isetta city car of the 1950s. The unit is designed to be towed and can fit two adults.

The camper is made from a new material called Futurelight, which is waterproof but permeable to the air thanks to tiny holes. This innovation overcomes the problem of waterproof materials not letting condensation evaporate.

Futurelight will begin making its way into The North Face products in late 2019, first appearing in the brand's more premium Summit Series, Steep Series and Flight Series outdoor gear. While the material has been designed for apparel, the Futurelight Camper shows that wider applications are possible.

The camper was designed via a collaboration between BMW's Calif.-based design house, Designworks and American outdoor apparel brand The North Face. The material was formed from a process called nanospinning, where strands of material only a couple hundred nanometers in diameter (a nanometer is one billionth of a meter) are woven into a fabric.