2019 RVIA Economic Impact Study

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RVs Move America Economic Impact Study was released June 3, 2019 at the RVIA annual meeting.

It revealed the RV industry has an overall economic impact on the US economy of $114 billion, supports nearly 600,000 jobs, with more than $32 billion in wages, and pays more than $12 billion in federal, state, and local taxes.

The announcement was made by Garry Enyart, RVIA chairman, and Onan/Cummins Director of Mobile Generator Sales & Coach Care.

For more information on the $114 billion total economic impact and what it includes, click here.

KZ RV Debuts Sonic X

Fri Mar 22, 2019
Author: RV News Staff

155326095782651.pngKZ 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.