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 .

Volta Power Systems, Thor, Partner on Hybrid RV

Wed Mar 13, 2019
Author: RV News Staff

155249000738126.pngVolta Power Systems and Thor Industries Inc. will partner on the first generator-free type A RV using automotive grade lithium ion technology. Thor will install the system on the new Tuscany 45JA motorhome.

“The Thor Tuscany is the first ever Class A to feature our hybrid electric system,” Jack Johnson, co-founder of Volta Power Systems, says. “The Volta system is a more cost-effective alternative to a full hybrid system, and it gives users more power, more reliability and more freedom to travel wherever they want.”

The system includes approximately 36 killowatt-hours of usable energy, enough to run amenities all day and air-conditioning overnight on a single charge. It recharges from a high-power output 58V engine driven alternator, solar and/ or traditional shore power.

The system supplies power through three 3600-watt inverter chargers.

“We knew that we wanted to unveil a green option with our Tuscany model, and we were very impressed with Volta’s unique knowledge and experience in the advanced energy storage field,” Jon Krider, director of marketing and product development at Thor Industries, says. “This is the first Class A RV with hybrid electric power systems. The addition of the Volta system will change the way Class A RVs travel.”