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 .

Winegard to Showcase Next Generation of Wi-Fi Products

Mon Mar 11, 2019
Author: RV News Staff

155231222043111.pngWinegard plans to unveil its next generation of Wi-Fi products at this week’s RVX: The RV Experience in Salt Lake City. The company says the latest products combine connectivity features such as 4K ready HDTV, GPS, radio, W-iFi and 4G LTE.

“We spent considerable time meeting with RV manufacturers to best understand how we can help differentiate the various product lines and meet the needs of customers,” Winegard president and COO Grant Whipple says. “Our latest products are the outcome of these meetings and showcase these dynamic features and affordable price points, available standard and optional on some models, as well as pre-wired for easy installation in the aftermarket.”

Winegard says it designed 4G LTE into its technology because research has shown campers want easy and consistent internet access. Responding to feedback, the company also
created a new base for easy install on its latest roof mount systems and a new indoor mounting solution for improved access.

“As most of us have experienced, WiFi at a campground can be unpredictable,” Jarod Ford, Winegard wireless product manager, says. “This is when a Wi-Fi extender and 4G LTE hotspot are really needed.”

Winegard says onsumer demand is typically higher for 4G than Wi-Fi-only products.

“We see more connectivity solutions orders that have 4G LTE technology than Wi-Fi only,” Ford says.

Even though 4G LTE is outpacing Wi-Fi, Winegard advises consumers who want the best internet performance possible, need to make sure their device has four key elements.

“When an RV enthusiast looks into wireless technology, he or she should ask about the size and number of antennas, how many carriers the device works with and if the device is certified by the carriers,” Todd Wibben, vice president of technology at Winegard, says. “These are key factors for optimal performance and ensures the best experience possible.”