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: Hella to Highlight Signal Lights at RVX

Fri Mar 8, 2019
Author: RV News Staff

155199792299250.pngHella, a supplier of lighting to the RV industry, hopes to make inroads with manufacturers at RVX with a new product line.

“We’re glad to be getting back into the RV show game since there was no RVIA last year, Hella Division Sales Manager Phil Haynie says. “We are looking forward to it and we will see what comes about.”

Haynie says he expects many of Hella’s OEM customers to come by the firm’s stand to check out the company’s latest signal light program.

“We have a new signal light program called Shapeline for front and rear indicators and side markers,” Haynie (pictured left) says. “It’s a series of products designed in modular components. Within that series, we have a couple of different schemes. One is more of a technical look with a lot of shapes different than what has been shown in the industry until now.”

Up until now, Hella has not developed a big interior lighting program for RVs because of the heavy price point but Haynie says the company is exploring a new series of interior lighting and hopes to unveil it this fall. He says interior lighting has been a challenge because the market requires a series of products, not just one light.

“If you look back at Hella’s automotive interior lighting products, we have been strong with Mercedes, BMW, Audi, and pretty much anyone who makes a vehicle,” Hayne says. “Hella has won a lot of awards for interior lighting, but it is an expensive high-end market and it has been a challenge to bring it into the RV and marine market. We have been looking at ways to take costs out.”

Haynie says Hella’s about 90 percent of Hella’s RV sales are to type A motorhome manufacturers, but the company has programs with nearly all OEMs.

“We are pretty excited about the new venue,” Haynie says. “It will be good to see all of our customers and their engineers. It will certainly be one of the highlights of the year.”