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 .
Fri Mar 22, 2019
Author: RV News Staff
KZ Recreational Vehicles, a subsidiary of Thor Industries Inc., debuted its Sonic X RV concept at last week’s RV: The RV Experience in Salt Lake City.
KZ says the Sonic X RV is the industry’s first self-sustainable lightweight RV and was built by expert craftsmen using the most advanced materials and cutting-edge technologies.
“We are committed to protecting the environment so we set out to develop a concept that reflected one of our core brand missions,” KZ President Aram Koltookian says. “When developing the Sonic X, we wanted to build the ultimate, self-sustainable RV that is both durable on the outside and features a modern interior for today’s lifestyle. The design is made to be mindful of the environment by using lightweight materials and clean, renewable energy sources to operate the RV. I am pleased that five of the seven units KZ is bringing won Judges Choice in four different categories”
Bob Martin, CEO of Thor Industries, says, “We are thrilled with how this prototype turned out and are incredibly excited to see how Sonic X will be received by our dealers and retail customers.”. “As the global RV leader, Thor has a responsibility to push the industry forward and this concept from KZ is a perfect example of the value we put on inventive projects to fulfill that duty.”
The Sonic X RV employs technologies to create an environmentally conscious trailer. Powered by clean energy, KZ says it is the first 26-foot trailer in the industry to have endless solar power. The trailer’s roof-mounted solar panels produce 1,000 watts of power, which can be stored on the unit’s nine lithium-ion batteries. The Sonic X utilizes a Secondary Infinite Water System (S.I.W.S) with a heavy-duty water pump, 25-foot hose and water filtration, which can be connected to fresh water sources such as a stream, river or lake and can store up to 100 gallons of water.
The Sonic X RV has a carbon fiber body, which KZ says gives the unit the same durability and lighter weight of some of the world’s fastest and most luxurious automobiles. The lightness of the carbon fiber allows for greater versatility. To build the frame of the trailer, KZ used a process called Huck bolting, which it says is five times stronger than welding, further reinforcing the trailer’s durability.