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, Chevrolet Partner on Smart Trailering

Wed Feb 6, 2019
Author: RV News Staff

154947002556395.pngASA Electronics and Chevrolet are partnering on a project that combines RV automotive technology. The companies have developed a new smart trailer integration designed to work with ASA Electronics’ In Command Control Systems, offering a new way for RV control and monitoring for the 2020 Silverado Heavy Duty.

“We see InCommand as a huge leap forward for the RV industry,” President of ASA Electronics Brent Barrow says. “Our engineering team has worked tirelessly with the engineering team at Chevrolet on this innovative collaboration and it’s amazing to see this come to fruition.”

The new smart trailer system is designed to integrate with and be accessed through the myChevrolet mobile app, either on compatible Android and iOS smartphones, or on the vehicle’s infotainment system via Apple CarPlay or Android Auto. The In Command Control System allows owners to monitor and control functions including tank levels, HVAC controls and motorized slide outs in RVs equipped with In Command with Global Connect.

“We set out to make every task easier for heavy duty owners, especially towing a trailer,” says Jaclyn McQuaid, chief engineer for the Silverado Heavy Duty. “For example, with In Command, Silverado owners can check the status of their compatible trailer’s water tanks, turn on the camper’s air conditioning and turn on the water heater before arriving at the campground, all from the Silverado’s center screen.”

In Command is the central hub of operations on a growing number of RVs, including select RVs from Dutchmen, Keystone, Lakota, RV Factory, Spectrum and Winnebago.