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 .

Torklift Building Frames for Homegrown Trailers

Wed Feb 27, 2019
Author: RV News Staff

155120475157036.pngTorklift International Inc. is partnering with Washington-based Homegrown Trailers to manufacture the frames for their towable Timberline model trailers.

“Homegrown Trailers are beautiful hand-crafted pieces of art. They are very special and I can’t say I have seen anything like it before,” Torklift President Jack Kay says. “The Homegrown trailer line has to be seen to be truly appreciated.”

Homegrown Trailers are artisan crafted and built to be completely sustainable.

The trailer frames built by Torklift are precision-fitted using a 5-Axis water jet CNC machine. The frames are galvanized to match the durability needed for extreme conditions similar to what a boat trailer will encounter. RV frames are typically painted. However, going with a galvanized material instead prevents against rust and harsh outdoor elements the trailer lives in daily.

“When buying a trailer, most customers never look underneath at the frame but we believe the frame is just as important as the rest of the trailer you can see,” Kay says. “When you look underneath this trailer it is ‘show car quality.’ This frame is designed to complement the unique nature of the Timberline trailer.

“We worked very closely with Homegrown to fine-tune detail elements of the design including even the smallest of details like wire harness pass through locations, relief areas and fastening locations,” Kay says. “This [frame] was designed on an aerospace CNC water jet to ensure it is precision engineered. All pieces are tight tolerance fitted to each other.”