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 .

ASA, MORryde, Dexter, Collaborate on Keystone LoadSafe

Wed Mar 13, 2019
Author: RV News Staff

155250459784881.pngThe LoadSafe On-Board Weight System, a collaboration between ASA Electronics, MORryde, Dexter and Keystone RV, made its debut on the Keystone Fuzion 427 triple-axle toy hauler at RVX: The RV Experience in Salt Lake City.

The concept Fuzion is outfitted with Dexter axles and a MORryde hitch that were designed in collaboration with ASA Electronics and Keystone to integrate weight sensing technology that can communicate with the iN∙Command Control Systems app.

“iN-Command has opened the doors for us to collaborate with other suppliers in a way we never could before, Jim Hess, ASA Electronics vice president, RV Division, says. “We’re always looking for opportunities to work with companies that share our goal of providing a better finished product and better user experience. LoadSafe certainly achieves that goal on all fronts from the OEM level to, eventually, the end consumer. We are very proud to have been a part of it.”

The sensors measure the weight distribution of the toy hauler in real-time while loading and deliver instant, easy-to-read feedback on the RV owner’s smart device. The two zones of measurement, the trailer axles and the hitch pin, will turn from green to red if the weight in that zone exceeds the recommended weight limit.

“When considering a fifth wheel purchase, some customers can be nervous about towing 17,000 pounds confidently,” Keystone senior vice president of engineering Mark Bullock says. “Right now, weighing your loaded RV prior to each trip is a lengthy, multi-step process. We saw opportunity to make that process easier and more convenient.”

Keystone says its ultimate goal is to make this industry-first technology a standard safety feature, just like back up cameras or anti-lock brakes.