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 .

Exclusive: Aqua-Hot Unveils RVX Plans

Thu Mar 7, 2019
Author: RV News Staff

155196870986721.pngAqua-Hot Heating Systems Inc. has big plans for next week’s RVX: The RV Experience in Salt Lake City, with plans to showcase one product and unveil a concept for another.

The company will highlight its Aqua-Hot 250D ultra compact heating and continuous hot water unit which delivers 40,000 British thermal units per hour of heat without cold spots or dry, blowing air, Aqua-Hot National Sales Manager Mark Davis says. Low-voltage fans ensure quiet operation, he says. Similar to luxury residential and high-end motorhome systems, it is set by a thermostat and uses highly efficient heat exchangers and/or in-floor radiant heating.

“The 250D system is our newest hydronic heating system for smaller motorhomes with the same performance as our legacy Aqua-Hot system in a package that is about half the size,” Davis says. “It is half the weight and at a much more economical cost.”

The 250D, in development for more than two years, debuted in January. It will make its show debut at RVX in two motorhomes.

“The OEMs are really able to save space,” Davis says. “The ramp up to this product is exceeding all of my expectations.”

Aqua-Hot will also give dealers a peek at a concept for its next heater, which Davis says will be a compact diesel heater for type B and C motorhomes. He says the new product, initially named the 150D, will be in production either late this year or in early 2020.

“No one has ever seen this and we will be showing the conceptual idea and getting feedback on it,” Davis says.

RVX will offer a great platform to solicit opinions from dealers, he says. The unified development process helps Aqua-Hot and OEMs stay competitive.

“I know there has been some apprehension about what type of attendance will be at RVX, but the industry needs one big event that brings us all together,” Davis says. “Other events have pieces, but there isn’t one that brings suppliers, dealers, OEMs and education together where everyone can network and see what the industry is about and where our industry is going. I think RVX will do that.”